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Math Matters


Thinking about Math:  Webcasts, Videos and Ted Talks



Be Less Helpful


Arthur Benjamin's formula for changing math education: What do you think?  Someone always asks the math teacher, "Am I going to use calculus in real life?" And for most of us, says Arthur Benjamin, the answer is no. He offers a bold proposal on how to make math education relevant in the digital age.  Should the summit be probability and statistics? 



Beautiful Math

Margaret Wertheim leads a project to re-create the creatures of the coral reefs using a crochet technique invented by a mathematician -- celebrating the amazements of the reef, and deep-diving into the hyperbolic geometry underlying coral creation. Can it get any cooler?



Trevor Calkins:  Mathematics as a Teachable Moment Part 1 and Part 2

These webcasts are to support intermediate mathematics teaching and learning. 


BC Curriculum Documents



Math K-12 IRPs:  http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/irp/irp_math.htm

Frequently Asked Questions about the change in math curriculum:


Secondary “Math at a Glance” from WNCP


Secondary Math Summaries new math curriculum page summary 2009.pdf 

“Math at a Glance” from Island Numeracy – K-9

http://web.sd71.bc.ca/islandnet/index.php?page=single (single grade)

http://web.sd71.bc.ca/islandnet/index.php?page=combined (combined grades) 

“Math at a Glance” from Island Numeracy – K-8 Correlated with MMS

http://web.sd71.bc.ca/islandnet/index.php?page=single-mms-match (single grade)

http://web.sd71.bc.ca/islandnet/index.php?page=combined-mms-match (combined grades)

Math "Flow Chart"


WNCP Math 10 - 12 Overview

WNCP 10-12 Overview(Colour).pdf

Update on the Implementation of the new Mathematics Curriculum 


Introduction to Mathematics 10-12 Pathways

Richard DeMerchant introduduced the pathways and then moderated a discussion.  See the archive of the Elluminate session here


Grade 10 Provincial Exam Specification (AW10 and Foundations/Pre-Calc 10) 



Math Assessment


Mathematics 8 and 9 Classroom Assessment Model:  http://bcmath89cam.wikispaces.com/ 

This model is a support for the British Columbia Mathematics 8 and 9 (2008) Integrated Resource Package (IRP).

Rubric for Writing in Math


Math Learning Logs

Introduction to logs and criteria - Math Learning Log.docx

Essential Learning Outcomes:  7 for 7.  7 PLO that lay the foundation for success in Math 8.  Developed by Math LSA.  7 for 7.doc


Math Resources: General


Math Forum: http://www.mathforum.org/

Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences:  http://www.pims.math.ca/education/ 

Math Central:  http://mathcentral.uregina.ca/index.php 

Math 247:  This wiki explores 21st century tools for math (and really, really old tools like good questions).  http://math247.pbworks.com/ 

Khan Academy:  videos covering everything from basic arithmetic and algebra to differential equations. http://www.khanacademy.org/index.html 

Math Resources:  http://olc.spsd.sk.ca/DE/math1-3/  developed to assist teachers, students and parents with the instruction and attainment of mathematical concepts taught in the early grades. http://olc.spsd.sk.ca/DE/math1-3/  

Island Numeracy Network http://web.sd71.bc.ca/islandnet/index.php?page=island-numeracy This site collects ideas from math leaders on Vancouver Island.  

NRICH Math Projecthttp://nrich.maths.org/public/index.php.  NRICH is a joint project between the Faculties of Mathematics and Education at The University of Cambridge to enrich the mathematical experiences of all learners. 

SD71 Math Resourceshttp://web.sd71.bc.ca/math/.  Lesson ideas and information from SD71.


Math Lessons


Power of Ten:  Trevor Calkins website includes many free resources.  Check out the following:


Mathematics in Movies:  Wonderful short clips.  Watch a young Clint Eastwood "do the math" on dead gangsters.  Awesome.  http://www.math.harvard.edu/~knill/mathmovies/

Trading Up (or Down) with Money:  Matthew Lettington sent this math game for teaching for teaching students how to trade up (or down) with money.  He used it with grade three students. They were able to cut out the pieces and store them in ziplock baggies. The teachers only need to provide paper clips for spinners. math money game.doc



Puzzles, Problems and Games


Puzzles.com  Lots and lots!


Galileo Educational Network Math Puzzles:  http://www.galileo.org/math/MathProblems.html

Interactive Mathematics Miscellany and Puzzles:  Kip’s favourite math site.


Interactive:  java-based activities:  http://www.shodor.org/interactivate/activities/

Maths Online :  interactive multimedia learning units: 


Mega Mathematics:This site reminds us that Mathematics is a live science with new discoveries being made every day. The frontier of mathematics is an exciting place, where mathematicians experiment and play with creative and imaginative ideas.”  This site brings big ideas to small people.  http://www.c3.lanl.gov/mega-math/


Math Reading


MAA Online Columns: lots of articles about math issues http://www.maa.org/news/columns.html

math money game.docx Pi in the Sky: the Fall issue.  http://media.pims.math.ca/pi_in_sky/pi13.pdf 

Probability lessons may teach children how to weigh life’s odds and be winners: 


Sum of human emotion.  Is math cold? dry? rational? unemotional.  Not at all. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/7790253.stm  

The Numbers Guy:  Carl Bialik's Wall Street Journal Blog examines the way numbers are used, and abused.  http://blogs.wsj.com/numbersguy/ 

Problem-Based Learning in Mathematics:  This article looks at the research and one teacher's implementation. http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/literacynumeracy/inspire/research/WW_problem_based_math.pdf 

Girls may learn math anxiety from female teachers. http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2010/01/26/tech-math-female-teachers.html

Dy/Dan - Less Helpful: 

Math blog with lots of ideas for secondary math.  http://blog.mrmeyer.com/

Improving Student Achievement in Mathematics Summary of Research by the International Academy of Education.  


Math Materials


Classroom Posters

From Trevor Calkins:

Good Problemsolvers

Getting Unstuck

Multiple Strategies


Great Math Black-line Masters:  http://lrt.ednet.ns.ca/PD/BLM/table_of_contents.htm


Math Resources at the District Resource Centre

Math and Literature Resources at the DRC

Flatland:  Flatland is a world that exists entirely on a two-dimensional plane. All different kinds of shapes live, work and play in this world.  http://media.sd68.bc.ca/display/068?t=26115  






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