SUM2024 & STF Work-to-Rule

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With the current Work-to-Rule sanction for STF members, we recognize that many are feeling a little unsure about what this means for the conference. The SMTS reached out to the bargaining team prior to the break in order to get clarification on a few scenarios. Here is a copy of the question and the reply regarding work to rule:

Should work to rule commence, will our Thursday evening keynote be affected? Or is PD exempt from work to rule hours?
In a work to rule situation, professional learning events can continue to proceed outside the school day hours. These are not extra-curricular events and the work of professional growth networks is not directed by the employer.

More info here under the FAQ “Can I attend professional learning events or meetings?”

At this time, the conference committee is planning to go ahead with our agenda as planned, including the Thursday night opening keynote with Howie Hua. In the event of a new or additional sanctions being announced, we’ll reach out directly to all registered attendees.

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Bite-sized ideas for your math classroom.

  • Our annual SMTS conference registration is open! Join us for a full day with Marian Small at the pre-conference workshop. Howie Hua is our other keynote speaker kicking off the conference. Find all the details at for April 18/19. Discounts for students and free registration for session speakers! YouTube conference video is here for sharing on your socials
  • Building Thinking Classrooms (Part 2) in-person workshop with Peter Liljedahl is coming up ( in Regina on Feb 28, 2024 
  • Dean Vendramin, a teacher from Regina, was awarded the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence in STEM Regina high school teacher receives national award | CTV News
  • The annual FREE virtual math summit from Build Math Minds is open for registration. Lots of workshops with a focus on elementary and middle years mathematics taking place in February
  • With support from the STF and STFPL, the first workshops for Seeking Indigenous Ways of Knowing in Mathematics (middle years)  are rolling out this winter (Lloydminster) and spring (Stobart). See the STFPL calendar of events for registration information. Elementary and Secondary workshops are in the planning stages too
  • A team of Saskatchewan teachers continue to release podcast episodes on Think Thank Thunk. Available anywhere you listen to your podcasts
  • The National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) in New York is accepting applications for their summer institute. Be part of a cohort of teachers and get an in-person trip to New York to dive into their award winning lessons
  • For those looking for great math tasks, you can now pre-order of Maegan Giroux & Peter Liljedahl’s K-5 Task book  You can use the discount code ENJOY30 for 30% off 

the subscript is compiled by the executive of the Saskatchewan Mathematics Teachers’ Society. Feedback, questions, and suggestions for future issues are always welcome


Join Us for SUM2024!

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Are you a math teacher looking for new ways to inspire your students and enhance your teaching? Do you want to learn from leading experts and practitioners in the field of mathematics education? If so, you won’t want to miss the Saskatchewan Understands Math (SUM) 2024 Conference!

The SUM conference is an annual event that brings together mathematics educators teaching in Grades K-12 and all levels of educational leadership. The conference features a variety of sessions on topics such as mathematics curriculum, instruction, number sense, problem-solving, culturally responsive teaching, and technology integration. You will have the opportunity to network with your peers, share your experiences, and discover new ideas and resources.

Have Something to Share?

We are looking for presentations that showcase the innovative teaching happening in our classrooms and ideas that benefit other teachers. If you have something to share, please consider submitting a proposal for SUM2024. The deadline for proposals is February 29, 2024 and accepted presentations will receive a complimentary registration to the conference. We welcome proposals from teachers, researchers, students, and other stakeholders in mathematics education. We look forward to hearing from you!

The Details

The SUM conference will take place on April 18 and 19, 2024 at the Delta Hotel in Saskatoon, SK. The registration fee is $200 ($40 for Student / Intern) – early bird pricing is available until February 29th, 2024. The opening keynote will be on April 18 at 7:00 p.m., followed by a full day with another keynote and break out sessions on April 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Register Today!

Registration is now open, so don’t delay! Visit the SUM conference page to register and learn more about the conference. This is a great opportunity to enhance your professional development and join the SUM community of mathematics educators. We hope to see you there!

Registration Open for SUM 2023

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Join us on May 4 & 5, 2023 in Saskatoon for two days packed with professional learning opportunities!

The Saskatchewan Understands Math (SUM) conference is for mathematics educators teaching in Grades K-12 and all levels of educational leadership interested in mathematics curriculum, instruction, number sense, problem-solving, culturally responsive teaching, and technology integration, and will bring together international and local facilitators to work in meaningful ways with participants in a variety of formats.

This year, SUM is proud to welcome keynote presenters Geoff Krall, Author of Necessary Conditions: Teaching Secondary Math with Academic Safety, Quality Tasks, and Effective FacilitationNat Banting, winner of the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence in STEM and Hema Khodai, Advocate for Anti-Oppressive and Anti-Racist Mathematics Education.

If you are interested in facilitating a 30-, 60-, or 90-minute session, submit a proposal here.

Pre-Conference Workshop with Geoff Krall
May 4, 2023 | 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. | STF Building | $150
Register Here 


SUM Conference
May 4 and 5, 2023 | Delta Hotel, Saskatoon SK | $200
Opening Keynote on May 4 | 7:00 p.m. -8:30 p.m.
Keynotes/Break Out Sessions on May 5 | 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Register Here

$200 (regular)
$40 (Student / Intern)

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Free CMS Resources for Secondary Students and Teachers

ATOM (A Taste of Mathematics) is a series of booklets published by The Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS). The series is designed for secondary school students and their teachers. The CMS is in the process of making all the volumes in this series available for free from their website at:

The latest volume, by Susan Milner, is on mathematical puzzles. Milner, along with two of the ATOM editors, wrote an article in the free CMS problem-solving journal Crux Mathematicorum about the topic of the first chapter of the upcoming volume of ATOM — the puzzle Rectangles. You can check out that article (and find the puzzles) here (Teaching Problems number16):

A draft of chapter 2 from the upcoming ATOM, on the puzzle Three in a Row is available at:

Please visit the ATOM website listed above to learn more about the series and to download the full version of the booklet when it is available shortly.

Any questions about the ATOM series can be directed to the ATOM Editor-in-Chief, Shawn Godin, at

Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge 2022

The Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge (COMC) is Canada’s premier national mathematics competition open to any student with an interest in and grasp of high school math. The purpose of the COMC is to encourage students to explore, discover, and learn more about mathematics and problem solving. The competition serves to provide teachers with a unique student enrichment activity during the fall term. It is the most prestigious math competition in Canada, and one of the most prestigious in the Americas. The COMC is the only way to be invited to the CMS’ free, exclusive training camps and compete internationally as part of Math Team Canada!

Depending on their grade level and performance, students participating in the COMC will also have the opportunity to be considered for university scholarships, get invited to math camps, garner awards, and win prizes. This year’s challenge will be held on Thursday, October 27th.

Head to for more information or to register for COMC 2022!

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Bite-sized ideas for your math classroom.

  • Janice Novakowski and the British Columbia Reggio-Inspired Mathematics Project have created a monthly digital newsletter. Subscribe for new routines, games, and other resources for early math learners.
  • Scott Westwell shares great ideas for establishing classroom culture during the first days of a secondary math course in this Twitter thread.
  • Games offer children a great way to develop mathematical reasoning through logic and strategy. The curators of Show Me Your Math have compiled a great list of logic games here. 
  • Jennifer Barker describes an all-ages routine called “Tell Me Everything” in this short and sweet blog post. Watch the routine in action in a Kindergarten classroom in this video.
  • Shawn Godin’s Alternate Angles column on problem solving, previously published in The Variable, has a new home on the SMTS website. Check out his latest post, Slicing Squares.

the subscript is compiled by the executive of the Saskatchewan Mathematics Teachers’ Society. Suggestions are always welcome! Email