Do the Math: Competency-Driven Classrooms [Grades 4-9]

"The only way to learn mathematics is to do mathematics." -- Paul Halmos

This belief shapes the teaching of mathematics. Mathematics is made up of both nouns (e.g., fractions and functions, polygons and polynomials) and verbs (e.g., wondering, visualizing, justifying). As students engage with content, they are provided with opportunities to develop competencies. Through rich tasks, you'll experience and discuss what it means to "do" mathematics--the verbs described, in BC, by the curricular competencies. We will also begin to explore ways to assess what students can do--not just what they know--using standards-based assessment practices.

Target Audience



11:45 AM - 1:15 PM

This session is full.


  • Surrey Schools
    Chris Hunter

    Chris Hunter has been teaching in Surrey for more than twenty years. Currently a numeracy helping teacher, formerly a high school math teacher and department head, Chris collaboratively works with–and learns from–teachers of mathematics from Kindergarten to Calculus; it is his privilege to be invited to teach in many different classrooms throughout Surrey. Chris is passionate about designing experiences that engage learners in mathematical problem solving, reasoning, and communication. Chris is the President-Elect of the British Columbia Association of Mathematics Teachers (BCAMT) and has served as a program chair and committee member of National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) conferences. He tweets at @ChrisHunter36 and blogs at