The Variable – Volume 3, Issue 1

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Volume 3, Issue 1 (January/February 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, Ben Freeborn and Fran Armagh discuss the value of productive struggle, and how to support students in making progress on challenging tasks without taking over their thinking; Anamaria Ralph explores measurement in Kindergarten; and Malke Rosenfeld discusses whole-body learning and the surprising connections between mathematics and dance in this issue’s Spotlight on the Profession. You will also find our regular features, including Shawn Godin‘s “Alternate Angles,” which takes an in-depth look at some intriguing problems, including various methods that could be used to solve them, insights we get from their solution, the new paths that they can lead us to once they have been solved; “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 11 words which, year after year, strike fear into the hearts and minds of prospective elementary and secondary school math teachers on the first day of their math methods class.

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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