New Resources

Well Played; Building Mathematical Thinking Through Number and Agebraic Games and Puzzles

“Students love math games and puzzles, but how much are they really learning from the experience? Too often, math games are thought of as just a fun activity or enrichment opportunity. Well Played shows you how to make games and puzzles an integral learning component that provides teachers with unique access to student thinking.”


There are three volumes in this series: Grades K – 2, Grades 3 – 5, and Grades 6-8.

To borrow these resources, please contact Vanessa Shirey at Local 7650.




New Resources Available

Some new resources are available for SD 82 teachers to sign out:

The Four Roles of the Numerate Learner; Effective teaching and assessment strategies to help students think differently about mathematics, by Mary Fiore & Maria Luisa Lebar

Accessible Algebra; 30 Modules to Promote Algebraic Reasoning, Grades 7 – 10, by Anne M. Collins & Steven R. Benson

The Anie; a math assessment tool that reveals learning and informs teaching, by Kevin Bird & Kirk Savage

Number Talks; Fractions, Decimals, and Percentages, by Sherry Parrish & Ann Dominick


Please contact Vanessa at Local 7650 to sign out any of these resources.


New TEDx Talk by Jo Boaler

In tis Oxford TEDx talk, Jo Boaler explains why mathematics is so traumatic for many people and shows a different way that people can relate to mathematics. She also shares the latest brain science to show the ways our brains process mathematics, the importance of visual learning and the importance of self belief to our learning and our experiences.

If you want to read more of Jo Boaler’s wisdom, her books What’s Math Got To Do With It? and Mathematical Mindsets are available to sign out through the FNEC by contacting Vanessa at Local 7650.

Thanks to Pam Kawinsky and Catherine Eagles at Suwilaawks for bringing this talk to our attention.

Carole Fullerton in Prince Rupert

School District 52 (Prince Rupert) has again extended an invitation to SD 82 teachers to attend their upcoming sessions with Carole Fullerton. This time Carole will be focusing on Grades 4 – 9. The sessions are:

Wednesday, May 3, 8:45-11:30: Math Topics for Grade 6-9 Workshop

Wednesday, May 3, 12:15-2:15: Grade 9 Demo Lesson (Topic: Financial Literacy)

Wednesday, May 3, 3:30-5:00: Appie Session, Modelling Math: Real World Problem Solving.

Thursday, May 4, 8:45-12:15: Geometry for Grades 6-9 Demo Lesson and Grade 6-9 Workshop

Thursday, May 4, 1:00 – 3:00: Grade 6 Geometry Demo Lesson Part 2

Thursday, May 4, 7:00-8:340 p.m.: Session for Parents and Community Members: Math–it’s all fun and games

Friday, May 5, 8:45-12:15: Financial Literacy for Grade 4/5, Demo Lesson

Friday, May 5, 1:00-3:00: Grade 3-5 Workshop (Topic: Calculations + – x ÷)

The cost to attend these sessions is $50 for 1/2 day and &100 for a full day. Lunch is provided. To register, please contact Tannis Calder by phone at 250-627-1536 (ext 224) or by email at


Workshop: Technology Supports for Math Instruction

Workshop: Technology Supports for Math Instruction with a UDL Focus

April 21, 2017 

Suwilaawks Community School   

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

This hands-on workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to test out some free mathematics focused iPad apps and web based tools and reflect on how these tools can be used in their classrooms.  We will explore how technology can be used to engage students, capture student learning and support the new mathematics curriculum.

The session will provide an overview of the principles of Universal Design for Learning and iPad app demonstration in the morning and a maker session in the afternoon. Participants will create activities that will be ready to use immediately.

All participants will require a device (and access to the iPad apps using their Apple ID). A few devices will be provided with the following apps: Educreations, ShowMe, iMathematics and Desmos Graphing calculator.

Location:  Computer Lounge, Suwilaawks Community School, 3430 Sparks Street, Terrace

Facilitator: Fran Raab is a SET BC Provincial Teacher assisting school districts in utilizing technology with students. As a Tier 2 services teacher, she facilitates workshops and classroom based solutions which help build BC educators’ understanding of how technology can be used within current educational frameworks.

Cost: No cost to SD 82 Employees. Snacks provided, Lunch on your own.

To register: please email Karen Scales at by Thursday, April 13. Thank you.

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.