The BC Numeracy Network has been engaged in a collaborative teacher inquiry around the following question:
How do I ensure my students experience balanced numeracy?
"Just as literacy has become every teacher's responsibility, so numeracy needs to be seen as integral to every learning area." (Thornton & Hogan, 2004, p. 313)
Welcome to the balanced numeracy resource, designed and developed by the BC Numeracy Network. As K-12 educators, we came together with a shared passion and conviction for the dynamic teaching and learning of mathematics. Through conversations with our colleagues, we heard their desire to strengthen their numeracy teaching practice. Thus, our journey began with an inquiry question: How might a framework of a balanced numeracy lead to increased capacity and confidence in math teaching, ultimately resulting in deeper learning for our students? Our exploration and conversations about promising practices in learning mathematics identified six components to balanced numeracy: Foundations, Assessment, Instructional Practices, Engagement, Connections, and Environment.
We have collaborated over two years to develop this readily accessible space that shares the guiding questions, considerations, and supporting resources for each of the balanced numeracy components. 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 and/or district to check if they are available for borrowing.
How to use this resource
We suggest that you start your professional learning journey by considering which component of balanced numeracy you would like to explore first, and click on the corresponding tab above. Within each component you will find an overarching 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.
We graciously thank the following supporters, for your continuing commitment to cultivating deep understanding and joy among our mathematicians throughout the province:
School District 22 - Vernon
School District 35 - Langley
School District 36 - Surrey
School District 38 - Richmond
School District 62 - Sooke
School District 64 - Gulf Islands
School District 71 - Comox Valley
School District 72 - Campbell River
BC Ministry of Education
BC Association of Mathematics Teachers (BCAMT)