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May 2016
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I can’t believe it’s already May! Let’s take our classes outside and do some outdoor mathematics.

Below you will find information about this year's fall conference ("Math is Social"), and feedback on new curricular drafts.

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News and Events

Curriculum Drafts

New drafts for the elective courses are on BCAMT’s website: under the Curriculum tab. You can expect to see the ministry’s curriculum site updated in June.

The BCAMT has struck a committee to review the 10-12 draft curriculum and framework. Although we have executive members participating on the curriculum development teams, we thought it would be prudent to provide the ministry with critical feedback on the new curriculum.

The committee members are not on the development team, and their feedback will be submitted to the ministry by the end of May.

Quest Summer Camp

Quest University is offering a “summer camp” style Linear Algebra course for grade 11 or 12 students. More information can be found at:

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.

BCAMT Awards Deadline Extended

The deadline for nominations for the Outstanding Teacher Award, the Ivan L. Johnson Memorial Award, and the Service Award has been extended to June 15, 2016. More information and the nomination package can be found here:

Upcoming Conferences

Aboriginal Math Symposium
Date May 12
Location First Nations Longhouse
1985 West Mall
UBC Vancouver
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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
More Information

BCAMT Fall Conference

Registration for the Fall Conference is now open. Please visit the website at for more information.

Useful 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!

Membership Information

If you are a BCAMT member, and you aren’t receiving your copy of Vector, or if you are planning on changing your mailing address, please contact our membership chair, Brad Epp:

Problem of the Month

Imagine a typical 6-sided die, and notice that the sum of opposite faces is always seven. The one is across from the six, the two is across from the five, and so on. Now imagine that you were making your own six-sided die that did not have this restriction. I wonder how many different dice could be made.

Interesting Maths

The NCTM annual meeting and exposition was just held in San Francisco, and there were many great speakers presenting. Sit down with a fellow math teacher, grab a bowl of popcorn and a carbonated beverage, and enjoy these presentations:

Dan Meyer:

Robert Kaplinski:

Graham Fletcher:

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