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Hello Math Educators,

Happy New Year! I hope your first week back has gone smoothly and that some of you are trying the weekly math tasks sent out every Sunday through the listserv, twitter and Facebook. If you have any task suggestions, please send me an email – it can sometimes be quite challenging finding good ones.

If you have some important math news to share with our community of educators, we may be able to include it in this newsletter. Please contact Michael Pruner at

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News and Events

The BCAMT New Teachers Conference is fast approaching on January 21st. Selina Millar is the keynote speaker and we have lined up fantastic workshops on the schedule.

The BCAMT is continuing with its goal of Outreach for 2016-2017. If you are in a small community and find it difficult to participate in quality professional development, then please contact us ( and we will help to organize a workshop near you.

Richard Hoshino, a professor from Quest University and author of the book, The Math Olympian, is available for high school outreach from March 13th to March 31st. If you are interested in having Richard come and speak to your students about his story as a mathematician and to inspire them in mathematics, then please contact us ( and we will help to arrange it.

Upcoming Conferences

BCAMT New Teachers Conference
Date January 21, 2017
Location Queen Elizabeth Secondary, Surrey
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BCTF New Teachers' Conference
Date Februrary 24/25
Location Radisson Hotel, Richmond
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MyPITA, BCSSTA, and BCAMT mini-conference
Date May 12
Location Whistler, BC
Keynotes: Peter Liljedahl, Adrienne Gear, Amy Burvall
More Information:

BCAMT Fall Conference 2017

Preparations have begun for next year’s Fall Conference at Burnaby Central Secondary School in Burnaby on October 20th. We are currently accepting speaker proposals at

Speakers at the conference receive a complimentary registration, membership, and hot lunch. The deadline for speaker proposals is June 1, 2017.

BCAMT Book Club

We’ve got a new set of book reviews up on our Book Club site, and we have a bunch of new reviews coming soon. Check it out:

BCAMT Awards

Each year, the BCAMT recognizes teachers for their outstanding work by giving out one of these awards:

  • Outstanding Elementary Teacher Award
  • Outstanding Secondary Teacher Award
  • Outstanding New Teacher Award
  • Ivan L. Johnson Memorial Award
  • Service Award

More information for each of these awards can be found here.

This year, we are streamlining the application process for the awards. If you have a colleague who you would like to nominate for one of our awards, simply complete this

The initial nomination process is very simple. Nominators and nominees will be contacted at a later date and asked to provide more information.

BCAMT Membership

If you are a BCAMT member, and you aren’t receiving your copy of Vector (delivered in the past week or so), or if you are planning on changing your mailing address, please contact our membership chair, Brad Epp:


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 latest edition of Vector should have arrived in the past week or two and is available at

Problem of the Month

Fill in the equations below using any of the basic mathematical operations, +, –, x, ÷, and as many brackets as you like, so that they make arithmetical sense.

  1. 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 = 2017
  2. 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 = 2017
  3. 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 = 2017


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