The Variable – Volume 5, Issue 2

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Volume 5, Issue 2 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, Jeff Irvine shares his favourite lesson: “Introduction to Logarithms” (p. 4); in “Family Math: Winning Them Over,” Cindy Kroon shares ideas for engaging families in math play and practice (p. 24); and Nicole Wessman-Enzinger shares pedagogical moves to help students make sense of integer numbers in the context of temperature problems (p. 16). 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 (p. 11); “Intersections,” which will bring you up to date on upcoming professional development opportunities (p. 32); and “Tangents,” which highlights extracurricular opportunities for K-12 students interested in mathematics (p. 36).

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 describes and proposes revisions for the names of a number of mathematical “diseases,” making his case for “reducing inflammation” (p. 41).

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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