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MAVlist 11:02

Folks,

What a difference a (slightly) later start to the school year makes! Here at the MAV office we have found that everything is only now just starting to happen with a rush; heaps of schools are yet to renew their memberships, way more than last year (Contact Michael Green This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 93802399 if you are one of these many), publications orders are coming in apace, folk are only just now waking up to the mass of professional development the MAV is offering http://registration.mav.vic.edu.au/index.php and, despite a recent flurry of activity, our MAV Professional Officers still have space on their calendars to visit your school and do wonderful mathematical education type thingys for you. So, if you missed the eighteen (yes, 18) news items in MAVlist Edition 11:01, you can catch up with them all at http://www.mav.vic.edu.au/component/content/article/1-latest/372-mavlist-1101.html. Otherwise, take a seat and buckle in for yet more mathematics education news:

  1. What makes an effective Early Years Numeracy teacher?
  2. So, you are a primary teacher?
  3. Guide to Promethean Interactive Whiteboards by the network of Keilor and St Albans Schools
  4. MTQ Professional Learning
  5. Unpacking the 'Teach Maths for Understanding 2011' CD-ROM - Afternoon of Tuesday, 29 March 2011
  6. Mathletics for Victorian Government schools
  7. Maths @ Scienceworks
  8. Mathematics Centre not only alive but growing
  9. QEDCat Rides Again!
  10. Genes and databases
  11. Casio to hold workshops for all brands and models of graphing calculators as well as ClassPad specific
  12. Received wisdom

1. What makes an effective Early Years Numeracy teacher?

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)

http://registration.mav.vic.edu.au/events.php?event_id=370

2. So, you are a primary teacher?

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

3. Guide to Promethean Interactive Whiteboards by the network of Keilor and St Albans Schools

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

4. MTQ Professional Learning

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

To register for this event and venue information please email Jennifer Bowden on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

5. Unpacking the 'Teach Maths for Understanding 2011' CD-ROM - Afternoon of Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Members of MAV who have already renewed for 2011 (Contact Michael Green This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 93802399 if you have not yet paid for your 2011 membership) were all sent in recent times a wonderful new resource for planning curriculum: the 'Teach Maths for Understanding 2011' CD. This provides suggestions for teaching and planning for all levels from Prep to Year 10. If you would like to attend a session at which one of the authors, Dr Ian Lowe, will take you through the resources on the CD-ROM, then by all means come along. If one person from your school attends, Ian Lowe promises that they will then be able to take the rest of you through this great resource AND set it up on your school server! Please bring your copy of the CD-ROM and your laptop computer. Book now at http://registration.mav.vic.edu.au/events.php?event_id=377

6. Mathletics for Victorian Government schools

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!

7. Maths @ Scienceworks

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:

Drop Daniel a line if you have any specific queries: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

8. Mathematics Centre not only alive but growing

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.

9. QEDCat Rides Again!

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

10. Genes and databases

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

11. Casio to hold workshops for all brands and models of graphing calculators as well as ClassPad specific

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.

12. Received wisdom

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."

Thats it! Enjoy the working week. Keep in touch with mathematics education news This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and watch out for edition three of MAVlist in a couple of weeks or so.

Cheers,

Simon

Simon Pryor

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
http://www.mav.vic.edu.au
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