Ted Lewis SNAP Math Fair Workshop (24w2022)


Sean Graves (University of Alberta)

Li Solomon (University of Alberta)


The Banff International Research Station will host the "Ted Lewis SNAP Math Fair Workshop" workshop in Banff from April 12 - 14, 2024.

During this pivotal time of K-9 curriculum reform in our province it is important to find the correct balance between inquiry-based problem solving and practising basic facts in the mathematics classroom. The purpose of a SNAP Math Fair is to provide a meaningful problem-solving experience for all students. This would be the twentieth annual Ted Lewis Math Fair Workshop at BIRS. The workshop is extremely popular with teachers in elementary and secondary schools, provides them with resources for lesson plans, and it is helping to to reshape the way mathematics is being approached in the schools. Problem solving and puzzles in the classroom is now a specific area of the K-9 curriculum and in-service teachers have had very little training in using these tools effectively. This is not limited to Alberta schools, and the SNAP math fair idea is now spreading around the world. This type of 2-day workshop is considered frontline approach in the collaborative effort between mathematicians, more experienced teachers, and all teachers interested in professional development to improve the mathematics teaching in the elementary level and beyond. To have teachers share their valuable experiences with Math Fair in their own schools is the best and most useful information to others. Teachers in Alberta and participants from outside view the Ted Lewis Workshop as one of PIMS and BIRS most valuable education initiatives.