News from the Canada Region
Carol Matsumoto, Canada Regional Director
The NCSM provincial leaders and I had a telephone conference at the beginning of October to talk about NCSM and its initiatives and how to encourage Canadian math leaders to join NCSM. One of our plans is to develop a powerpoint that could be used as a part of presentations to math leaders such as math coaches. When presenting to math coaches part of the presentation could be on the NCSM initiatives that would support math coaches. What do you as members think about this idea? What other things could we do to encourage more Canadians to join? Why don't Canadians join NCSM? Please email me at I encourage you to email me your thoughts and ideas.
Many of the Canadian provincial conferences had conferences in October. Please see reports from provincial leaders below. Congratulations to all the organizers.
B.C. Report - submitted by Marc Garneau
The BCAMT proudly hosted the 51st Northwest Mathematics Conference in beautiful Victoria, BC. Over 900 attendees from BC, Washington, Oregon, and beyond (even one from India!) enjoyed a wide range of workshops spanning all grade levels and topics. Large audiences were inspired by the outstanding keynotes provided by Catherine Fosnot, Dan Meyer, Patrick Vennebush, and Jerry Johnson. The organizing committee is to be congratulated for their outstanding work in making the conference a success.
Manitoba (MAMT) also had a successful provincial conference with 840 attendees with another 129 turned away due to full sessions. Sessions on such topics such as mental math, Guided Math, Math Stations and sessions about the new courses in senior high were offered.
Manitoba Education continues to support the implementation of the Kindergarten to Grade 8 and Grades 9 to 12 Mathematics Curriculum with workshops, support documents and the implementation of a new provincial report card. This year, Manitoba Education engaged in discussions with interested stakeholders to ensure curriculum expectations are clear and appropriate in the Kindergarten to Grade 8 Mathematics Curriculum Framework document. Meetings were held about the teaching and learning of mathematics throughout the year. Manitoba Education will continue to work with partners to build a community of math learners.
Ontario Report - submitted by Peter (Pierre) Saarimaki
The Ontario Mathematics Coordinators Association (OMCA) is hosting its annual Retreat Feb 6 - 7, 2013 at Hockley Valley Resort, Orangeville ON.
Guest speaker and session leader is John Scammell focusing on Teaching and Learning in the 21st century. John is a high school math teacher on secondment to the Alberta Assessment Consortium.
John will explore questions with the participants, such as:
- How does the 21st century student work, play and learn in the digital world?
- What technological tools which could be used in the mathematics classroom to close the gap on student achievement in mathematics?
- How can multimedia be used to enhance problem-based learning in mathematics?
- How can social media be used to enhance professional learning?
- How can we critically evaluate technological tools to ensure increased student engagement and achievement?
The Retreat includes presentations, discussions, work groups, publishers' displays, wine and cheese reception as well as all meals (2 lunch, 1 dinner, 1 breakfast).
Further details, registration form and costs can be obtained from:
Mary Fiore, President OMCA, , or Cam MacDonald, Vice-President OMCA,
Nova Scotia Report - submitted by Donna Karsten
NCSM would like to congratulate the Nova Scotia Mathematics Teachers Association for celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. Or as they say it is their 2500 1/2 year. The celebrated this milestone at the NSMTA October Conference on Friday, October 26th at Cole Harbour High School. They celebrated by adding a great new session; the Amazing Mathematical Race. The conference also include keynote speaker, Marian Small.
The Amazing Mathematical Race
The NSMTA participants had lots of fun taking part in the Amazing Mathematical Race! Yep...just like the CBS hit show "The Amazing Race" there were teams, pit stops, road blocks, fast forwards, clues, and challenges. Everyone had fun working with their partner, enjoying the math challenges on their way to the finish line.
The first Amazing Mathematical Race was held in 2009 at Northern Kentucky University in recognition of Math Awareness Month. Bethany Noblitt, a professor of Mathematics Education at Northern Kentucky University and designer (along with her colleague Brooke Buckley) of the Amazing Mathematical Race, agreed to come to Nova Scotia to help them carry out their own version of the game.
The Nova Scotia Mathematics Teachers Association, in partnership with Nelson Publishing, was pleased to have Marian Small as a keynote speaker for the October Conference. Marian Small is a Canadian mathematics education and a regular speaker on K-12 mathematics throughout Canada and the US. Dr. Small's keynote focused on Asking Better Questions. Congratulations once again to the Nova Scotia Mathematics Teachers Association on 50 successful years of supporting the mathematics teachers in Nova Scotia.