2012! Welcome all Mathematical Association of Victoria members to another year of mathematics education. The weather prognosis in Victoria is atypical for this time of the year when 'roast the little darlings' seems to be the new school year mantra of whomsovever or whatsoever drives the weather. Indeed, one day I'd love to see an MTQ entry that tests the proposition: "that the first week back for school is always uncomfortably hot weatherwise".
Over the past two months your MAV staff have been hard at it preparing for 2012. Ian Lowe has finished an all new online version of the free-to-members resource Teach Mathematics for Understanding (phew) http://tm4u.mav.vic.edu.au/, Ellen Corovic has written the specification for an MAV 'App' intended to bring the idea of mathematics trails to life on smartphones and these new-fangled tablets. Jennifer Bowden has been busy planning the 2012 MTQ program and then found time to get all of the MAV's current 2012 professional development offerings online at http://registration.mav.vic.edu.au/Reg/. Sharyn Livy has already run about ten professional development sessions (I know, the school year started just last Thursday!), designed a suite of others for later in the year and then joined Ellen to work on some exciting financial literacy resources materials that a consortium led by the good folk at the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers are putting together. ALSO, all of your Professional Officers have combined forces with their counterparts at the Victorian Association for the Teaching of English to piece together a fantastic 2012 support program for primary schools as they grapple with planning for implementation of "AusVELS" for English and mathematics education. Yup, TEAM:P is alive and well. Me? You want to ask me what I was doing? Isn't getting my head around all of that stuff enough? Well if you must know, I have been working with Louise Gray and a fabulous team of MAV volunteers to put the finishing touches on our brand new 2012 initiative; Maths Active Schools http://www.mav.vic.edu.au/mathematicsactive. Oh, and keeping up with some mathematics education news just so I can pass it on to you all:
- Leading Teachers required as Professional Officers
- Calling all primary schools: TEAM:P is for YOU
- What a load of SACS! 20 February to 29 March 2012; BALLARAT, SHEPPARTON, NORTHCOTE, BURWOOD and MOE
- VCE Examiners Road Trip
- Pin Me To Your Wall!
- Mathematics Active Schools
- TM4U: BIGGER and better for 2012
- Don’t touch my asymptote
- Trigmaster - you want it, we've got it
- Grand Government Initiatives
- NSM: Where too much sport is barely enough. Teachers Night
- Maths for the future: Keep Australia competitive
- Design a badge
- Maths comes to Spotswood
- just does not help enough
- "Surveying is the perfect career for those who are good at maths …."
- A note from Andy Martin (and much, much more!)
The MAV is run by members for members. Membership fees income gets used each year to subsidise a host of community, teaching and student activities AND keep the cost of mathematics education resources to an absolute minimum. Are you member for 2012 yet? Please join us: http://registration.mav.vic.edu.au/Reg/login.php
2. Leading Teachers required as Professional Officers
Two maternity leave positions Primary (0.4 EFT) and one Secondary (0.6EFT) exist for experienced, energetic and talented teachers of Mathematics with a flair for and proven ability in areas such as professional development, student activities and publications. DEECD Leading Teacher rates of pay apply. Applications close on Friday, 9 March 2012. Get all of the gen at http://www.mav.vic.edu.au/employment.html
3. Calling all primary schools: TEAM:P is for YOU
A quick visit to http://teamp.vic.edu.au/ should be enough to show any primary school educator that the MAV and VATE initiative to provide an economical pathway to curriculum and pedagogical support for implementation of the Australian Curriculum and mathematics and English teaching is well underway for 2012. I mean, Friday, 23 March promises to be a professional development day even bigger and better than last year's TEAM:P conference http://registration.mav.vic.edu.au/Reg/event.php?eventID=2140. Of course, you do need to be a TEAM:P member school … http://registration.mav.vic.edu.au/Reg/login.php
4. What a load of SACS! 20 February to 29 March 2012; BALLARAT, SHEPPARTON, NORTHCOTE, BURWOOD and MOE
These two and a half hour evening sessions provide opportunities for teachers of VCE mathematics courses to be presented with and discuss possible starting points for their students. Participants will be provided with a selection of Analysis and Application Tasks and will be provided with a CD of the material relevant to the particular study. The process of developing appropriate tasks, including criteria mapping and the inclusion of technology is discussed with specific reference to the sample tasks provided at the session. Separate sessions will be held for Maths Methods, Specialist Maths and Further Maths. Register at http://registration.mav.vic.edu.a/Reg/event.php?eventID=2121 or, for the MOE evening only, via PD-Online at http://www.pd-online.com.au/.
5. VCE Examiners Road Trip
City: Williamstown and Burwood. Country: Wodonga, Seymour, Wangaratta, Horsham, Shepparton, Moe and Geelong. Unbelievable! Victoria's mathematics examiners are on a veritable Hunter S. Thompson-esque road trip of Victoria for 2012. Their two hour programs will provide sessions for Further Mathematics and Maths Methods. Presenters will discuss the processes for setting and marking the 2011 examinations and student responses and difficulties. They will comment on past examinations in general and about specific questions on past examinations. There will be time for questions and discussion. NOTE: Please bring a copy of the relevant VCAA 2011 exam with you. Register at http://registration.mav.vic.edu.a/Reg/event.php?eventID=2122 or, for the MOE evening only, via PD-Online at http://www.pd-online.com.au/.
6. Pin Me To Your Wall!
Well, not me, that would be (a) silly, (b) undignified and (c) painful. But the all-new MAV Professional Development Calendar? Now you are talking. All members will, of course, already have a copy of this useful 2012 initiative (hint: check out your last Common Denominator mailing from the MAV). You can view the offerings at http://registration.mav.vic.edu.au/Reg/ and THEN call Darinka Rob on 9380 2399 and get your extra copies (for the tea room, staff room, every single classroom and the list goes on). In the meantime, book some term one professional development from the offerings that the MAV's Professional Officers have cooked up specially for you:
Assessment in the Early Years http://registration.mav.vic.edu.au/Reg/event.php?eventID=2127
Understanding Algebra in the Middle Years http://registration.mav.vic.edu.au/Reg/event.php?eventID=2131
Number and algebra in the Australian Curriculum http://registration.mav.vic.edu.au/Reg/event.php?eventID=2128, http://registration.mav.vic.edu.au/Reg/event.php?eventID=2132 and http://registration.mav.vic.edu.au/Reg/event.php?eventID=2133
TEAM:P Conference http://registration.mav.vic.edu.au/Reg/event.php?eventID=2140
7. Mathematics Active Schools
Now! At long last the MAV is providing a means for you to show your community just how seriously your school takes maths education. The idea is that if your school can measure up, it will be entitled to label itself as a Mathematics Active School, with a plaque and large fence sign to signify this to the world. You will find the detail and an application form for this exciting 2012 initiative at http://www.mav.vic.edu.au/mathematics-active-schools.html
8. TM4U: BIGGER and better for 2012
Your FREE (members only) comprehensive teaching resources, Teach Maths for Understanding will not be on a CD-ROM this year. No. We have built an entire web site for the 2012 offering. So the updated content is accessible online at tm4u.mav.vic.edu.au. Again, this is a resource exclusively for MAV members, so make sure you have renewed your MAV membership. The content is organised based on the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics. There are many hyperlinks to free resources, and links to MAV CDs. The website works best if you have purchased the CDs that Teach Maths for Understanding points to. For those schools who have purchased these, the content will automatically download from the MAV website when you click on a relevant link. Give it a try: tm4u.mav.vic.edu.au.
9. Don’t touch my asymptote
Over the years, the MAV has sold thousands of maths badges to hundreds of schools, teachers and students. At the 2011 MAV conference, teachers were begging us to bring back the Don’t touch my asymptote badge. Good news - we plan to have this design available in 2012! We are also considering resurrecting I’m a mathesaurus. If you’d like to see this badge come back, post ‘Mathesaurus’ on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ mathematicalassociationofvictoria). If 50 people post about Mathesaurus, we’ll pull him out of the archives and turn him into a badge.
10. Trigmaster - you want it, we've got it
Life Member Graham Willis has finally relented to incessant calls for the revival of the fantastic Trigmaster tool, described by one current teacher as "one of the best tools in teaching the concept of the trig ratios and allowing the students to really understand how the ratios can be used." Read the description in the latest Common Denominator (you ARE a financial member aren't you?) and then buy a bag load at the MAV Shop http://www.mav.vic.edu.au/mav-resources/mav-shop.html
11. Grand Government Initiatives
You might want to check out the mathematics and science case studies behind the latest work by the Business Working with Education Foundation. You will find that at http://www.bwefoundation.org.au/uploads/bwef/docs/BWEFoundation-enews6.pdf. And lets us never forget the Energising Science and Mathematics Education strategy, with details at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/directions/mathsciencestrategy.htm
12. NSM: Where too much sport is barely enough. Teachers Night
13. Maths for the future: Keep Australia competitive
All the best to everyone who will be attending the exciting Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute initiative "Maths for the future: Keep Australia competitive" Forum http://www.amsi.org.au/events/forthcoming-events/773-maths-for-the-future-keep-australia-competitive in Canberra on 7 and 8 February 2012. Attended by policy makers, mathematicians, mathematics educators, industrialists, politicians and addressed by Professor Celia Hoyles, former mathematics advisor to the British Government, talking about initiatives employed in the UK that have improved standards, reversed teacher shortages and increased mathematics enrolment, this timely event should be of real significance. Here is hoping for a vision and some action for the future!
14. Design a badge
15. Maths comes to Spotswood
Daniel Avano, Program Coordinator at Scienceworks, tells me that term one at Scienceworks is all about mathematics. In particular, three stand out programs are sure to delight; Measurement and Technology http://museumvictoria.com.au/scienceworks/education/education-programs/measurement-and-technology/, Problem Solving http://museumvictoria.com.au/scienceworks/education/education-programs/problem-solving, both for years 5 to 8 AND, for years 4 to 7, Spotty (oh, sorry, Sporty) Maths http://museumvictoria.com.au/scienceworks/education/education-programs/sporty-maths/ as Daniel writes "this means that maths teacher of this age group could have up to a 3 hour excursion covering maths topics alone at Scienceworks in term 1"
16. just does not help enough
It was once called just Maths by E-mail. But latterly "Stats" seems to have gained an equivalence of status and so the team at CSIRO are now putting together the AMSI supported Maths + States by E-mail newsletters for students, schools and families. The latest starts off with some interesting developments in the sudoku world. Bring it to your students' attention at http://www.csiro.au/helix/mathsbyemail/newsletter/newsletter.html and then encourage them to subscribe at http://www.csiro.au/en/Portals/Education/Kids/Read-it/Maths-and-Stats-by-Email/Subscribe.aspx.
17. "Surveying is the perfect career for those who are good at maths …."
I dips my lid to the Surveying Task Force who, once again, continue to show the way with resources for students that just might excite and inspire an interest in mathematics and other sciences. Please, please refer your students to http://www.alifewithoutlimits.com.au/ and keep an eye out in future MAVlists for news about a forthcoming project that Michelle Brooks writes "will be of interest to maths teachers".
18. A note from Andy Martin (and much, much more!)
A good way to start the school year is by visiting http://www.blackdouglas.com.au/taskcentre/news.htm for the latest Mathematics Task Centre goings on. This plus Maths 300. What a great set of resources for a school to have …
Well, I guess that is enough for the first MAVlist for 2012. Please keep in touch and pass on any mathematics news worth letting the wonderful members of the MAV know about.
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
Annual Conference & Exhibition, Thursday, 6 & Friday, 7 December 2012