Visible Learning for Mathematics

Visible learning for Mathematics, What Works Best to Optimize Student Learning, By John Hattie, Douglas Fisher, and Nancy Frey.

“With its focus on true student-centered teaching, this book brings all the research together into a coherent and precise structure that can guide our practice, making the3 learning visible both to our students and to us. It’s a must-read. I highly recommend it.”                                                                                      –from the Foreword by Diane J. Briars, Past President National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

This resource, suitable for teachers of Grades K-12, is available to borrow through the FNEC (Terrace). Please contact Vanessa at Local 7650 to sign it out.

2017 Whistler Conference

The BCAMT, along with myPITA and the BCSSTA, are proud to announce the 2017 Whistler Conference to be held May 12 in Whistler. For conference details, please go to:

Pi Day

March 14 is Pi Day (also Einstein’s birthday!). Although this falls during our Spring Break, you may want to have a belated Pi Day celebration. Here are a couple of helpful links:


Using Rekenreks

The rekenrek was designed by Adrian Treffers, a researcher at the Freudenthal Institute in Holland. It supports the natural mathematical development of children, providing a visual model of number relationships.

The rekenrek features two rows of beads, each broken into two sets of five. Like ten frames, this tool helps students see the quantity of five as a whole and develop strategies to solve equations.

A comprehensive guide on using the rekenrek can be found at:

Although rekenreks are not terribly expensive (about $6.95 apiece) and are readily available from educational supply companies, there are homemade options. One example can be found at:

Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You’d Had

Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You’d Had, Ideas and Strategies From Vibrant Classrooms, by Tracy Johnston Zager. To borrow it, please contact Vanessa at Local 7650 or Karen at Local 7651.

A study guide and companion website can be accessed at:

“While mathematicians describe mathematics as playful, beautiful, creative, and captivating, many students describe math class as boring, stressful, useless, and humiliating. In Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You’d Had, Tracy Zager helps teachers close this gap by making math class more like mathematics.”

This resource is suitable for teachers of all grades.

What is Number Sense?

Here is an excellent article explaining how we think about and teach Mathematics has changed.

 If you are connected with the world of K-12 mathematics education, it’s highly unlikely that a day will go by without you uttering, writing, hearing, or reading the term “number sense”. In contrast everyone else on the planet would be hard pressed to describe what it is. Though entering the term into Google will return close to 38 million hits, it has yet to enter the world’s collective consciousness. Stanford mathematician Keith Devlin explains what it is.

Clothesline Math

Here’s a great idea for Middle and High School teachers! The Clothesline is a manipulatable number line that costs about $5.00 to construct and can be used to teach concepts in Number, Algebra, Functions (graphs), and Geometry.


Here is a video demonstrating some Clothesline activities:

Although these activities are designed for use in Middle and High School classrooms,  a manipulatable number line is also useful for exploring number concepts with younger students.

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Resources Available

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We have a number of Math resources available for SD 82 teachers to borrow on a 4-week basis through the FNEC (Terrace). To see what is available, go to the Resources tab on the top of this page. Individual titles can also be searched on Follett. To borrow any of these materials, please contact Vanessa Shirey, Resource Clerk, at:

Local 7650


If you would like to recommend any other resources for us to add to our collection, please contact Karen Scales, Numeracy Coordinator, at:


Local 7651



Seasonal Math Activities


There are many websites offering Christmas-themed worksheets, colouring pages, and free printables, but it is a little more difficult to find some seasonal activities that are not just pencil-to-paper tasks. Here are a few of them:

This is a collection of activities which includes Koch Snowflake, Penguin Math, Snowflake Activities, Snowman Problem Solving, Literature Connections (activities based on The Fattest, Tallest, Biggest Snowman Ever by Bettina Ling), Winter Glyphs, Winter Data Collection, Gingerbread Math Activities, Winter Coordinate Graphing, Holiday Problem Solving and samples of student work. These activities are most suitable for elementary students.

These counting, sorting, and matching activities are designed for early childhood education settings so would be suitable for Kindergarten students.

These free 2-player games could be used as part of a math centre in a primary classroom or for home practice. Included are: Addition Game, Subtraction Game, Multiplication Game, Division Game.

These integrated activities are best suited for elementary students, but could be adapted for older students. Included are snowflake math, estimation, counting, measuring, winter glyphs, and data collection & analysis.

Excellent Opportunity to Learn With Carole Fullerton!

Please note that School District 52 (Prince Rupert) has opened up a few spaces in some of their Carole Fullerton sessions to teachers in Coast Mountains. Available sessions are:

  • Demo Lesson/Discussion in a Grade 3 class (Nov. 16, 12:30-3:00)
  • Grades 6-9 Full Day Workshop (Nov. 17, 9:00 – 3:00)
  • All Grades After School Appie Session (November 17, 3:30-5:00)
  • Demo Lesson/Discussion in a Grade 4/5 class (November 18, 9:00 – 12:00)

Cost of the sessions is $50 for 1/2 day and $100 for full-day sessions. To register, contact Helena Geske at or 250-624-6717. Please note that the deadline is today, November 10, at 4:00.

More information about Carole Fullerton may be found at .