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Spring is around the corner, and with Spring comes new curriculum drafts, new functionality on the BCAMT website, and news about next Fall’s BCAMT math conference.

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News and Events

Curriculum Drafts

The BC curriculum writing teams have just finished meeting and there will be new drafts available on the BCAMT website soon: The BCAMT is preparing a response to the new curriculum 10-12, and we are interested in hearing what you think. When the new draft curriculum is posted, we will be asking for your response to help form our critique. Stay tuned…

Interior Math Conference

The Interior Mathematics Conference in Vernon was a smashing success. The BCAMT would like to thank Jen Carter and her organizing committee for their outstanding efforts in organizing this event.

NCTM Meet-up

The NCTM math conference is April 13 – 16 in San Francisco. If you are planning on attending this conference, please let me know: I would love to arrange a get together for our Canadian contingent.

Upcoming Conferences

Spring Fling Education Conference
Date April 22
Location Prince George Secondary School
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PIMS Changing the Culture
Date May 13
Location SFU Harbour Centre
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BCAMT Fall Conference
Date October 21
Location Gladstone Secondary School, Vancouver

BCAMT Fall Conference Call for Speakers

This year's conference will be held at Gladstone Secondary School in Vancouver on October 21. The theme of the conference is "Math is Social." We decided upon this theme because there has been increasing attention paid to the social nature of learning (and teaching) in recent years, and a move away from teacher-centred individual learning. This is reflected by the fact that Communication and Personal and Social competency are two of the core competencies in BC's revised curricula.

Our goal is to have this conference be a place where our community of educators can share their ideas, experiences, and expertise to support teachers of mathematics in BC in implementing the spirit of the new math curriculum. We invite you to submit a speaker proposal at the link below. While we'd like many of the sessions to support the conference theme, it is not required, as there are other areas in mathematics instruction that teachers will appreciate support in as well.

If you have any questions, please send them to Darien Allan, our speaker chair, at

Speaker Proposal Form:

Membership Information

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e-Vector is searchable. You can now search over 60 years of past issues for topics that are of interest using our new search box:

I personally recommend reading the BCAMT’s premier issue from 1962. In this issue, there is an article about the benefits of using Cuisenaire rods in an elementary classroom, and an example of modeling a conic using materials found in your local hardware store.

Vector is always looking for articles from all math teachers in BC. If you have a personal teaching experience to share, please consider writing an article. Perhaps you have discovered a great new way to for students to experience geometry, or you have tried a unique assessment model (it doesn’t even have to be a story of success), we would love to hear from you.

Send stories of your experiments, discoveries, and journeys in math education to The next edition of Vector will be mailed in the Spring.

Math teachers supporting math teachers

Are you having a difficult time teaching a certain topic, or a certain class? Would you like to share some ideas with another math expert? You can now send an email to and we will be happy to introduce you to an experienced math teacher with whom you can collaborate.

Problem of the Month

Colin has twenty-five pet maze-running mice and he would like to determine which ones are his fastest 3. Unfortunately, he does not have a timer and he is only able to race 5 of his mice at a time. Can you devise a strategy so that Colin can identify his Gold, Silver, and Bronze level mice?

Interesting Maths is possibly the best online graphing calculator, but did you know that they also have lots of wonderful interactive learning activities found at:  Check it out.


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