- What makes an effective Early Years Numeracy teacher?
- So, you are a primary teacher?
- Guide to Promethean Interactive Whiteboards by the network of Keilor and St Albans Schools
- MTQ Professional Learning
- Unpacking the 'Teach Maths for Understanding 2011' CD-ROM - Afternoon of Tuesday, 29 March 2011
- Mathletics for Victorian Government schools
- Maths @ Scienceworks
- Mathematics Centre not only alive but growing
- QEDCat Rides Again!
- Genes and databases
- Casio to hold workshops for all brands and models of graphing calculators as well as ClassPad specific
- Received wisdom
Well, come and find out! Our professional learning series kicked off last Thursday, 17 February, with a great turn-out and lots of satisfaction with hands-on classroom activities and insights delivered by two great primary mathematics teachers who really know their stuff.. Enrol in just one session or the rest of the series.
- Place value and common misunderstandings (3/3/11)
- Number threading and working mathematically with infants (17/3/11)
- Investigation and working mathematically with infants (31/3/11)
Learn how to develop skills which will enhance the effectiveness of your teaching. Look, please, please come along for this and make the misery that is living with Jennifer Bowden and Sharyn Livy as they turn all our offices at the MAV into mini-sweatshops making and laminating activities, games and mathematics puzzles for you the participant seem worthwhile! Again, you can enrol in just one session or, to maximise the benefit of this information, Jennifer and Sharyn suggest enrolling in the whole series. Anyway, they certainly have enough handouts and giveaways for this.
- Good maths teaching and the scaffolding practices (24/2/11)
- DEECD and on-line learning and teaching resources (10/3/11)
- Open-ended maths tasks and working mathematically (24/3/11)
- Formative assessment and planning tools (7/4/11)
Register now at http://registration.mav.vic.edu.au/events.php?event_id=371
Sharyn Livy reports that Western Region schools have an impressive history of collaboration and sharing. She cites this site http://prometheanplayground.wikispaces.com/ as an example. The teachers write "In the spirit of collaboration and sharing, we have made our wiki available to everyone to visit and view. If you are using Promethean Interactive whiteboards in your classroom/school, then we hope you find some of the resources and ideas here helpful." Thank you very much Keilor and St Albans. http://prometheanplayground.wikispaces.com/Numeracy+Workshop
Are you interested in entering the Maths Talent Quest in 2011? Would you like to gain a greater understanding of what is involved in completing the MTQ and a Mathematical Investigation? The MAV will be hosting FREE Professional Learning sessions in which Jennifer Bowden and her team will discuss the process and administration of MTQ, State Judging Rubric and the not-to-be-missed opportunity to view a collection of 2010 MTQ investigations.
Tuesday 22 February 3:45 - 4:45 pm Burwood East
Thursday 22 March 3:45 - 4:45 Montmorency
Now, I know that Mathletics is not everyone's cup of tea, but for the many schools that do find that their students can benefit, the news from Helen Spargo is wonderful: In 2011 the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development will, for the first time, provide a subsidy to Victorian Government schools towards the purchase of Mathletics licences for students in Years P-8. Subsidies are available to schools that enrol as part of a network or enrol as a single (non-network aligned) school. The closing date for schools to join the network funding model is 31 March 2011, so find the relevant DEECD memorandum and make your application now!
Daniel Avano from Scienceworks reports that term one at their wonderful establishment in Spotswood is chock full of mathematics education excursion material, he provided just four examples as a taster:
Doug Williams suggests that you visit http://www.blackdouglas.com.au/taskcentre/news.htm and get your taste of a world of alternatives to text-based mathematics learning. Oh, and our very own Ian Lowe gets mentioned as well.
The grass needed cutting at Monash Uni, so resident mathemagical juggler, Burkard Polster slaved all day with colleague Marty Ross to develop the most mathematically sound way of doing this. That they succeeded is shown in last week's Age Column: http://education.theage.com.au/cmspage.php?intid=147&intversion=76. The grass at Monash STILL needs cutting, though. There was no time for that! Check out http://education.theage.com.au/cmspage.php?intid=147&intversion=77 as well, then take in some movie clips as discussion starters for this week's classes and look at some mathematical silliness from this month's presentation of the Allan Border Medal and hear from the folk Mark Nicolls called "mathematical brains, the finest in the country": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmuQ3eKaNhA
The CSIRO team brought to you by AMSI have put together another interesting MathsByEmail http://www.csiro.au/helix/mathsbyemail/newsletter/newsletter.html, a fabulous newsletter that all of your students (and their parents) can subscribe to at http://www.csiro.au/resources/Maths-by-Email--ci_pageNo-2.html
Siobhan McTiernan reports that "Casio will be holding Free Maths Professional Development Workshops in Ringwood, Warragul and Moorabbin from March 2-4. Each of the workshops will have a different focus and there will be some ClassPad focused workshops as well. All workshops are free to attend." Visit http://www.casio.edu.shriro.com.au/pd.php?state=vic for more information and to enrol.
Terry Mills reflected upon item 17 in the last MAVlist http://www.mav.vic.edu.au/component/content/article/1-latest/372-mavlist-1101.html: "Once I sat for an IQ test where we were given the sequence "2, 5, 11, ..." and we were asked to find the next number. This was a pre-test question just to make sure that we all understood what to do. It was easy for me. The next number is 17.
I was the only person in the room who got the wrong answer.
When asked to explain myself I said, "The first number is the 1st prime, the second number is the 3rd prime, and the third number is the 5th prime. So the next number in the sequence must be the 7th prime which is 17." The examiner told me that I was wrong - "You don't have to know about prime numbers to do this test." Unfortunately I did; I could not help it. The broader moral of the story is this. If you give me a finite sequence of numbers, the next number can be anything. For example, if you give me the sequence "2,4,6,8,10" then I can find a rule so that the next number in the sequence is 38. I can find a rule that makes the next number anything. And the rule is not hard to find.
So students should always answer "42" - as it should be."
Simon Pryor FSAE
Chief Executive Officer
The Mathematical Association of Victoria
Cliveden, 61 Blyth Street
BRUNSWICK VIC 3056
Tel: 03-9380 2399 Fax: 03-9389 0399
Annual Conference & Exhibition, Thursday, 1 & Friday, 2 December 2011