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Folks,

Second term already! In the mathematics education world this heralds change; MTQ Schools are busy getting their 2011 project together http://www.mav.vic.edu.au/files/MTQ.pdf; VCE students are getting ready to visit the Age VCE & Careers Expo http://www.vceandcareers.com.au/ this weekend; Schools across Victoria are readying themselves for NAPLAN and the like and mathematics teachers are wondering how they fit everything else they need to cover into what is left of 2011. But do not despair! The MAV web site and the special members only "Teach Maths for Understanding" CD-ROM http://www.mav.vic.edu.au/mav-resources/curriculum-planning.html distills the very best of advice about organising the curriculum and the classroom to enable each and every student be the best mathematician they can possibly be. And just to keep things ticking over, here is the latest news:

  1. On cats speeding towards a keplerian extinction (how else do you explain the exploding head?) …
  2. Old calculators for students and teachers in developing countries
  3. What’s in TM4U? Numeracy games
  4. Hot topic: Radiation
  5. IYC 2011
  6. VCE Student Revision September Lecture Series Registrations Open
  7. MTQ: What is it all about, Gerard?
  8. FREE ANNUAL CONFERENCE REGISTRATIONS!!!
  9. Games Day Bookings Filling Fast
  10. All About Gifted and Talented Students
  11. Get your students to enjoy algebra
  12. TEAM:P Teaching English and Mathematics in the Australian Curriculum Conference, Friday, 20 May 2011
  13. Support YOUR Profession

1. On cats speeding towards a keplerian extinction (how else do you explain the exploding head?) …

Marty Ross and Burkard Polster have been published three times in the Age since the last MAVlist. They have discussed cat food and Kepler http://education.theage.com.au/cmspage.php?intid=147&intversion=82, speedometers http://education.theage.com.au/cmspage.php?intid=147&intversion=83, and then mathematics and the threat of extinction http://education.theage.com.au/cmspage.php?intid=147&intversion=84. They have also maintained QEDCat's of compendium of media and maths found at http://www.qedcat.com/moviemath/index.html and http://www.qedcat.com/movieclips.html. Thanks lads!

2. Old calculators for students and teachers in developing countries

In recent times David Tynan has generously donated his time to coordinate the collection of unused scientific, graphing and CAS calculators for distribution in developing countries, particularly in Africa. Well, it is that time of year again when David wants to hear from any one at any school with older surplus calculators they would like to see given new and grateful homes to. If you are able to help out please drop David a line at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

3. What’s in TM4U? Numeracy games

If you are a MAV member, or have paid $160 for it, you have in your possession the CD “Teach Maths for Understanding” 2011 edition.
This CD includes a file called Numeracy games. With only a few packs of cards or 10-sided dice and these instructions you can provide enjoyable warm-up practice for number skill at any level.

4. Hot topic: Radiation

mathsbyemail provides a timely discussion on radiation doses and shows what can be achieved through a little mathematical analysis. Check this out at http://www.csiro.au/helix/mathsbyemail/newsletter/newsletter.html, subscribe your students at http://www.csiro.au/resources/Maths-by-Email--ci_pageNo-2.html and then explore the external link the CSIRO folk point you to at http://www.xkcd.com and http://www.xkcd.com/radiation/, which makes for some entertaining reading.

5. IYC 2011

2011 is the International year of Chemistry. Well, modern chemistry owes quite bit to mathematics does it not? Anyway, some of the events on offer are certainly worth a thought. Find out more at http://iyc2011.org.au/.

6. VCE Student Revision September Lecture Series Registrations Open

Please let all VCE mathematics students know that they can now start building the MAV's support into their revision plans for 2011. With some great presenters at easy-to-get-to venues around the State these throughly affordable revision lectures are not to be missed. http://registration.mav.vic.edu.au:20000/MavRevLectures

7. MTQ: What is it all about, Gerard?

Hear the MAV's very own Jennifer Bowden extoll the virtues of the MTQ program on ABC radio at http://blogs.abc.net.au/victoria/2011/04/mathematics-challenge.html?site=gippsland&program=gippsland_breakfast and then visit the MAV web site to register your school and projects now at http://registration.mav.vic.edu.au/mtq/index.php. All students from Prep to Year 12 can enter the Quest. Entries must be registered by the start of Term 3 and Judging will begin in the fourth week of Term 3. The best of these entries will then be entered into the National Math’s Talent Quest to be held in New South Wales!

8. FREE ANNUAL CONFERENCE REGISTRATIONS!!!

That can be part of the deal for those of you who have their offers to present a session at the Conference (Thursday, 1 and Friday, 2 December 2011) accepted. DO NOT MISS OUT. Express interest at http://www.mav.vic.edu.au/2011-conference-call-for-options/index.html by Friday, 1 July 2011.

9. Games Day Bookings Filling Fast

Many thanks to Mike Westbrook and team who have put together a complete slate of Statewide Mathematics Games Days open to all Victorian students in years 5 to 12 Registrations are already open and some programs are close to full already - so register a team from your school today at http://www.mav.vic.edu.au/activities/student-activities/student-games-days.html. Mike Westbrook was especially thankful to Robyn Crockett and Camberwell Grammar School who will be sponsoring and organising a senior Games Days for year 11 and 12 students built around the well known University of Canberra program.

10. All About Gifted and Talented Students

The MAV is responding on behalf of members to the current Parliamentary Inquiry into the Education of Gifted and Talented Students. This response is due on Friday, 30 May 2011. Your Council needs your advice and feedback: Please visit http://mav.vic.edu.au/blog/index.php?blog=2&title=parliamentary_inquiry_into_the_education&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1 and let the MAV's compilers of this response, Elizabeth Burns and Dr Max Stephens know what you think of the Inquiry's review questions.

11. Get your students to enjoy algebra

On four Thursdays this term, from 4 pm to 6 pm, one of our professional officers, Dr Ian Lowe, will run hands-on workshops to involve participants in the teaching of algebra for Years 5 to 10. Teachers may register separately for any workshop at a cost of $75 ($100 non-members), but the entire series forms a whole and costs only $240 ($300 non-members) - you do the arithmetic to see the savings <g>.
Register now at http://registration.mav.vic.edu.au/events.php?event_id=372.

Dates and content:

  • May 5: Understanding Linear patterns, functions and graphs (Years 5 to 9)
  • May 19: Understanding Linear equations (Years 5 to 9)
  • June 2: Understanding factorising, expanding and exponent laws (Years 8 to 10)
  • June 16: Understanding quadratic and exponential functions (Years 9 to 10)

12. TEAM:P Teaching English and Mathematics in the Australian Curriculum Conference, Friday, 20 May 2011

Workloads for MAV staff have gone through the roof ever since the MAV and the Victorian Association for the Teaching of English made their historic announcement that they would combine forces through TEAM:P (Teaching English and mathematics: Primary) to support all Victorian Primary schools as they work to implement a national Australian Curriculum. But really, this is a GOOD THING. It means primary schools are grabbing the opportunity with both hands and, after all, workloads can be managed. So thanks for the support! In return, VATE and the MAV are able to offer some great resources, including the Teaching English and Mathematics in the Australian Curriculum Conference, Friday, 20 May 2011. We will be returning to the Hemisphere Conference Centre in Moorabbin for this packed whole-day professional development event. Workshops will specifically focus on the implementation of the Australian Curriculum in both Mathematics and English, and a range of teaching and learning ideas along with relevant classroom resources will be explored. You can read about this and a host of other TEAM:P initiatives at http://www.teamp.vic.edu.au/ and then register for this fabulous offering at http://registration.mav.vic.edu.au/events.php?event_id=379

13. Support YOUR Profession

Maree Arelette is undertaking her doctoral research at La Trobe University for a project titled “Self-Efficacy and Mathematics”. The Department have approved the project - so you need have no worries in that quarter - and so Maree is now looking for schools happy to have a researcher work with their students mainly at Year 8 but also at Year 10 in order to explore Year 8 students’ attitudes to mathematics. The project consists of 2 phases: the first is a questionnaire completed by hopefully all Year 8 students and one mixed-ability class at Year 10 at a secondary school; the second phase consists of interviews conducted at a later time with about 6 students from each level. The payback to you is having a a researcher researching a highly relevant topic in your school and so able to offer some useful feedback AND that warm inner glow that comes from knowing you have done something positive to support your profession of mathematics education. If you can help, please do by contacting Maree Arelette at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 0438125135.

Thats all for another couple of weeks. If you have any news worth passing on please do let me know. Otherwise, keep in touch yourself by visiting the web site built by mathematics teachers FOR mathematics teachers: http://www.mav.vic.edu.au.

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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