Canada Report - Fall 2013

 

News from the Canada Region
Carol Matsumoto, Canada Regional Director
Fall 2013

I hope that everyone had a relaxing summer and a relatively easy transition to the beginning of the school year.

If you are going to any of this fall's NCTM regionals please consider going a day early to attend one of NCSM's Fall Seminars.

"Digging Deeper: Leadership Tools for the Common Core Era"

For All Mathematics Teachers and Leaders!

Baltimore, MD
October 16, 2013
Las Vegas, NV
October 23, 2013
Louisville, KY
November 6, 2013

The topics will be:

Elementary K-5
Developing Operations and Algebraic Thinking Across the Grades K-5
NCSM's Great Tasks for Mathematics K-5
Secondary 6-12
NCSM's Great Tasks for Mathematics 6-12
Secondary 6-12 NCSM's Situations

Fall is a busy time in many of the provinces. Please read the following reports submitted. Please also check for other dates of provincial conferences on the NCSM website.

B.C. Report - submitted by Marc Garneau, NCSM B.C. Provincial leader
The BCAMT is looking forward to hosting its annual Fall Mathematics Conference in Richmond, BC, on October 25. The theme is "Math Outside the Box", and the keynote speaker is Ray Appel. For more information: www.bcamt.ca/fall2013

In other news, the math teaching community awaits the first draft of a new mathematics curriculum for the province. As part of BC's Education Plan (www.bcedplan.ca), included among system-wide changes are that all curricular areas are being revised. Reduced content, more flexibility, and big ideas are some of the key components that each new curriculum will have.

Manitoba Report - submitted by Sherry Perih
As part of ongoing efforts to improve the quality of mathematics education in the province, Manitoba Education has worked with educational partners to make revisions to the Kindergarten to Grade 8 mathematics curriculum. The Kindergarten to Grade 8 Mathematics: Manitoba Curriculum Framework of Outcomes 2013 was sent to all the schools this fall. The revisions focused mainly on the Number strand to clarify grade level expectations of math facts and the use of algorithms. System-wide implementation of this curriculum begins in September 2013.

School divisions throughout the province are focusing their school plans to reinforce the importance of conceptual understanding, procedural thinking, and problem solving in mathematics. Manitoba Education put on a math summer institute. This year's focus was on math facts and operations with collaboration with teachers, the department and the universities. . The event was a success with teachers collaborating and engaging in professional dialogue.

Ontario Report - submitted by Pierre Saarimaki, an NCSM Ontario provincial math leader
OAME Leadership this year will be shorter - just 2 days: Fri November 8 and Sat November 9. It will be held again at the Holiday Inn, Toronto Airport.

This conference focuses on curriculum leaders and potential leaders and is always a success. Delegates experience dynamic speakers and interactive work sessions.

Many chapters of OAME hold their own mini-conferences, throughout the year. This fall MAC2 (the Mathematics Association for the Cottage Country for Barrie, Orillia, Huntsville, etc.) is hosting a conference on October 10.

On October 10 also, CHAMP (the Credit Humber Association of Mathematics Professionals) is hosting an e-conference. CHAMP is also hosting OAME's 41st Annual conference May 8 - 10 at Humber College in NW Toronto.

On October 23 TEAMS (Toronto Educators Association for Mathematics) hosts Think Big - the Sequel in Toronto. TEAMS hosted the 40th Annual OAME conference last spring with the theme of Think Big. Delegates and students were challenged to find ways to show how 2013 = 40.

Quebec Report - submitted by Cheryl Cantin
On June 26th and 27th 2013 MAST (The Mathematics and Science and Technology Team of Consultants) in conjunction with MELS (Ministère de l'Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport) and LCEEQ (The Leadership Committee for English Education in Quebec) held their fourth annual STEM Symposium. This year the focus was on K-6 Mathematics and Science and Technology Education. Teachers had the choice from 5 all-day workshops on June 26th and 20 half-day workshops on the second day. If the funding gets approved, it is hoped that a similar experience will be held for Grades 7-11 teachers in June 2014.

New Nova Scotia PD Video Series for Math 7-9 - from MTA Newsletter

Teaching Mathematics 7-9: Themes & Practice is a new teacher professional development video series created, in-house, for teachers of mathematics in grades 7 to 9. This series comprises ten short segments, each on a different theme:

  • Grouping to Support Learning
  • Assessment
  • Activating Prior Knowledge
  • What to Try Next
  • Class Time Management
  • Planning & Preparation
  • Communicating with Parents
  • Manipulatives
  • Literacy, Language & Math
  • Teaching in Contexts

Regional Reports
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