Please visit the MAV web site http://www.mav.vic.edu.au for lots of news and, of course, an opportunity to see where we are up to with planning for the Annual Conference (did you know that Maths is Multi-dimensional?) on Thursday, 1 and Friday, 2 December 2011. In fact, the Synopsis Book is at the printers right now BUT, registrations, folk, for the conference are already open! Yup, visit http://registration.mav.vic.edu.au/Reg/ and you can register right now. Mind you, this professional development page has details of a whole lot more professional learning opportunities as well. Congratulations are in order to Jeanne Carroll, Julie Allen and the Conference Committee for such a fabulous program for 2011. Anyways, enough of December 2011, here is some news about stuff that is happening right now:
- Could your school host an MAV event?
- Professional development 2012
- FREE Professional Learning Leadership Program
- Stop Shouting at the TV: Become a Contestant!
- Sharks and Mathematics
- Mathematics Centre News
- Maths Masters: Bigger and better then ever!
- Gathering for Gardner, Friday, 21 October 2011
The MAV offers professional development workshops and seminars in schools around Victoria. The professional development team are looking to add new metro and regional venues in 2012. In return for supplying the venue, hosting schools are able to send their teachers to the professional development workshop free of charge. Schools need to have clean spaces suitable for seating at least 50 people, reliable audio visual equipment, a reasonable breakout space for lunch and a kitchenette (or similar space for food preparation).
The folk at the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) have written to say that their Professional Learning Flagship Program: Leading Curriculum Change is now 'live'. Leading Curriculum Change will enhance Australian teachers knowledge, skills and confidence to plan for, support and lead curriculum change; including school level implementation of the Australian Curriculum. Classroom teachers with formal or informal curriculum change leadership responsibility in schools are the primary audience for this program. Leading Curriculum Change will provide teachers with a unique opportunity to learn with teachers from across Australia in a national professional learning community. The program will be high quality, evidence-based, interactive and online. It is a wonderful professional learning opportunity and all mathematics teachers should think about signing on. For more details about how you can benefit and to register an expression of interest please visit the AITSL website at http://www.aitsl.edu.au/lcc
Thats right. Sharks and mathematics. The team from the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute bring you the CSIRO's Maths by E-mail. Check out the latest version of this newsletter at http://www.csiro.au/helix/mathsbyemail/newsletter/newsletter.html
Doug Williams has written inviting all mathematics educators to see what has changed recently at Mathematics Centre. As he write, "this is your centre for a world of alternatives to text-based mathematics learning. There is no reason for mathematics to be taught the way it always has been." Check it all out at http://www.blackdouglas.com.au/taskcentre/news.htm
So, first off, congratulations to Associate Professor Burkard Polster. It seems as if mathemagical juggling really can earn you a promotion at Monash University. So to get an idea of just what Burkard and co-conspirator Marty Ross get up to, visit the Age Education site for:
Ahem, mathematical relations http://education.theage.com.au/cmspage.php?intid=147&intversion=98
And I just loved the very mathematical clip the Maths Masters have chosen from the WC Fields canon: http://www.qedcat.com/movieclips.html
Please don't forget to let me know your mathematics news. Until next time.
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
Maths is Multidimensional
Annual Conference & Exhibition, Thursday, 1 & Friday, 2 December 2011