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Love MAVlist? We do too. But just because you receive MAVlist, doesn’t mean you are a fully paid up, bona fide member of the MAV. We have put the database under the spotlight and see that we have some people and schools who have not renewed their membership in 2011. Avoid the call from us – instead, why don’t you give us a quick call on 9380 2399 and double check your membership status. It will only take a second.

 

  1. MAV Annual Conference – call for options closing
  2. Primary teachers – do you need more information on the Australian Curriculum?
  3. Trigmaster
  4. Egypt – a puzzling place
  5. Pyramids, the Sphinx and Other Riddles
  6. Quick round up of the office
  7. Games days
  8. Incursions/excursions
  9. MTQ
  10. It’s never too early to start revising
  11. Differentiation of the curriculum
  12. Get MAV involved in your professional development program
  13. Consumer maths support - FREE
  14. Mathematics centre
  15. Mathematical modelling
  16. Science goes free range
  17. Numeracy Master – it has a good ring to it don’t you think? 

1. MAV Annual Conference

1st and 2nd December 2011

Call for options closes at the end of June! So don't forget to submit your option online at www.mav.vic.edu.au/activities/professional-learning-opportunities/mav-annual-conference.html.

2. Primary teachers – do you need more information on the Australian Curriculum?

TEAM:P (the partnership between MAV and our English friends at VATE) are holding a conference on Friday 21 October for primary teachers, Teaching English and mathematics in the Australian Curriculum. The legendary Mike Askew is delivering the keynote, The intersection between mathematics and creativity: the empty set? Don’t miss it. http://registration.mav.vic.edu.au/events.php?event_id=379.

3. Trigmaster
Trigmaster is a simple hands-on tool to assist students to understand the meaning of sine, cosine and tangent for all angles. It is based on the unit circle, with a rotating arm to set the angle and a thread to help read the vertical scale (for sine) or the horizontal scale (for cosine). It suits the introduction to trig in Years 9, 10 or 11, whether or not you extend the angles beyond 90°.

It was invented years ago and is still being used by some schools. MAV is contemplating arranging manufacture and reselling Trigmaster at a minimal price for student purchase (probably around $10) via book listing. We would like to hear from schools who are using it at present, or would like to use it. This will help us to make a decision about whether or not we stock the product. Please send an email to Ian Lowe, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

4. Egypt – a puzzling place

Marty and Burkard write an entertaining and interesting piece on mathematics in Egypt, http://education.theage.com.au/cmspage.php?intid=147.

5. Pyramids, the Sphinx and Other Riddles

Speaking of Egypt, the MAV have a free public lecture coming up on Sunday 26 June. The lecture will be presented by Dr Marty Ross and you can guarantee you’ll walk away knowing more about the architectural marvels of Egypt. Register online at www.mav.vic.edu.au/activities/public-lectures.html.

6. Quick round up of the office

Ian has been jet setting around the world: Africa and Singapore and has some great stories to tell. Look out for his tales of Africa in the Term 3 edition of Common Denominator.

Shirley is gearing up for her retirement and is putting lots of energy into making a smooth handover to Jen. Jen has been super busy doing PD with schools and taking part in lots of writing projects.

Sharyn has been in Adelaide assisting with writing for Reach for The Stars www.deewr.gov.au/Schooling/Programs/NationalLiteracyandNumeracyWeek/NationalActivites/Pages/Reachforthestars.aspx. as well as visiting many primary schools across Victoria model teaching and generally being the font of all good mathematics pedagogy.

Last week Ian, Sharyn and Ellen (the newest member on the block) shared their knowledge of the Australian Curriculum with 100 primary and secondary teachers from the Catholic Education Office.

And lastly, our humble leader Simon has a new hip! So he is recuperating and staying in touch with the office with his new best friend – the iPad.

7. Games days

Give some of your students a break from classroom work, Games Days are fun and challenging. You’ll need to register soon so you don’t miss out.

So far:

Year 9 (Princes Hill), Year 7 (Overnewton) are both fully booked.

We have a small number of spots available at

Year 6 (Genazzano), Year 7 (Wesley) and Year 10 (Mount Scopus)

And finally we have quite a few vacancies for Year 8 (PEGS) and the Senior Games Day (Camberwell Grammar)

Register now for the Games Days: www.mav.vic.edu.au/activities/student-activities/student-games-days.html

This is the second year that we are running the Senior Games Day based on the Australian National University Mathematics Day (see cpms.anu.edu/special/maths-day) and is an ideal way of honing the mathematical skills of your students.

8. Incursions/excursions

A primary teacher has asked emailed us for suggestions of useful incursions or excursions that are maths-related, possibly to measurement or money. We thought we’d throw that out to the audience and ask you for your feedback? Let us know if you have any good ideas. Email Louise, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . We’ll publish the ideas in the next MAVlist.

9. MTQ

At this stage of the game, students will be working hard on developing their mathematical investigations. We are looking forward to seeing the products of their hard work in August. Please ensure you have registered your school online and regularly checked our website for updates. We hope your students are enjoying using the new State Judging Rubric and would appreciate any feedback. Registrations for MTQ close Wednesday 20 July, register online at www.mav.vic.edu.au/activities/student-activities/maths-talent-quest.html.

10. It’s never too early to start revising

Registrations for our super popular VCE revision lectures are open. The lectures are held in Northcote, Glen Waverley, Sale, Horsham, Mildura and Ballarat in the Term 3 holidays. Book now at www.mav.vic.edu.au/activities/student-activities/vce-revision-lectures.html.

11. Differentiation of the curriculum

MAV are running 4 x 2 hour workshops on Differentiation of the Curriculum. This is aimed at teachers in Year 5 – Year 10. Register online at http://registration.mav.vic.edu.au/events.php?event_id=374

12. Get MAV involved in your professional development program

Are you looking for quality whole school professional learning in 2011? Ian Lowe, Sharyn Livy and Jennifer Bowden can provide professional learning in mathematics sessions that can cater for the individual needs of your school. Options available include:

  • Whole school days
  • After school workshops
  • TEAM:P workshops in conjunction with VATE
  • Modelled teaching
  • Mentoring and numeracy coaching
  • Working with year level or professional learning teams
  • Suggested focus topics
  • Differentiating curriculum
  • Implementing department resources
  • Working mathematically
  • Open-ended lessons (such as Maths 300)

Contact Jen Bowden This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Ian Lowe This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to discuss your school's requirements.

13. Consumer maths support - FREE

Everybody loves a freebie. Recently all secondary schools will have received at least one copy of the new (red-covered) book from the Victorian Government Consumer Affairs department. It is called Consumer Stuff!: Maths - a resource for teaching and learning numeracy. It provides excellent support for VELS and VCAL.

14. Mathematics centre

The folks at Black Douglas tell us that there is no reason for mathematics to be taught the way it always has been. We agree. See their latest update at www.blackdouglas.com.au/taskcentre/news.htm.

15. Mathematical modelling

Just a reminder that registrations for the ICTMA15 Mathematical Modelling Challenge for School Students (Years 4-12) 13 - 14 July 2011 close very soon. There are still places available for students in Years 7-12 and limited places for students in Years 4-6.

If you know any students who like to engage with mathematics, please encourage them to attend. See www.ictma15.edu.au/ModellingChallenge.html for further details and link to the registration page.

The 15th International Conference on the Teaching of Mathematical Modelling and Applications, ICTMA15 is being held 14 - 19 July 2011. Teacher registration is available for 1, 2 or 3 days or a full registration covers attendance at the complete conference. A draft daily schedule is available at www.ictma15.edu.au

Both events are being held at the Australian Catholic University St Patrick's Campus (Melbourne). If you are interested in mathematical modelling and applications please consider attending.

16. Science goes free range

Free Range Science brings science and scientists out of the lab and into the towns of regional Victoria. Check out www.freerangescience.org.au to see if the crew will be in your area soon.

17. Numeracy Master – it has a good ring to it don’t you think?

Sally McCutcheon from the Department's Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership reports that an exceptional opportunity exists for DEECD teachers to develop their specialist numeracy knowledge through the provision of 20 Bastow Institute sponsored places in the Master of Numeracy at the University of Melbourne. The course is offered over two years part-time. For further information, go to www.bastow.edu.com.au or contact Sally, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Oh, and hurry, this program commences in July 2011.

 

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