The Variable

The Variable SMTS
The Variable
is a bi-monthly periodical by the Saskatchewan Mathematics Teachers’ Society featuring articles, interviews, tasks and problems, information about professional development opportunities, and other content of interest to elementary and secondary teachers of mathematics. We feature content written for and by diverse members of the Canadian mathematics education community, including elementary and secondary teachers, consultants and coordinators, teacher educators, researchers, and students of all ages.

We hope that you find this periodical relevant and valuable for your teaching or for your personal interest. If you have any questions or comments about what you read, don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing us at

Happy reading!
Ilona Vashchyshyn (@vaslona) and Nat Banting (@NatBanting), Editors

Current issue: September/October – Volume 2, Issue 5

Past issues

2017 2016

Call for contributions

Did you just teach a great lesson? Or maybe it didn’t go as planned, but you learned something new about the complexities of teaching mathematics. Maybe you just read a book or attended a workshop that gave you great ideas for presenting a topic your students have always found difficult. Why not share your ideas and reflections with other teachers in the province – and beyond?

With the aim of facilitating communication among mathematics educators in the province, The Variable is looking for a variety of contributions from elementary and secondary teachers, teacher educators, researchers, and others who are interested in the teaching and learning of mathematics. Consider sharing a favorite lesson, a reflection, an essay, a book review, or another work of interest to mathematics teachers in Saskatchewan. Student contributions, including artwork, stories, interesting problem solutions, and articles, are also welcome. Your students’ art may even be featured on the cover of the next issue!

All work will be published under a Creative Commons license. If you are interested in contributing your own or (with permission) your students’ work, please contact us at

We look forward to hearing from you!