BCAMT Reads

The BCAMT supports members by hosting virtual gatherings to discuss books related to mathematics and/or education. 

We’re excited to announce our upcoming BCAMT Reads event…

Tuesday, January 23, 2024 - 7:00pm

Arithmetic

by Paul Lockheart

“Paul Lockhart presents arithmetic not as rote manipulation of numbers – a practical if mundane branch of knowledge best suited for filling out tax forms – but as a fascinating, sometimes surprising intellectual craft that arises from our desire to add, divide, and multiply important things. Passionate and entertaining, Arithmetic invites us to experience the beauty of mathematics through the eyes of a beguiling teacher.”

Get yourself a copy of Arithmetic by Paul Lockhart and join Minnie Liu, Michelle Chu and other BCAMT executive members online at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, January 23. Come explore the beauty of mathematics with us! Elementary, middle school, and secondary teachers alike, complete this form to register. All are welcome! A Zoom link will be sent to registrants one or two days before the event.

Sign up through this form: https://forms.gle/SYLZ21jZNsHyCv4f9 

RUN YOUR OWN BOOK CLUB

The BCAMT also encourages educators to take part in school- or district-based book clubs. If you are interested in starting one up at your location, here are some tips that we think you’ll find helpful:

Is it to talk about the successes and challenges of implementing practical ideas in your classroom? Or, is it to broaden your philosophical understanding of or personal relationship with mathematics? Is it both? Is it something else?

Some titles, such as Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You’d Had and Necessary Conditions, are all-encompassing and, as such, will need to be discussed over many months. Others, like Number Sense Routines and Open Middle are more narrowly focussed and lend themselves to shorter “learning sprints.” Decide how often you will come together. Try to find your team’s “Goldilocks” schedule: enough time for each member to read the next chapter, but not so much time that the momentum of the group is lost.

Book clubs are successful when participants follow mutually agreed upon expectations. Beyond social norms, these might include reading the designated section prior to each meeting, trying a task or practice from a previous chapter, or sharing samples of students’ mathematical thinking related to the reading.

If possible, take turns serving as the “host” of each meeting. Organizing and leading every meeting can be a bit too much to ask of a single–already busy–colleague.

Most professional learning titles contain reflection or discussion questions, either within the book itself or through a companion website. Choose one or two questions; there won’t be time to answer them all! Alternatively, pose one of the following sets of questions (and don’t shy away from repeating them at different meetings):

  • What did you try from this chapter? What did you learn–about your students as mathematicians or about yourself as a mathematics teacher–from this experience?
  • What’s one quote that popped out to you? Is this something with which you agree, with which you might argue, or to which you aspire? What are some connections you are making between this quote and your practice?

RECOMMENDED BOOKS

The BCAMT recommends the following titles as candidates for your site’s book club:

  • Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You’d Had by Tracy Zager [General]
  • Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics by Peter Liljedahl [General]
  • Choral Counting & Counting Collections by Megan L Franke, Elham Kazemi, and Angela C. Turrou [Elementary]
  • Fun and Fundamental Math for Young Children by Marian Small [Early Learning]
  • Invigorating High School Math by Steven Leinwand and Eric Milou [Secondary]
  • Mathematizing Children’s Literature by Allison Hintz and Antony T. Smith [Primary]
  • Modeling with Mathematics by Nancy Butler Wolfe [Middle School, Secondary]
  • Necessary Conditions by Geoff Krall [Secondary]
  • Number Sense Routines by Jessica F. Shumway [Elementary]
  • Open Middle by Robert Kaplinsky [Middle School, Secondary]
  • Principles to Action by NCTM [General]
  • Teaching Math with Meaning by Cathy Marks Krpan [Elementary]
  • Young Children’s Mathematics by Thomas P. Carpenter et al. [Early Learning]