Folk,

Warm weather and netball and football finals. Ahhh September! For the MAV office this means VCE mathematics revision lectures http://www.mav.vic.edu.au/activities/student-activities/vce-revision-lectures.html and preparation for multidimensional mathematics at the December Annual Conference http://www.mav.vic.edu.au/activities/professional-learning-opportunities/mav-annual-conference.html. Mind you, for me it also means a new all-steel bicycle http://dazzlingbikes.com/2009/10/16/viva-papa/ to go with my new all-steel hip. I daresay September has additional special meaning for you, too. What unites us, of course, is an interest in mathematics education news. So, here is an update:

- Maths is Multi-dimensional, Annual Conference, 1 and 2 December 2011
- Games Days Volunteers Sought
- Breaking news: Mathematica Workshop
- Gathering for Gardner
- Teaching English and Mathematics in the Australian Curriculum, Friday, 21 October 2011
- Maths Masters: It's a fair cop
- Can we really count on Frank?
- Some months have 31 days. How many have 28?
- Faraday's Candle

**1. Maths is Multi-dimensional, Annual Conference, 1 and 2 December 2011**

16 extraordinary keynote presentations. Hundreds, hundreds of sessions to choose from. The Minister of Education. Uncertain December weather. Great food. 2,000 mathematics educators in attendance. Synopsis Book in the mail even as I write. It's back!!!! Please excuse the horribly long URL (security reasons says our IT techie), but registrations are now OPEN

http://registration.mav.vic.edu.au/Reg/index.php?page=%CC%B1%E1%0C%EA7%F5%DEq%D1%91%7E%11%FC%19%F1&action=%0B%8Fg7%B0F%7F%E6%C9%C9Qw%91%89H%C8&eventID=%ABa%0D%09%3F%F1%CC%1D

**2. Games Days Volunteers Sought**

The MAV Student Activities Committee reports that the celebrated MAV Games Day program http://www.mav.vic.edu.au/activities/student-activities/student-games-days.html is expanding in 2012. Games Days are all down to the generosity of some great teachers who volunteer their own best efforts and their schools as a venue. The Student Activities Committee thanks all of our wonderful contributors from previous years. For 2012 the Committee is hoping to ADD to the team with additional convenors and school venues sought for all year levels, particularly at years 4 and 9. If you are interested, you need to believe passionately in the value of young people coming together to explore interesting mathematics, a venue al least as big as a basket ball court and a school willing to promote its commitment to mathematics education through support for a Statewide Games Day. Go on! You know your school mathematics team want to do it! E-mail Jennifer Bowden This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it now.

**3. Breaking news: Mathematica Workshop**

Dr Ahmad Samarji at the School of Education (VU) is busy putting together a FREE Mathematica and Secondary Mathematics workshop in Footscray for 'early October 2011' with a TOP SECRET international expert on Mathematica as the presenter. Now, I don't know any other details, this really is breaking news and you read about it first in MAVlist, so please drop Dr Samaraji This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it a line if you want to know more.

The MAV will join with the Maths Masters in celebrating the life of Martin Gardner http://www.g4g-com.org/ on Friday, 21 October 2011 at Cliveden in Brunswick. Burkard Polster and Marty Ross are still organising things, and will give details in the near 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.

**5. Teaching English and Mathematics in the Australian Curriculum, Friday, 21 October 2011**

Our TEAM:P partnership with the Victorian Association for the Teaching of English means we can bring you a great opportunity for primary school teachers to develop an understanding of the Australian Curriculum. 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 register now at what is quite possibly the most absurd (but safe) URL of all time:

http://registration.mav.vic.edu.au/Reg/index.php?page=%CC%B1%E1%0C%EA7%F5%DEq%D1%91%7E%11%FC%19%F1&action=%0B%8Fg7%B0F%7F%E6%C9%C9Qw%91%89H%C8&eventID=1d%B6%B0%3C%80%E6%15

**6. Maths Masters: It's a fair cop**

Marty Ross and Burkard Polster discuss the implications of recent changes by VTAC to the way an ATAR is calculated for VCE students who attempt a university level enhancement course http://education.theage.com.au/cmspage.php?intid=147&intversion=101 and you will also find the index of all their Education Age articles at http://www.qedcat.com/archive/index.html. Then they offer up a little bit of Monty Python at http://www.qedcat.com/movieclips.html

**7. Can we really count on Frank?**

Co-writers Jennie Marston, Tracey Muir, and MAV Professional Officer Sharyn Livy have just had their article accepted for publication in Teaching Children Mathematics http://www.nctm.org/about/content.aspx?id=1352. It is great to have the work of Victorian teachers recognised by our colleagues in the United States!

**8. Some months have 31 days. How many have 28?**

So ask the mathsbyemail team at CSIRO who, along with their colleages from the Bureau of Statistics and the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute bring you

http://www.csiro.au/helix/mathsbyemail/newsletter/newsletter.html each month. There are lots of interesting classroom activities to do with the mathematics of the seasons this month.

Carly Siebentritt from the National Science Week Victorian Coordinating Committee writes to let MAV members know about (pun intended) "An entertaining and illuminating theatre performance - More than 150 years ago Michael Faraday saw beauty and wonder in the chemistry of a candle. His observations remain true today and the lessons are both simple and profound" Part of the Melbourne Fringe, this one hour theatre performance could light up your evening. All the details can be found at http://www.melbournefringe.com.au/fringe-festival/show/faraday-s-candle

Please remember that http://www.mav.vic.edu.au will always keep you up to date with the latest mathematics education news. So, until edition 13,

Cheers,

Simon

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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*Maths is Multidimensional* * *

Annual Conference & Exhibition, Thursday, 1 & Friday, 2 December 2011