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Hello Math Educators,

Happy April. I cannot believe how quickly this year is flying by. And I truly hope April will bring a few hours of sunshine to soggy Vancouver.

In this issue, we have breaking news about the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics, speaker proposals for our fall conference, information to share about our annual BCAMT awards, and much much more.

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 is now an affiliate member of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM). The NCSM is a mathematics leadership association similar to the NCTM with a goal of supporting leadership organization for educational leaders in mathematics education. Among the many benefits to being an affiliate member, I am now able to distribute the NCSM monthly newsletter, The Marshall Memo, which is a great resource for ideas, articles and research around mathematics education.

The BCAMT membership includes many experts representing all grade levels and unique areas in Math Education. If you have a question or would like some support on a topic, send an email to and we'll find someone to get back to you promptly.

UBC's Faculty of Education is currently promoting their 2017 summer institutes. Everything that is offered is on this one-page PDF poster.

There are two upcoming free public events (May 15 and May 16, 2017) that are connected to a four-day Peter Wall Roundtable at the University of British Columbia, entitled What do rankings tell us about higher education? International and Interdisciplinary Perspectives.

Secondary teachers will be particularly interested in the impact of rankings on access to post-secondary and marketization of education.

More details can be obtained at

You can register for one or both events at

Upcoming Conferences

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, UBC
Gerda de Vries, University of Alberta
More Information:
BCAMT Fall Conference
Date October 20
Location Burnaby Central Secondary


BCAMT Award Nominations

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 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 at

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

BCAMT Fall Conference 2017

Preparations have begun for the next Fall Conference at Burnaby Central Secondary School 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.

This Month in #MTBos

Robert Kaplinsky discusses three reasons why math educators should use social media: community; the times they are a-changin'; and we're better together.

An interesting conversation on "personalized learning" took place this month over at Dan Meyer's blog. Check out the comments.

Another interesting conversation took place in the comments on Michael Fenton's blog. Michael asks "Suppose you had to divide 100% between pedagogy and content knowledge. What's the ideal breakdown?"

Graham Fletcher posted his latest in a series of progression videos. 


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

Problem of the Month

Imagine a series of equally spaced holes running along a line infinitely in both directions. A groundhog is in one of the holes and every minute he jumps to a new hole that is some fixed interval of holes away from his current hole. You do not know where he starts, or the interval that he jumps, or the direction that he goes in, but after each of his moves you can shine a flashlight into one (and only one) hole. The problem is to find a method by which you can guarantee to eventually find the groundhog.


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