The Variable – Volume 4, Issue 1

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Volume 4, Issue 1 (Winter/Spring 2019) 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 issue, Dave Earl proposes a foundation for purposeful practice in the math classroom; Jules Bonin-Ducharmein The Variable‘s first bilingual piecesheds light on patterns of conversation in today’s math classrooms and the role of tasks in sparking classroom discussion; and Delise Andrews and Karla Bandemer encourage readers to also consider quality questioning as they prepare for meaningful mathematical discussions. In the latest Spotlight on the Profession, Glen Aikenhead dissects the popular characterization of mathematics as acultural and value-free and describes his vision for decolonizing mathematics instruction. 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 “Tangents,” which highlights local and national extracurricular opportunities for K-12 students interested in mathematics.

Last but not least, this 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 shares an abridged history of the Canadian Math Wars and his perspective on the state of the conflict today.

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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