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Folks,

This MAVlist is well worth a read from top to bottom:

  1. Leading Teachers required as Professional Officers
  2. What a load of SACS! Through to 29 March 2012; SHEPPARTON, NORTHCOTE, BURWOOD and MOE
  3. VCAA Mathematics Exam Solutions 2012 - Now available
  4. Design a badge
  5. Maths Talent Quest 2012 - How can I get involved in the MTQ?
  6. Mathematics Active Schools
  7. TEAM:P Working Towards an Australian Curriculum Conference - Friday, 23 March 2012 - Moorabbin
  8. Maths 300 and the differentiated Australian Curriculum - Professional Development - City and Country Venues
  9. Meet the Examiners - March and April 2012
  10. Primary Mathematics Workshop -Working Mathematically in the Australian Curriculum : Number and Algebra (F- 6)
  11. Posters, lesson plans and literature from Canada
  12. Poets, love and Möbius
  13. The Mathematics of Capitalism
  14. Free Online lectures and careers advice for maths students from the University of Leeds
  15. Maths + Stats on the Clack
  16. Transit of Venus
  17. Membership
  18. TM4U: BIGGER and better for 2012
  19. Don’t touch my asymptote
  20. Trigmaster
  21. Mathematics Centre
  22. DEECD Thinking

1. 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

2. What a load of SACS! Through to 29 March 2012; 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.

Northcote Monday, 27 February - all studies
Burwood Wednesday, 29 February - all studies
Shepparton Thursday, 8 March - Further and Methods
For more details and registration please go to http://registration.mav.vic.edu.au/Reg/

Moe Tuesday, 28 February - Further only NOTE: For MOE registration please go to PD-Online. http://www.pd-online.com.au/

3. VCAA Mathematics Exam Solutions 2012 - Now available
Prepare effectively for VCE Mathematics Examinations with the MAV solutions to the VCCA Mathematics Examinations. Each Solution set features: fully worked solutions for all sections, advice on solution processes and permission for the purchasing institution to reproduce copies for its students. Visit our MAV Shop http://www.mav.vic.edu.au/mav-resources/mav-shop.html

4. Design a badge
The MAV would like to produce new badge designs in 2012. For this, the MAV office needs IDEAS. Come up with a badge design or encourage your students to have a go. Designs need to be mathematically orientated, and the artwork should be designed to fit a 44mm circle. Entries are open to any MAV member, student or teacher from an MAV member school. Email your design (in high resolution PDF format) to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by Friday 30 March. Who knows? One of your students may be a published badge-inator by year end!

5. Maths Talent Quest 2012 - How can I get involved in the MTQ?
Brunswick - Tuesday 28 February
Are you interested in learning more about the MTQ or improving your school's involvement in the MTQ? Join Jen Bowden for a free 1 hour workshop this Tuesday, 28 February. For more information please visit http://registration.mav.vic.edu.au/Reg/index.php or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

6. 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

7. TEAM:P Working Towards an Australian Curriculum Conference - Friday, 23 March 2012 - Moorabbin
Once again the MAV are teaming up with the Victorian Association for the Teaching of English to present a high quality conference for primary school teachers. The conference will focus on English and Mathematics in the Australian Curriculum and providing teachers with quality resources and ideas to successfully implement the new curriculum in their schools. With keynote presentations from Professor Kate Burridge from Monash University and David Leigh-Lancaster from the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority along with workshops by university lecturers, classroom teachers and education professionals this conference is a must for all primary schools (ahem, you ARE a TEAM:P member are you not? http://registration.mav.vic.edu.au/Reg/login.php) in 2012. $130 members $205 Non members. For more information please visit http://registration.mav.vic.edu.au/Reg/event.php?eventID=2140 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

And I do hope that you received your first 2012 edition of the TEAM:P e-bulletin http://www.teamp.vic.edu.au/index.php?option=com_acymailing&ctrl=archive&task=view&mailid=13&key=3683e6947ee6bad92d54f34db98bc1aa&subid=12-7893e8e630b1ec62940358475d755499

8. Maths 300 and the differentiated Australian Curriculum - Professional Development - City and Country Venues
Dr Ian Lowe (MAV) will combine these two ideas using hands-on activities and advice on curriculum planning. Teachers will be inspired to use Maths300 to make their classrooms more engaging. They will also be shown how to use the MAV's Teach Maths for Understanding website <tm4u.mav.vic.edu.au> to create a differentiated curriculum tailored to the Australian Curriculum.

Country venues - full day workshop
Geelong - 9 March 2012
Wangaratta - 16 March 2012
Traralgong - 4 May 2012
Ballarat - 11 May 2012
Horsham - 18 May 2012
Register at http://registration.mav.vic.edu.au/Reg/event.php?eventID=2135

City Venues 2 x 2 hrs after school workshops (4 pm - 6 pm)
Doncaster - 8 March 2012 & 29 March 2012. http://registration.mav.vic.edu.au/Reg/event.php?eventID=2137
Kew - 10 May 2012 & 31 May 2012. http://registration.mav.vic.edu.au/Reg/event.php?eventID=2142
Essendon - 17 May 2012 & 7 June 2012. http://registration.mav.vic.edu.au/Reg/event.php?eventID=2143
For more information please visit http://registration.mav.vic.edu.au/Reg/index.php

9. Meet the Examiners - March and April 2012
These two hour programs will provide sessions for Further Mathematics, Maths Methods and Specialist Maths in some venues.
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.
For more information please visit http://registration.mav.vic.edu.au/Reg/event.php?eventID=2122 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

City: Williamstown and Burwood.
Country: Wodonga,Seymour, Wangaratta, Horsham, Shepparton, and Geelong.
Moe registration through PD-Online http://www.pd-online.com.au

10. Primary Mathematics Workshop -Working Mathematically in the Australian Curriculum : Number and Algebra (F- 6)
The proficiencies are the core of the Australian Curriculum, and this workshop will provide a wide range of ways of engaging and involving students through group work and hands-on materials. Content will spread over whole numbers, decimals, integers and fractions and relate each activity clearly to the AC level content description to which it applies. These two x 2 hr long workshops (4pm - 6 pm) will be held in Brunswick http://registration.mav.vic.edu.au/Reg/event.php?eventID=2129 and Frankston http://registration.mav.vic.edu.au/Reg/event.php?eventID=2128.
For more information drop a line to Jennifer Bowden at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

11. Posters, lesson plans and literature from Canada
It has been said that the cultures of Australia and Canada are remarkably similar. Well, the MAV is grateful to Dr George Gadanidis of the University of Western Ontario, Canada for inviting primary and middle years school mathematics teachers in Victoria to share in a really exciting free online resource from Canada. As Dr Gadanidis writes "at http://www.researchideas.ca/ we are creating publicly available math documentaries based on our research in grades 1-8, with videos from classrooms, as well as lesson plans. We are also developing exciting "do the math" activities for students, teachers and parents. Our research uses big math ideas as rich contexts for content students are learning."

Dr Gadanidis is asking Victorian teachers to give feedback and ask questions about the research which is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Knowledge Network for Applied Education Research, and the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences. What are you waiting for? Brand new resources with the only price being a bit of feedback on the blog attached to http://www.researchideas.ca/. Thanks George!

12. Poets, love and Möbius
It is always a wonderful thing when the Age newspaper unleashes the Maths Masters for a new year. In their first editions for 2012 Burkard Polster and Marty Ross write about Professor Robert Osserman http://education.theage.com.au/cmspage.php?intid=147&intversion=111, the mathematics of romance http://education.theage.com.au/cmspage.php?intid=147&intversion=112 and Möbius strips http://education.theage.com.au/cmspage.php?intid=147&intversion=113. The Director of Pleasantville (1998) makes some, ahem, interesting comments about hermetic sealing and Möbius strips, all brought to you by the QEDCat at http://www.qedcat.com/movieclips.html. The Maths Masters also give you access to six years of Age articles, with just about all of them being a fantastic classroom discussion starter at http://www.qedcat.com/archive/index.html. Welcome back Maestros!

13. The Mathematics of Capitalism
Cecile Guilloux, Investor Education Marketing Executive at the Australian Stock Exchange has written to say that registrations for the ASX Schools Sharemarket Game close on 29 February, with Game play running from 1 March to 9 May. Cecille Guilloux describes it as an activity that "is a fun and engaging way to connect your teaching to real-life events." This is an annual favourite, well worth considering. Further information can be found at https://www9.asx.com.au/Smg/SchoolInfo

14. Free Online lectures and careers advice for maths students from the University of Leeds
Dr James Harris invites MAV members to access a JISC (part of the Higher Education Funding Council of England) supported resource of more than 40 films of university lecturers speaking on themes and topics from the UK A-level mathematics curriculum. All films are free to watch on the site and more will be uploaded in the coming weeks. Dr Harris's team also offer advice to secondary students about where they might study Maths at University and about the careers that can follow their degree (thus complementing the resources offered by the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute http://www.amsi.org.au/careers/career-resources). Visit http://www.themathsfaculty.org/ to start trawling through this exciting set of resources from Leeds.

15. Maths + Stats on the Clack (anyone get the allusion?)
Supported by the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute, the maths + stats by e-mail team at CSIRO write that it is "unlikely that student with exact mode, median and mean characteristics in the ABS 2011 CensusAtSchool questionnaire exists at all, much less be ‘typical’." Get your students to read all about it at http://www.csiro.au/helix/mathsbyemail/newsletter/newsletter.html

16. Transit of Venus
As promised in the last MAVlist, Michelle Brooks of the Surveying Task Force has announced details of a great schools initiative. I am sure that, as a deeply committed mathematics teacher, you already know that much of Australia is in a great position to witness the next transit of Venus on 6 June. Well, thanks to the Surveying Task Force your school has a chance to win one of 100 solarscopes. The Surveying Task Force have also set up a great web site with information, classroom activities and, of course, competition details. Check it all out at http://www.transitofvenus.com.au/. The race for a free solarscope ends on 15 March.

17. Membership
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? Join at: http://registration.mav.vic.edu.au/Reg/login.php

18. 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.

19. 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 the MAVshop crew to bring back the Don’t touch my asymptote badge. Good news - this design will available in 2012. We are also considering resurrecting I’m a mathesaurus. So far, 19 folk 'like' ‘Mathesaurus’ at the MAV Facebook page (www.facebook.com/mathematicalassociationofvictoria). If 50 people post about Mathesaurus, we’ll pull her out of the archives and turn her into a badge.

20. Trigmaster
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

21. Mathematics Centre
Doug Williams has posted the February Mathematics Centre news to the Black Douglas web site. Have a look at http://www.blackdouglas.com.au/taskcentre/news.htm

22. DEECD Thinking
The Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development Energising Science and Mathematics Education strategy http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/directions/mathsciencestrategy.htm was released in 2009 but is still relevant and is clearly echoed in Minister Dixon's Victoria as a Learning Community speech in November 2011 http://www.eduweb.vic.gov.au/edulibrary/public/commrel/about/learningcommuityspeech29NOV.pdf

The next MAVlist will be out in a couple of weeks. If you have some mathematics education news to pass on, please do let me know. In the meantime, if you can read Greek and want to know what I have up to over the past two weeks visit http://www.haniotika-nea.gr/89712-Πατρίδα%20μας%20και%20η%20Κρήτη%20.html. Oh, and if you do, could you send (its all Greek to) me the gist of the article?

Cheers,

Simon

 

Simon Pryor

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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