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Please visit the MAV web site 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 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:

  1. Could your school host an MAV event?
  2. Professional development 2012
  3. FREE Professional Learning Leadership Program
  4. Stop Shouting at the TV: Become a Contestant!
  5. Sharks and Mathematics
  6. Mathematics Centre News
  7. Maths Masters: Bigger and better then ever!
  8. Gathering for Gardner, Friday, 21 October 2011

1. Could your school host an MAV event?

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).
If your school is interested in hosting an MAV event, please contact Jennifer: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

2. Professional development 2012

The MAV staff are busily putting together your professional development calendar for 2012. Before Jennifer Bowden, Ian Lowe and Sharyn Livy put the finishing touches on, they would like to hear from you - What do you want to know? What would you like to learn? Where would you like to learn? How (is online better than face-to-face for you) would you like to learn? Anything you want more of? Less of? Email Jennifer: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with your ideas.

3. FREE Professional Learning Leadership Program

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

4. Stop Shouting at the TV: Become a Contestant!

I am hoping that the Maths Masters give this a shot. The SBS television show LETTERS AND NUMBERS (6pm weeknights) is currently looking for contestants. LETTERS AND NUMBERS is a game of skill where contestants pit their alphabetical and mathematical skills against each other and the clock. So, auditions are on Wednesdays 14 and 21 September. I reckon we ought have a few MAV members in the queue. Go on, you know you want to! Write to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and ask 'em for their registration form.

5. Sharks and Mathematics

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

6. Mathematics Centre News

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

7. Maths Masters: Bigger and better then ever!

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:

A dose of Archimedes and then

Ahem, mathematical relations

And I just loved the very mathematical clip the Maths Masters have chosen from the WC Fields canon:

8. Gathering for Gardner

The MAV will join with the Maths Masters in celebrating the life of Martin Gardner on Friday, 21 October 2011 at Cliveden in Brunswick. Burkard Polster and Marty Ross are still organising things, and will give details in the future. If you are interested in attending, or even contributing, please let me know This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and I will pass your offer on to them.

Please don't forget to let me know your mathematics news. Until next time.




Simon Pryor

Simon Pryor FSAE
Chief Executive Officer
The Mathematical Association of Victoria
Cliveden, 61 Blyth Street
Tel: 03-9380 2399 Fax: 03-9389 0399
Maths is Multidimensional
Annual Conference & Exhibition, Thursday, 1 & Friday, 2 December 2011


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