The Variable – Volume 2, Issue 6

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Volume 2, Issue 6 (November/December 2017) 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, Suzanne Harper and Dana Cox share a strategy for incorporating problem solving into mathematics courses while, at the same time, managing the risks associated with creative mathematical work; Jennifer Brokofsky tackles the question “How can I help my child succeed in mathematics?”; and Shawn Godin shares some radical problems in his new regular column, “Alternate Angles.” You will also find our regular features, including “Spotlight on the Profession” (this month’s interview features Susan Milner, who shares her perspective on the value of play in the mathematics classroom); “Intersections,” which will bring you up to date on upcoming professional development opportunities; and “Problems to Ponder,” where you will find a range of rich problems for use in 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 shares “The Inside Joke on Math Lessons,” which draws an unlikely (at least, at first glance) parallel between stand-up comedy and the teaching and learning of mathematics.

To access this month’s issue, head to, where you will find this and all issues of The Variable free to read and download.

We hope you find this publication relevant and valuable for your teaching or personal interest – and if so, that you share it with your colleagues and invite them to join the conversation! If you have feedback, questions, or would like to contribute, we would love to hear from you – contact us at

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