Extreme Math Camp 2019

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Extreme Math Camp runs from Wednesday, July 3 to Friday, July 5 from 9 am to 3:15 pm at Walter Murray Collegiate Institute in Saskatoon for students who have finished grades 7 to 10 and are interested in having their mathematical horizons expanded with enriching and stimulating presentations and problem-solving sessions led by a variety of mathematics professors and teachers.  The cost is only $60 per student.  Contact Janet Christ (ChristJ@spsd.sk.ca) or Cam Milner (MilnerC@spsd.sk.ca) for more information.https://thestarphoenix.com/news/local-news/kids-get-a-taste-of-new-problems-at-extreme-math-camp

The Variable: News and updates

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This editorial originally appeared in Volume 4, Issue 1 of The Variable. 

It has been a busy time around the editorial table at The Variable. First and foremost, we would like to extend a huge thank you and congratulations to everyone who played a part in the development of The Variable up to this date. It is the contributors, distributors, readers, and critical friends that made us what we are today and gained us recognition as recipients of the 2019 NCTM Affiliate Publication Award. As nice as awards are, we are just as excited about the stories of teachers reading, implementing, and tinkering with the ideas contained in these pages.

Now entering our fourth year of publication, we continue to refine our medium to best reflect and support the voices of Saskatchewan teachers. This process has not been a simple one due to the overwhelming diversity of Saskatchewan classrooms, and the strength of a periodical such as this relies on the willingness of contributors to provide a lens into these varied contexts.

With this in mind, we have made some changes designed to make your reading as practical as possible in your professional lives as mathematics teachers, consultants, coaches, and enthusiasts. First, The Variable is introducing a new column entitled “My Favourite Lesson.” It is designed for teachers to share lessons and tell stories directly from their classrooms. These stories represent the cornerstone of what we want to do: connecting teachers and amplifying their ideas. We are also moving to a semi-annual publication schedule focused on publishing issues at critical times in the professional calendar. Recognizing (and living within) the ebb and flow of classroom teaching, we hope that publication dates in late August and late January maximize your ability to interact with the ideas. We look forward to your feedback and your contributions.

In this edition, we are struck by a tension often overlooked in the teaching of mathematics. Jules Bonin-Ducharme and David Earl re-introduce us to very practical pieces of classroom teaching: conversation and practice. It is here that math teachers (including ourselves) often live—in the day-to-day “battles” of building mathematical understanding. Contrast that with the synopsis Dr. Egan Chernoff provides of the political “war” of mathematics teaching. Here we see our work as a larger piece of a political milieu, one that has a substantial influence. What we are left with is this: Until now, it seems the de facto mantra of the classroom teacher is to focus on winning “battles” and trust that the “war” will take care of itself. However, if the teaching of mathematics sways in rhythm with political tides, this may not be a luxury that teachers are afforded much longer.

Ilona & Nat
Editors

P.S. The President’s Message that you know and love is not gone, but now running on a variable schedule. In the meantime, you can follow President Michelle Naidu’s thoughts on math, education, and more on Twitter at @park_star.

What’s your favourite lesson?

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The Variable exists to amplify the work of Saskatchewan teachers and to facilitate the exchange of ideas in our community of educators. We invite you to share a favorite lesson that you have created or adapted for your students and that other teachers might adapt for their own classroom. In addition to the lesson or task description, we suggest including the following:

  • Curriculum connections
  • Description of the lesson or task
  • Anticipated student action (strategies, misconceptions, examples of student work, etc.)
  • Wrap-up, next steps

To submit a lesson or if you have questions, please contact us at thevariable@smts.ca. We look forward to hearing from you!

Ilona & Nat,
Editors

Intersections (December edition): Upcoming professional development opportunities

In this monthly column, you’ll find information about upcoming math education-related workshops, conferences, and other events. Some events fill up fast, so don’t delay signing up!

For more information about a particular event or to register, follow the link provided below the description. If you know about an event that should be on our list, please contact us at ilona@smts.ca.

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Technology in Mathematics Foundations and Pre-Calculus
March 7, 2019
Regina, SK

Presented by the Saskatchewan Professional Development Unit

Technology is a tool that allows students to understand senior mathematics in a deeper way. This workshop is designed to have math foundations and pre-calculus teachers experience a variety of technology tools that allow students to represent and visualize mathematics concepts. Tools highlighted are useful for students to explore, learn, communicate, collaborate and practice, in order to enhance their understanding of mathematics in secondary mathematics.

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Intersections (October edition): Upcoming professional development opportunities

In this monthly column, you’ll find information about upcoming math education-related workshops, conferences, and other events. Some events fill up fast, so don’t delay signing up!

For more information about a particular event or to register, follow the link provided below the description. If you know about an event that should be on our list, please contact us at ilona@smts.ca.

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Making Math Class Work
November 5, 2018
Tisdale, SK

Presented by the Saskatchewan Professional Development Unit

Math classrooms across Saskatchewan are increasingly complex and diverse. Meeting everyone’s needs can be daunting, even with all of the instructional strategies and structures available to teachers. Number Talks, Guided Math, Rich Tasks, Problem Based Learning, Open Questions, High Yield Routines are just some of the strategies available to teachers, but where to start? Come work collaboratively to problem solve how to make math class work for you and your students.

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