BC Numeracy Network

Professional Inquiry in K-12 Mathematics Education 

The resources on this site support the teaching and learning of mathematics and numeracy for educators focusing on the BC curriculum. 


Welcome to the BC Numeracy Network website, designed and developed by K-12 BC educators. Our journey began with an inquiry question: How might a professional inquiry resource support colleagues to increase capacity and confidence in their mathematics teaching?  Our exploration and conversations about promising practices in learning mathematics identified six elements: Foundations, Assessment, Instructional Practices, Engagement, Connections, and Environment. Since 2015, we have collaborated to develop this readily accessible space that shares guiding inquiry questions, considerations, and supporting resources for each of the six elements.  We have also supported our colleagues throughout the province through conference presentations, outreach workshops, articles and the creation of the instructional routine cards seen below. 

What are you curious about? 

Explore this web-based resource for professional inquiry in K-12 mathematics education by choosing an initial element from across the top of this page (and below). Within each element you will find an overarching inquiry question followed by more specific questions. We have included considerations and resources for each question to support your inquiry. We hope you find it helpful. Many of the resources are free to download or open access; others, such as professional learning resources, will link you directly to the publisher for purchase. Remember to check in with your school or district to see if they are available for borrowing. 

You can also access all of the inquiry questions and links to the considerations and resources for each here: Glossary of Questions. This page could also be helpful if you are working with a group of teachers engaging in mathematics education professional learning. 

Instructional Routine Cards

The use of instructional routines is a common practice across British Columbia. Engaging in the discourse, reasoning, and thinking involved in instructional routines is one way to connect curricular content and curricular competencies, and create community in your classroom. We have highlighted many instructional routines in the Instruction section on the page "What routines will support mathematical thinking and reasoning?" Based on interest from colleagues across the province, we designed a set of cards as a resource for educators. 

This set of 26 cards (7" x 9")  presents three instructional routines with connections to resources created by Canadian educators: Nat Banting, Mary Bourassa and Pierre Tranchemontagne. They include a description of the routines (Which One Doesn't Belong, Fractions Talks, and Number Talks), a series of images with prompting questions, and considerations for including these routines in your practice. Great for professional discussions with colleagues!   

Cost: $10/set (incl. shipping)

To order: email Susan Robinson (mathinthegulfislands@gmail.com

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We graciously acknowledge Maureen Dockendorf for being the spark that brought us together and thank the following supporters for your initial commitment to the project.

School District 62 - Sooke

School District 64 - Gulf Islands

School District 71 - Comox Valley

School District 72 - Campbell River

School District 38 - Richmond

School District 36 - Surrey

School District 35 - Langley

School District 22 - Vernon