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Happy April! Leaves are showing on trees again, flowers are popping out all over and new curriculum drafts and supporting resources are now available.

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News and Events

Curriculum Drafts

The curriculum teams have just finished new drafts that are now available on the BCAMT website: under the Curriculum tab. The BCAMT is preparing a feedback response to the new curriculum 10-12, and we are interested in hearing what you think. Please send us your impressions by completing this form:

All feedback provided on this form will be sent directly to the ministry, but our feedback committee will also consider your responses when preparing a general feedback document to send to the ministry of education.

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.

Calculus Challenge Exam

The Calculus Challenge Examination offers students who learn calculus in high school a way to demonstrate their mastery of the subject and earn credit at a BC university. The following schools recognize the exam: UBC, SFU, UVic, UNBC and the BC Ministry of Education. More information can be found here.

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
More Information
BCAMT Fall Conference
Date October 21
Location Gladstone Secondary School, Vancouver

BCAMT Fall Conference

We are now accepting speaker proposals for our 2016 Fall Conference: Math is Social.

Speaker Proposal Form:

General registration will begin within the next couple of weeks.

New Resources


Marc Garneau has created and is curating a page dedicated to providing resources to support teachers with the new curriculum. Check it out:  Thanks Marc!

First Peoples

The BCAMT now has a menu tab for resources dedicated to support you with including First People’s perspectives, Indigenizing the curriculum, or teaching through First Peoples Principles of Learning.

BCAMT Awards

The deadline for nominations for the Outstanding Teacher Award, the Ivan L. Johnson Memorial Award, and the Service Award is May 6th, 2016. More information and the nomination package can be found here:

Membership Information

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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.

Problem of the Month

You have 27 small cubes, 3 each of nine colours.

Use the small cubes to make a 3 by 3 by 3 cube so that each face of the bigger cube contains one of every colour. (from NRICH:

Interesting Maths

If you would like to see what other math teachers from around the world find interesting or are excited about in their classrooms, search #MTBoS on Twitter. This is the Math Twitter BlogoSphere, and it is where you can find rich discussions or interesting tasks to try in your class.


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