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Hello Math Educators,

Happy February everyone! I hope you are having a great year so far and a great start-up for those on the semester system. I am excited for our Spring Whistler Conference coming up on May 12th, 2017. The BCAMT is working with myPITA and BCSSTA in organizing this conference, and we have some outstanding speakers lined up for the day: Peter Liljedahl, Adrienne Gear, and Amy Burvall. There is more information in the conference section below. I hope to see you there.

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News and Events

I know our province is brimming with outstanding math teachers at all grade levels. If you know someone who qualifies for a BCAMT teacher award, please take a little time and begin the nomination process at

We award teachers in five different categories:

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

The initial nomination process is very simple. Nominators and nominees will be contacted at a later date and asked to provide more information. More information about each of these awards can be found at

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.

Upcoming Conferences

Tapestry Conference
Date Februrary 24
Location Esquimalt High School, Sooke
More Information
BCTF New Teachers' Conference
Date Februrary 24/25
Location Radisson Hotel, Richmond
More Information:
MyPITA, BCSSTA, and BCAMT mini-conference
Date May 12
Location Whistler, BC
Keynotes: Peter Liljedahl, Adrienne Gear, Amy Burvall
More Information:
PIMS Changing the Culture
Date May 19
Location SFU-Vancouver Harbour Centre
Plenaries: Fok-Sheun Leung, UBCGerda de Vries, University of Alberta
More Information:
NCTM Annual Meeting and Exposition
Date April 5-8
Location San Antonio, Texas
More Information:
If you are planning on attending this conference, please let me know ( I would like to arange a meet up for BC educators.

This Month in #MTBos

The movie Hidden Figures opened this month. The biopic tells the little-known story of African-American mathematicians Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson and their pivotal role working at NASA during the space race. Max Ray-Riek of The Math Forum shares his lesson inspired by the movie.

Marilyn Burns shares her lesson that uses the children’s book 17 Kings and 42 Elephants to explore division across the grades. Her extension—What numbers could we use for kings and elephants so that the problem would be easy/hard to solve?—is an interesting one.

Last month, I shared a link to Andrew Stadel’s collection of #clotheslinemath resources. Since then, he and Chris Shore gave a Global Math Department presentation on using these concrete number lines in middle and high school.

Links from above:

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 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

The three numbers 1, 2, 3 allow for the three sums 2 + 1, 3 + 1, and 3 + 2. The results 3, 4, 5 are different and form a series of consecutive numbers.

Select four numbers from the set {1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6}, so that the results of the six sums built of two of them are different and form a series of consecutive numbers.

How many solutions exist?

(from Erich Wittmann, mathe 2000 project)

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