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Friday, October 25
 

08:45

Welcome and Opening Ignite
Speakers
avatar for Janice Novakowski

Janice Novakowski

District Teacher Consultant, Richmond School District - Learning Services
Hi there - I have been a K-5 classroom teacher, learning resource teacher, teacher-librarian and math methods instructor and faculty advisor at UBC. I am currently supporting K-12 teachers in the area of mathematics in my role as a teacher consultant for my school district. I am interested... Read More →
avatar for Nikki Lineham

Nikki Lineham

Educating Now
avatar for Kanwal Neel

Kanwal Neel

Dr. Kanwal Singh Neel has retired from “active” teaching but continues his passion of mentoring new and re-certifying teachers. His diverse experiences as an educator have included being a classroom teacher, keynote and workshop presenter, software developer, consultant, researcher... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2019 08:45 - 09:30
Gym

09:45

All for One, and One for All?
Curriculum change can be disruptive and disconcerting for teachers and students alike. New and reoriented ideas and practices can lead to both further enjoyment and engagement for teachers and students. Ideas for planning, lessons and assessment that embraces an outlook for ALL will be suggested. Bring your questions!

Speakers
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Pamela Hagen

Pamela has many years experience teaching and specialising in elementary mathematics teaching and learning. Active in the BC and Canadian mathematics community Pamela passionately believes in the early learning of children and the inclusion of the affective domain of learning and... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2019 09:45 - 11:00
C109

09:45

Arguing Constructively in Math Class
Have you ever wanted your students to argue in math class? Do you wish your students were better at constructing and critiquing mathematical arguments? In this interactive workshop, you will experience a new instructional routine called Sharing Skepticism which is designed to inclusively develop ALL students’ ability to argue. Participants will unpack and critique the routine collaboratively and then prepare to enact the routine themselves.

Speakers
avatar for David Wees

David Wees

Senior Curriculum Developer, Dreambox Learning, Paperless Math
David runs workshops for teachers, writes mathematics curriculum, and consults with schools about their mathematics programs. He has taught mathematics and science in NYC, London, Bangkok, and Vancouver. The focus of his career is on the intersection of mathematics, education, and... Read More →



Friday October 25, 2019 09:45 - 11:00
A205

09:45

Introduction to a Thinking Classroom
We know that problem solving is an effective way for students to learn to think mathematically and to develop understanding of the mathematics they are learning. However, the infusion of problem-based learning into the mathematics curriculum does not help with the transformations we want to see in our classrooms. What we need are a set of practices that, along with good problems, can build a thinking classroom. Through modelling and deep engagement, we will unpack the basics of the Building Thinking Classrooms framework. This session is for teachers new to the Thinking Classroom framework.

Speakers
avatar for Peter Liljedahl

Peter Liljedahl

Professor, Simon Fraser University
Dr. Peter Liljedahl is a Professor of Mathematics Education in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. Peter is a former high school mathematics teacher who has kept his research interest and activities close to the classroom. He consults regularly... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2019 09:45 - 11:00
Comm. Bldg.

09:45

Introduction to Numeracy Tasks
Numeracy tasks are a great way to bring all students into the mathematics conversation, regardless of their background or previous attainment in mathematics. Working on these tasks collaboratively also results in students enacting both the curricular and core competencies. During this session, participants will have the opportunity to engage with a task, and then look at ways to implement in the classroom.

Speakers
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Rebekaah Stenner

Math Mentor Teacher, Mission School District


Friday October 25, 2019 09:45 - 11:00
C105

09:45

Mathematics of All
The vision of "math for all" challenges an elitist view of mathematics as only for the deserving few. But in pursuing a more humanistic, universally accessible approach to mathematics education, "math for all" stands on as strident a counter-claim—that we "all" really need mathematics to live/succeed/survive in this world. What if this was not the case? How would that affect the way we teach mathematics? In this talk, I will describe some of the pressure points that prop up both sides of these positions. I will also propose some ideas for a “mathematics of all" that both acknowledge and avoid the problematic nature of each extreme, and that strive towards a less western, ableist and utilitarian conception of mathematics.


Friday October 25, 2019 09:45 - 11:00
C206

09:45

Place, Story, Culture
While working on the Ministry of Education Video Project trying to highlight the new mathematics curriculum and its potential ways of implementation, we decided to work on the First Peoples curricular competencies. We were inspired by the idea of bentwood boxes and how they are constructed. This gave us an opportunity create two threads of learning: one for the teacher as learner and one for the students as learner. We will discuss and share our ideas, stages of implementation, and what we learned from this wonderful experience!

Speakers
avatar for Max Sterelyukhin

Max Sterelyukhin

Mathematics Teacher, Southridge School/SFU
I'm currently teaching at Southridge school, math 8-12. My interests are in discussion-based learning and teaching and engagement in a mathematics classroom.
avatar for Christine Younghusband

Christine Younghusband

Assistant Professor, University of Northern British Columbia
PowerPoint Presentation. https://www.dropbox.com/s/zibwnaukkd6ohl9/NWMC%202018%20Bridging%20the%20Gap%20with%20Nature.pptx?dl=0


Friday October 25, 2019 09:45 - 11:00
A103

09:45

Students Can Consolidate and Demonstrate Their Understandings by Creating a Simple App-Based Game
We have created an app that supports the development of conceptual mastery and fluency through creating and playing matching games. The greatest potential for this tool is realized when a teacher can engage students in creating their own matching games to consolidate, represent and demonstrate their conceptual understandings. In this presentation we will demonstrate the process of designing and creating cards, card sets, and game decks. Once the game deck is completed it can be shared (email, website, or direct) to support others in their ongoing efforts to build mastery, accuracy and fluency using MathTappers: MultiMatch (a free iPad app).

Speakers
avatar for Tim Pelton

Tim Pelton

Associate Professor, University of Victoria
Tim Pelton is an associate professor at the University of Victoria, where he teaches classes on mathematics pedagogy for elementary and middle schools and educational technology generally. Research interests include: creating and evaluating educational apps; and using appropriate... Read More →
avatar for Leslee Francis Pelton

Leslee Francis Pelton

Presenter, University of Victoria
Leslee Francis Pelton is an associate professor at the University of Victoria, where she teaches classes on mathematics pedagogy and educational technology. Research interests include: creating and evaluating educational apps; and the use of appropriate technologies to engage students... Read More →



Friday October 25, 2019 09:45 - 11:00
D102

09:45

Mathematical Problem Solving in Your Class: An Engaging Visual and Interactive Approach
We will experiment and discuss the potential of mathematical magic tricks and problem solving videos - available online, classroom ready, and free. We will discover the secrets of some magical tricks and explore multiple aspects of problem solving, including creativity and extensions. Active participation required!

Speakers
avatar for Frédéric Gourdeau

Frédéric Gourdeau

Professor, Laval University
I would be delighted to talk about mathematical magic, puzzles, math games, videos that get you going, anything and everything that helps teachers engage their students with math, logic, creativity and problem solving (in a broad sense). I am a mathematician, love working with teachers... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2019 09:45 - 11:00
C209

09:45

Continuums in Mathematics from Elementary to Post-Secondary
As instructors of a technical discipline, our job is to move our knowledge, techniques, and wisdom on to the next group. Mathematics can be taught in a continuum. Instructors must know the beginning and end of each continuum and know which threads of technique aid in developing the idea and teach from that perspective. Every instructor in elementary & middle school is teaching grade twelves! We will discuss three continuums that thread from elementary through to post–secondary: Grouping / Multiplying Continuum - Binomial Theorem; Discrete Mathematics Continuum—Linear Systems & Calculus; and Exponents Continuum—Logarithms & Exponential Relations.

Speakers

Friday October 25, 2019 09:45 - 11:00
C104

09:45

Cognitive Science and Learning
What is Cognitive Load Theory, and how does cognitive science and research inform our teaching practices? Dylan Wiliam, one of the leading thinkers in formative assessment and a proponent of helping teachers with useable and effective teaching methods, was recently quoted as saying “I've come to the conclusion that Sweller’s Cognitive Load Theory is the single most important thing for teachers to know.” During this workshop we will look at the roles that memory systems play in learning, the research behind Cognitive Load Theory (CLT) and practical teaching methods based on CLT that teachers can use in the classroom to help maximize learning.

Speakers
avatar for Doug Smith

Doug Smith

Teacher, VSB
Assessment, Inquiry, Technology, Engineering


Friday October 25, 2019 09:45 - 11:00
C202

09:45

Curricular Competencies: Engage the Learner
With all the new language in the updated curriculum it is important to remember to engage the learner with meaningful content. In this session we will use multimedia to create interesting problems that connect to our curricular competencies. Come prepared to watch and discuss.

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Friday October 25, 2019 09:45 - 11:00
C208

09:45

The Wurzelschnecke: Delightful Designs, Surprising Spirals and Hands-On Geometry
The beautiful Pythagorean Spiral (aka "Wurzelschnecke") offers a delightful hands-on inquiry exploration of right angle triangles and design for Gr. 7-12 classes. In this session, we will work on embodied, multisensory mathematics learning with the Wurzelschnecke and find inspiration for some fascinating lessons and projects. This spiral, made of 17 right-angle triangles easily drawn with ruler and pencil, lends itself to many beautiful and surprising design patterns (from jewellery to architecture), and gives life to the idea that mathematics and geometry have real-life meaning as the inspiration for many delightful designs.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Gerofsky

Susan Gerofsky

Associate Professor, Dept. of Curriculum & Pedagogy, UBC
I bring experience in a number of fields to an innovative, interdisciplinary approach to environmental education, curriculum theory and mathematics education. My embodied, arts-based approach to mathematics and environmental education is informed by my background in linguistics and... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2019 09:45 - 11:00
B101

09:45

EXHIBITOR: Let's Talk Intermediate Math!
How can we ensure students reach the end of grade seven feeling secure, to make a positive start on grade eight onwards? This presentation explores key issues we need to consider to help students be secure in skills. There will be a particular focus on how times tables knowledge (or lack of) has HUGE implications on the success of students. Come and check out the innovative math program/book Bridge the Gap Math™ (www.bridgethegapmath.ca.)

Speakers
avatar for Laurie Beesting

Laurie Beesting

Primary/Elementary Education Specialist & Educational Author, dba Bridge the Gap Math
I am Laurie Beesting, mainstream school teacher (now private math teacher) of 29 years and author of Bridge the Gap Math™- a new and DIFFERENT math book/program to firm up JUST the often-missing-but-really-need-to-know-bits from the Intermediate (G4-7) curriculum. Since 2011, I... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2019 09:45 - 11:00
C211

09:45

Linear Relations Across the Grades
We’ll explore the big ideas in BC’s revised curriculum related to patterns and relations—specifically linear relations—in Math 6 through Pre-Calculus and Foundations of Math 10. Participants will actively engage in and discuss several rich tasks drawing from both “real-world” and “naked number” contexts. Instructional strategies that invite students to visualize, represent, connect, discuss, and make sense of these ideas will be shared. Further, we’ll discuss what to look for with respect to classroom assessment.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Hunter

Chris Hunter

K-12 Numeracy Helping Teacher, Surrey Schools
NWMC Program Co-ChairTwitter: @ChrisHunter36


Friday October 25, 2019 09:45 - 11:00
C106

09:45

Supporting Math Inquiry in Middle School
In this practical and hands-on session, we will explore a variety of rich tasks and strategies to get your students doing math inquiry that goes beyond problem-solving. You will leave with tools to help you plan and assess inquiry tasks as well.

Speakers
avatar for Joshua Angiola

Joshua Angiola

Teacher Consultant - Math & Science, SD40 New Westminster
I'm the Math & Science Curriculum Facilitator for New Westminster Schools. I've been a teacher since 2007. I also work occasionally for Douglas College in their Math & Science TEacher (MSTE) program and for UBC in the department of Curriculum & Pedagogy. I'm an avid orchid grower... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2019 09:45 - 11:00
C210

09:45

The Power In Being Able to Read Mathematics
What does it mean to read mathematics? Do your students read mathematics? Do your students read to learn mathematics? During this session I will share my ideas and exploration into reading to learn mathematics. Be prepared to interact and consider learning mathematics from a student's perspective of what it is and means to read mathematics. You will take away relevant ideas that can be immediately applied to your mathematics classroom.

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Friday October 25, 2019 09:45 - 11:00
C205

09:45

EXHIBITOR: Standards-Based Assessment in the New BC Curriculum
Are you currently using or interested in implementing a standards-based approach to assessment in your classroom? Assessing achievement related to the new curricular competencies provides valuable information about what students can do, know and understand. This workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to try a made-in-BC online tool that makes it easier for teachers to collect a variety of assessment data types. Our application generates accurate student reports that track their progress and can be shared with parents and colleagues. This is a "bring-your-own-device" workshop.

Speakers
avatar for Bruce McAskill

Bruce McAskill

Teacher, St. Michaels University School
For the past 29 years I have worked in a variety of educational areas. These include as a Teacher, Department Head, Provincial Curriculum Coordinator & Manager, International Curriculum and Learning Resource Consultant, and Textbook Consultant/Writer. I'm presently focused on exploring... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2019 09:45 - 11:00
A202

09:45

Differentiated Learning and Assessment
How do you engage, teach, and assess all students in a diverse-ability math class? This session will discuss my journey through differentiated learning and standards based assessment: where I started, where I'm at now, and where I'd like to get to. I will share resources to help participants get started on their own journeys, and will provide time for questions and discussions.

Speakers
KS

Kristina Stefanek

teacher, George Elliot Secondary


Friday October 25, 2019 09:45 - 11:00
C207

09:45

Assessing Curricular Competencies in Math 8 and 9
BC's new math curriculum brings a welcome shift from focusing solely on content to a curriculum that also incorporates important mathematical skills, the curricular competencies (CC). Yet, determining how to assess CC can be tricky. I will share math 8/9 CC rubrics that I adapted from Marc Garneau's work and will explain how my students use them to self-assess and track their own progress, and also how I use them for summative assessment. They are not perfect however, and so the session will incorporate a time for participant input for improving them. Participants will be provided with the revised rubrics.

Speakers
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Elysia Dubland

Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary


Friday October 25, 2019 09:45 - 11:00
Library

09:45

Differentiating So that All Your Class Learns and Has Fun in Math
Come and discover a myriad of ideas that can be used to differentiate in math so that all your students are learning while having fun, meeting the learning standards, and being engaged. This workshop will be hands-on. Activities are based on ideas that my own students have devised.

Speakers
avatar for Stella Fleming

Stella Fleming

Primary Team Lead, Lighthouse Christian Academy
Stella Fleming is an educator who believes in making learning fun and successful. She creates a sense of community and belonging in the classroom. She allows her students to design the learning for the day and fits the curricular expectations around it. Stella has taught in the... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2019 09:45 - 11:00
A206/207

09:45

Mathematizing Spaces: Making our Schools Math Curious Places
Math is all around us, but often goes unnoticed. How can we use playful provocations in and around our schools to fuel math thinking and talk among students and adults? This session will demonstrate simple strategies teachers and parents can use to invite more learners to do more math in more places. We will explore how to notice, engage, and prompt mathematical moments. Participants will access freely available resources designed to encourage children to notice and talk about math in their environment.

Speakers
avatar for Molly Daley

Molly Daley

Regional Mathematics Coordinator, ESD112
I used to find math distasteful, but now I math for fun. Through my work I hope to help children and their grown-ups develop productive beliefs and positive dispositions about math, math learning, and math teaching. Looking for mathematical opportunities everywhere. Follow our project... Read More →



Friday October 25, 2019 09:45 - 11:00
C110

09:45

Solving Challenging Word Problems Using the Bar Model
Problem solving is at the heart of mathematics education, but it remains a difficult area for both students and teachers alike. Often the Bar Model Method is the catalyst that allows students to improve their problem solving skills significantly. This session will examine how teachers can use the limited time they have to ensure students become confident and successful at solving complex word problems.

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Friday October 25, 2019 09:45 - 11:00
C111

09:45

Reggio-Inspired Mathematics: Principles, Practices, Provocations and Projects
The Reggio-Inspired Mathematics collaborative professional inquiry project brings educators from many BC districts together to examine the principles and practices of a Reggio-inspired approach to the teaching and learning of mathematics. In this welcome and overview session for our mini-conference, stories from classrooms and our district projects will be shared with a focus on the principles and practices we are using to create opportunities for joyful learning of mathematics in our K-5 classrooms.

Speakers
avatar for Janice Novakowski

Janice Novakowski

District Teacher Consultant, Richmond School District - Learning Services
Hi there - I have been a K-5 classroom teacher, learning resource teacher, teacher-librarian and math methods instructor and faculty advisor at UBC. I am currently supporting K-12 teachers in the area of mathematics in my role as a teacher consultant for my school district. I am interested... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2019 09:45 - 11:00
Gym

09:45

EXHIBITOR: Setting Your Kindergarten Students Up for Math Success
It is said that “all you really need to know you learn in Kindergarten.” With this in mind, explore how to set your kindergarten students and classroom up for math success! This workshop will cover best practices for setting up your play-based classroom, provocations in learning spaces, math talks, differentiated instruction, developmental learning, assessment and teaching strategies, ready to use provocation samples and activities will be provided to try in your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Nelson

Nelson

Nelson is Canada's leading educational publisher providing innovative products and solutions for learners of all ages. Nelson values and respects the lifelong learning continuum and dedicates its business efforts to the diverse learning needs of students and educators alike. Nelson... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2019 09:45 - 11:00
C108

09:45

Logarithms, Fraud and Randomness
Come participate in a classroom lesson that has been developed to investigate the link between logarithms, fraud detection, and what it means to be random. Participants will experience the lesson as a student and will hopefully leave with more questions than answers (and something you could use as a cool activity the next time you teach logarithms). Bring a pencil, a calculator and a laptop for the best experience, but they aren't required.

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Stephan Hautz

Senior Math Teacher, Collingwood School


Friday October 25, 2019 09:45 - 11:00
C204

11:15

"You Expect Me to Remember THAT?"
As a math teacher, I often hear students complain that I expect them to remember something from a past class (or unit! or year!). This session is intended to help teachers (and students) understand how we learn, specifically how memory and learning are interconnected. We will connect a summary of the latest research in cognitive psychology as it relates to memory and learning with some practical take-aways that you can use next class. Learn how retrieving, predicting, interleaving, mixed practice, and the testing effect can help students remember concepts and improve understanding in your class.

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Friday October 25, 2019 11:15 - 12:30
C209

11:15

Addressing Diversity Through a Framework for Balanced Numeracy
How might a framework of balanced numeracy help teachers to address and respond to diversity in learning, instruction, and assessment? Members from the BC Numeracy Network will share their teacher resource for creating a balanced numeracy program and address opportunities and challenges related to diversity in learning through the lenses of the six components: foundations, assessment, connections, environment, instruction, and engagement.

Speakers
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Debbie Nelson

Curriculum Support Teacher, Comox Valley Schools
avatar for Jennifer Carter

Jennifer Carter

Numeracy Coordinator, SD#22
Jen Carter is the Numeracy Coordinator for SD#22


Friday October 25, 2019 11:15 - 12:30
C206

11:15

Assessment in a Thinking Classroom
Thinking Classrooms is a framework for teaching developed by Dr. Peter Liljedahl, that has been implemented in classrooms across the country and internationally. I have been learning about and implementing this framework both in my own classroom and in my district. With BC's new curriculum being enacted in a thinking classroom, traditional assessment practices don't seem to align. In this workshop I will share some strategies for assessing both the curricular competencies and content.

Speakers
RS

Rebekaah Stenner

Math Mentor Teacher, Mission School District


Friday October 25, 2019 11:15 - 12:30
Comm. Bldg.

11:15

Exploring Tessellations and Discovering Them in Coast Salish Art
We introduce tessellations by first taking a historical view of how humankind became attracted to this form of dividing a plane. In groups, we will explore how triangles, quadrilaterals, and other polygons can tessellate the plane and what symmetries (translation, rotation, reflection, glide-reflection) some tessellations exhibit. Through these activities pertinent terminology and mathematical notations are introduced. We will then have a look at the work of Coast Salish artist Qwul’thilum (Dylan Thomas).

Speakers
avatar for Petra Menz

Petra Menz

Senior Lecturer, Simon Fraser University
I am particularly interested in helping students transition from high school to post-secondary education as well as teaching mathematics to students who want to become elementary teachers.


Friday October 25, 2019 11:15 - 12:30
B101

11:15

Games and Puzzles K-12
Playing games and solving puzzles are a great way to improve engagement, develop positive classroom culture and develop mathematical thinking in your students. We have found that when the same games and puzzles are given to elementary level through to senior secondary mathematics, the complexity of the mathematics discovered may be different, but the energy and positive affect that students demonstrate is the same. In this workshop we will share our experiences with a number of these puzzles and games and the mathematics that students have developed through them.

Speakers
avatar for Leanne Pruner

Leanne Pruner

Ridgeview Elementary
I teach grade 5 at Ridgeview elementary school in West Vancouver. I have just finished my Master's degree in Numeracy at Simon Fraser University.
avatar for Michael Pruner

Michael Pruner

Windsor Secondary School
Michael is a high school mathematics teacher at Windsor Secondary School in North Vancouver. He is a past president for the BCAMT and a doctoral student at Simon Fraser University in Mathematics Education. He has been using non-routine (or competency) type math tasks as a focus in... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2019 11:15 - 12:30
A206/207

11:15

Integrating Ethnomathematics in Your Math Class
This session will provide a short overview of ethnomathematics and where it is found in our BC math curriculum. We will explore hands-on activities and strategies that will better allow us to teach the culturally diverse students in our classrooms. We will also explore different world-views, including indigenous world-views as a way of better understanding the First Peoples Principles of Learning in math education.

Speakers
avatar for Nikki Lineham

Nikki Lineham

Educating Now


Friday October 25, 2019 11:15 - 12:30
A103

11:15

Math Pop-ups: Bringing Math into Communities
When you hear about a “pop-up” you probably think of a sneaker line offering a limited-time pop-up shop or a temporary art exhibit. But what if mathematics could be offered as a pop-up experience? In this presentation, we will share our experiences creating “Math Pop-ups” in community spaces, such as the library, school, or the mall! “Math Pop-ups” offer hands-on mathematics to community members of all ages and make math accessible to everyone. We will share some feedback we have received in our efforts to bring math into communities and offer suggestions for how to get started hosting your own “Math Pop-up” in your school or community.


Friday October 25, 2019 11:15 - 12:30
C108

11:15

Parents as Partners: Communicating with Parents
Developing partnerships with parents is an important part of students’ academic development in mathematics. However, research into teaching and learning has resulted in a mathematics classroom which is different from the one many parents remember. This session will focus on some strategies used to build parent partnerships.

Speakers
avatar for Richard DeMerchant

Richard DeMerchant

Middle School Teacher, St. Michael’s University School
Richard DeMerchant worked in the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Alberta before settling in British Columbia. While he has spent the majority of his career as a classroom teacher he has also worked as a mathematics, science and technology coordinator at the provincial and territorial... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2019 11:15 - 12:30
C104

11:15

What is a "Sandwich Unit"?
What if we designated one skill a year as “indispensible”? How would we guarantee that all our students move on to the next grade with good mastery of at least that skill? Our answer is what we call “sandwich units.” Start the most important concept early in the school year. Use concrete investigations and games, withholding the algorithm. Go on to other units as usual, but keep touching on that vital concept for weeks or months, using puzzles, investigations and challenges. Finally, in the spring, offer the algorithm as an alternative, and finish the year with practice at the abstract level. Come with questions!

Speakers
avatar for Kathleen Jalalpour

Kathleen Jalalpour

teacher, Keys School
Kathleen and Corrinne have been teaching Singapore math at Keys School for 13 years, and also do school trainings through the Pi Project. Singapore Math was the origin of our focus on Concrete -> Pictorial -> Abstract -> Challenge, and we see how appropriate this is for the multitude... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2019 11:15 - 12:30
A205

11:15

Fun, engaging math activities for students grade 5-7
As a math support teacher, I regularly go into classrooms to do a math session for 15-30 minutes.
I have accumulated activities that are engaging, help students to develop a deeper understanding of the math involved, and help students to like math just a little more.

Speakers

Friday October 25, 2019 11:15 - 12:30
C105

11:15

Active Problem Solving—Get Students Up and Moving with Math
Get your students up and moving while engaging their brains in problem solving. Involve students in creative ways to problem solve that don't just rely on pen and paper. When students are up and moving, they have the ability to think creatively, critically, and logically, the ability to structure, organize, and process information and engage in the enjoyment of an intellectual challenge. You will come away with ideas and projects that you can use in your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Erin Houston

Erin Houston

Teacher, Horizon School Division
Math, Robotics and PE teacher.


Friday October 25, 2019 11:15 - 12:30
C210

11:15

Know Where to Start: How Students Learn Math
Critical concepts and skills learned in the early grades lay a foundation for deeper mathematics learning in the older grades. We know this foundation is not evenly distributed amongst the learners in our classrooms. So how do we support and stretch ALL our learners? We need to be familiar with the developmental progressions of critical skills and concepts and then use them to determine where to start with our students and where we are taking them. Participants will leave this session with a better understanding of the developmental progressions, how students learn them and how that can inform teachers' daily, weekly, and year plans.

Speakers
avatar for Jacob Martens

Jacob Martens

Math Coordinator, Delta School District
How do we support ALL students becoming numerate as they progress from Kindergarten to Secondary School? Love to learn with, from and for others. Let's talk about concept progressions, assessment for learning, how people learn.



Friday October 25, 2019 11:15 - 12:30
C111

11:15

Clothesline Math: The Master Number Sense Maker
Come learn how an open number line can help build the number sense of your students! In this session, you’ll first experience Clothesline Math just as your students would. You’ll engage in discourse about the relative placement of numbers—whole numbers, fractions, decimals, integers—on a dynamic number line. Together, we’ll discuss the purposeful planning, questioning strategies, and “teacher moves” that drive this transformative instructional routine. We’ll talk about ways to engage and support all learners in your classroom. Resources to successfully facilitate Clothesline Math will be shared.

Speakers
avatar for Alex Sabell

Alex Sabell

Intermediate Teacher, Bothwell Elementary
avatar for Chris Hunter

Chris Hunter

K-12 Numeracy Helping Teacher, Surrey Schools
NWMC Program Co-ChairTwitter: @ChrisHunter36


Friday October 25, 2019 11:15 - 12:30
C106

11:15

Computer Science: Creativity, Data, and Analysis
Computer Science is now officially a mathematics course in BC. What does that mean for those who've already been teaching programming in an IT context? What does it mean for math teachers who want to teach the new course? This session will give an overview of the key differences between the old (but still alive) Computer Programming courses and the new Computer Science 11/12, a bit of background on why those differences exist, and an introduction to new-to-secondary ideas such as Big O notation. Come ready to discuss, share, and connect!

Speakers
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Josh Giesbrecht

Teacher, ASIA Sumas
Talk to me about digital media, mathematics education, creative coding, how awesome kids are to teach, and anything else sufficiently nerdy!


Friday October 25, 2019 11:15 - 12:30
D102

11:15

Concepts and Routines for Secondary Classrooms: What We Can Learn from Elementary
Having transitioned from a high school math teacher into a role supporting K-12, I have learned so much from elementary classrooms about how concepts in number and patterning develop across the years. Come explore how these powerful foundations, and classroom routines, can extend into high school level concepts of number, algebra, and functions.

Speakers
avatar for Marc Garneau

Marc Garneau

Numeracy Helping Teacher, Surrey School District


Friday October 25, 2019 11:15 - 12:30
C204

11:15

Criteria Based Assessment in Math
Criteria based assessment guides us in assessing our students against specific outcomes and specific levels of achievement which is the cornerstone for informing students where they’re at and how they can improve (formative assessment). Standards based grading is a type of criteria assessment used in day to day practice. This workshop will give an overview of criteria based assessment and details on the why and how of implementing standards based grading in your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Doug Smith

Doug Smith

Teacher, VSB
Assessment, Inquiry, Technology, Engineering


Friday October 25, 2019 11:15 - 12:30
C208

11:15

Reinvigorating Your Math Class - Engage in Plasticine and Money
Join Deanna and Adam in creating an enjoyable math experience where each and every learner reinforces their learning and demonstrates competencies. Using plasticine as a math manipulative will be demonstrated through research and their own student experiences. Topics include: fine-motor skills, number formation, subitizing, place value, geometry, operations, estimation, number lines, and partitioning

Speakers
avatar for Deanna Brajcich

Deanna Brajcich

Wishart Elementary
Twenty-five years ago, Deanna Brajcich started her career teaching Grade 9/10 Math and French. She gradually changed grades and schools to find herself teaching Grade 5! In addition to working with students, she enjoys working with adult learners. She was a Numeracy Coordinator mentoring... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2019 11:15 - 12:30
C110

11:15

Spatial Reasoning in the New Math Curriculum
Research shows that spatial reasoning is critical to mathematical thinking, and better predicts future math success than verbal and math skills. It also plays an integral role in the new math curriculum. It is therefore crucial to emphasize spatial reasoning and visualization in the primary grades. This practical, hands-on workshop offers a fascinating overview of spatial reasoning, with simulations to explore your own spatial reasoning abilities. It also offers a wide variety of spatial reasoning and visualization activities that support the curriculum and can immediately be integrated into existing math programs.

Speakers
avatar for Diane Stang

Diane Stang

National Math Consultant, Scholastic Education
Diane Stang has been an educator for over 40 years, working in variousroles in the public and private sector. She began her career as a classroomand special education teacher in Ontario and British Columbia, and later, as a systems resource coach. Next, she became a student achievement... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2019 11:15 - 12:30
C109

11:15

Reggio-Inspired Mathematics in Intermediate Classrooms
Join Lauren, Kelli, Vanessa and Annie to hear about ways these teachers have bridged Reggio-Inspired principles and practices into the intermediate classroom. Examples of classroom mathematics investigations, projects and use of materials will be shared from grades 3-7 contexts, including French Immersion classes.


Friday October 25, 2019 11:15 - 12:30
B205

11:15

Reggio-Inspired Mathematics: Math Explorations in Kindergarten
Join Alana and Vanessa in exploring and provoking the possibilities that exist for kindergarten students to play with, explore, and demonstrate their understanding and thinking about mathematical ideas through the use of loose parts, nature, art, and manipulatives.


Friday October 25, 2019 11:15 - 12:30
B202

11:15

Reggio-Inspired Mathematics: Mathematical Thinking Through Outdoor Experiences
How can outdoor experiences inspire mathematical thinking in our learners? Come and explore how place-based possibilities in the school garden, grounds, and community can uncover mathematical concepts and nurture competencies for all! Sarah, Lauren and Sharon will share stories from their classroom experiences and look closer at materials and documentation, and consider the role of questions in nurturing mathematical learning in our own contexts.


Friday October 25, 2019 11:15 - 12:30
B204

11:15

Reggio-Inspired Mathematics: Pedagogical Practices
What is the role of the teacher when considering Reggio-inspired pedagogy? In this session, Michelle will share ideas for planning for, enacting opportunities for learning and assessing mathematical thinking through a responsive approach to the teaching and learning relationship. Ways of developing a study of a concept, thinking about the importance of the classroom environment and building a mathematical community will be shared based on stories from Michelle’s classroom experiences.

Speakers

Friday October 25, 2019 11:15 - 12:30
B201

11:15

Reggio-Inspired Mathematics: Spatial Thinking in the Early Years
Join Laura, Sonia and Megan and explore the importance of embedding spatial and geometric thinking in the early years (and beyond). Together, we will review some of the activities and concepts from the resource, "Taking Shape" (Moss et al. 2016), including topics like symmetry, composing and decomposing 2D and 3D objects, and perspective-taking. We will also explore hands-on, practical ways to embed spatial thinking into outdoor, place-based learning.


Friday October 25, 2019 11:15 - 12:30
B203

11:15

Inquiry in Pre-calculus 12
BC's new curriculum requires that Pre-calculus 12 students learn through inquiry, identify and solve problems, model situational contexts with mathematics, and think creatively with curiosity and wonder, to name just a few of the curricular competencies (CC's). I will share three projects that I created for Pre-calculus 12 that incorporate these and many of the other CC's, especially inquiry. The workshop will also include a time for feedback on how to improve the projects. Participants will be provided with the revised project resources.

Speakers
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Elysia Dubland

Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary


Friday October 25, 2019 11:15 - 12:30
Library

11:15

Statistics 12: The New Beginning for Statistical Education in BC
This year sees the introduction of the new Statistics 12 elective course in BC. It is expected that Statistics 12 will attract a diverse group of students, including some who would not otherwise have opted for a mathematical elective at grade 12. This workshop will highlight key aspects in statistical thinking that are core to Statistics 12 and propose ways in which statistics educators in the province may help support teachers offering the new course. It is also hoped to share experiences from colleagues who are teaching Statistics 12.

Speakers
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Bruce Dunham

Professor of Teaching, Department of Statistics, UBC-V
Bruce Dunham is a Professor of Teaching in the Department of Statistics at the University of British Columbia. Prior to arriving at UBC in 2005 he held positions at the universities of Nottingham and Derby in England, his native country. Prof. Dunham studied at the University of London... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2019 11:15 - 12:30
C205

13:15

Cryptography: Code Cracking Through The Ages
Secrets and coded messages, wars and cyber security. For centuries, the human race has relied on mathematics to help secure its most valuable information and assets. In this session, we will investigate the connection between mathematics and coded messages that has fascinated civilizations for centuries.

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Friday October 25, 2019 13:15 - 14:30
C210

13:15

Exploring Similarities and Differences: Teaching and Learning Elementary Mathematics in China
What can we learn from examining the teaching and learning processes in typical Chinese (Shanghai) mathematics classes? We will share our experiences working with students and teachers in China, present examples of authentic classroom instruction in Shanghai, engage participants in a discussion on the apparent similarities and differences, and identify areas where further exploration and collaboration may be helpful.

Speakers
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Leslee Francis Pelton

Presenter, University of Victoria
Leslee Francis Pelton is an associate professor at the University of Victoria, where she teaches classes on mathematics pedagogy and educational technology. Research interests include: creating and evaluating educational apps; and the use of appropriate technologies to engage students... Read More →
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Tim Pelton

Associate Professor, University of Victoria
Tim Pelton is an associate professor at the University of Victoria, where he teaches classes on mathematics pedagogy for elementary and middle schools and educational technology generally. Research interests include: creating and evaluating educational apps; and using appropriate... Read More →



Friday October 25, 2019 13:15 - 14:30
C202

13:15

Thinking Deeper about the Thinking Classroom
In this session teachers will explore the deeper dimensions, implications, and innovations of the Building Thinking Classrooms framework. This session is for teachers who are already implementing the Building Thinking Classrooms framework as their primary mode of teaching.

Speakers
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Peter Liljedahl

Professor, Simon Fraser University
Dr. Peter Liljedahl is a Professor of Mathematics Education in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. Peter is a former high school mathematics teacher who has kept his research interest and activities close to the classroom. He consults regularly... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2019 13:15 - 14:30
Comm. Bldg.

13:15

EXHIBITOR: Using Simulations to Support Computational Thinking in Your Classroom
In the digital age, computational thinking is an essential skill for students and educators alike. This systematic approach to solving problems is at the foundation of math and science, not just computer science. Join us for this session where we’ll discuss how computational thinking can support student success in math and science through the use of online interactive simulations like Gizmos.

Speakers
avatar for Holly Ralph

Holly Ralph

Certified Trainer, ExploreLearning
Having taught for 30 years, I'm excited about the help technology is giving teachers and students. There are so many new ways to develop understanding and they are so much more fun! I received a Prime Minister's award for teaching excellence in Math, Science and Technology years... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2019 13:15 - 14:30
D102

13:15

Exploring Multiplication with TouchTimes
Do your students struggle with multiplication? In this session we will share an innovative iPad app, TouchTimes, that has been designed to provoke student thinking about multiplication in alternative ways to repeated addition. Our session looks to balance best practices that have emerged from research with practical results that work in the classroom. We will share the app and how it effectively addresses areas of the new curriculum and describe how we have used it with elementary students.



Friday October 25, 2019 13:15 - 14:30
C111

13:15

From Patterns to Linear Expressions in Storied Indigenous Context
In this hands-on workshop we will share a cross-curricular, cross-grade unit that takes learners from simple patterning in late primary and moves them forward on a mathematical journey where they will encounter stories and songs that incorporate Indigenous languages, oral histories, supernatural creatures, cedar weaving and, eventually, a concrete comprehension of linear expressions and algebraic understanding at the early secondary level. This unit was developed in collaboration with local Indigenous knowledge holders, literature, oral histories, art and design. Take home lesson plans, weave with faux cedar, and gather great new ideas!

Speakers
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Tannis Calder

Curriculum Specialist Teacher (Math/AbEd), SD52 (Prince Rupert)
Tannis Calder is teacher and curriculum developer passionate about finding ways to make education meaningful to students through place and culture-based practices and greater understanding through imaginative Development. Tannis Is currently working as a Curriculum Specialist Teacher... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2019 13:15 - 14:30
A103

13:15

Strategy Math Games
Strategy math games allow students to use logic, problem solving, and deductive reasoning, as well as engaging students in their mathematics. Whether games are used as a brain break, or as a conceptual lesson, you will be sure to reach each student in the classroom. Come join us for simple ready to use games that you can incorporate into your classroom.

Speakers
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Erin Houston

Teacher, Horizon School Division
Math, Robotics and PE teacher.


Friday October 25, 2019 13:15 - 14:30
A206/207

13:15

Visualization Tasks in Math Class
Visualization tasks allow students to imagine, draw and talk about a geometric or spatial situation. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in several visualization tasks. They will also learn about student work generated by students in grades 8 through 10 who engaged with visualization tasks and what the presenter has learned about visualization through this exploration with her students.

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Friday October 25, 2019 13:15 - 14:30
C209

13:15

Teaching Students to be Thinkers and Doers
How do we help students who struggle when overwhelmed with complex science and math tasks? Numeracy requires students to develop the ability, confidence and willingness to make meaning of a variety of text forms. In this session, we will share teaching tools that develop literacy, teach self-monitoring skills and promote higher-level thinking so that all our students can experience success. “It’s not what you teach us, but how you make us think!”

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Mikulin

Jeff Mikulin

Learning Coordinator- Math and Science


Friday October 25, 2019 13:15 - 14:30
C105

13:15

I Do So Like Them...STATS I Am
Statistics in secondary school from Math 8/9 to Foundations 11 to AP Stats. How can we motivate students to learn about statistics?


Friday October 25, 2019 13:15 - 14:30
C205

13:15

Managing money as your future-self: Role play for grades 7-9
Introduction to an engaging student money-management skill-development activity (grades 7–9). Role playing their 25-year-old future-selves, students are tasked with developing life goals and allocating income in a personal monthly budget. Requires planning, and balancing savings and spending to attain personal goals. Students focus on the value of setting financial goals and developing planning skills to reach them through budgeting, or conscious saving and spending. Attendees will engage with a hands-on experience of the activity and communicating examples of the students’ experiences.

Speakers
avatar for Mary Connolly

Mary Connolly

Financial Literacy Education, UBC


Friday October 25, 2019 13:15 - 14:30
C206

13:15

Teaching using problems and projects
I’ve recently been teaching the workplace 11 course using mostly problems and projects, where students are expected to understand the problem, flexibly apply their mathematical skills and knowledge to solve the problem, and decide whether their solution fits the problem. The results are mostly positive – students are engaged with these problems and they demonstrate their thinking in the process and communicate these thinking in their submitted solutions. In this workshop, I will be sharing some of the resources I’ve used in my workplace 11 class and my experiences with teaching using these problems.

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Friday October 25, 2019 13:15 - 14:30
C104

13:15

Panel Discussion: Competencies and Content in Secondary Assessment
With the changing curriculum, secondary teachers are facing a tough question: How do I incorporate these competencies into my gradebook in a way that's meaningful, practical, and leading students to excellence? In this panel discussion, we'll hear from secondary classroom teachers who have been working on these problems for the last few years what's worked for them, what hasn't and how they bring it all together when report card time comes. Bring your questions!

Speakers
avatar for Bruce McAskill

Bruce McAskill

Teacher, St. Michaels University School
For the past 29 years I have worked in a variety of educational areas. These include as a Teacher, Department Head, Provincial Curriculum Coordinator & Manager, International Curriculum and Learning Resource Consultant, and Textbook Consultant/Writer. I'm presently focused on exploring... Read More →
JG

Josh Giesbrecht

Teacher, ASIA Sumas
Talk to me about digital media, mathematics education, creative coding, how awesome kids are to teach, and anything else sufficiently nerdy!
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Michael Pruner

Windsor Secondary School
Michael is a high school mathematics teacher at Windsor Secondary School in North Vancouver. He is a past president for the BCAMT and a doctoral student at Simon Fraser University in Mathematics Education. He has been using non-routine (or competency) type math tasks as a focus in... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2019 13:15 - 14:30
Library

13:15

Balanced Math Instruction
This workshop for primary teachers focuses on practical ways to deliver balanced instruction, which includes problem solving, math talk, strategies for achieving computational fluency, and meaningful practice. It also includes specific examples on making math relevant to students’ lives by connecting across the different areas of math like number, spatial sense, and patterns and to other subject areas, such as literacy and science.

Speakers
avatar for Diane Stang

Diane Stang

National Math Consultant, Scholastic Education
Diane Stang has been an educator for over 40 years, working in variousroles in the public and private sector. She began her career as a classroomand special education teacher in Ontario and British Columbia, and later, as a systems resource coach. Next, she became a student achievement... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2019 13:15 - 14:30
C109

13:15

Building Resiliency and Engagement Through the Use of Daily Math Number Routines Using 10 Frames and Quick Images
Using 10 Frames and Quick Images as part of our weekly math warm up routine we can support primary students in thinking flexibly about numbers, develop and use multiple strategies in problem solving, and communicate and reflect on mathematical thinking in many ways.There are multiple ways of approaching a mathematical problem and through daily number routines, students build confidence to find relationships, explore their sense of mathematical reasoning and problem solving. Daily number routines provide students with consistent opportunity to 'bump' into numbers while they are being scaffolded through facilitated discussions.

Speakers
avatar for Neva Whintors

Neva Whintors

teacher
I am a primary teacher in the Surrey School District. I strive to engage students in meaningful hands on learning experiences in an environment that encourages curiosity, wonder, and risk taking. Using Quick Images as a daily warm up routine allows our students to build confidence... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2019 13:15 - 14:30
C108

13:15

Supporting ELLs Problem Solving: What’s a Picture Worth?
Picture (wordless or minimally worded) problems offer a format wherein children (ELLs and non-ELLs) need to interpret the context and make sense of, and decisions about, the related mathematics in order to solve them, just as they would when solving word problems, where language carries the meaning. After solving and discussing a sampling of picture problems, we will explore ways in which we might use these, or generate others, in order to “translate” English word problems into more equitable learning opportunities for our culturally and linguistically diverse learners. After all, what is it they say a picture is worth?

Speakers
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Ann Anderson

Professor, University of British Columbia
Ann Anderson is professor in the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy. Her research includes working with families from diverse cultural backgrounds to understand ways in which young children’s multi-literacies are supported prior to and in the early years of school. In addition... Read More →



Friday October 25, 2019 13:15 - 14:30
C110

13:15

REPEAT Reggio-Inspired Mathematics: Math Explorations in Kindergarten
Join Alana and Vanessa in exploring and provoking the possibilities that exist for kindergarten students to play with, explore, and demonstrate their understanding and thinking about mathematical ideas through the use of loose parts, nature, art, and manipulatives.


Friday October 25, 2019 13:15 - 14:30
B202

13:15

REPEAT Reggio-Inspired Mathematics: Mathematical Thinking Through Outdoor Experiences
How can outdoor experiences inspire mathematical thinking in our learners? Come and explore how place-based possibilities in the school garden, grounds, and community can uncover mathematical concepts and nurture competencies for all! Sarah, Lauren and Sharon will share stories from their classroom experiences and look closer at materials and documentation, and consider the role of questions in nurturing mathematical learning in our own contexts.


Friday October 25, 2019 13:15 - 14:30
B204

13:15

REPEAT Reggio-Inspired Mathematics: Spatial Thinking in the Early Years
Join Laura, Sonia and Megan and explore the importance of embedding spatial and geometric thinking in the early years (and beyond). Together, we will review some of the activities and concepts from the resource, "Taking Shape" (Moss et al. 2016), including topics like symmetry, composing and decomposing 2D and 3D objects, and perspective-taking. We will also explore hands-on, practical ways to embed spatial thinking into outdoor, place-based learning.


Friday October 25, 2019 13:15 - 14:30
B203

13:15

REPEAT: Reggio-Inspired Mathematics in Intermediate Classrooms
Join Lauren, Kelli, Vanessa and Annie to hear about ways these teachers have bridged Reggio-Inspired principles and practices into the intermediate classroom. Examples of classroom mathematics investigations, projects and use of materials will be shared from grades 3-7 contexts, including French Immersion classes.


Friday October 25, 2019 13:15 - 14:30
B205

13:15

Storytelling and Math
How do storytelling and mathematics intersect? How is both language development and mathematical understanding enhanced through storytelling? Janice will share examples from classrooms that have been using storytelling as a way to develop mathematical discourse and develop understanding of the mathematics of counting, decomposing and number operations and other mathematical concepts.

Speakers
avatar for Janice Novakowski

Janice Novakowski

District Teacher Consultant, Richmond School District - Learning Services
Hi there - I have been a K-5 classroom teacher, learning resource teacher, teacher-librarian and math methods instructor and faculty advisor at UBC. I am currently supporting K-12 teachers in the area of mathematics in my role as a teacher consultant for my school district. I am interested... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2019 13:15 - 14:30
B201

13:15

Numeracy Tasks: Beyond the Graduation Assessment
The rationale for the new BC Mathematics K-12 curriculum begins by stating that it “aims to ensure that citizens are numerate and have mathematical habits in mind.” In this session, I will share tasks I have been using with my classes to further develop student numeracy and nurture mathematical habits. These tasks are similar in some ways to the numeracy tasks on the Graduation Assessment. Participants will observe and discuss examples of student work and some early stage rubrics for assessing the curricular competencies through the tasks. There will be lots of time for discussion, and suggestions are welcome!

Speakers
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Darien Allan

Secondary Mathematics Teacher, Collingwood School
I am currently interested in developing and using tasks and assessments that promote student engagement, build ownership and understanding of the curricular competencies, and help students to improve their ability to self-assess their competencies (content and curricular).


Friday October 25, 2019 13:15 - 14:30
C204

14:45

BCAMT Annual General Meeting
Speakers
avatar for Deanna Brajcich

Deanna Brajcich

Wishart Elementary
Twenty-five years ago, Deanna Brajcich started her career teaching Grade 9/10 Math and French. She gradually changed grades and schools to find herself teaching Grade 5! In addition to working with students, she enjoys working with adult learners. She was a Numeracy Coordinator mentoring... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2019 14:45 - 15:30
Library