The Variable – Volume 3, Issue 5

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Volume 3, Issue 5 (November/December 2018) of The Variable, periodical of the Saskatchewan Mathematics Teachers’ Society, has just been released! From Kindergarten to Grade 12, there is something for everyone.

In this month’s issue, Timothy Sibbald and Miranda Wheatsone share an activity guide for creating Escher art with hexagons in your classroom that may lead to a deeper investigation in the older gradesJacqueline Coomes shares an intriguing problem and describes the challenges that students faced while solving it and what they learned during the process;and Richelle Marynowski discusses deep understanding and the value of formative assessment in the classroom. You will also find our regular features, including Shawn Godin‘s “Alternate Angles,” which takes an in-depth look at intriguing problems and their solutions; “Intersections,” which will bring you up to date on upcoming professional development opportunities; and “Problems to Ponder,” where you will find a variety of interesting tasks for your K-12 classroom.

Last but not least, this month’s issue features the latest installment of “Math Ed Matters by MatthewMaddux,” a column by Egan Chernoff telling “slightly bent, untold, true stories of mathematics teaching and learning.” In this issue, Chernoff discusses the importance of consumeracy (a portmanteau of consumer and numeracy) and shares a favorite example.

To access this month’s issue, head to, where you will find this and all issues of The Variable free to read and download. And if you enjoy The Variable, remember share it with your colleagues and invite them to join the conversation!

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