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    • MATRIX News 6 October 2021

      Matrix - Mathematics education news

       

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      Welcome back to term 4, and it's great to see our senior students returning for some on campus learning this week.

      Best wishes to all teachers and students as you continue to prepare for the upcoming exams.

      And don't forget to seek approval and book to attend MAV21 virtual conference, we are entering the run up to the event during term 4! Bookings are coming in now, thank you for supporting this important event in our calendar! Let's ensure we get the chance to learn together as the year wraps up.

      Global Maths Week! October 10th to 17th

      Join James Tanton with your class for a free daily exploding dots lesson from Monday 10th to Friday 17th October at 10am Melbourne time. Join one or all sessions and let James take care of the maths for you! I know he will engage your students!

      You may remember James as a keynote from MAV20 conference, where he was an absolute hit!

      Click here or see the newsletter below for more information.

      Regards,

      Peter Saffin
      CEO

       
       
       

      Term 4 Magazine and Journals now available!

      Don't wait to receive your print copy, read now in digital format.

      Common Denominator Magazine

      Free for all!

      Read now.

      Prime Number

      Primary Journal,

      Member login required.

      Vinculum

      Secondary educator Journal.

      Member login required.

      The Common Denominator Prime Number Vinculum
       
       
       

      FREE VCE revision program Videos

      MAV is offering free exam preparation videos to your students! These videos are presented by experienced VCAA assessors and give your students tips into getting ready for their upcoming examinations.

      The videos form a small part of our full VCE Revision Program, which students can purchase if they choose to, or, to obtain a discount, schools can submit bulk bookings which in turn reduces the cost per student by 20%.

      Please find the links to these videos below. You can play them in class, or give the links to the students to watch at home. We hope they are useful, and help motivate your students:

      FURTHER MATHEMATICS (approx. 28min) - play video

      MATHEMATICAL METHODS (approx. 15min) - play video

      SPECIALIST MATHEMATICS (approx. 21min) - play video


      Free Intervention webinars for Primary Teachers!

      MAV just open up two previously recorded, highly popular webinars for your viewing.

      Target audience: Primary Teachers

      Intervention. Part 1. Prevention is better than cure.

      Initially Dr Paul Swan will discuss common predictors that indicate students are likely to experience difficulties in number and ways of preventing or least giving them early attention so that they don't develop into larger problems later. Later In this session Dr Paul Swan will focus on common issues that come up when teaching mathematics and look at some simple interventions to help 'cure' common problems. Note that many of the issues are often language based so elements of the Newman analysis will be shared to determine whether the issue is primarily a language based or a mathematics based issue.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gz5lu33zoAQ

      MAV Intervention Part 2.

      In this session Narelle Rice and Dr Paul Swan will delve deeper into Wave 2 (Teir 2) and Wave 3 (Teir 3) interventions.

      Narelle and Paul will focus on the common issues that regularly arise and trace some of them back to their source. Experience has shown that even children 'diagnosed' with a specific learning difficulty do not always fit a 'standard' pattern.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9m5GlGy3NV0

       
       
       

      MAV Employment hub - free job postings until end of 2021

      Our Employment Hub is a leading recruitment and job listing service for mathematics education jobs for early years, primary, and secondary mathematics educators, across all school sectors in Victoria. MAV's employment hub provides place for your school to advertise and find positions.

      Free job postings until end 2021:

      MAV is making it’s jobs Board free until 31st Dec this year as we head into a peak of job advertising for many of you.

      Free job postings until end 2021

      Any problems please get in touch with psaffin@mav.vic.edu.au
       
       
       

      Have you paid your MAV Invoice?

      As we approach the end of the year we need all unpaid invoices settled!

      Please ensure that your school has paid any outstanding invoices for bookings made for events over the previous months.

      Rachel Spinks MAV's Finance Officer has been sending reminders and following up unpaid accounts. We appreciate your support in helping her seek payments, so that we may continue our work.

      If you need support with accounts please contact Rachel at finance@mav.vic.edu.au

       
       
       

      Get your MAV Membership for 2022!

      Membership renewals

      MAV membership renewals start soon! You will receive your first reminders around mid-October. We hope that you will again support MAV to continue it's work in maths education.

      Not a member?

      If you are not a member, now is a good time to join and get a full year of benefits. Join now for 2022 and get benefits immediately through to end of 2022.

      For more information on membership categories and benefits visit our website: https://www.mav.vic.edu.au/Membership

      Membership renewals

       
       
       

      MAV21 Annual Conference Program Spotlight!

      MAV21 - Spoilt for choice!

      • four virtual rooms for primary education sessions
      • four virtual rooms for secondary education sessions
      • a further two rooms for miscellaneous year levels
      • each virtual room delivering five sessions each day
      • this means MAV21 will deliver five keynote presentations and 50 sessions per day

      Plus! Access for 1 year after the event to watch sessions for your own ongoing professional learning.

      Don't miss out!

      Find out more and Book now!

      Download Synopsis - full program

      MAV21 Annual Conference Program Spotlight!

      This newsletter we shine a spotlight on the Design Thinking Framework used by Victoria's Tech Schools to illustrate how it can be used to design tasks that showcase mathematics alongside the capabilities. This session is a keynote on Friday 3rd December!

      Session overview: Mathematics By Design (Year 7 to 10 focus)

      Meeting current education goals of developing learning opportunities for students that are not only highly collaborative, but also cross disciplinary can be challenging. In Victoria's Tech Schools, we use the Design Thinking framework as a way of developing collaborative STEM programs where students engage in new technologies to solve problems in a real-world context. Programs are typically centred around a “How might we…?” question designed to deeply understand the needs of people. This raises an interesting question: how can teachers incorporate design thinking with mathematics, a discipline that is often considered problem-centred rather than human-centred?

      In this session, we will begin with an overview of the Design Thinking framework. We will then discuss how it is currently used within the Tech Schools, as well as provide examples of Design Thinking projects suitable for the classroom. In particular, we will focus on how these large, and often messy, real-world projects can incorporate mathematics. We offer our own insights into where design thinking might best be used in the STEM curriculum, addressing both the pros and cons of adopting such a framework.

      This session brought to you by:

      Oxford University Press

      Why this session:

      • Explore Design Thinking in existing and new learning design
      • Ideas for contextual, real life maths
      • Engage students through collaborative activities
      • get cross disciplinary!
      • Cutting edge pedagogy

      Presenters:

      Helen Sylvester - Director Casey Tech School

      Helen Sylvester - Director Casey Tech School

      Jennifer Palisse - Programs and Performance Manager, Monash Tech School

      Jennifer Palisse - Programs and Performance Manager, Monash Tech School

       

      Sarah Fenton - Principal Consultant at Square the Circle

      Sarah Fenton - Principal Consultant at Square the Circle

      Find out more and Book now!

       
       

       

       

      Students activities

      Victorian Coding Challenge – Registrations now open!

      The Victorian Coding Challenge 2021 has proven to be a hit once again with over 1400 high ability students joining in to participate in Stage 1.

      You still have time to register your students into this free and exclusive program, as access expires at the end of the year. If your students have been involved in Stage 1 and want to get involved in the state-wide coding competition, please be sure to register them for Stage 2. We will close registrations for Stage 2 in one week’s time, so get in quick!

      For all additional information, including what’s involved in both stages, registration forms, and key dates,

      More information can be found here

      Victorian Coding Challenge 013 Registrations now open!

      VCE revision program: Registrations now open!

      MAV prepares a very successful VCE revision package for students in the three VCE Mathematics studies:

      • Mathematical Methods
      • Specialist Mathematics
      • Further Mathematics.

      The program received incredibly positive feedback as it was jam-packed with useful information and advice, and accessible all the way until the end of the VCE exams.

      All course videos are delivered by highly qualified, experienced teachers who are current VCAA exam assessors. This means that the information the students receive will be the most relevant and up-to-date, and the tips will be based on where students typically make mistakes in their VCE exams. Furthermore, the courses feature technology videos created by TI and CASIO experts.

      Find out more here.

      ACTION: Please share the downloadable flier with your VCE mathematics students.

      Download the flier here:

      VCE revision program: Registrations now open!

      FREE VCE Exam preparation tip sheets

      As we head towards the exam preparation period for VCE, please share MAV's tip sheets with your students, either download and send directly or place in your newsletter!

      Two Tip sheets are available here:

      VCE maths revision: Top 6 Tips for Students.

      Need study tips for VCE maths success? Making ongoing summaries, joining revision programs, and showing all working step-by-step are all part of what leads to success. Find out more.

      Good study habits: 5 tips for students.

      Good study habits lead to success, if you need a few ideas on how to get set-up and prepared for study, check out our tip sheet now.

      FREE VCE Exam preparation tip sheets

       
       
       

      NEW!
      Intentional Fun Fluency Days!

      Learning is fun!
      Invite your whole class (Yr 3 - 6) to participate in an event similar to an online games day.

      Levels 3 to 6

      Second repeat date opened for bookings!

      Let your students participate fortnightly in 90 mins of Intention Fun through fluency and problem solving tasks.

      Registration per class is $30 member or $42.50 non member. (If registering more than one class please select each classroom teacher on registration.)

      Our first event on Friday 15th of October is now at capacity with approximately 2,500 students attending!

      Visit the events to register for a repeat of this event with the same tasks and fun on Friday 22nd of October. Registrations close Monday 18th October, 5 pm.

      We will continue to keep your students engaged with Intentional Fun Fluency Days scheduled around flexible and remote learning in October and November.

      Join us and relax! We take care of the maths for the morning!

      Book events now on MAV's events page

       

       

       
       

      VCAA Mathematics Curriculum Manager - position now open for applications

      The role of the Mathematics Curriculum Manager is to provide high level expertise, professional leadership, policy and program advice and strategic direction for the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority in Mathematics curriculum and assessment from the Foundation level to senior secondary schooling.

      The following link can be used to view the position details: https://jobs.careers.vic.gov.au/jobs/VG-DET-VCAA-20003698A


      "Mathematics: The Key to a Hidden World" with Eddie Woo

      National Math Festival virtual event featuring presenter Eddie Woo on "Mathematics, The Key to a Hidden World". This one-hour event recording is now available for viewing and can be accessed below. Please feel free to share this program with your friends, family, or school!

      View the event recording: https://www.nationalmathfestival.org/news/online-event-author-educator-and-youtuber-eddie-woo-sept-21-2021

      View the event video directly on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/618197796

      Do we really need to learn about mathematics in our modern world? We all carry calculators around in our pockets and so much of what we're taught in school mathematics can seem irrelevant to our lives. However, the reason we learn mathematics is not just to solve problems. It's to unlock a world hiding in plain sight, to enable us to appreciate its patterns and navigate its secrets. In this session we'll explore some of those secrets and see how mathematics helps us to wonder at the world we live in.


      Excellence is the future of Indigenous education - Teacher magazine

      What is excellence in Indigenous education? And, how is it conceptualised in practice? In this article, researchers from the University of Queensland, Dr Marnee Shay, Dr Jodie Miller and Dr Suraiya Abdul Hameed, share details of their pilot study in Queensland schools that explored these questions. Together, they have embarked on a journey of understanding how Indigenous peoples, school leaders and educators conceptualise what excellence in Indigenous education is or could be.

      Read now

       
       
       

      Global Maths Week! October 10th to 17th

      Have your class join James Tanton for a daily exploding dots lesson from Monday 10th to Friday 17th October at 10am Melbourne time.

      Join James as he goes through the wonders of EXPLODING DOTS. See for yourself what has gotten the world so excited!

      You may remember James as keynote for MAV20 conference, where he was an absolute hit!

      Lesson 1: Exploding Dots and a Mind-Reading Puzzle
      Lesson 2: Wild Machines and Math We Thought We Knew
      Lesson 3: Dots and Tod, and More Math
      Lesson 4: Mind-Blowing Division
      Lesson 5: More Surprises

      Download the flier: click here

      Book here now!

      Global Maths Week! October 10th to 17th

       
       
       

      MAVshop

      Members receive a discount on all purchases!


      Building Numeracy Second Edition - NEW EDITION UPDATED

      Classroom intervention strategies to build confidence and competence

      Building Numeracy has been designed to assist all teachers, at all levels, to develop expertise and confidence in diagnosing student difficulties.

      This book uses evidence-based, peer-reviewed intervention strategies that help teachers to:

      • understand how mathematical concepts and processes are constructed and connected
      • overcome mathematical misconceptions and inappropriate ways of thinking
      • plan and implement appropriate intervention programs to build students' competence and confidence.
      • In addition to the numeration, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and fractions screening tests from the first edition of Building Numeracy, this second edition also includes an early number screening interview and problem solving tests.

      Get me now, I have new stuff in me!


       

      Building Numeracy Second Edition - NEW EDITION UPDATED

       

      Developing Teaching Expertise - NEW TITLE

      by Ryan Dunn and John Hattie

      Cultivate a Proactive & Efficient Learning by Doing Culture In Teacher Development

      Do your teachers have the expertise to produce the best outcomes in every context? Do they confidently and intentionally inquire, adapt, and change based on student needs? This book offers a deep exploration into cultivating a culture of design thinking--a proactive process where teachers work through iterative design cycles and understand how to make what works best work.

      • Explore how specific design and leadership approaches can form a framework for leading teacher professional learning
      • Learn to navigate through complex educational environments
      • Learn from illustrative action items, vignettes, and real-life examples and results

      Get me now to help you lead change!


       

      Developing Teaching Expertise - NEW TITLE

       

      Junior Illustrated Maths Dictionary - get a class set ready for 2022!

      This dictionary covers all the maths terms and concepts required in the junior primary years. Each word is clarified with engaging illustrations. The book is a very useful reference for both teachers and parents, but it is primarily intended for children to use individually in Years 1 - 4. It is expected that students will make it a Living Dictionary by adding their own supporting comments in the spaces provided, and also retain it from one year to the next.

      Your kids will thank you - buy now.


       

      Junior Illustrated Maths Dictionary - get a class set ready for 2022!

      Maths @ Home

      Parents often go to great lengths to help their children succeed in their education. Unfortunately many parents believe that helping their children with mathematics is beyond their abilities. For some, learning mathematics was a dull and uninspiring experience that they are not keen to revisit. For others, the mention of mathematics is associated with a profound sense of fear or anxiety. Fortunately a rapidly growing body of scientific research has led educators to question much of what they thought they knew about the teaching and learning of mathematics.

      Teachers and parents now have a shared responsibility to ensure that in future students can learn mathematics with confidence and understanding. It is designed to assist parents who wish to ensure that their children are capable and confident users of mathematics.

      Share ideas with parents, buy me now.


       

      Maths @ Home

      MAV TRIAL EXAMS - LAST CHANCE!

      Prepare effectively for VCE Mathematics Examinations with the MAV Trial exams for Mathematical Methods, Further Mathematics and Specialist Mathematics studies.

      Each Trial Exam features: Original questions, highly relevant to the current course, fully worked solutions for all sections and clear marking schemes. Exam formats are similar to those used by the VCAA. Written in line with adjusted 2021 study design.

      Permission for the purchasing institution to reproduce copies for its students.

      Order now! You know you want it!

      MAV TRIAL EXAMS

       

       

       


      MAV21 Program is now available! Book now, we are ready!

      Join us to end the year on a positive note of shared learning, with time to explore ideas for a fresh 2022.

      Find out more and Register now!

      The capabilities in Mathematics teaching and Learning

       
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    • MATRIX Holiday News 23 Sept 2021

      Matrix - Mathematics education news

       

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      I am always excited to hear new ideas from our maths consultants and staff. They very much have your needs in mind, and I was so pleased to see this new idea emerge from Jen Bowden! MAV have invented "Intentional Fun Fridays" for Year 3 to 6 classes - to give you a Friday morning break during online learning. Let us take care of the maths! See below for more info.

      I also encourage you to check out the draft numeracy curriculum from VCAA as part of the senior secondary reform program. Consultation times were extended, so now the holidays are here you may have to to review and comment. Numeracy Study Designs are now available for public consultation until Wed 6 October 2021. See below for more information.

      If you are looking for something else to do in holidays, below are a few items including:

      • Some readings from Teacher Magazine around numeracy and wellbeing.
      • The AAMT conference, very affordable and great PL opportunity
      • For pre-service teachers, a webinar to view from MGSE

      And don't forget to seek approval to attend MAV21 annual conference, we are entering the run up to the event during term 4!

      Regards,

      Peter Saffin
      CEO

       
       
       

      FREE VCE revision program Videos - Share with students or watch in class!

      MAV would like to offer free exam preparation videos to you and your students! These videos are presented by experienced VCAA assessors and give your students tips into getting ready for their upcoming examinations.

      The videos form a small part of our full VCE Revision Program, which students can purchase if they choose to, or, to obtain a discount, schools can submit bulk bookings which in turn reduces the cost per student by 20%.

      See below 'Student Activities' section of the newsletter for more info.

      Please find the links to these videos below. You can play them in class, or give the links to the students to watch at home. We hope they are useful, and help motivate your students in these trying times:

      FURTHER MATHEMATICS (approx. 28min) - play video

      MATHEMATICAL METHODS (approx. 15min) - play video

      SPECIALIST MATHEMATICS (approx. 21min) - play video

       

      Free Intervention webinars for Primary Teachers!

      MAV just open up two previously recorded, highly popular webinars for your viewing.

      Target audience: Primary Teachers

      Intervention. Part 1. Prevention is better than cure.

      Initially Dr Paul Swan will discuss common predictors that indicate students are likely to experience difficulties in number and ways of preventing or least giving them early attention so that they don't develop into larger problems later. Later In this session Dr Paul Swan will focus on common issues that come up when teaching mathematics and look at some simple interventions to help 'cure' common problems. Note that many of the issues are often language based so elements of the Newman analysis will be shared to determine whether the issue is primarily a language based or a mathematics based issue.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gz5lu33zoAQ

      MAV Intervention Part 2.

      In this session Narelle Rice and Dr Paul Swan will delve deeper into Wave 2 (Teir 2) and Wave 3 (Teir 3) interventions.

      Narelle and Paul will focus on the common issues that regularly arise and trace some of them back to their source. Experience has shown that even children 'diagnosed' with a specific learning difficulty do not always fit a 'standard' pattern.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9m5GlGy3NV0

       
       
       

      MAV Employment hub - free job postings until end of 2021

      Our Employment Hub is a leading recruitment and job listing service for mathematics education jobs for early years, primary, and secondary mathematics educators, across all school sectors in Victoria. MAV's employment hub provides place for your school to advertise and find positions.

      Latest positions:

      • NEW! Head of Mathematics: Girton Grammar School: Located in the heart of Bendigo, 150km from Melbourne, Girton Grammar School is one of Australia's leading regional Independent Schools. This is an opportunity for an outstanding, passionate and dedicated educator to work in an environment where professionalism, care and collegiality are of the utmost importance. As the Head, you ensure that the Mathematics Department constructs and teaches curriculum where every student is inspired and challenged to improve their skills and understanding.
      • Mathematics Teacher: The Hamilton and Alexandra College is a leading regional, independent, co-educational, day and boarding school from Early Learning to Year 12. A full-time Mathematics teaching position is available, commencing at the start of the 2022 school year. This is a permanent position.
      • Maths Teachers and Numeracy Coordinator. Salesian College, Sunbury means being part of a Faith filled Learning Community committed to the charism and tradition of St John Bosco. Our vision embodies our commitment to Community, Learning, Excellence and Faith.

      Free job postings until end 2021:

      MAV is making it’s jobs Board free until 31st Dec this year as we head into a peak of job advertising for many of you.

      Free job postings until end 2021
      Any problems please get in touch with psaffin@mav.vic.edu.au
       
       
       

      Have you paid your MAV Invoice?

      As we approach the end of the year we need all unpaid invoices settled!

      Please ensure that your school has paid any outstanding invoices for bookings made for events over the previous months.

      Rachel Spinks MAV's Finance Officer has been sending reminders and following up unpaid accounts. We appreciate your support in helping her seek payments, so that we may continue our work.

      If you need support with accounts please contact Rachel at finance@mav.vic.edu.au

       
       
       

      MAV Membership for 2022!

      Membership renewals

      MAV membership renewals start soon! You will receive your first reminders around the end of October. We hope that you will again support MAV to continue it's work in maths education.

      Not a member?

      If you are not a member, now is a good time to join and get a full year of benefits. Join now for 2022 and get benefits immediately through to end of 2022.

      For more information on membership categories and benefits visit our website: https://www.mav.vic.edu.au/Membership

       

      Join or renw membership online

       
       
       

      MAV21 Annual Conference Program Spotlight!

      This newsletter we shine a spotlight on Sharyn Livy who is delivering a keynote on Thursday 2nd December!

      Dr Sharyn Livy

      Dr Sharyn Livy is a Senior Lecturer of mathematics education at Monash University. Her research and teaching are driven by the desire to understand how teachers can be supported to extend their knowledge and pedagogical approaches for teaching mathematics. Improving teacher knowledge and practices were the driving force behind Sharyn’s PhD thesis, a study of pre-service teachers’ mathematical content knowledge. Sharyn’s current research includes an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage project titled Exploring Mathematics Sequences of Connected, Cumulative and Challenging tasks project (EMC3) with colleagues. Her contrition to the broader mathematical education community is wide and includes past VP (Treasurer) of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia and regular presenter at MAV’s annual conference.

      Why see Sharyn!

      • Engaging content
      • Local expertise
      • Lower primary focus
      • Student-centred inquiry learning experiences
      • Great strategies to take away!

      Eliciting Critical thinking through the use of sequences of connected cumulative challenging tasks. (F to Year 2)

      Robust critical and creative thinking is crucial in both the teaching and learning of mathematics, when used effectively it can facilitate deeper thinking and reasoning. In this Keynote presentation Sharyn will share findings from her research describing pedagogical practices that teachers use to guide student thinking through the use of sequences of connected cumulative challenging tasks. She will present a model for student-centred inquiry learning experiences that support students to justify their strategies and critical thinking skills. Examples of tasks for engaging Early Years students in critical and creative thinking experiences will also be shared.

      MAV21 Conference

       

      Find out more and Book now!

       
       

       

       

      Students activities

      Victorian Coding Challenge – Registrations now open for 2021!

      MAV is again running an engaging 2-part coding challenge which provides fun-filled, stimulating and challenging practical coding problems for high-ability DET students FREE OF CHARGE.

      Your students will be able to do this independently or in class, with minimal assistance from teachers, and no equipment required! This program was made possible by the funding from the Victorian Department of Education and Training, and it is only available to government schools in Victoria.

      Teachers are encouraged to register their Year 5-10 students for this program which received overwhelming positive feedback from last year’s participants.

      More information can be found here

      Victorian Coding Challenge 013 Registrations now open for 2021!

      VCE revision program: Registrations now open!

      MAV prepares a very successful VCE revision package for students in the three VCE Mathematics studies:

      • Mathematical Methods
      • Specialist Mathematics
      • Further Mathematics.

      The program received incredibly positive feedback as it was jam-packed with useful information and advice, and accessible all the way until the end of the VCE exams.

      All course videos are delivered by highly qualified, experienced teachers who are current VCAA exam assessors. This means that the information the students receive will be the most relevant and up-to-date, and the tips will be based on where students typically make mistakes in their VCE exams. Furthermore, the courses feature technology videos created by TI and CASIO experts.

      Find out more here.

      ACTION: Please share the downloadable flier with your VCE mathematics students.

      Download the flier here:

      VCE revision program: Registrations now open!

      FREE VCE Exam preparation tip sheets

      As we head towards the exam preparation period for VCE, please share MAV's tip sheets with your students, either download and send directly or place in your newsletter!

      Two Tip sheets are available here:

      VCE maths revision: Top 6 Tips for Students.

      Need study tips for VCE maths success? Making ongoing summaries, joining revision programs, and showing all working step-by-step are all part of what leads to success. Find out more.

      Good study habits: 5 tips for students.

      Good study habits lead to success, if you need a few ideas on how to get set-up and prepared for study, check out our tip sheet now.

      VCE maths revision: Top 6 Tips for Students.

       
       
       

      NEW!
      Intentional Fun Fridays!

      Levels 3 to 6

      Learning is fun!
      Invite your whole class (Yr 3 - 6) to participate in an event similar to an online games day.

      Let your students participate fortnightly in 90 mins of Intention Fun through fluency and problem solving tasks.

      Registration per class is $30 member or $42.50 non member. (If registering more than one class please select each classroom teacher on registration.)

      Visit the events page for more information and to register for our first event on Friday 15th of October.

      Join us and relax! We take care of the maths for the morning!

      Book events now on MAV's events page

       

       

       
       

      Secondary Mathematics and Science Initiative (SMSI) for DET teachers.

      Are you currently teaching mathematics or science in a DET school and not qualified to teach this subject? This makes you an ‘out-of-field’ teacher. The DET SMS Initiative has been designed to provide you with the expertise and qualification to enable you to be considered an ‘in-field’ mathematics or science teacher by DET.

      In this qualification you will address how to make learning meaningful for students, experience up-to-date teaching practices and activities informed by current research and to engage with contemporary mathematics and science.

      Whether you are a relative novice or experienced at teaching mathematics out of field, participants in the mathematics course have affirmed that the course can enrich your knowledge and practice of teaching and learning mathematics.

      If you are a qualified Science teacher yet feel under-confident in some disciplines of Science then this course may provide expertise and confidence across all disciplines required in lower secondary science. We will also explore how to include general capabilities and cross-curricular priorities in your teaching.

      If you are a DET Teacher then SMSI may be for you!

      SMSI provides you the opportunity to gain a fully funded university qualification, Graduate Certificate of Secondary Mathematics or Science, through Deakin University, a leading Australian tertiary institution with recognised expertise in out-of-field teaching. The course is closely aligned to the classroom context and is of 9 months duration during 2022. DET will fully fund the course and provide funding to your school for time release to study. There is additional support offered to all especially those of you who may be returning to study after a while out of university.

      Quotes from mathematics teachers completing the course in 2021:

      • This course has made me realise how important it is to use mathematical problems with a real life context and how you can use a range of everyday life situations in mathematics to engage students.
      • The importance of engaging students in mathematical thinking, posing questions, making inferences and supporting their position.
      • I have learnt a lot about conjecturing and putting students as the authors of their own learning and ideas.
      • I feel like I have a new found enjoyment of maths – what used to be a set of procedures (which is how I have always felt about Maths) is now so much more. I am really looking forward to working with our maths coordinator at school and making changes to the way we teach and approach maths.
      • The sheer number of activities and resources that I have now been exposed to has been the best, many of the activities we've done in the workshop, I have taken straight into the classroom or with modifications.

      Find out more: https://fuse.education.vic.gov.au/Pages/smsi-2022-intake

      Secondary Mathematics and Science Initiative (SMSI) for DET teachers.

       
       
       

      Other news and opportunities

      VCAA Numeracy Study Design Public Consultation - Senior Secondary Reform

      Numeracy Study Designs are now available for public consultation until 6th October 2021. Find the study designs here:

      https://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/victorianseniorsecondarycertificatereform/Pages/Index.aspx#curriculum

      The survey questions can be found at the link above with draft documetation.

      Please have your say!
       

      Pre-service teacher webinar recording: MGSE

      Watch this free webinar form Melbourne Graduate School of Education for pre-servcie teachers.

      Being a leader of mathematics - Graduate Student-organised mathematics education webinar 2021

       

      Readings for the holidays:

      Teacher Magazine: Supporting critical numeracy and maths skills in teaching and learning

      Wellbeing by Teacher: https://www.teachermagazine.com/au_en/category/wellbeing

      Get the support you need in challenging times!

       

      AAMT Conference

      AAMT Conference

      Hear our Keynote speakers:

      Cheryl Praeger, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at The University of Western Australia, will reflect on mathematics and mathematics education in Australia over her career—changes and the roles of women.

      Charlie Stripp, Director of The National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) UK), will describe the work being done to improve mathematics education in England and what has been achieved so far.

      Register now online at www.aamt.edu.au

       
       
       

      Members receive a discount on all purchases!

      Maths Badges

      Did you know MAV has 23 different maths badges! Celebrate maths and send home badges to students in their take home packs!

      Maths Badges

      Teaching Number: Advancing Children's Skills and Strategies 2nd Edition

      This book provides a comprehensive guide to teaching early number in a way which is informed by assessment and uses approaches which accord with children's mathematical thinking.
      This book gives a systematic presentation of teaching approaches which are focused on taking children from where they are to the next stage of their number skill development. Heaps of activities included.

      Teaching Number: Advancing Children's Skills and Strategies 2nd Edition

      Can you Solve my Problems? - Alex Bellos!

      Need something fun for your holidays? Or want to challenge students each week with a different puzzle? Check these out.

      Are you smarter than a Singaporean ten-year-old? Can you beat Sherlock Holmes? If you think the answer is yes - I challenge you to solve my problems. Here are 125 of the world's best brainteasers from the last two millennia, taking us from ancient China to medieval Europe, Victorian England to modern-day Japan, with stories of espionage, mathematical breakthroughs and puzzling rivalries along the way. Pit your wits against logic puzzles and kinship riddles, pangrams and river-crossing conundrums. Some solutions rely on a touch of cunning, others call for creativity, others need mercilessly logical thought. Some can only be solved be 2 per cent of the population. All are guaranteed to sharpen your mind. Let's get puzzling!

      Can you Solve my Problems? - Alex Bellos!

      MAV TRIAL EXAMS - AVAILABLE

      Prepare effectively for VCE Mathematics Examinations with the MAV Trial exams for Mathematical Methods, Further Mathematics and Specialist Mathematics studies.

      Each Trial Exam features: Original questions, highly relevant to the current course, fully worked solutions for all sections and clear marking schemes. Exam formats are similar to those used by the VCAA. Written in line with adjusted 2021 study design.

      Permission for the purchasing institution to reproduce copies for its students.

      Order now! You know you want it!
       

      MAV TRIAL EXAMS - AVAILABLE
       

       

       

       

      MAV21 Program is now available! Book now, we are ready!

      Join us to end the year on a positive note of shared learning, with time to explore ideas for a fresh 2022.

      Find out more and Register now!

      MAV21 Conference

       
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      Last week we launched our easy to read flip book and pdf download of the MAV21 annual conference program. Check it out for all keynotes and a table based view of the program. You can see it here with 10 keynotes and 100 sessions to select from. Access will be available to all sessions after the event for a year. As we head into the last few month of the year please don't forget to register, we look forward to bringing you another great event to finish off a tough year! Let's celebrate by learning together.

      I also encourage you to check out the draft numeracy curriculum from VCAA as part of the senior secondary reform program. Numeracy Study Designs are now available for public consultation until 12th September 2021. See below for more information.

      Finally, our New Frontiers of Learning 2021 conference is next week on Friday 10th September. Please join us, registrations close soon. We have Dan Meyer joining us as an international keynote which will be great! This is a not to be missed event.

      Regards,

      Peter Saffin
      CEO

       
         
       

      MAV Employment hub - free job postings until end of 2021

      Our Employment Hub is a leading recruitment and job listing service for mathematics education jobs for early years, primary, and secondary mathematics educators, across all school sectors in Victoria. MAV's employment hub provides place for your school to advertise and find positions.

      Latest positions:

      • Mathematics Teacher: The Hamilton and Alexandra College is a leading regional, independent, co-educational, day and boarding school from Early Learning to Year 12. A full-time Mathematics teaching position is available, commencing at the start of the 2022 school year. This is a permanent position.
      • Maths Teachers and Numeracy Coordinator. Salesian College, Sunbury means being part of a Faith filled Learning Community committed to the charism and tradition of St John Bosco. Our vision embodies our commitment to Community, Learning, Excellence and Faith.

      Free job postings until end 2021:

      MAV is making it’s jobs Board free until 31st Dec this year as we head into a peak of job advertising for many of you.

       Any problems please get in touch with psaffin@mav.vic.edu.au 
       
         
       

      Have you paid your MAV Invoice?

      Please ensure that your school has paid any outstanding invoices for bookings made for events over the previous months. 

      Rachel Spinks MAV's Finance Officer has been sending reminders and following up unpaid accounts. We appreciate your support in helping her seek payments, so that we may continue our work.

      If you need support with accounts please contact Rachel at finance@mav.vic.edu.au 

       
         
       

      Help is here: Free activities for home learning

      As we continue to work with students through lockdowns in Victoria, I would like to remind you that during 2020 MAV produced over 150 free activities from F to year 10 for use with students during remote learning. 

      These free activities are still available for you to access to save planning time and keep your students engaged. 

      You can find them on our MAV website here, please share this link with your colleagues.

       
         
       

      MAV21 Program Spotlight!

      This newsletter we shine a spotlight on Ashleigh Koo and Thomas Moore who are delivering a joint keynote on Thursday 2nd December! 

      Why see Ashleigh and Thomas?

      • Engaging
      • Practical
      • Year 7 to 10 focus
      • Lot's of ideas to try yourself
      • I expect this one will be highly entertaining!

      Ashleigh Koo

      Anyone who knows Ashleigh is aware that she LOVES teaching mathematics. She has worked as a maths educator in both primary and secondary settings. She is currently a Learning Specialist for Mathematics at Victoria University Secondary College in Melbourne’s west. Ashleigh is also studying a Master of Education at Melbourne University, taking a special interest in mathematics education. She is focussed on improving not only her own teaching, but also facilitating professional development to advance the pedagogy of those around her. Ashleigh is particularly interested in the role that gender plays in mathematics education, looking at ways to support all people in choosing mathematics as a career pathway.

       

      Tom Moore

      It doesn't take long to notice that Thomas Moore is extremely passionate about teaching Mathematics. He is the founder of EngageME Mathematics and is currently completing his PhD, exploring how Maths teachers build productive pedagogical relationships with their students in the middle years. Thomas has been a leading teacher (Head of Mathematics) in the past, and he is currently working as a Tutor at Frankston High School. He is also interested in school leadership and affording Maths teachers the agency to take risks and develop their craft. 

       

      Keynote: Teaching in Action: Using Problem Based Lessons to develop student capabilities in Mathematics (Year 7 to Year 12)

      Have you ever been to a workshop or presentation and asked "but what does it look like in the classroom?" If so, then this is the keynote for you!
      In this unique and entertaining presentation, Ashleigh will give us front row seats to all of the action happening within her class. In doing so, the presenters will explore how Ashleigh uses a Problem Based Lesson (PBL) framework to develop the capabilities within her students. Using Smith & Steins' (2018) book: ‘5 Practices for Orchestrating Productive Mathematics Discussions’, Thomas and Ashleigh will then explore how the steps of ‘anticipating’, ‘monitoring’, ‘selecting’, ‘sequencing’ and ‘connecting’ can be used to enhance students' critical & creative thinking, and personal & social learning.
      This presentation is guaranteed to have all of the highlights, action packed replays and one-on-one interviews that you might hope for when reflecting on one's performance.

      Find out more and Book now!

       
         

       

       

      Students activities

      Victorian Coding Challenge – Registrations now open for 2021!

      MAV is again running an engaging 2-part coding challenge which provides fun-filled, stimulating and challenging practical coding problems for high-ability DET students FREE OF CHARGE.

      Your students will be able to do this independently or in class, with minimal assistance from teachers, and no equipment required! This program was made possible by the funding from the Victorian Department of Education and Training, and it is only available to government schools in Victoria.

      Teachers are encouraged to register their Year 5-10 students for this program which received overwhelming positive feedback from last year’s participants.

      More information can be found here

       

      Maths Talent Quest 2021

      Judging is now complete for the MTQ 2021. Thank you to all the judges who gave up their time to complete judging! This year we received over 360 entries from 50 schools across Victoria, we are now preparing entries for the National Maths Talent Quest which will be hosted by MAWA.

      MTQ Coordinators should keep an eye on their inboxes for results which will be sent out over the next week. The online ceremony will be on the 21st of October.

      Congratulations to all students who completed investigations - your work was outstanding!

      VCE revision program: Registrations now open!

      MAV prepares a very successful VCE revision package for students in the three VCE Mathematics studies: 

      • Mathematical Methods
      • Specialist Mathematics
      • Further Mathematics.

      The program received incredibly positive feedback as it was jam-packed with useful information and advice, and accessible all the way until the end of the VCE exams. 

      All course videos are delivered by highly qualified, experienced teachers who are current VCAA exam assessors. This means that the information the students receive will be the most relevant and up-to-date, and the tips will be based on where students typically make mistakes in their VCE exams. Furthermore, the courses feature technology videos created by TI and CASIO experts.

      Find out more here.

      ACTION: Please share the downloadable flier with your VCE mathematics students.

      Download the flier here:

      FREE VCE Exam preparation tip sheets

      As we head towards the exam preparation period for VCE, please share MAV's tip sheets with your students, either download and send directly or place in your newsletter!

      Two Tip sheets are available here:

      VCE maths revision: Top 6 Tips for Students.

      Need study tips for VCE maths success? Making ongoing summaries, joining revision programs, and showing all working step-by-step are all part of what leads to success. Find out more.

      Good study habits: 5 tips for students.

      Good study habits lead to success, if you need a few ideas on how to get set-up and prepared for study, check out our tip sheet now.

       
         
       

      Professional Learning 2021

      Book events now on MAV's events page

      Event

      Description

      Details

      FREE Virtual learning sessions!
      We have had an amazing turn out at our free online learning sessions! Thanks to you all for attending and making the most of these opportunities. Please remember to provide your feedback through the surveys. There is one session to go!

      Teaching VCE Networks Part 2 -Unit 4: common traps, misconceptions.

      Target Audience: VCE teachers.

      Teaching VCE Networks Part 2 is a follow up session to that held in Term 2. The focus this time is on Units 3 & 4. With the change of mathematics study design being implemented in 2023, this session will look at introducing the networks module into the VCE General Mathematics course at Units 3 & 4. The session will focus on explanations of different network theories (particularly critical path analysis), working through typical VCE networks questions and tips for teaching networks in VCE mathematics.

      Wednesday 8th September 2021

      4:00PM - 5:00PM

      FREE Virtual Learning Session

      Book events now on MAV's events page

       

       

         
       

      ISV and MAV: New Frontiers of Learning 2021! (Now Virtual!)

      • Bookings close next week!
      • Don't miss Dan Meyer!
      • Access to all sessions for 6 months after the event!
      • Join us now!

      The Mathematical Association of Victoria (MAV) and Independent Schools Victoria (ISV) invite educators from all sectors to a joint professional learning event for mathematics teachers of Foundation to Year 10.

      It's time to explore some of the long-held assumptions about mathematics education and poke the bear!

      How do we engage students in an authentic way with the ‘messiness’ of this glorious subject? Let’s embrace the necessities of content, curriculum and sequence using contemporary practices and broadening our reach to other disciplines.  There are plenty of Mathematics educators in schools right now ditching antiquated practices, keeping the timeless ones that work and moving to innovative approaches. 

      Let’s hear from these disruptors, change makers and classroom practitioners who are shaking things up and moving beyond conventional structures to engage learners and challenge the traditional models of mathematics teaching and learning.

      International Keynote speaker:

      Dan Meyer!

      Dan Meyer taught secondary maths to students who didn't like secondary maths. He has advocated for better maths instruction on CNN, Good Morning America, Everyday With Rachel Ray, and TED.com. He earned his doctorate from Stanford University in maths education and is the Dean of Research at Desmos where he explores the future of maths, technology, and learning. He has worked with teachers around the world and calls California home.

      Keynote Abstract: The mathematics education community has worked to destigmatize mistakes in recent years, yet it continues to diagnose as mistaken what is instead very purposeful student thinking. We'll learn about curriculum, technology, and strategies that celebrate and develop that thinking instead, helping learners grow in their mathematics identity and knowledge.

      Audience: Teachers of F to year 10.

      Date: Friday 10th September 2021

      Time: 9am until 3pm

      Venue: Virtual

      Registration fee: $335 (Places strictly limited to 90 attendees)

      Program: Click here to download the program with sessions, speaker info and more

       
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      REGISTER NOW: https://www.mav.vic.edu.au/Events

       
         
       

      Other news and opportunities

      VCAA Numeracy Study Design Public Consultation - Senior Secondary Reform

      Numeracy Study Designs are now available for public consultation until 12th September 2021. Find the study designs here: 

      https://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/victorianseniorsecondarycertificatereform/Pages/Index.aspx#curriculum 

      The survey questions can be found here:

      Foundation Pathways Certificate: Numeracy - Foundation pathways certificate | QuestionPro Survey

      Vocational Specialisation: Vocational specialisation - Numeracy- Consultation | QuestionPro Survey

      Please have your say!
       

      Teaching Excellence Program – Opportunity for MAV Members!

       Are you a curious, committed, capable and connected classroom teacher? 

      • The Victorian Government is developing an exciting new organisation, the Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership (the Academy) that will commence operations in 2022.
      • Within the Academy, the flagship program for teachers is the Teaching Excellence Program (TEP), a discipline-focused, one-year program to advance the professional expertise and classroom practices of up-to 250 highly skilled classroom teachers from government, Catholic and independent schools. 
      • On graduation participants become a Fellow and can apply to become a Master Teacher of the Academy or embark on Fellowship research. This is a great opportunity for highly skilled members to form networks with other highly skilled colleagues across Victorian and across sectors.   
      • Applications are now open for the inaugural program and close on 15 September 2021:
      • https://www.bastow.vic.edu.au/professional-learning/teaching-excellence-program
         

      Maths Talk Podcast by AMSI Schools

      MathsTalk returns with a two-part podcast featuring host, Leanne McMahon talking to maths leader and classroom teacher Cass Lowry about the proposed changes to the Australian Curriculum. In today's teabreak, we discuss the rationale behind the changes and the 'core concept organisers.' As usual, the discussions centre around our classroom and consultancy experience and we certainly welcome your input and insights.
      Listen here: https://mathstalk.podbean.com/ 
       

      Supporting your child with primary mathematics 

      New Blog by Catherine Attard, read it here: https://engagingmaths.com/2021/08/11/supporting-your-child-with-primary-mathematics/
       

      AAMT Conference

      Hear our Keynote speakers:

      Cheryl Praeger, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at The University of Western Australia, will reflect on mathematics and mathematics education in Australia over her career—changes and the roles of women. 

      Charlie Stripp, Director of The National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching  of Mathematics (NCETM) UK), will describe the work being done to improve mathematics education in England and what has been achieved so far.

      Register now online at www.aamt.edu.au 

      Financial Capability Summit

      Deakin University researchers are looking for Year 9 & 10 students from across Australia to tell us what they want from their financial education at school. We are hosting a Financial Capability Summit online via Zoom on 1st October, 2021.

      Young people’s insights matter and can help shape future directions in policy, curriculum and teaching.

      Visit the link below to find out more and nominate your teens to participate!

      https://researchsurveys.deakin.edu.au/jfe/form/SV_9Y4wZzdk64QDAyO

       

      Gain a fully funded graduate certificate in maths or science

      Out-of-field maths and science teachers are encouraged to express their interest for Intake 2 of the fully funded Secondary Mathematics and Science Initiative (SMSI). Participants of the SMSI gain a graduate certificate in either mathematics or science through Deakin University. Participants will experience contemporary, research informed approaches to learning and teaching that is aligned to the Victorian Curriculum levels 7–10.

       To apply for the SMSI and for more information, visit the SMSI webpage

      Kerry Landman Scholarship

      The Kerry Landman Scholarship at the University of Melbourne will be available again in 2022 with applications opening on 1 October 2021. The Kerry Landman Scholarship supports high-achieving mathematics graduates that demonstrate a passion for education and wish to train as mathematics teachers. This scholarship is valued at up to $60,000 in total and students with a mathematics major who are enrolling in a Master of Teaching Secondary at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education are encouraged to apply. This scholarship aims to address the shortage of mathematically trained teachers who can passionately communicate the beauty and applications of mathematics to encourage, inspire and empower students to succeed. A successful candidate will have the potential to become a leader in a mathematics education. Further detail regarding the scholarship can be found here: https://scholarships.unimelb.edu.au/awards/kerry-landman-scholarship

       

       
       
         
       

       

      Members receive a discount on all purchases!

      Making Number Talks Matter: Developing Mathematical Practices and Deepening Understanding, Grades 4-10

      Making Number Talks Matter is about the myriad decisions facing teachers as they make this fifteen-minute daily routine a vibrant and vital part of their mathematics instruction. Throughout the book, Cathy Humphreys and Ruth Parker offer practical ideas for using Number Talks to help students learn to reason numerically and build a solid foundation for the study of mathematics. This book will be an invaluable resource whether you are already using Number Talks or not

      SIREN "Screening And Intervention Resource In Early Number" Complete Set (School License)

      Screening and Intervention in Early Number (or S.I.R.E.N for short) is a set of materials, manual and associated games that focus on the early predictors of mathematics performance. First released in 2014, SIREN has seen a large overhaul in 2021 that adds games and makes the materials even easier to use.

      Young children are tested on predictors when on entry interviews take place (MAI etc).

      Now we are pleased to release a set of materials, SIREN, that will help teachers target these key predictors. The materials are designed to be used with small groups and are made up of a manual and some A3 games. The materials may be used as part of a balanced program or used to support any young children identified as experiencing difficulties in mathematics.

      Challenging Mathematical Tasks - BEST SELLER!

      Challenging Mathematical Tasks supports the idea that students learn best when they work on problems that they do not yet know how to solve. Peter Sullivan's research shows that many students do not fear challenges in mathematics, but welcome them. And rather than having teachers instruct them, these students prefer to work out solutions for themselves. Challenging Mathematical Tasks: includes activities that allow for sustained thinking, decision-making and risk-taking by the student: features a Learning Focus, "Key Mathematical Language", "Pedagogical Considerations", "Enabling and Extending Prompts" for each task, plus "Supplementary Tasks" and "Possible Solutions" - is written by a well-established expert in the field of teaching and learning mathematics - follows a set structure to help students approach and work through the tasks.

      Open Ended Maths Activities Revised Edition - BEST SELLER

      Open-Ended Maths Activities discusses the features of ‘good’ mathematical questions. It provides practical advice on how teachers can create their own open-ended and problem-solving questions, and use them effectively in the classroom.

      • Open-Ended Maths Activities:
      • includes over 80 pages of ‘good’ questions for teachers to use in the classroom
      • organises questions into content areas (Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, Statistics and Probability)
      • indicates the suggested age level of students for each question
      • is written by a well-established expert in the field of teaching and learning mathematics, and an experienced author with a primary teaching background.

       

      Leading Improvements in Mathematics Teaching and Learning

      by Peter Sullivan

      School leaders have ready access to assessment data, motivating efforts to improve the numeracy outcomes of their students, but it can be difficult for principals to decide how to achieve these goals within their school's existing strategic plans and policies.

      Emeritus Professor Peter Sullivan brings his decades of experience and research in mathematics teaching and education to a carefully curated selection of proven practices and effective approaches that will help school leaders empower teachers and achieve improved numeracy outcomes for their students.

      With links to the OECD's Future of Education and Skills 2030 framework and the Victorian Education Department's high impact teaching strategies, the book gives school leaders insights into professional learning opportunities and high-impact practices that can align improvement visions and goals with effective classroom approaches.

      Quality learning experiences, lesson structure, learning sequences, classroom culture, collaborative planning and effective teaching are addressed in ways that will help school leaders improve not only students' numeracy and mathematics outcomes, but also their critical and creative thinking skills, enabling classroom learning to be transferred to real-life contexts.

      Leading Improvements in Mathematics Teaching and Learning provides a framework for a set of high-impact strategies that individually and together can be the focus of teacher professional learning, school improvement and student numeracy achievement.

       

      MAV TRIAL EXAMS - AVAILABLE

      Prepare effectively for VCE Mathematics Examinations with the MAV Trial exams for Mathematical Methods, Further Mathematics and Specialist Mathematics studies.

      Each Trial Exam features: Original questions, highly relevant to the current course, fully worked solutions for all sections and clear marking schemes. Exam formats are similar to those used by the VCAA. Written in line with adjusted 2021 study design.

      Permission for the purchasing institution to reproduce copies for its students.

      Order now! You know you want it!
       

      Need something hands-on?

      Maybe a card game to send home to all students working from home?

      COMBO

      COMBO (Individual Pack) involves children adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing. Ideal for all basic number facts.

      ROWCO

      ROWCO (Individual pack) teaches children about Rows and Columns (hence the name) and adding, subtracting and negative numbers.

      Footy Feud

      Footy Feud! is an Australian football themed-card game.

       

       

       

       

      Speakers are confirmed for MAV21 and the Program is now available! 

      Find out more and Register now!

       
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      As we continue to work with students through lockdowns in Victoria, I would like to remind you that during 2020 MAV produced over 150 free activities from F to year 10 for use with students during remote learning. These free activities are still available for you to access to save planning time and keep your students engaged. 

      You can find them on our MAV website: please share this link with your colleagues.

      You will find various opportunities for your own development below plus our student activity programs are proceeding. Thank you to schools who have decided to stay with us for our virtual games days, which have been a great success so far! 

      We are working hard to continue our activities regardless of restrictions and lockdowns to ensure that we support you and your students on an ongoing basis.

      If you have further ideas for how MAV could support you please feel free to email me at psaffin@mav.vic.edu.au 

      Regards,

      Peter Saffin
      CEO

       
         
       

      Parent Support from the MAV

      During these challenging times it may be useful to remind parents of how they can support students at home with mathematics. We need to ensure that our parents value the mathematics experience that our students have, and develop strategies to support and encourage students to overcome maths anxiety and remain engaged in mathematics throughout their years of schooling. 

      MAV has produced a number of tip sheets for parents and resources that may be useful. 

      Please feel free to share any of the tip sheets in your newsletters in coming weeks as a way to remind parents of the importance of mathematics in students learning.

      Check out the 'Top 5 tips for Maths at Home' sheets as a starting point!

      Versions are available for primary and secondary parents through our parent support pages: https://www.mav.vic.edu.au/Resources/parents 

      Action: Please share the parent page link with your school community or add a tip sheet to your newsletter.

      Maths at home
       
         
       

      MAV21 Program Spotlight!

      This newsletter we shine a spotlight on our international Keynote, Dr. Peter Liljedahl who is presenting on Thursday 2nd December and is not to be missed!

      Dr. Peter Liljedahl

      Professor of Mathematics Education - Simon Fraser University in British Columbia

      Dr. Peter Liljedahl is a Professor of Mathematics Education in the Faculty of Education. He is the former president of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (PME), the current president of the Canadian Mathematics Education Study Group (CMESG), senior editor for the International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education (IJSME), on the editorial boards of ESM, JMTE, MERJ, MTL, CJSMTE, and a member of the NCTM Research Committee. Peter is a former high school mathematics teacher who has kept his research interest and activities close to the classroom. He consults regularly with teachers, schools, school districts, and ministries of education on issues of teaching and learning, problem solving, assessment, and numeracy.

      Dr. Peter Liljedahl

      Keynote Abstract:

      Building Thinking Classrooms (All Year Levels)

      Much of how classrooms look and much of what happens in them today is guided by institutional norms laid down at the inception of an industrial-age model of public education. These norms have enabled a culture of teaching and learning that is often devoid of student thinking. In this session I present some of the results of over 15 years of research into how teachers can transform their classrooms from a space where students mimic to where students think. The practices discussed will intertwine with, and make extensive references to, the recently published book, Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics (Grades K-12): 14 Teaching Practices for Enhancing Learning.

      the capabilities in Mathematics Teaching & Learning

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      Students activities

      Maths Camp for regional and rural students of high potential

      In 2021, MAV will again host the popular and successful Mathematics Camp for Year 10 Regional students. However, due to COVID-19, the 2021 camp will be conducted predominantly virtually. It is anticipated, COVID-19 restrictions permitting, that students would come to Melbourne on the Thursday and present the findings of their investigative project onsite on the Friday. Alternatively, presentations will be conducted virtually.

      The mathematics camp brings together high potential rural and regional students to experience what a career in some of the most exciting organisations in the STEM industry look like.

      Twenty-four Year 10 regional students will be selected via an application process to participate in a Virtual Mathematics Camp to be held during the second week of the Term 3 school holidays (Monday 27th September– Friday 1st October).

      APPLICATIONS for the 2021 MAV VIRTUAL MATHS CAMP CLOSE FRIDAY 20th AUGUST, 5pm.

      For further details refer to MAV website:

      https://www.mav.vic.edu.au/Student-Activities/Maths-camp-for-regional-Year-10-Students

      The camp is free to attending students and funded by Strategic Partnership Program, and initiative of the Victorian Department of Education and Training.

        

      The Education State \ Victoria State Government | Education and Training

       

      For more information contact Helen Haralambous: 

      hharalambous@mav.vic.edu.au  

      Maths Talent Quest

      Registrations are now closed for 2021.

      • Thanks to all participating schools, it was great to see participation grow again after a COVID hit 2020 MTQ. We have over 50 schools and 370 entries for 2021!

      For more information about MTQ check out the MTQ website.

       

      MTQ - Maths Talent Quest

      Student Games Days

      Registrations for the final State-Wide Student Games Days are open!

      Some events are moving to virtual formats, with great success so far! 

      For more information and registration links, visit the Student Games Day website or contact Helen hharalambous@mav.vic.edu.au 

      Student Games Days 

      Victorian Coding Challenge – Registrations now open for 2021!

      MAV is again running an engaging 2-part coding challenge which provides fun-filled, stimulating and challenging practical coding problems for high-ability DET students FREE OF CHARGE.

      Your students will be able to do this independently or in class, with minimal assistance from teachers, and no equipment required! This program was made possible by the funding from the Victorian Department of Education and Training, and it is only available to government schools in Victoria.

      Teachers are encouraged to register their Year 5-10 students for this program which received overwhelming positive feedback from last year’s participants.

      More information can be found here

       Victorian Coding Challenge

      VCE revision program: Registrations now open!

      MAV prepares a very successful VCE revision package for students in the three VCE Mathematics studies: 

      • Mathematical Methods
      • Specialist Mathematics
      • Further Mathematics.

      The program received incredibly positive feedback as it was jam-packed with useful information and advice, and accessible all the way until the end of the VCE exams. 

      All course videos are delivered by highly qualified, experienced teachers who are current VCAA exam assessors. This means that the information the students receive will be the most relevant and up-to-date, and the tips will be based on where students typically make mistakes in their VCE exams. Furthermore, the courses feature technology videos created by TI and CASIO experts.

      Find out more here.

      ACTION: Please share the downloadable flier with your VCE mathematics students.

      Download the flier here:

      VCE revision program

       
         
       

      Professional Learning 2021

      Book events now on MAV's events page

      Event

      Description

      Details

      FREE Virtual learning sessions!

      These sessions are funded by the Victorian Department of Education and Training's 'Strategic Partnerships Program'. 

      (Sessions are listed in order of dates - note some sessions have multiple parts, register for each session/part separately)

      Maths 300: Anatomy of a Lesson eg. Dice Footy

      Presenter: Charles Lovitt.

      Target Audience teachers of Years 5- 10. 

      When you find a successful maths lesson it is professionally interesting to 'pull it apart to find out what makes it tick'. One successful and timely Maths300 lesson is known as Dice Footy (its currently Footy season) and it is primarily this lesson that will be work-shopped to find its underlying 'anatomy' i.e those features and ingredients that can make all lessons more successful. It looks initially like a simple game but rapidly becomes a seriously productive mathematical investigation. 

      Wednesday 18th August 2021

      4:00PM - 5:00PM

      FREE Virtual Learning Session

      Differentiating Teaching: One lesson for all! Part 2

      Target Audience: Teachers of Years 5- 8

      Differentiating Teaching: One lesson for all! Part 2 of 3 part series. "It is better to work on a problem in many different ways rather than work on many problems in the same way." Georg Polya.

      Part 2: The lesson structure and enabling and extending prompts. 

      Thursday 19th August 2021

      4:00PM - 5:00PM

      FREE Virtual Learning Session

      NEW SESSION!

      Let's Talk Strategy - Using Maths300 to start and shape classroom conversations (and debate)

      Target Audience teachers of Years 5- 10.

      Maths300 lessons continue to provide a rich resource for teachers to explore. This session will focus on harnessing the investigative energy of students to develop and test strategies for solving problems. Two specific lessons from the library will be introduced in this session, “A knights tour” and “Greedy Pig”. The only pre-requisite for this session is that attendees have accessed their free trial pack of Maths300 lessons and have set some time aside to explore the lessons and the interface.

      Tuesday 24th August 2021

      4:00PM - 5:00PM

      FREE Virtual Learning Session

      Intervention Part 1: Prevention is Better Than Cure

      Target audience: Primary Teachers

      Initially Dr Paul Swan will discuss common predictors that indicate students are likely to experience difficulties in number and ways of preventing or least giving them early attention so that they don't develop into larger problems later. Later In this session Dr Paul Swan will focus on common issues that come up when teaching mathematics and look at some simple interventions to help 'cure' common problems. Note that many of the issues are often language based so elements of the Newman analysis will be shared to determine whether the issue is primarily a language based or a mathematics based issue.

      Thursday 26th August 2021

      4:00PM - 5:00PM

      FREE Virtual Learning Session

      Differentiating Teaching: One lesson for all! Part 3

      Target Audience: Teachers of Years 5- 8.

      Differentiating Teaching: One lesson for all! Part 3 of 3 part series. "It is better to work on a problem in many different ways rather than work on many problems in the same way." Georg Polya.

      Part 3: Orchestrating a productive mathematical discussion. 

      Tuesday 31st August 2021

      4:00PM - 5:00PM

      FREE Virtual Learning Session

      Intervention Part 2: Prevention is Better Than Cure

      Target audience: Primary Teachers

      In this session Narelle Rice and Dr Paul Swan will delve deeper into Wave 2 (Teir 2) and Wave 3 (Teir 3) interventions. Narelle and Paul will focus on the common issues that regularly arise and trace some of them back to their source. Experience has shown that even children 'diagnosed' with a specific learning difficulty do not always fit a 'standard' pattern.

      Thursday 2nd September 2021

      4:00PM - 5:00PM

      FREE Virtual Learning Session

      Teaching VCE Networks Part 2 -Unit 4: common traps, misconceptions.

      Target Audience: VCE teachers.

      Teaching VCE Networks Part 2 is a follow up session to that held in Term 2. The focus this time is on Units 3 & 4. With the change of mathematics study design being implemented in 2023, this session will look at introducing the networks module into the VCE General Mathematics course at Units 3 & 4. The session will focus on explanations of different network theories (particularly critical path analysis), working through typical VCE networks questions and tips for teaching networks in VCE mathematics.

      Wednesday 8th September 2021

      4:00PM - 5:00PM

      FREE Virtual Learning Session

      Book events now on MAV's events page

       

       

         
       

      ISV and MAV: New Frontiers of Learning 2021! (Now Virtual!)

      The Mathematical Association of Victoria (MAV) and Independent Schools Victoria (ISV) invite educators from all sectors to a joint professional learning event for mathematics teachers of Foundation to Year 10.

      It's time to explore some of the long-held assumptions about mathematics education and poke the bear!

      How do we engage students in an authentic way with the ‘messiness’ of this glorious subject? Let’s embrace the necessities of content, curriculum and sequence using contemporary practices and broadening our reach to other disciplines.  There are plenty of Mathematics educators in schools right now ditching antiquated practices, keeping the timeless ones that work and moving to innovative approaches. 

      Let’s hear from these disruptors, change makers and classroom practitioners who are shaking things up and moving beyond conventional structures to engage learners and challenge the traditional models of mathematics teaching and learning.

      New Frontiers of Learing: Poke the Bear

      International Keynote speaker:

      Dan Meyer!

      Dan Meyer taught secondary maths to students who didn't like secondary maths. He has advocated for better maths instruction on CNN, Good Morning America, Everyday With Rachel Ray, and TED.com. He earned his doctorate from Stanford University in maths education and is the Dean of Research at Desmos where he explores the future of maths, technology, and learning. He has worked with teachers around the world and calls California home.

      Keynote Abstract: The mathematics education community has worked to destigmatize mistakes in recent years, yet it continues to diagnose as mistaken what is instead very purposeful student thinking. We'll learn about curriculum, technology, and strategies that celebrate and develop that thinking instead, helping learners grow in their mathematics identity and knowledge.

      Dan Meyer

      Audience: Teachers of F to year 10.

      Date: Friday 10th September 2021

      Time: 9am until 3pm

      Venue: Virtual

      Registration fee: $335 (Places strictly limited to 90 attendees)

      Program: Click here to download the program with sessions, speaker info and more

       New Frontiers of Learing: Poke the Bear 
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      to download

      REGISTER NOW: https://www.mav.vic.edu.au/Events

       
         
       

      Other news and opportunities

      Survey: Australian Educational Policy and Curricula for Intercultural Understanding

      Cultural Infusion is partnering with UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, on a Review of Australian Educational Policy and Curricula for Intercultural Understanding, one of the seven general capabilities of the F-10 Curriculum in Australia. The project supports the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals aimed at ending extreme poverty, reducing inequality, and protecting the planet by 2030.

      In particular, Target 4.7 promotes the knowledge and skills needed for global citizenship, appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development.

      Teachers who complete the survey will be eligible for a 15% discount on their next Cultural Infusion incursion and will receive access to the literature review.

      https://survey.zohopublic.com/zs/ZsB34s

      Financial Capability Summit

      Deakin University researchers are looking for Year 9 & 10 students from across Australia to tell us what they want from their financial education at school. We are hosting a Financial Capability Summit online via Zoom on 1st October, 2021.

      Young people’s insights matter and can help shape future directions in policy, curriculum and teaching.

      Visit the link below to find out more and nominate your teens to participate!

      https://researchsurveys.deakin.edu.au/jfe/form/SV_9Y4wZzdk64QDAyO

       Financial Capability Summit

      Gain a fully funded graduate certificate in maths or science

      Out-of-field maths and science teachers are encouraged to express their interest for Intake 2 of the fully funded Secondary Mathematics and Science Initiative (SMSI). Participants of the SMSI gain a graduate certificate in either mathematics or science through Deakin University. Participants will experience contemporary, research informed approaches to learning and teaching that is aligned to the Victorian Curriculum levels 7–10.

       To apply for the SMSI and for more information, visit the SMSI webpage

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      Kerry Landman Scholarship

      The Kerry Landman Scholarship at the University of Melbourne will be available again in 2022 with applications opening on 1 October 2021. I hope you may be able to assist in sharing this valuable scholarship opportunity through any appropriate channels you may have. The Kerry Landman Scholarship supports high-achieving mathematics graduates that demonstrate a passion for education and wish to train as mathematics teachers. This scholarship is valued at up to $60,000 in total and students with a mathematics major who are enrolling in a Master of Teaching Secondary at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education are encouraged to apply. This scholarship aims to address the shortage of mathematically trained teachers who can passionately communicate the beauty and applications of mathematics to encourage, inspire and empower students to succeed. A successful candidate will have the potential to become a leader in a mathematics education. Further detail regarding the scholarship can be found here: https://scholarships.unimelb.edu.au/awards/kerry-landman-scholarship

       The University of Melbourne

      Have you paid your MAV Invoice?

      Please ensure that your school has paid any outstanding invoices for bookings made for events over the previous months. 

      Rachel Spinks MAV's finance officer has been sending reminders and following up unpaid accounts. We appreciate your support in helping her seek payments, so that we may continue our work.

      If you need support with accounts please contact Rachel at finance@mav.vic.edu.au  

       
         
       

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      Members receive a discount on all purchases!

      Games for Maths Games Days

      Kick off a lesson with some fun!

      MAV's Games Days are very popular and a great way of engaging students through competing with like-minded individuals.

      The MAV often gets enquiries from schools either wishing to run smaller scale games days at a local or school level or requesting games days resources.

      In this updated publication, MAV has compiled a selection of favourite Maths game including the addition of four new games, some used in games days. Whether for games days or for general classroom use, the games are a useful tool in engaging all students. 
       

      Games for Maths Games Days

      Five Practices for Orchestrating Productive Mathematical Discussion

      The same five practices teachers know and love for planning and managing powerful conversations in mathematics classrooms, updated with current research and new insights on anticipating, lesson planning, and lessons learned from teachers, coaches, and school leaders. This framework for orchestrating mathematically productive discussions is rooted in student thinking to launch meaningful discussions in which important mathematical ideas are brought to the surface, contradictions are exposed, and understandings are developed or consolidated.

      Learn the 5 practices for facilitating effective inquiry-oriented classrooms

      Five Practices for Orchestrating Productive Mathematical Discussion

      MAV TRIAL EXAMS - AVAILABLE

      Prepare effectively for VCE Mathematics Examinations with the MAV Trial exams for Mathematical Methods, Further Mathematics and Specialist Mathematics studies.

      Each Trial Exam features: Original questions, highly relevant to the current course, fully worked solutions for all sections and clear marking schemes. Exam formats are similar to those used by the VCAA. Written in line with adjusted 2021 study design.

      Permission for the purchasing institution to reproduce copies for its students.

      Order now! You know you want it!
       

      MAV TRIAL EXAMS

      MAV Picture books galore!

      Did you know that MAV has over 50 picture books available for purchase? See our curriculum guide aligning each book to the relevant year level and content to help you select books for engaging students in your own class.

      Teachers can create rich learning experiences based on the picture story books we have selected, and revisit the book throughout a unit to help bed down the ‘big ideas’.

      Picture books in mathematics examine big ideas through imaginative story-telling. They can motivate students by:

      • stimulating curiosity and interest in mathematical concepts
      • providing a platform for mathematical discussion where prior knowledge, conjecture and hypothesis can take place.
      • provide a ‘so-what?’ rationale for the learning, generally through the exploration of a ‘real-life’ mathematical conundrum.

      Find out more here!

                

       

       

       

      Speakers are confirmed for MAV21 and the Program is now available! 

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      There is so much going on in term 3 and beyond! See below for so many options for your own learning and student engagement!

      Here are my top 3:

      1. VCE revision program is now live for 2021! Feedback was overwhelming positive last year, especially based on the amount of content and ability to take a self paced review program instead of squashing it into a 3 hour lecture! Please promote to your students.
         
      2. Dan Meyer is our international keynote in September for the 'New Frontiers of Learning' conference! Don't miss this opportunity, places are very limited.
         
      3. Free online learning sessions funded by DET are going off! Please enroll in those of interest.

      Finally, I am pleased to let you know that we have launched the program for MAV21 conference in December (see below). I would like to give a massive thank you to all those educators and others who submitted sessions to share their expertise and experience.

      We have some great keynotes including panels, and a huge variety for all educators to get involved. Registrations are open so book now!

      Regards,

      Peter Saffin
      CEO

       
       
       

      The Capabilities in Mathematics Teaching and Learning. MAV21 Conference

      MAV21 Conference program now available!

      MAV is excited to bring you the 58th Annual Conference (MAV21) program.

      MAV21 will be held on Thursday 2 – Friday 3 December 2021, and presented virtually.

      The theme for MAV21,'The Capabilities in Mathematics Teaching & Learning', sets the stage to share new, forward-thinking concepts, and leading best practices among mathematics educators.

      The future workforce and societies' development and sustainability require a strong focus on the capabilities. Often called entrepreneurial or 21st Century skills, the capabilities underpin how our students think, understand themselves, engage with each other, society and their learning, alongside their deepening understanding of mathematics.

      MAV21 conference program is now available and includes:

      • Five keynote presentations including a panel discussion on each day
      • 50 sessions on each day (100 in total!)
      • Four virtual rooms for Foundation to Year 8
      • Four virtual rooms for Year 7 to Year 12, and
      • Two virtual rooms for various year levels

      View the program now!

      To view the program click here. (PDF Version coming soon)

      Access for 12 months to all sessions!

      Delegates will also get access to all sessions on the days they attend for 12 months, providing 110 reasons to get involved!

      Join us to share your ideas, stories, and enthusiasm for engaging in mathematics education.

      To register and find more information for MAV21 click here

      If you have any questions please contact jdiamond@mav.vic.edu.au

      Thank you to our Annual Sponsors

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      Cambridge University Press

       

      CASIO Education

       

      Texas Instruments

       

      REGISTER NOW

      What did delegates say about 2020!

      "I greatly preferred the virtual format, as I was able to leave a session that was not suitable, either because of the content or the presenter style and change to one that was suitable for me. It allowed me to attend sessions that I would not have attended in an in-person environment. Also, I found the on-line format suited because I was not worried about finding the room or interacting with strangers. A much less stressful conference than usual and one which I found much more useful that I have for many years."

      "I found virtual conference much better. I could access resources easily, could see other questions and comments readily, and am excited to watch the recorded videos."

       
       
       

      Writer's Master Class with Peter Sullivan: Expression of interest

      Would you like to meet occasionally with other teachers to support each other in writing classroom resources for students? The processes would be like the writing groups run in community libraries. In this, individuals bring some writing and share it with others. The goal is that, together, the group provides supportive advice to anyone who wants to write resources and activities, to help them take it to the next level.

      The group will be led by Peter Sullivan and will initially run twice in term 4. This opportunity of open to primary and secondary teachers.

      • Location: MAV, 61 Blyth Street, Brunswick (or virtual if required)
      • Thursday 21 October, and
      • Thursday 25 November
      • Time: 4.30 to 6pm
      • Cost: $15.00
      • Places are strictly limited for this initial pilot. You must be available for both dates.
      • 10 places are available and participants will be selected to allow number of schools to get involved.

      Expressions of interest to Jen Bowden by jbowden@mav.vic.edu.au by August 26th

      Copyright Agency Survey

      Copyright Agency (CA) is asking for your feedback via short online survey about materials and resources you have copied and shared with other educators and your students in the past 12 months.

      Sharing may include online, on your intranet, displaying on screen in class, or photocopying and printing resources. Resources that you may have copied or shared in maths education may include:

      • Pages of books
      • Practice exams, exam solutions or SACs
      • Journal articles
      • Worksheets, assessments and activities from various sources including websites
      • Online learning portal content

      The feedback will help CA make copyright payments to writers, artists and publishers including teacher creators, and teacher associations like MAV – of the materials you use.

      Click the link to provide your feedback: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SchoolSurveyCA2021

      Respond to win!

      Everyone that completes the pilot survey and provides feedback has the option to enter a random draw to win 1 of 3 Apple iPads 128GB Wi-fi + Cellular (8th Gen).

      About Copyright Agency

      Copyright Agency is a not-for-profit that collects and distributes copyright payments to writers, artists and publishers. Many of the writers and illustrators who receive payments are current or former teachers. Our association also receives payments from Copyright Agency, as a publisher of teaching resources. There is more information about Copyright Agency here

      If you would like further information about this data collection project, please contact Rosanna Arciuli at Copyright Agency by emailing rarciuli@copyright.com.au.

       
       

       

       

      Students activities galore!

      Maths Talent Quest

      Registrations are now closed for 2021.

      • Thanks to all participating schools, it was great to see participation grow again after a COVID hit 2020 MTQ. We have over 50 schools and 370 entries for 2021!

      If you need any support as you upload your entries to our portal please contact Jen Bowden.

      For more information about MTQ check out the MTQ website.

      Online judging will take place from 16-22 August 2021.If you would like to be a volunteer judge in 2021 please complete this form before Thursday 12th August.

      Maths Talent Quest

      Student Games Days

      Registrations for the State-Wide Student Games Days are open!

      Some events are moving to virtual formats, with great success so far!

      For more information and registration links, visit the Student Games Day website or contact Helen hharalambous@mav.vic.edu.au

      Student Games Days

      Victorian Coding Challenge – Registrations now open for 2021!

      MAV is again running an engaging 2-part coding challenge which provides fun-filled, stimulating and challenging practical coding problems for high-ability DET students FREE OF CHARGE.

      Your students will be able to do this independently or in class, with minimal assistance from teachers, and no equipment required! This program was made possible by the funding from the Victorian Department of Education and Training, and it is only available to government schools in Victoria.

      Teachers are encouraged to register their Year 5-10 students for this program which received overwhelming positive feedback from last year’s participants.

      More information can be found here

      Victorian Coding Challenge

      VCE revision program: Registrations now open!

      MAV prepares a very successful VCE revision package for students in the three VCE Mathematics studies:

      • Mathematical Methods
      • Specialist Mathematics
      • Further Mathematics.

      The program received incredibly positive feedback as it was jam-packed with useful information and advice, and accessible all the way until the end of the VCE exams.

      All course videos are delivered by highly qualified, experienced teachers who are current VCAA exam assessors. This means that the information the students receive will be the most relevant and up-to-date, and the tips will be based on where students typically make mistakes in their VCE exams. Furthermore, the courses feature technology videos created by TI and CASIO experts.

      Find out more here.

      ACTION: Please share the downloadable flier with your VCE mathematics students.

      Download the flier here:

      VCE revision program: Registrations now open!

       
       
       

      Professional Learning 2021

      Book events now on MAV's events page

      Event

      Description

      Details

      FREE Virtual learning sessions!

      These sessions are funded by the Victorian Department of Education and Training's 'Strategic Partnerships Program'.

      (Sessions are listed in order of dates - note some sessions have multiple parts, register for each session/part separately)

      Differentiating Teaching: One lesson for all! Part 1

      Target Audience: Teachers of Years 5- 8.

      Differentiating Teaching: One lesson for all! Part 1 of 3 part series. "It is better to work on a problem in many different ways rather than work on many problems in the same way." Georg Polya.

      Part 1: Teaching through problem solving.

      Tuesday 10th August 2021

      4:00PM - 5:00PM

      FREE Virtual Learning Session

      Data Use for Instruction: Beyond the Spreadsheets and Numbers

      Target audience: Primary Teachers

      School professional learning that focuses on evidence-based practices and building a community of practice can help your school not fall into the trap of being data rich but information poor. Teachers who are engaged in a dialogic approach to data are better able to diagnose and act on their students' learning needs and more effectively use evidence-based instructional strategies. These will be discussed in this workshop.

      Tuesday 12th August 2021

      4:00PM - 5:00PM

      FREE Virtual Learning Session

      NEW SESSION JUST ADDED!

      Maths 300: Anatomy of a Lesson eg. Dice Footy

      Presenter: Charles Lovitt.

      Target Audience teachers of Years 5- 10.

      When you find a successful maths lesson it is professionally interesting to 'pull it apart to find out what makes it tick'. One successful and timely Maths300 lesson is known as Dice Footy (its currently Footy season) and it is primarily this lesson that will be work-shopped to find its underlying 'anatomy' i.e those features and ingredients that can make all lessons more successful. It looks initially like a simple game but rapidly becomes a seriously productive mathematical investigation.

      Wednesday 18th August 2021

      4:00PM - 5:00PM

      FREE Virtual Learning Session

      Differentiating Teaching: One lesson for all! Part 2

      Target Audience: Teachers of Years 5- 8

      Differentiating Teaching: One lesson for all! Part 2 of 3 part series. "It is better to work on a problem in many different ways rather than work on many problems in the same way." Georg Polya.

      Part 2: The lesson structure and enabling and extending prompts.

      Thursday 19th August 2021

      4:00PM - 5:00PM

      FREE Virtual Learning Session

      Intervention Part 1: Prevention is Better Than Cure

      Target audience: Primary Teachers

      Initially Dr Paul Swan will discuss common predictors that indicate students are likely to experience difficulties in number and ways of preventing or least giving them early attention so that they don't develop into larger problems later. Later In this session Dr Paul Swan will focus on common issues that come up when teaching mathematics and look at some simple interventions to help 'cure' common problems. Note that many of the issues are often language based so elements of the Newman analysis will be shared to determine whether the issue is primarily a language based or a mathematics based issue.

      Thursday 26th August 2021

      4:00PM - 5:00PM

      FREE Virtual Learning Session

      Differentiating Teaching: One lesson for all! Part 3

      Target Audience: Teachers of Years 5- 8.

      Differentiating Teaching: One lesson for all! Part 3 of 3 part series. "It is better to work on a problem in many different ways rather than work on many problems in the same way." Georg Polya.

      Part 3: Orchestrating a productive mathematical discussion.

      Tuesday 31st August 2021

      4:00PM - 5:00PM

      FREE Virtual Learning Session

      Intervention Part 2: Prevention is Better Than Cure

      Target audience: Primary Teachers

      In this session Narelle Rice and Dr Paul Swan will delve deeper into Wave 2 (Teir 2) and Wave 3 (Teir 3) interventions. Narelle and Paul will focus on the common issues that regularly arise and trace some of them back to their source. Experience has shown that even children 'diagnosed' with a specific learning difficulty do not always fit a 'standard' pattern.

      Thursday 2nd September 2021

      4:00PM - 5:00PM

      FREE Virtual Learning Session

      Teaching VCE Networks Part 2 -Unit 4: common traps, misconceptions.

      Target Audience: VCE teachers.

      Teaching VCE Networks Part 2 is a follow up session to that held in Term 2. The focus this time is on Units 3 & 4. With the change of mathematics study design being implemented in 2023, this session will look at introducing the networks module into the VCE General Mathematics course at Units 3 & 4. The session will focus on explanations of different network theories (particularly critical path analysis), working through typical VCE networks questions and tips for teaching networks in VCE mathematics.

      Wednesday 8th September 2021

      4:00PM - 5:00PM

      FREE Virtual Learning Session

      Book events now on MAV's events page

       

       

       
       

      ISV and MAV Joint Event: New Frontiers of Learning 2021!

      The Mathematical Association of Victoria (MAV) and Independent Schools Victoria (ISV) invite educators from all sectors to a joint professional learning event for mathematics teachers of Foundation to Year 10.

      It's time to explore some of the long-held assumptions about mathematics education and poke the bear!

      How do we engage students in an authentic way with the ‘messiness’ of this glorious subject? Let’s embrace the necessities of content, curriculum and sequence using contemporary practices and broadening our reach to other disciplines. There are plenty of Mathematics educators in schools right now ditching antiquated practices, keeping the timeless ones that work and moving to innovative approaches.

      Let’s hear from these disruptors, change makers and classroom practitioners who are shaking things up and moving beyond conventional structures to engage learners and challenge the traditional models of mathematics teaching and learning.

      New Frontiers of Learning: Poke the bear!

      International Keynote speaker:

      Dan Meyer!

      Dan Meyer taught secondary maths to students who didn't like secondary maths. He has advocated for better maths instruction on CNN, Good Morning America, Everyday With Rachel Ray, and TED.com. He earned his doctorate from Stanford University in maths education and is the Dean of Research at Desmos where he explores the future of maths, technology, and learning. He has worked with teachers around the world and calls California home.

      Keynote Abstract: The mathematics education community has worked to destigmatize mistakes in recent years, yet it continues to diagnose as mistaken what is instead very purposeful student thinking. We'll learn about curriculum, technology, and strategies that celebrate and develop that thinking instead, helping learners grow in their mathematics identity and knowledge.

      Dan Meyer

      Audience: Teachers of F to year 10.

      Date: Friday 10th September 2021

      Time: 9am until 3pm

      Venue: ISV, 40 Rosslyn St, West Melbourne (Based on Government advice and COVID restrictions at the time this event may be held virtually)

      Registration fee: $335 (Places strictly limited to 90 attendees)

      Program: Click here to download the program with sessions, speaker info and more

      New Frontiers of Learning: Poke the bear!
      Click to download

      REGISTER NOW: https://www.mav.vic.edu.au/Events

       
       
       

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      Mathematics education in North East Arnhem Land

      Read in Teacher Magazine

      AAMT Conference:

      AAMT Conference

      The key event for Mathematics Education in Australia. The biennial conference of the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers is the national forum to connect: education leaders, teaching professionals, researchers, industry and government agencies.
      The theme for the AAMT-2021 Virtual Conference is Future Proofing Australia’s Mathematical Capacity. The conference will deliver forums and workshops for our speakers, supporters and attendees to: share, collaborate, explore and identify best practice in promoting our next generation of mathematical thinkers.

      Event Website for full Speaker list, Agenda and Registration

      Special Pricing for MAV members
      MAV member price $135, MAV student members $55 - register now.
      (full registration $165)

      Gain a fully funded graduate certificate in maths or science

      Out-of-field maths and science teachers are encouraged to express their interest for Intake 2 of the fully funded Secondary Mathematics and Science Initiative (SMSI). Participants of the SMSI gain a graduate certificate in either mathematics or science through Deakin University. Participants will experience contemporary, research informed approaches to learning and teaching that is aligned to the Victorian Curriculum levels 7–10.

      To apply for the SMSI and for more information, visit the SMSI webpage

      The Education State \ Victoria State Government | Education and Training

       

      School Maths Olympics

      (SMO) is a fast-paced, teamwork-centred annual maths competition for high school students, organised by Melbourne University Mathematics and Statistics Society and sponsored by MAV. This year, SMO will take place virtually on Sunday August 22nd at 1:30-3:30pm. If you're a teacher at a Victorian high school, you can register up to two teams from your school at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/mums-school-maths-olympics-2021-tickets-163272760221 .

      School Maths Olympics

      National Science Quiz

      Thursday 19 August, 6pm-7pm AEST
      Register to receive the event and competition links: https://bit.ly/NSQ2021

      Join us as we celebrate National Science Week with the return of the National Science Quiz. Hosted by Charlie Pickering, of ABC’s The Weekly Program, the Quiz brings together six of Australia’s best scientists and science communicators as they battle it out for the honour to be the 2021 Quiz champions. The best part, though, is that you can do more than just watch this online event. We’ve made this an interactive event that will allow you to test your scientific knowledge and reasoning and play along for a chance to win cash and prizes for the top 10 winners, with first prize: $1,000 cash!

      Further details are available on the website: www.nationalsciencequiz.com.au

      National Science Quiz

       

      Tax, Super + You competition

      The Tax, Super + You competition is a fun and engaging way for high school students to learn about the value of tax and super, and the role they play in our community. Plus, there are some great prizes for both the winning students and their schools!

      Students are asked to develop a creative project on their topic. There are two entry topics this year:

      • Junior (Year 7–9): Highlight the value of tax or super (or both) in the community.
      • Senior (Year 10–12): Your first job – what you need to know about tax and super.

      Watch this video featuring Assistant Commissioner Sally Bektas as she explains how students and their schools can get involved!

      We have also created some resources for teachers to incorporate the competition into their lesson plans. You can find out more at: taxsuperandyou.gov.au/competition-teachers-kit.

      Tax, Super + You competition

       
       
       

      MAVshop

      Members receive a discount on all purchases!

      Embedding Formative Assessment - Practical Techniques for F-12 Classrooms

      Effective classroom formative assessment helps educators make minute-by-minute, day-by-day instructional decisions, but putting it into practice requires both a robust collection of techniques and an understanding of how to use them. In Embedding Formative Assessment, authors Dylan Wiliam and Siobhan Leahy deliver a clear, practical guide for teachers, centred on five key strategies for improving teacher practice and student achievement

      Embedding Formative Assessment - Practical Techniques for F-12 Classrooms

       

      Middle Leadership in Schools, A Practical Guide for Leading Learning

      Middle leading refers to those teachers that both teach and have leadership roles, and thus can bridge the gap between the practices of learning and the management of schooling. Focusing on the practices of middle leaders, this book addresses the current lack of support and professional development for middle leaders in educational settings.
       

      Middle Leadership in Schools, A Practical Guide for Leading Learning

      MAV TRIAL EXAMS - AVAILABLE

      Prepare effectively for VCE Mathematics Examinations with the MAV Trial exams for Mathematical Methods, Further Mathematics and Specialist Mathematics studies.


      Each Trial Exam features: Original questions, highly relevant to the current course, fully worked solutions for all sections and clear marking schemes. Exam formats are similar to those used by the VCAA. Written in line with adjusted 2021 study design. Permission for the purchasing institution to reproduce copies for its students.
       

      Order now! You know you want it!

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      The Capabilities in Mathematics Teaching and Learning. MAV21 Conference

       
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      Welcome back to term 3 and we are so glad we have students back in the classroom!

      This also means that our games days and other events can proceed as normal, so let's hold it together!

      See below for a range of student and teacher opportunities for term 3 and beyond. See you soon!

      Regards,

      Peter Saffin
      CEO

       
         
       

      Term 3 Journals and Common Denominator Magazine now available!

      Why wait until your copies arrive in the post? Read online now.

      Common Denominator:

      Free for everyone to read now!
       

      The Common Denominator

      Prime Number:
       

      For Primary members
      (Login required)

      Prime Number 

      Vinculum
       

      For Secondary members
      (Login required)

      Vinculum

       
         
       

      Have you paid your MAV invoice?

      Please check with your accounts department in regards to any unpaid invoices, and if you have an outstanding invoices please pay immediately. 

      Contact MAV's Finance Officer, Rachel Spinks at finance@mav.vic.edu.au for support. And remember to send through your remittance once paid.

      We value your support and need all invoices paid to ensure we can continue our work.

       
         

       

       

      Students activities galore!

      Maths Talent Quest

      REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW OPEN!

      In 2021 we will continue will a digital format and online judging system. To ensure success for the program, All schools will be required to participate in online judging.

      Please address any questions to Jen Bowden, but remember to check out the MTQ website first.

      Student Games Days

      Registrations for the State-Wide Student Games Days are open!

      This year we have over 14 events to challenge thousands of students across Victoria!

      For more information and registration links, visit the Student Games Day website.

      Book now! Places are limited.

       

      Victorian Coding Challenge – Registrations now open for 2021!

      MAV is again running an engaging 2-part coding challenge which provides fun-filled, stimulating and challenging practical coding problems for high-ability DET students FREE OF CHARGE.

      Your students will be able to do this independently or in class, with minimal assistance from teachers, and no equipment required! This program was made possible by the funding from the Victorian Department of Education and Training, and it is only available to government schools in Victoria.

      Teachers are encouraged to register their Year 5-10 students for this program which received overwhelming positive feedback from last year’s participants.

      More information can be found here

       

      VCE revision program: Registrations now open!

      MAV prepares a very successful VCE revision package for students in the three VCE Mathematics studies: 

      • Mathematical Methods
      • Specialist Mathematics
      • Further Mathematics.

      The program received incredibly positive feedback as it was jam-packed with useful information and advice, and accessible all the way until the end of the VCE exams. 

      All course videos are delivered by highly qualified, experienced teachers who are current VCAA exam assessors. This means that the information the students receive will be the most relevant and up-to-date, and the tips will be based on where students typically make mistakes in their VCE exams. Furthermore, the courses feature technology videos created by TI and CASIO experts.

      Find out more here.

      ACTION: Please share the downloadable flier with your VCE mathematics students.

      Download the flier here:

      National Mathematics Summer School: Applications close 30th July.

      The National Mathematics Summer School (NMSS) is a two-week residential mathematics school that takes place every year in January at the Australian National University. It has been enriching and broadening the mathematical minds of young Australians since 1969. It is the oldest and most prestigious summer school in Australia.


      The NMSS is a great place for students who are going into Year 12 and who have a passion for mathematics. They can advance their skills with leading mathematicians. There is also an exciting program of social activities that provides participants the chance to get to know each other and develop life-long friendships. For any student with a talent for mathematics, the NMSS is not to be missed.

      Find out more here. 

      Download flier:

       

      MAV Girls in STEM

      FREE CAREERS VIDEOS!

      Our famous Girls IN STEM event was back for 2021 and held late in term 2. We know not everyone could make it, but the good news is that you can access and share our speakers with your school community - especially relevant to all years 9 and 10 students interested in STEM based careers. 

      Access the speakers here and learn about the following showcased careers:

      • Data engineer (Australian Federal Police)
      • Meteorologist (Bureau of Meteorology)
      • Civil Engineer (ARUP)
      • Market Research (Mondelez international (Cadbury)
      • Engineering (Ford including Ford's graduate program)

      Watch the speakers from 2021 here.

      (Further speakers from various other careers are available here under the 2018 event.)

      We would like to thanks Ford for being our Gold Sponsor in 2021!

      Ford

      STEAM

       
         
       

      Professional Learning 2021

      Book events now on MAV's events page

      Event

      Description

      Details

      FREE Virtual learning sessions!

      These sessions are funded by the Victorian Department of Education and Training's 'Strategic Partnerships Program'. 

      (Sessions are listed in order of dates - note some sessions have multiple parts, register for each session/part separately)

      Using Concrete Materials for Conceptual Understanding in Maths: Positives & Potential Pitfalls

      Target Audience: Teachers of Years 7-10.

      During the many lockdowns over the past 16 months, Thomas Moore has spent his time creating animations which demonstrate various maths concepts using no words. This has required him to think deeply about a number of different concrete materials teachers often use in their classroom. In this workshop, Thomas will share a number of concrete materials which teachers can use to develop a conceptual understanding of Mathematics with their students. This workshop promises to provide teachers with a number of strategies they can take away and use with their classes the very next day, whilst offering a framework through which to critique the materials purchased and used within their school.

      Tuesday 20th July 2021

      4:00PM - 5:00PM

      FREE Virtual Learning Session

      How can visuals prompt discussion that value and extend every learner?

      Target audience: Primary Teachers

      Regular, whole-class maths talks deliver many learning benefits for all learners and can dramatically transform a maths learning culture. The session will look at how each of these routines can be used strategically to focus on important concepts whilst supporting development of the maths proficiencies.

      Thursday 29th July 2021

      4:00PM - 5:00PM

      FREE Virtual Learning Session

      Formative Assessment: The Power of Just In Time Assessment and Instruction

      Target audience: Primary Teachers

      Discovering what students know while they're still in the process of learning it-can be tricky, but data is useless unless it is used. . This session offers some practical, formative assessment and feedback tools which you can use daily in the classroom to ensure that you target your instruction to your students' point of need and adjust your practice to help student's maximise their learning.

      Thursday 5th August 2021

      4:00PM - 5:00PM

      FREE Virtual Learning Session

      Differentiating Teaching: One lesson for all! Part 1

      Target Audience: Teachers of Years 5- 8.

      Differentiating Teaching: One lesson for all! Part 1 of 3 part series. "It is better to work on a problem in many different ways rather than work on many problems in the same way." Georg Polya.

      Part 1: Teaching through problem solving. 

      Tuesday 10th August 2021

      4:00PM - 5:00PM

      FREE Virtual Learning Session

      Data Use for Instruction: Beyond the Spreadsheets and Numbers

      Target audience: Primary Teachers

      School professional learning that focuses on evidence-based practices and building a community of practice can help your school not fall into the trap of being data rich but information poor. Teachers who are engaged in a dialogic approach to data are better able to diagnose and act on their students' learning needs and more effectively use evidence-based instructional strategies. These will be discussed in this workshop.

      Thursday 12th August 2021

      4:00PM - 5:00PM

      FREE Virtual Learning Session

      Differentiating Teaching: One lesson for all! Part 2

      Target Audience: Teachers of Years 5- 8

      Differentiating Teaching: One lesson for all! Part 2 of 3 part series. "It is better to work on a problem in many different ways rather than work on many problems in the same way." Georg Polya.

      Part 2: The lesson structure and enabling and extending prompts. 

      Thursday 19th August 2021

      4:00PM - 5:00PM

      FREE Virtual Learning Session

      Intervention Part 1: Prevention is Better Than Cure

      Target audience: Primary Teachers

      Initially Dr Paul Swan will discuss common predictors that indicate students are likely to experience difficulties in number and ways of preventing or least giving them early attention so that they don't develop into larger problems later. Later In this session Dr Paul Swan will focus on common issues that come up when teaching mathematics and look at some simple interventions to help 'cure' common problems. Note that many of the issues are often language based so elements of the Newman analysis will be shared to determine whether the issue is primarily a language based or a mathematics based issue.

      Thursday 26th August 2021

      4:00PM - 5:00PM

      FREE Virtual Learning Session

      Differentiating Teaching: One lesson for all! Part 3

      Target Audience: Teachers of Years 5- 8.

      Differentiating Teaching: One lesson for all! Part 3 of 3 part series. "It is better to work on a problem in many different ways rather than work on many problems in the same way." Georg Polya.

      Part 3: Orchestrating a productive mathematical discussion. 

      Tuesday 31st August 2021

      4:00PM - 5:00PM

      FREE Virtual Learning Session

      Intervention Part 2: Prevention is Better Than Cure

      Target audience: Primary Teachers

      In this session Narelle Rice and Dr Paul Swan will delve deeper into Wave 2 (Tier 2) and Wave 3 (Tier 3) interventions. Narelle and Paul will focus on the common issues that regularly arise and trace some of them back to their source. Experience has shown that even children 'diagnosed' with a specific learning difficulty do not always fit a 'standard' pattern.

      Thursday 2nd September 2021

      4:00PM - 5:00PM

      FREE Virtual Learning Session

      Teaching VCE Networks Part 2 -Unit 4: common traps, misconceptions.

      Target Audience: VCE teachers.

      Teaching VCE Networks Part 2 is a follow up session to that held in Term 2. The focus this time is on Units 3 & 4. With the change of mathematics study design being implemented in 2023, this session will look at introducing the networks module into the VCE General Mathematics course at Units 3 & 4. The session will focus on explanations of different network theories (particularly critical path analysis), working through typical VCE networks questions and tips for teaching networks in VCE mathematics.

      Wednesday 8th September 2021

      4:00PM - 5:00PM

      FREE Virtual Learning Session

      Other events!

      Don't miss out! STARTS SOON!

      Learnership - The Skill of Learning in mathematics

      Target audience: Primary Teachers

      The MAV is proud to be partnering with leading educator James Anderson to bring you this unique learning opportunity focusing on 'Learnership' - the skill of learning, with links and practical application directly to the primary mathematics classroom.

      This is a series of professional learning modules with 6 online learning modules to completed, each followed by a live webinars. You are a skillful teacher. But are your students' skillful learners in mathematics?

      Monday 2nd August - Monday 25th October 2021

      See event information for details

      Virtual Learning Program

      Last chance to register!

      Horsham Regional Conference

      Target Audience: Teachers of Years F- 12.

      Building articulate mathematical thinkers with the proficiencies:

      Dr Sharyn Livy (Monash Uni)
      Jen Bowden (MAV)
      Helen Haralambous (MAV)
      Ellen Corovic (Monash Uni)
      Thomas Moore (EngageME)
      Janine Sprakel (AMT)
      And more!

      Friday 23 July

      Horsham West PS

      Book events now on MAV's events page

       

       

         
       

      Watch these two great sessions from recent MAV events!

      For teachers of F to year 10.

      Click here to watch now on You Tube!

       

      What really counts in learning, and how can we support teachers in making it happen?

      As teachers, we hope to craft ambitious and equitable classrooms – learning environments from which students emerge as knowledgeable and resourceful thinkers. As mathematics and numeracy leaders, and instructional coaches, we hope to provide consistent and coherent support for students and teachers.

      The Teaching for Robust Understanding (TRU) Framework identifies five key dimensions of classroom practice that make a difference and that can be the underpinnings of coherent professional development. I’ll exemplify TRU with classroom video and discuss tools that professional learning communities can use for ongoing student-focused reflection and growth.

      Professor Alan Schoenfeld

      Alan Schoenfeld is the Elizabeth and Edward Conner Professor of Education and Affiliated Professor of Mathematics at the University of California at Berkeley. 

      A mathematician by training who studies issues of mathematical thinking, teaching, and learning, he has served as President of the American Educational Research Association and been awarded the Felix Klein Award for life-time achievement in mathematics education research by the International Commission on Mathematical Instruction.

      His main research focus is on the Teaching for Robust Understanding (TRU) Framework, which concerns creating learning environments from which students emerge being knowledgeable and flexible thinkers and problem solvers.

      For teachers of F to year 6.

      Click here to watch now on You Tube!

       

      Identifying and assisting students assessed as being at or below national minimum standards for numeracy.

      Many students may be mathematically ‘at risk’ and struggling to solve mathematical tasks. Early childhood teachers need to provide a range of opportunities so their children develop mathematical knowledge, skills and understanding while interacting with their environment. Some primary students rely on inefficient methods such as guessing, trying to remember rules, using tally marks and always use the inefficient method of ‘count all’ when solving a range of mathematical tasks. In both early childhood and primary settings there needs to be an emphasis on mathematical tasks that relate to students’ everyday life and build on the mathematics the students already know and can do. Students should be encouraged to use concrete materials, 2D representations, drawings or diagrams, as well as words and symbols when recording solutions to mathematical tasks. The focus should be on developing and demonstrating fluency, understanding, problem solving and reasoning rather than rote learnt rules and procedures.

      Dr Cath Pearn

      Dr Cath Pearn is a lecturer in mathematics education at The University of Melbourne. She has taught in the Master of Teaching programs across all levels – Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary. Cath is currently supporting South Australian teachers in both the Early Childhood and the R – 2 Numeracy Programs. She is particularly interested in the identification and assistance for students mathematically ‘at risk’ of not meeting the national minimum standards and those who are not achieving their mathematical potential. Cath is also a Senior Research Fellow in the Assessment and Reporting Division at ACER. Cath developed Mathematics Intervention, a program for Year 1 students mathematically ‘at risk’, which she continues to support. Her PhD investigated the links between fractional competence and algebraic reasoning of middle-years students.

       

       
         
       

      Other news and opportunities

      Professor Morris Puzzles

      The Mathematics Centre has released new versions of the famous Professor Morris Puzzles - brand new digitally delivered versions just for you! Access it here: http://www.mathematicscentre.com/news.htm

      The importance of financial mathematics at school

      This thought piece "Sure, follow the money but think first" published by AARE EduResearch Matters argues that financial education at school is too important to leave to 'finfluencers'.

      Research Study: Teaching mathematics and statistics during a pandemic

      Researchers from ACU’s Institute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education are currently taking part in an international study on mathematics and statistics teaching in light of the coronavirus pandemic. This study focuses on the extent to which current curricula support school-aged students to understand and critically evaluate media reports of the pandemic. As a teacher of mathematics/statistics, your views are critical to developing a clear picture of current practices.  You are invited, as a secondary mathematics/statistics teacher, to contribute to this study in order to provide an Australian perspective.

      Participation involves the completion of an anonymous 20-minute online survey, available via the following link https://acu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cLW1Uk7eJRdG1Zb. At the completion of the survey, you will be offered the opportunity to register interest in an optional online focus group to further elaborate on your views.
       

      ACU

      AMSI-SSA Public Lecture: Data Detectives on the Trail of Black Hole Mergers

      Did you know that the first detection of gravitational waves was made possible by Bayesian computational methods? Register now for this free talk on the key to advancing our knowledge of the universe and its history.

      Presented virtually at 6:30pm AEST on Thursday 22 July by Professor Renate Meyer (University of Auckland). Suitable for Year 10 and up. All welcome!
      https://ws.amsi.org.au/public-lecture/

      AustMS/AMSI Teaching Seminar Series

      The AustMS/AMSI Teaching Seminar Series is a nation-wide seminar series featuring talks and discussions about any matters related to the teaching of the mathematical sciences in universities. The seminars aim to engender discussion and foster best practice in mathematics and statistics education at Australian universities.

      https://austms.org.au/mathematics-education/teaching-seminar-series/

      Recordings and slides from previous talks are available here.

      AMSI
       
         
       

      Members receive a discount on all purchases!

      MAV TRIAL EXAMS - NOW AVAILABLE

      Prepare effectively for VCE Mathematics Examinations with the MAV Trial exams for Mathematical Methods, Further Mathematics and Specialist Mathematics studies.


      Each Trial Exam features: Original questions, highly relevant to the current course, fully worked solutions for all sections and clear marking schemes. Exam formats are similar to those used by the VCAA. Written in line with adjusted 2021 study design. Permission for the purchasing institution to reproduce copies for its students.
       

      Order now! You know you want it!

      MAV trial exams

      New products!

      Mathology Little Books:

      Help build maths confidence and success in young learners with Mathology Little Books F-2.

      Each title focuses on a Big Idea in maths and includes a supporting Teacher’s Guide. Suitable as a stand-alone resource and integrated throughout Mathology TEACH.

      10 new sets available now

      Check out 'The Money Jar' and other Mathology titles now.

      MAV CLEARANCE SPECIALS:

      Find a good deal here.

      We have small  number of quality items reduced to clear! 

       

       

       


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    • MATRIX News 5 July 2021 - Holiday edition!

       

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      After a busy end of the term I hope that you are relaxing! 

      This short newsletter for the holidays is to:

      • provide you with access to a couple of free sessions from recent events to watch during your break! Enjoy
      • launch a series of 12 free online professional learning sessions for primary and secondary kicking off in term 3 - a couple of these are early in the term so register now!

      MAV thanks the Victorian Department of Education and Training for their support in funding these free events through the Strategic Partnership Program, so that they can remain free to all teachers!!

      Best wishes. 

      Peter Saffin
      CEO

       
         
       

      Watch these two great session from recent MAV events!

      For teachers of F to year 10.

      Click here to watch now on You Tube!

       Professor Alan Schoenfeld

      What really counts in learning, and how can we support teachers in making it happen?

      As teachers, we hope to craft ambitious and equitable classrooms – learning environments from which students emerge as knowledgeable and resourceful thinkers. As mathematics and numeracy leaders, and instructional coaches, we hope to provide consistent and coherent support for students and teachers.

      The Teaching for Robust Understanding (TRU) Framework identifies five key dimensions of classroom practice that make a difference and that can be the underpinnings of coherent professional development. I’ll exemplify TRU with classroom video and discuss tools that professional learning communities can use for ongoing student-focused reflection and growth.

      Professor Alan Schoenfeld

      Alan Schoenfeld is the Elizabeth and Edward Conner Professor of Education and Affiliated Professor of Mathematics at the University of California at Berkeley. 

      A mathematician by training who studies issues of mathematical thinking, teaching, and learning, he has served as President of the American Educational Research Association and been awarded the Felix Klein Award for life-time achievement in mathematics education research by the International Commission on Mathematical Instruction.

      His main research focus is on the Teaching for Robust Understanding (TRU) Framework, which concerns creating learning environments from which students emerge being knowledgeable and flexible thinkers and problem solvers.

      For teachers of F to year 6.

      Click here to watch now on You Tube!

       Dr Cath Pearn

      Identifying and assisting students assessed as being at or below national minimum standards for numeracy.

      Many students may be mathematically ‘at risk’ and struggling to solve mathematical tasks. Early childhood teachers need to provide a range of opportunities so their children develop mathematical knowledge, skills and understanding while interacting with their environment. Some primary students rely on inefficient methods such as guessing, trying to remember rules, using tally marks and always use the inefficient method of ‘count all’ when solving a range of mathematical tasks. In both early childhood and primary settings there needs to be an emphasis on mathematical tasks that relate to students’ everyday life and build on the mathematics the students already know and can do. Students should be encouraged to use concrete materials, 2D representations, drawings or diagrams, as well as words and symbols when recording solutions to mathematical tasks. The focus should be on developing and demonstrating fluency, understanding, problem solving and reasoning rather than rote learnt rules and procedures.

      Dr Cath Pearn

      Dr Cath Pearn is a lecturer in mathematics education at The University of Melbourne. She has taught in the Master of Teaching programs across all levels – Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary. Cath is currently supporting South Australian teachers in both the Early Childhood and the R – 2 Numeracy Programs. She is particularly interested in the identification and assistance for students mathematically ‘at risk’ of not meeting the national minimum standards and those who are not achieving their mathematical potential. Cath is also a Senior Research Fellow in the Assessment and Reporting Division at ACER. Cath developed Mathematics Intervention, a program for Year 1 students mathematically ‘at risk’, which she continues to support. Her PhD investigated the links between fractional competence and algebraic reasoning of middle-years students.

       
         
       

      Professional Learning 2021

      Book events now on MAV's events page

      Event

      Description

      Details

      FREE Virtual learning sessions!

      (Sessions are listed in order of dates - note some sessions have multiple parts, register for each session/part separately)

      Embedding the Maths Proficiencies in Classroom Practice

      Target Audience: Teachers of Years 7 - 10.
       

      The proficiencies - understanding, reasoning, fluency and problem solving - are a lens through which we can look at all learning in mathematics. Why does thinking about the proficiencies matter? How does each proficiency support and enhance the others? And how might we design classroom experiences with the proficiencies in mind? In this hands-on session, we will look at these questions by examining and experiencing practical examples. Attendees will receive resources, including links to research and tasks suitable for primary and secondary students.

      Wednesday 14th July 2021

      4:00PM - 5:00PM

      FREE Virtual Learning Session

      Numbers talks - What are they and how do they serve all learners?

      Target audience: Primary Teachers

      Using number talks regularly in the classroom is a powerful way to develop mental computation strategies and build mathematical proficiency for learners of all mathematical experience. This session is an introductory focus on what number talks are and how, with careful and sustained implementation, they can transform students' maths learning experience.

      Thursday 15th July 2021

      4:00PM - 5:00PM

      FREE Virtual Learning Session

      Using Concrete Materials for Conceptual Understanding in Maths: Positives & Potential Pitfalls

      Target Audience: Teachers of Years 7-10.

      During the many lockdowns over the past 16 months, Thomas Moore has spent his time creating animations which demonstrate various maths concepts using no words. This has required him to think deeply about a number of different concrete materials teachers often use in their classroom. In this workshop, Thomas will share a number of concrete materials which teachers can use to develop a conceptual understanding of Mathematics with their students. This workshop promises to provide teachers with a number of strategies they can take away and use with their classes the very next day, whilst offering a framework through which to critique the materials purchased and used within their school.

      Tuesday 20th July 2021

      4:00PM - 5:00PM

      FREE Virtual Learning Session

      How can visuals prompt discussion that value and extend every learner?

      Target audience: Primary Teachers

      Regular, whole-class maths talks deliver many learning benefits for all learners and can dramatically transform a maths learning culture. The session will look at how each of these routines can be used strategically to focus on important concepts whilst supporting development of the maths proficiencies.

      Thursday 29th July 2021

      4:00PM - 5:00PM

      FREE Virtual Learning Session

      Formative Assessment: The Power of Just In Time Assessment and Instruction

      Target audience: Primary Teachers

      Discovering what students know while they're still in the process of learning it-can be tricky, but data is useless unless it is used. . This session offers some practical, formative assessment and feedback tools which you can use daily in the classroom to ensure that you target your instruction to your students' point of need and adjust your practice to help student's maximise their learning.

      Thursday 5th August 2021

      4:00PM - 5:00PM

      FREE Virtual Learning Session

      Differentiating Teaching: One lesson for all! Part 1

      Target Audience: Teachers of Years 5- 8.

      Differentiating Teaching: One lesson for all! Part 1 of 3 part series. "It is better to work on a problem in many different ways rather than work on many problems in the same way." Georg Polya.

      Part 1: Teaching through problem solving. 

      Tuesday 10th August 2021

      4:00PM - 5:00PM

      FREE Virtual Learning Session

      Data Use for Instruction: Beyond the Spreadsheets and Numbers

      Target audience: Primary Teachers

      School professional learning that focuses on evidence-based practices and building a community of practice can help your school not fall into the trap of being data rich but information poor. Teachers who are engaged in a dialogic approach to data are better able to diagnose and act on their students' learning needs and more effectively use evidence-based instructional strategies. These will be discussed in this workshop.

      Thursday 12th August 2021

      4:00PM - 5:00PM

      FREE Virtual Learning Session

      Differentiating Teaching: One lesson for all! Part 2

      Target Audience: Teachers of Years 5- 8

      Differentiating Teaching: One lesson for all! Part 2 of 3 part series. "It is better to work on a problem in many different ways rather than work on many problems in the same way." Georg Polya.

      Part 2: The lesson structure and enabling and extending prompts. 

      Thursday 19th August 2021

      4:00PM - 5:00PM

      FREE Virtual Learning Session

      Intervention Part 1: Prevention is Better Than Cure

      Target audience: Primary Teachers

      Initially Dr Paul Swan will discuss common predictors that indicate students are likely to experience difficulties in number and ways of preventing or least giving them early attention so that they don't develop into larger problems later. Later In this session Dr Paul Swan will focus on common issues that come up when teaching mathematics and look at some simple interventions to help 'cure' common problems. Note that many of the issues are often language based so elements of the Newman analysis will be shared to determine whether the issue is primarily a language based or a mathematics based issue.

      Thursday 26th August 2021

      4:00PM - 5:00PM

      FREE Virtual Learning Session

      Differentiating Teaching: One lesson for all! Part 3

      Target Audience: Teachers of Years 5- 8.

      Differentiating Teaching: One lesson for all! Part 3 of 3 part series. "It is better to work on a problem in many different ways rather than work on many problems in the same way." Georg Polya.

      Part 3: Orchestrating a productive mathematical discussion. 

      Tuesday 31st August 2021

      4:00PM - 5:00PM

      FREE Virtual Learning Session

      Intervention Part 2: Prevention is Better Than Cure

      Target audience: Primary Teachers

      In this session Narelle Rice and Dr Paul Swan will delve deeper into Wave 2 (Teir 2) and Wave 3 (Teir 3) interventions. Narelle and Paul will focus on the common issues that regularly arise and trace some of them back to their source. Experience has shown that even children 'diagnosed' with a specific learning difficulty do not always fit a 'standard' pattern.

      Thursday 2nd September 2021

      4:00PM - 5:00PM

      FREE Virtual Learning Session

      Teaching VCE Networks Part 2 -Unit 4: common traps, misconceptions.

      Target Audience: VCE teachers.

      Teaching VCE Networks Part 2 is a follow up session to that held in Term 2. The focus this time is on Units 3 & 4. With the change of mathematics study design being implemented in 2023, this session will look at introducing the networks module into the VCE General Mathematics course at Units 3 & 4. The session will focus on explanations of different network theories (particularly critical path analysis), working through typical VCE networks questions and tips for teaching networks in VCE mathematics.

      Wednesday 8th September 2021

      4:00PM - 5:00PM

      FREE Virtual Learning Session

      Other events!

      Learnership - The Skill of Learning in mathematics

      Target audience: Primary Teachers

      The MAV is proud to be partnering with leading educator James Anderson to bring you this unique learning opportunity focusing on 'Learnership' - the skill of learning, with links and practical application directly to the primary mathematics classroom.

      This is a series of professional learning modules with 6 online learning modules to completed, each followed by a live webinars. You are a skillful teacher. But are your students' skillful learners in mathematics?

      Monday 2nd August - Monday 25th October 2021

      See event information for details

      Virtual Learning Program

      Horsham Regional Conference

      Target Audience: Teachers of Years F- 12.

      Building articulate mathematical thinkers with the proficiencies:

      Dr Sharyn Livy (Monash Uni)
      Jen Bowden (MAV)
      Helen Haralambous (MAV)
      Ellen Corovic (Monash Uni)
      Thomas Moore (EngageME)
      Janine Sprakel (AMT)
      And more!

      Friday 23 July

      Horsham West PS

      Book events now on MAV's events page

       

       

         

       

       

      SAVE THE DATE! Call for options now open!

      The capabilities in Mathematics Teaching & Learning. MAV21 Conference. 2-3 December

       
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    • MATRIX News 14 May 2021

       

      Matrix - Mathematics education news

       

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      As we progress through the term I hope all is going well for you.

      Please remember, it is not long until our primary and early childhood conference! For the first time we have an international speaker! Professor Alan Schoenfeld, who will be speaking on 'What really counts in learning, and how can we support teachers in making it happen?' See more below.

      We also have financial support to cover registration for a number of regional delegates, with only a few applications! So please also see below for details, and ensure you apply for this great event!

      Heaps of other opportunities are below!

      Note that our call for options are open for the annual conference MAV21! Please submit to present as soon as possible. Watch out for the conference updates, as we have some great keynotes now confirmed!

      Best wishes. 

      Peter Saffin
      CEO

       
         
       

      MAV Annual report and AGM

      Find out what your MAV has been up to!

      The latest Annual Report is available on the MAV website:

      https://www.mav.vic.edu.au/About-Us/Annual-Reports

      As a member or supporter of MAV, it is valuable reading to find out how the association is performing, and what has been achieved.

       

      MAV AGM - Help us ensure a quorum, and network with members and the MAV Board

      Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting for The Mathematical Association of Victoria will take place as follows:

      Date: Tuesday 25th May
      Commencing at: 6.00pm.
      Location: City of Melbourne Bowls Club: Flagstaff Gardens, Dudley St, West Melbourne VIC 3003.

      All members and interested parties welcome.

      To find out more and RSVP visit the AGM page here.

      GUEST SPEAKER: ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR STEPHEN DAVIS
      Stephen is an Associate Professor and mathematical biologist at RMIT University. He began his career at CSIRO, Division of Wildlife and Ecology, and then spent 8 years in Europe and the United States as a postdoctoral scientist before returning to Australia late in 2009. He has spent time at the Department of Biology at the University of Antwerp (Belgium), the School of Veterinary Science in Utrecht University (The Netherlands) and the School of Population Health at Yale University (USA). He has first-author publications in Nature and Science.

      Presentation summary: Stephen will present a herd immunity workshop for secondary school students that uses a 6-sided dice to simulate the population-level consequences of individual decisions to be vaccinated or not. Herd immunity is a mathematical concept from epidemic theory that has real public health consequences because it can protect vulnerable people that cannot be vaccinated themselves. In the context of growing vaccine hesitancy on the one hand and an economic imperative to achieve herd immunity against Covid-19 on the other hand (so that we can welcome international students and tourists back to Australia), herd immunity has rarely been as centre-stage as it is today. Students enjoy the chance elements of the simulation but they also readily discuss the reasons people choose not to vaccinate and reflect on the tension between individual choice and population health.

       
         
       

      Primary and Early Childhood Conference Update

      The Mathematical Association of Victoria (MAV) in collaboration with the Melbourne Graduate School of Education’s Mathematics, Science and Technology Education Group (MSTEG) present a conference focusing on primary school and early childhood mathematics education.

      MEANINGFUL MATHS: MAKING MATHEMATICS EDUCATION ENGAGING FOR ALL.

      Includes International Keynote for the first time on Leaders day!

      Professor Alan Schoenfeld


      Alan Schoenfeld is the Elizabeth and Edward Conner Professor of Education and Affiliated Professor of Mathematics at the University of California at Berkeley. 

      A mathematician by training who studies issues of mathematical thinking, teaching, and learning, he has served as President of the American Educational Research Association and been awarded the Felix Klein Award for life-time achievement in mathematics education research by the International Commission on Mathematical Instruction.

      His main research focus is on the Teaching for Robust Understanding (TRU) Framework, which concerns creating learning environments from which students emerge being knowledgeable and flexible thinkers and problem solvers

      What really counts in learning, and how can we
      support teachers in making it happen?


      As teachers, we hope to craft ambitious and equitable classrooms – learning environments from which students emerge as knowledgeable and resourceful thinkers. As mathematics and numeracy leaders, and instructional coaches, we hope to provide consistent and coherent support for students and teachers. The Teaching for Robust Understanding (TRU) Framework identifies five key dimensions of classroom practice that make a difference and that can be the underpinnings of coherent professional development. I’ll exemplify TRU with classroom video and discuss tools that professional learning communities can use for ongoing student-focused reflection and growth.

       

       

      Professor Alan Schoenfeld

       

       

      Major Sponsor:

        Keynote Sponsors:

       

       
      The University of Melbourne

      A Virtual event for educators from Age 3 to Year 6.

      Registrations now open; Find out all about it here and download the full program:

      https://www.mav.vic.edu.au/Conference/2021-Primary-and-Early-Childhood-Conference

      MEANINGFUL MATHS: MAKING MATHEMATICS EDUCATION ENGAGING FOR ALL

      Are you a regional teacher that needs financial support to attend?

      MAV is pleased to announce, that our Major Sponsor, The Victorian Department of Education and Training, is providing funding for 15 regional educators to attend the virtual Primary and Early Childhood Conference at no cost!

      This initiative supports more regional delegates to access high-quality professional learning and networking opportunities. We understand that it can be a challenge for many regional educators to attend events, having the conference online this year opens up this opportunity, and funding support makes it even more accessible.

      Eligibility criteria:

      To be eligible for a One Day registration on the day of your choice; of Thursday 10th June (leaders day) or Friday 11th June 2021 (teachers day), normally $294 per day non-member rate; you must be:

      1. a current primary school teacher/leader in a DET school or early childhood centre.
      2. more than 125km from Melbourne CBD.
      3. unable to afford the registration fee.

      To apply download the application form here, and submit by 17th May.

       
         

       

       

      Games Days and Maths Talent Quest now open!

      Maths Talent Quest

      REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW OPEN!

      In 2021 we will continue will a digital format and online judging system. To ensure success for the program, All schools will be required to participate in online judging. Please address any questions to Jen Bowden, but remember to check out the MTQ website first.

      Maths Talent Quest

      Student Games Days

      Registrations for the State-Wide Student Games Days are open!

      This year we have over 14 events to challenge thousands of students across Victoria!

      For more information and registration links, visit the Student Games Day website.

      Student Games Days 
       
         
       

      Professional Learning 2021

      Book events now on MAV's events page

      Event

      Description

      Details

      Primary & Early Childhood Conference

      For teachers of 3 and 4 year olds and Years F - 6

      Meaningful maths - making mathematics education engaging for all.

      MAV in collaboration with the Melbourne Graduate School of Education's Mathematics, Science and Technology Education Group (MSTEG) present a conference focusing on early childhood and primary school mathematics education.

      Download the program find out more at the conference page.

      Day 1: Thursday 10th June = Leaders day

      Day 2: Friday 11th June = Teachers day

       

      Economics + Maths = Financial Capability professional learning series

      Would you like to boost your knowledge and confidence for teaching economics and finance topics in Year 7-10? This course aims to challenge what it means to be financially capable and promote research-informed teaching ideas and strategies.

      Deakin University is hosting a six-part professional learning series for teachers, online via Zoom.

      Use the MAV booking link to receive a 20% discount. Various dates starting Wed 2nd June

      MAV facilitated Australian Curriculum consultation

      MAV is running a consultation for the draft revised AC to help give Victorian mathematics educators an opportunity to provide feedback. Including two virtual sessions and survey, please help us respond to the draft curriculum on behalf of Victorian educators.

      Free for maths educators, register to participate on our Events page.

      First session is Thursday 27th May at 4pm.

      Book events now on MAV's events page

       

       

         
       

      Regional Conferences: REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

      Registrations for our term 3 regional conferences are now open! Please join us for an exciting day of learning in your region!

      Location

      Wangaratta

      Horsham

      Date

      Monday 12 July Friday 23 July

      Theme

      What’s the glue that binds our mathematics curriculum together?Proficiencies, dispositions, content?

      Building articulate mathematical thinkers with the proficiencies.

      Year levels

      F – 10

      F – 12

      Presenters

      Dr Paul Swan
      Andrew Lorimer-Derham
      Andrea O’Connor
      Jess Mount (MAV)
      Janine Sprakel (AMT)
      Amanda Cassidy
      and more!

      Dr Sharyn Livy (Monash Uni)
      Jen Bowden (MAV)
      Helen Haralambous (MAV)
      Ellen Corovic (Monash Uni)
      Thomas Moore (EngageME)
      Janine Sprakel (AMT)
      And more!

      Download Program

      Wangaratta Program

      Horsham Program

      Book now!

      Book for Wangaratta

      Book for Horsham

       

      Have you paid your MAV invoice?!

      If you have an outstanding invoice please pay immediately.

      Contact MAV's Finance Officer Rachel Spinks at finance@mav.vic.edu.au for support! And remember to send through your remittance once paid.

      We value your support and need all invoices paid to ensure we can continue our work.

       
         
       

      Other news and opportunities

      Careers with STEM: Maths & Data 2021: Free magazine

      https://issuu.com/refractionmedia/docs/cws_maths_data_2021 

      Includes a great article about how you know you should be a maths teacher! Share this magazine with your students. 

      Maths Badges now available

      • Need rewards for your class, or family maths night!
      • Maybe you just like to promote thew positivity of maths at school?
      • Don't forget MAV has a collection of maths badges to help you out!

      See them here.

      Maths badge  Maths badgeMaths badge

      Australian Curriculum Consultation

      Don't forget to have your say in the Australian Curriculum consultation process: Find out more and complete the survey here: https://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/consultation/mathematics/ 

       
       
         
       

      Maths + Sport = Engagement x Fun 

      We’ve combined our love of sport and our love of maths with the power of live performance to bring you The Maths and Sport Show!

      The Maths and Sport Show is a live touring performance that is:

      • Fun, engaging and entertaining
      • Promotes mathematical reasoning
      • Full of audience interaction – delivered COVID Safe!
      • Perfect for a Maths Week activity (in an Olympic Year!)
      • Easy to organise – we come to you 

      You can view a trailer at https://vimeo.com/482471888

      We have different versions available for Junior Secondary and Primary students.
      The show is proudly sponsored by the Mathematical Associations of Victoria, NSW, W.A. and S.A. with a 20% discount available to members.

      Email: info@felstead.com.au Phone: 0402 223406
      Web: https://www.felstead.com.au/portfolio/mathsandsport/

       The Maths and Sport Show!

      It was awesome! The performer was engaging and hilarious. The kids loved the show!

      Libby Foley, Maths Teacher, Chevallum State School

       
         
       

      Members receive a discount on all purchases!

       Featured product!

      MAV Trial exams - pre-orders now open!

      Prepare effectively for VCE Mathematics Examinations with the MAV Trial exams for Mathematical Methods, Further Mathematics and Specialist Mathematics studies.
      Each Trial Exam features: Original questions, highly relevant to the current course, fully worked solutions for all sections and clear marking schemes. Exam formats are similar to those used by the VCAA. Written in line with adjusted 2021 study design. Permission for the purchasing institution to reproduce copies for its students.

       

      MAV Trial Exams

      Embedding Formative Assessment - Practical Techniques for F-12 Classrooms

      By Dylan William

      Effective classroom formative assessment helps educators make minute-by-minute, day-by-day instructional decisions, but putting it into practice requires both a robust collection of techniques and an understanding of how to use them. In Embedding Formative Assessment, authors Dylan Wiliam and Siobhan Leahy deliver a clear, practical guide for teachers, centred on five key strategies for improving teacher practice and student achievement

       

      MAV now has over 50 Picture books with focus on numeracy and maths!

      That is a lot! Take look now.

       

      Thinking Mathematically
       

      Thinking Mathematically is perfect for anyone who wants to develop their powers to think mathematically, whether at school, at university or just out of interest. This book is invaluable for anyone who wishes to promote mathematical thinking in others or for anyone who has always wondered what lies at the core of mathematics. Thinking Mathematically reveals the processes at the heart of mathematics and demonstrates how to encourage and develop them. Extremely practical, it involves the reader in questions so that subsequent discussions speak to immediate experience.

       

       

       

      SAVE THE DATE! Call for options now open!

      The capabilities in Mathematics Teaching and Learning

       
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      Here we are in term 2! I hope you are refreshed and ready to get stuck into it.

      We are pleased this month to launch a number of events and experiences for teachers and students. Notably look for the following in the newsletter below:

      • MAV Games Days
      • Maths Talent Quest - MTQ
      • Two regional conferences: Horsham and Wangaratta
      • Primary and Early Childhood Conference

      And also check out the fantastic speaker we have lined up for our AGM. Please join us!

      MAV has a stand in the VCE and Careers Expo 2021 to be held on 29th April – 2nd May – come and visit us.

      Best wishes. 

      Peter Saffin
      CEO

       
         
       

      The MAV Board welcomes you to nominate for the Board and to join us at our AGM.

      Nominations for MAV Board: We are looking for people just like you!

      Are you interested in a taking leading role in mathematics education? The MAV Board is seeking interested members to nominate for the Board. The Board requires a diverse range of educators and experiences to guide its strategy and oversee governance, including support and involvement with committees. If you want to: gain experience, help MAV lead the way, and work with like minded and passionate people interested in improving mathematics education; Then please click here for nomination information and to learn more about being on the Board. Also check out our initial 'Why Join the MAV Board Q&A' document.

      MAV AGM - Help us ensure a quorum, and network with members and the MAV Board

      Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting for The Mathematical Association of Victoria will take place as follows:

      Date: Tuesday 25th May
      Commencing at: 6.00pm.
      Location: City of Melbourne Bowls Club: Flagstaff Gardens, Dudley St, West Melbourne VIC 3003.

      All members and interested parties welcome.

      To find out more and RSVP visit the AGM page here.

      GUEST SPEAKER: ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR STEPHEN DAVIS
      Stephen is an Associate Professor and mathematical biologist at RMIT University. He began his career at CSIRO, Division of Wildlife and Ecology, and then spent 8 years in Europe and the United States as a postdoctoral scientist before returning to Australia late in 2009. He has spent time at the Department of Biology at the University of Antwerp (Belgium), the School of Veterinary Science in Utrecht University (The Netherlands) and the School of Population Health at Yale University (USA). He has first-author publications in Nature and Science.

      Presentation summary: Stephen will present a herd immunity workshop for secondary school students that uses a 6-sided dice to simulate the population-level consequences of individual decisions to be vaccinated or not. Herd immunity is a mathematical concept from epidemic theory that has real public health consequences because it can protect vulnerable people that cannot be vaccinated themselves. In the context of growing vaccine hesitancy on the one hand and an economic imperative to achieve herd immunity against Covid-19 on the other hand (so that we can welcome international students and tourists back to Australia), herd immunity has rarely been as centre-stage as it is today. Students enjoy the chance elements of the simulation but they also readily discuss the reasons people choose not to vaccinate and reflect on the tension between individual choice and population health.

       
         
       

      Primary and Early Childhood Conference

      The Mathematical Association of Victoria (MAV) in collaboration with the Melbourne Graduate School of Education’s Mathematics, Science and Technology Education Group (MSTEG) present a conference focusing on primary school and early childhood mathematics education.

      MEANINGFUL MATHS: MAKING MATHEMATICS EDUCATION ENGAGING FOR ALL.

      Major Sponsor:

      The Education Sate \ Victoria State Government | Education and Training

        Keynote Sponsor:

        Essential Assessment

       
      The University of Melbourne

      A Virtual event for educators from Age 3 to Year 6.

      Registrations now open; Find out all about it here and download the full program:

      https://www.mav.vic.edu.au/Conference/2021-Primary-and-Early-Childhood-Conference

      Primary and Early Childhood Conference
       
         

       

       

      Games Days and Maths Talent Quest now open!

      Maths Talent Quest

      REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW OPEN!

      In 2021 we will continue will a digital format and online judging system. To ensure success for the program, All schools will be required to participate in online judging. Please address any questions to Jen Bowden, but remember to check out the MTQ website first.

      Maths Talent Quest

      Student Games Days

      Registrations for the State-Wide Student Games Days will open on Tuesday 27th April.

      This year we have over 14 events to challenge thousands of students across Victoria!

      For more information and registration links, visit the Student Games Day website.

      Student Games Days 
       
         
       

      Professional Learning 2021

      Book events now on MAV's events page

      Event

      Description

      Details

      'The Big Ideas' to support learning intervention: Tips for tutors and teachers.

       

       

      For teachers of Years F - 10

      This series has started, but you can still join and get access to missed sessions to review prior to joining later sessions. Don't delay!

      These 5 after school professional learning sessions are designed for educators and those who will be supporting student learning in 2021.

      One big idea in number will be focused on during each session. Advice to identify difficulties and misconceptions, building student knowledge and confidence and targeted teaching tips will be shared. Each session will consist of hands on tasks ready for you to utilise in the classroom to check for understanding.

      Multiple Dates: Tuesday 23rd February to Tuesday 27th July 2021

      Time: 3.30 to 5pm each session

      Venue: Virtual series

      Presenters: Jen Bowden and various special guests

      Target audience: Year F to 6 

      Book on our events page now!

      Primary & Early Childhood Conference

      For teachers of 3 and 4 year olds and Years F - 6

      Meaningful maths - making mathematics education engaging for all.

      MAV in collaboration with the Melbourne Graduate School of Education's Mathematics, Science and Technology Education Group (MSTEG) present a conference focusing on early childhood and primary school mathematics education.

      Download the program and find out more at the conference page.

      Day 1: Thursday 10th June = Leaders day

      Day 2: Friday 11th June = Teachers day

      Book on our events page.

       

       
         
       

      Regional Conferences: REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

      Registrations for our term 3 regional conferences are now open! Please join us for an exciting day of learning in your region!

      Location

      Wangaratta

      Horsham

      Date

      Monday 12 July

      Friday 23 July

      Theme

      What’s the glue that binds our mathematics curriculum together?Proficiencies, dispositions, content?

      Building articulate mathematical thinkers with the proficiencies.

      Year levels

      F – 10

      F – 12

      Presenters

      Dr Paul Swan
      Andrew Lorimer-Derham
      Andrea O’Connor
      Jess Mount (MAV)
      Janine Sprakel (AMT)
      Amanda Cassidy
      and more!

      Dr Sharyn Livy
      Jen Bowden (MAV)
      Helen Haralambous (MAV)
      Ellen Corovic (Monash UNi)
      Thomas Moore
      Janine Sprakel (AMT)
      And more!

      Download Program

      Wangaratta Program

      Horsham Program

      Book now!

      Book for Wangaratta

      Book for Horsham

       

      Have you paid your MAV invoice?!

      If you have an outstanding invoice please pay immediately.

      Contact MAV's Finance Officer Rachel Spinks at finance@mav.vic.edu.au for support! And remember to send through your remittance once paid.

      We value your support and need all invoices paid to ensure we can continue our work.

       
         
       

      Other news and opportunities

      Survey: Are you a Primary school teacher?

      You are invited to take part in a study on the teaching of fractions. The purpose of the study is to explore what resources and documents teachers draw on in their planning for the learning and teaching of fractions. Findings from this study will further develop our understanding of how teachers plan. Participation in this study is voluntary.

      The research is being conducted by Maria Quigley for the award of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) under the supervision of Professor Janette Bobis at the University of Sydney. This study will involve you completing a questionnaire. The questionnaire should take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. The questionnaire is anonymous. However, if you would like to be involved in a follow-up interview conducted via the internet (eg. Zoom) you have the option of providing your email/contact details at the end of the questionnaire.

      You will find the questionnaire here: Planning for the Teaching of Fractions Survey.  Please contact me if you have any questions. Your involvement would be very much appreciated.

      Research Study: Teaching mathematics and statistics during a pandemic

      Researchers from ACU’s Institute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education are currently taking part in an international study on mathematics and statistics teaching in light of the coronavirus pandemic. This study focuses on the extent to which current curricula support school-aged students to understand and critically evaluate media reports of the pandemic. As a teacher of mathematics/statistics, your views are critical to developing a clear picture of current practices.  You are invited, as a secondary mathematics/statistics teacher, to contribute to this study in order to provide an Australian perspective.

      Participation involves the completion of an anonymous 20-minute online survey, available via the following link (https://acu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cLW1Uk7eJRdG1Zb). At the completion of the survey, you will be offered the opportunity to register interest in an optional online focus group to further elaborate on your views.

      ACU Institute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education

       
      Free Matific Olympiad!

      The Matific Olympiad is a free maths challenge for primary schools and their students. The Olympiad this year will take place on 3-4 June 2021. There is $5000 in cash prizes up for grabs for the winning schools, plus trophies and medals for winning schools, classes and students. 

      If you are an existing Matific school you are automatically entered into the Olympiad. All other schools will need to register to take part. Please contact us at Australia@matific.com or go to the Matific website www.matific.com and click on the banner to register your school. This link to the brochure will give you more information. See  you at the Olympiad!

       

      Mathematics and Statistics Research Competition

      The University of Melbourne, School of Mathematics and Statistics Research Competition is now open and has been extended this year to include a Junior category (Years 5&6), an Intermediate category (Years 7 to 9) and a Senior category (Years 10 to 12). Each age category has a choice of eight questions to work on either individually or as a team over a three month period. The competition is free and open to all Australian school students. All students who submit a completed project will receive a Certificate of either Participation, Merit, High Commendation or Distinction. The twelve finalists will also be invited to participate in a virtual Finals Presentation, and will all receive cash prizes.

      Further information can be found on link below. All schools who put in an expression of interest will be sent the Research Question booklets.

      https://ms.unimelb.edu.au/engage/mathematics-and-statistics-research-competition

      The University of Melbourne

       

       Teacher Magazine Podcasts

      1. Early career teachers' self-efficacy and mentoring
      2. Supporting students with challenging behaviour
      3. Dylan Wiliam on effective questioning in the classroom

      The Classroom Experiment: Dylan William on You Tube:

       

       
         
       

      MAV's Employment Hub: 

      Don't forget to advertise your positions through MAV's employment Hub. To advertise click here.

      Looking for you next job? Visit MAV's Employment Hub here

      Current advertised positions:

      • Quality Assurance Officer: AMT
      • Mathematics Teacher including VCE: Ballarat Grammar
      • VCE Maths: Bendigo Senior SC
      • Administration and Project Support Officer: MAV

      MAV's Employment Hub

       

       MAV Term 2 Magazine and Journals now available digitally!

      Common Denominator

      Don't forget to read our latest free magazine.

      Common Denominator

      Prime Number and Vinculum

      Term 2 Journals are now available also for members, login to the website to read them digitally now. Print copies will arrive in member schools very soon.

      Prime Number   Vinculum

       

       
         
       

      MAVshop - resources for mathematics educators

      Members receive a discount on all purchases!

      Featured product!

      Numerous ConneXions  Yr 1-6 

      Numerous Connexions F-6 features 630 laminated cards and three copies of the Teacher Resource book, specifically designed to build number sense and place-value understanding from Foundation to Year 6. 

      The Teacher Resource book includes lesson ideas for investigations, number talks, games and assessment tasks to help students think flexibly about numbers and see numbers as quantities, not just digits. It includes suggestions for differentiation, encouraging collaboration and activating the four proficiencies in your classroom.

      Numerous ConneXions  Yr 1-6

      For more information about how you can use Numerous Connexions in your school please view:  https://www.200hours.com.au/numerous-connexions

      Trail Exam pre-orders now open

      You can now pre-order the 2021 VCE Trail exams.

      Prepare effectively for VCE Mathematics Examinations with the MAV Trial exams for Mathematical Methods, Further Mathematics and Specialist Mathematics studies.
      Each Trial Exam features: Original questions, highly relevant to the current course, fully worked solutions for all sections and clear marking schemes. Exam formats are similar to those used by the VCAA. Written in line with adjusted 2021 study design. Permission for the purchasing institution to reproduce copies for its students.

      MAV Trial Exams

       

      Embedding Formative Assessment - Practical Techniques for F-12 Classrooms

       Effective classroom formative assessment helps educators make minute-by-minute, day-by-day instructional decisions, but putting it into practice requires both a robust collection of techniques and an understanding of how to use them. In Embedding Formative Assessment, authors Dylan Wiliam and Siobhan Leahy deliver a clear, practical guide for teachers, centred on five key strategies for improving teacher practice and student achievement.

       

      Embedding Formative Assessment - Practical Techniques for F-12 Classrooms

      Five Practices for Orchestrating Productive Mathematical Discussion   F-VCE

      The same five practices teachers know and love for planning and managing powerful conversations in mathematics classrooms, updated with current research and new insights on anticipating, lesson planning, and lessons learned from teachers, coaches, and school leaders. This framework for orchestrating mathematically productive discussions is rooted in student thinking to launch meaningful discussions in which important mathematical ideas are brought to the surface, contradictions are exposed, and understandings are developed or consolidated.

      Five Practices for Orchestrating Productive Mathematical Discussion

       
       

       

       

      SAVE THE DATE! Call for options is opening soon.

      The Capabilities in Mathematics Teaching and Learning

       
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      Matrix - Mathematics education news

       

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      Here are few reminders for you about upcoming opportunities.

      Best wishes. 

      Peter Saffin
      CEO

       
         
       

      The MAV Board welcomes you to nominate for the Board and to join us at our AGM.

      Nominations for MAV Board: We are looking for people just like you!

      Are you interested in a taking leading role in mathematics education? The MAV Board is seeking interested members to nominate for the Board. The Board requires a diverse range of educators and experiences to guide its strategy and oversee governance, including support and involvement with committees. 

      If you want to:

      • gain experience,
      • help MAV lead the way,
      • work with like minded and passionate people interested in improving mathematics education;

      Then please click here for nomination information and to learn more about being on the Board.

      Also check out our initial 'Why Join the MAV Board Q&A' document.

      Or for a confidential discussion contact Peter Saffin for more information, psaffin@mav.vic.edu.au.

      MAV AGM

      Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting for The Mathematical Association of Victoria will take place as follows:

      Date: Tuesday 25th May
      Commencing at: 6.00pm.
      Location: City of Melbourne Bowls Club: Flagstaff Gardens, Dudley St, West Melbourne VIC 3003.

      All members and interested parties welcome.

      To find out more and RSVP visit the AGM page here.

      GUEST SPEAKER: ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR STEPHEN DAVIS
      Stephen is an Associate Professor and mathematical biologist at RMIT University. He began his career at CSIRO, Division of Wildlife and Ecology, and then spent 8 years in Europe and the United States as a postdoctoral scientist before returning to Australia late in 2009. He has spent time at the Department of Biology at the University of Antwerp (Belgium), the School of Veterinary Science in Utrecht University (The Netherlands) and the School of Population Health at Yale University (USA). He has first-author publications in Nature and Science.

      Presentation summary: Stephen will present a herd immunity workshop for secondary school students that uses a 6-sided dice to simulate the population-level consequences of individual decisions to be vaccinated or not. Herd immunity is a mathematical concept from epidemic theory that has real public health consequences because it can protect vulnerable people that cannot be vaccinated themselves. In the context of growing vaccine hesitancy on the one hand and an economic imperative to achieve herd immunity against Covid-19 on the other hand (so that we can welcome international students and tourists back to Australia), herd immunity has rarely been as centre-stage as it is today. Students enjoy the chance elements of the simulation but they also readily discuss the reasons people choose not to vaccinate and reflect on the tension between individual choice and population health.

       
         
       

      Primary and Early Childhood Conference

      The Mathematical Association of Victoria (MAV) in collaboration with the Melbourne Graduate School of Education’s Mathematics, Science and Technology Education Group (MSTEG) present a conference focusing on primary school and early childhood mathematics education.

      MEANINGFUL MATHS: MAKING MATHEMATICS EDUCATION ENGAGING FOR ALL.

      Major Sponsor:

      THE EDUCATION STATE \ Victoria State Government | Education and Training 

       The University of Melbourne

      A Virtual event for educators from Age 3 to Year 6.

      Registrations now open;

      Find out all about it here and download the full program:

      https://www.mav.vic.edu.au/Conference/2021-Primary-and-Early-Childhood-Conference

      Primary and Early Childhood Conference
       
         

       

       

      Middle Years Maths Challenge (MYMC) Trial

      Thanks so much to all those schools that expressed an interest in trialling activities for the MYMC project across years 5 to 9.

      If you let us know you were keen, but your school has not been contacted as yet please let me know.

      psaffin@mav.vic.edu.au

      Middle Years Maths Challenge (MYMC) Trial

       
         
       

      Professional Learning 2021

      Book events now on MAV's events page

      Event

      Description

      Details

      'The Big Ideas' to support learning intervention: Tips for tutors and teachers.

       

       

      For teachers of Years F - 6

      This series has started, but you can still join and get access to session 1 to review prior to joining later sessions. Don't delay!

      These 5 after school professional learning sessions are designed for educators and those who will be supporting student learning in 2021.

      One big idea in number will be focused on during each session. Advice to identify difficulties and misconceptions, building student knowledge and confidence and targeted teaching tips will be shared. Each session will consist of hands on tasks ready for you to utilise in the classroom to check for understanding.

      Multiple Dates: Tuesday 23rd February to Tuesday 27th July 2021

      Time: 3.30 to 5pm each session

      Venue: Virtual series

      Presenters: Jen Bowden and various special guests

      Target audience: Year F to 6 

      Book on our events page now!

      Primary & Early Childhood Conference

      For teachers of 3 and 4 year olds and Years F - 6

      Meaningful maths - making mathematics education engaging for all.

      MAV in collaboration with the Melbourne Graduate School of Education's Mathematics, Science and Technology Education Group (MSTEG) present a conference focusing on early childhood and primary school mathematics education.

      Download the program find out more at the conference page.

      Day 1: Thursday 10th June = Leaders day

      Day 2: Friday 11th June = Teachers day

      Book on our events page.

       

         
       
         
       

      Opportunities to contribute to research:

      A STEM approach for Mathematics Education

      We are inviting Victorian secondary school mathematics teachers to complete an online survey to understand teacher’s perceptions of using a STEM education approach in a mathematics lesson. This research may have implications for future directions for both mathematics and STEM education. This research project has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee of The University of Melbourne (Ethics ID Number: 2020-13746-13054-3).  

      If you would like to participate, the survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete and can be accessed at the following link: https://melbourneuni.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cTsYenQ1HwcqnD8

      Out-of-field teaching survey

      Request for participants for an out-of-field teaching survey investigating the extent of out-of-field teaching that occurs in Victorian Government Secondary Schools, and teachers’ experiences when teaching in-field and out-of-field. The questionnaire will be completely confidential with no identifying data and should take no longer than 10 minutes. 

      https://monash.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0lbyT1p13R6onS5

      For more information contact Patricia.Harry@monash.edu

      Primary School Teachers’ Knowledge of Multiplicative Thinking

      Are you interested in participating in a research project exploring primary school teachers‘ knowledge of multiplicative thinking and how it should be implemented in the classroom? My name is Mayamiko Malola. I am a practising primary school teacher in Victoria and currently doing my PhD in Mathematics Education at Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne.

      The data collection stage of the research project will start in 2021 and I am very keen to have contact with some Victorian teachers through The Mathematical Association of Victoria (MAV) who might be willing to participate in the study.

      My sample of teachers will range from pre-service through to include novice teachers, experienced teachers, and those occupying positions of leadership in mathematics in Victorian primary schools. The University of Melbourne Research Ethics Approval has been obtained (Ref. No: 2021-14355-13991-3)

      If you would like to be involved in some way, please let me know I will get back to everyone who replies.

       Email: mmalola@student.unimelb.edu.au

       
         
       

      The Philosophy of Maths Education

      For the latest podcast episode, we talk with Prof. Nathalie Sinclair (Simon Fraser University) about her work combining maths education and philosophy.

      We discuss embodied cognition and importance of the gesture in teaching, the aesthetics of learning mathematical concepts, and Nathalie's new interest in time and learning.

      There is talk of Piaget, Dewey, Alfred Whitehead and Karen Barad ... hopefully something here to get you thinking differently about what goes in the classroom! If nothing else, you should have a more informed view on letting children count with their fingers!

      https://soundcloud.com/eetheducationesearcher/the-philosophy-of-maths-education-nathalie-sinclair

       
         
       

      World Science Scholars: student opportunity

      Educators—Do you know an extraordinarily talented math student?

      Help find the next World Science Scholar who will learn from top scientists and become leaders who can change the world.

      NOMINATE NOW at http://bit.ly/WorldSciScholar21 

      The World Science Scholars program is looking for the next group of exceptionally talented mathematical minds from around the world to participate in a free two-year program with faculty, including Brian Greene, Stephen Wolfram, Suzana Herculano-Houzel, Cumrun Vafa, and others. We ask you to share this opportunity with your students, and families as we recruit the newest group of students, ages 14 to 16.

      World Science Scholars: student opportunity

       Resources:

      MAV Term 1 Magazine:

      Don't forget to read our latest free magazine, or login to our website to access your journals, if you are member.

        Check the great article on Maths Anxiety! 

      Undergraduate and first year teachers

      MAV is here to support you! As a new teacher either about to head out to teaching rounds, or starting your first job in either secondary, primary or early childhood education, there is heap of support available for you at MAV!

      In fact, most of the support we provide for other teachers will be relevant for you also!

      To get you started we have put together some quick links here to show you around our site and resources that are available.

      https://www.mav.vic.edu.au/Resources/-Undergraduate-and-first-year-teachers

      Enjoy using these resources, and if you need help let us know and we will get one of our education consultants to get in touch: office@mav.vic.edu.au

       
         
       

      MAV shop is open for business, with many new titles for 2021!

      Check them out on the shop homepage

       

      Members receive a discount on all purchases!

      MAV shop is open for business, with many new titles for 2021!

       
       
       

      SAVE THE DATE!

      MAV21 Conference: THE CAPABILITIES IN MATHEMATICS TEACHING AND LEARNING. 2 - 3 December 2021

       
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      Matrix - Mathematics education news

       

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      This short newsletter is just to keep you in the loop! We hope you find something useful below, and make sure you check out the links for the International Day of Mathematics!

      An an other matter, don't forget our parent resources, there may be a great tip sheet to add to your school newsletter!

      Best wishes. 

      Peter Saffin
      CEO

       
         
       

      Student Activities

      For sponsorship opportunities for either of the following programs please contact Peter Saffin, CEO at psaffin@mav.vic.edu.au

      Maths Talent Quest:

      Maths Talent Quest dates and information for 2021 are now on the website.

      Again in 2021 entries will be submitted and judged digitally, meaning better access to all schools around Victoria! We hope you will join us in this great program. If you have not done MTQ before, there is plenty of help available on the website, or contact Jen for more info: J.bowden@mav.vic.edu.au

      Communicate. Work like a Mathematician, Investigate. Collaborate.

      MTQ - Maths Talent Quest

      Sponsors: 

      CASIO EDUCATION

      Maths Games Days

      Dates and details for the Maths games days are now available on the MAV website. Please check as booking will open Registrations will open at the beginning of term two.

      Games days will take place in person if possible, or have a new virtual format if required, so ensure you don't miss out on this important student activity to engage and enjoy mathematics!

      Maths Games Days
       
         
       

      VCE Meet the Assessors

      The VCE PL program is continuing with the virtual Meet the Assessors program. As all workshops are now delivered virtually via zoom, chose the date(s) that best suit you:

      MONDAY 15th MARCH  - Meet the Assessors Virtual (formerly Williamstown) – all 3 streams
      TUESDAY 16th MARCH  - Meet the Assessors Virtual (formerly Geelong) – all 3 streams
      TUESDAY 23rd  MARCH  - Meet the Assessors Virtual (formerly Burwood) – Maths Methods
      WEDNESDAY 24th MARCH  - Meet the Assessors Virtual (formerly Burwood) – Further Maths AND Specialist Maths

      Places are still available, and you can click here to register.

       
         

       

       

      2021 Membership is overdue - support your MAV now!

      2021 membership is now due. Please renew your partnership with MAV, by paying your invoice as soon as possible.

      Membership benefits expired at the end of February for those not paid.

      For new members, now is a great time to join!

      If you have any questions or require support in renewing your membership please contact MAV's Membership Officer, Michael Green on mgreen@mav.vic.edu.au. or call the office on (03) 9380 2399.

      Together we are stronger; Renew now!

      Do you have an unpaid MAV invoice?

      If you have an outstanding invoice please pay immediately.

      Contact MAV's Finance Officer Rachel Spinks at finance@mav.vic.edu.au for support!

      We value your support and need all invoices paid to ensure we can continue our work.

       Do you have an unpaid MAV invoice?
       
         
       

      Professional Learning 2021

      Book events now on MAV's events page

      Event

      Description

      Details

      'The Big Ideas' to support learning intervention: Tips for tutors and teachers.

       

       

      For teachers of Years F - 6

      This series has started, but you can still join and get access to session 1 to review prior to joining later sessions. Don't delay!

      These 5 after school professional learning sessions are designed for educators and those who will be supporting student learning in 2021.

      One big idea in number will be focused on during each session. Advice to identify difficulties and misconceptions, building student knowledge and confidence and targeted teaching tips will be shared. Each session will consist of hands on tasks ready for you to utilise in the classroom to check for understanding.

      Multiple Dates: Tuesday 23rd February to Tuesday 27th July 2021

      Time: 3.30 to 5pm each session

      Venue: Virtual series

      Presenters: Jen Bowden and various special guests

      Target audience: Year F to 6 

      Book on our events page now!

      VCE - Meet the Assessors

      Our VCE Program is well underway with some . Meet the Assessors sessions still to go!

      Various dates: 15th to 24th March

      Book on our events page now!

      Need Professional Learning and Support for Mathematics Education in your School for 2021?

      Many schools are now finalising professional learning plans for 2021. MAV has a strong foundation in designing and delivering professional learning partnerships targeted to school based needs and drawing upon evidence informed research. Book a time to have a conversation to see how our team of consultants can support your mathematics learning needs.

      This may be short ongoing virtual sessions, one off curriculum days, modeled teaching and coaching, or support as your critical friend. We work with many schools on an ongoing basis over many years!

      Get in touch with Jen Bowden jbowden@mav.vic.edu.au to learn more.

      Need Professional Learning and Support for Mathematics Education in your School for 2021?

       

       
         
       

      I know we keep asking, but have you updated your edumail address to @education.... with MAV? 

      For those with an edumail email address, your account email addresses have now changed. We ask that those people with a new email login to our website and update your email address:

      1. Click the blue login button at the top right of the website to login using your current email address and password.
      2. Click the blue My Details button at the top right of the website.
      3. Select 'Update my details'
      4. Click the link that says' 'Click here to update your email address', add your new email and current password to update.

      If you are experiencing problems please contact Michael Green. mgreen@mav.vic.edu.au.

       
         
       

      Would you like access to over 100 sessions to use for your personal development this year? 

      MAV20 was a great success, with overwhelmingly positive feedback on sessions and the enjoyable virtual format delivered through a professional conference platform. 

      For those who missed out, you can now purchase access for either or both days, and view all sessions until the end of 2021. A great resource for professional development!

      For a copy of MAV20 Conference Program to help you decide upon what to purchase click here: https://conference.mav.vic.edu.au/Tenant/C0000019/00000002/downloads/MAV20-Conference-Synopsis.pdf

      A 2020 VISION. Engaging Mathematics

      Want to know what you missed? The AMSI Podcast on MAV20 Annual Conference reviews a number of valuable sessions that may be of interest: https://www.podbean.com/eu/pb-zgixr-f4b7ad

      Give yourself the gift of regular PD until the end of 2021!

      MAV20 Virtual Conference Keynotes and Sessions Thursday & Friday
       

      10 Keynotes and 100 Sessions available OnDemand.

      MAV20 Virtual Conference Keynotes and Sessions Thursday 3 December
       

      5 Keynotes and 50 Sessions available OnDemand.

      MAV20 Virtual Conference Keynotes and Sessions Friday 4 December
       

      5 Keynotes and 50 Sessions available OnDemand.

       
         
       

      MAV Employment Hub

      Don't forget to advertise your positions through MAV's employment Hub. To advertise click here.

      Looking for you next job? Visit MAV's Employment Hub here

      Current advertised positions:

      VCE Mathematics Teacher: Inner Melbourne suburbs independent school: Apply through anzuk

      MAV Employment Hub

      International Day of Mathematics

      On behalf of International Mathematics Union IDM Governing Board, I would like to ask you spread the following information in your local schools. IDM (International Day of Mathematics) 2021 theme:

      The theme is ‘’Mathematics for a Better World’’: https://betterworld.idm314.org/. The theme was posted on the IDM webpage and announced through newsletters including IMU-Net.

      Celebrating IDM 2021 in schools

      In view of the pandemic, it could be expected that public celebrations will not be possible in March 2021. Therefore, it was decided to put the focus on schools. Therefore the new activities added for 2021 were classroom activities in five languages: see bottom of https://www.idm314.org/organize.html.  All organizations are invited to post their celebrations on the map on the website.

      Poster challenge

      A poster challenge is taking place until March 1st 202: https://www.idm314.org/2021-poster-challenge.html and announced in seven languages. 

       IDM Governing Board

       
         
       

      Members receive a discount on all purchases!

      Clearance titles!

      Get your fix now!

       MAVshop has number of items to clear at reduced prices, including titles from:

      • Early childhood
      • Primary, and
      • Secondary.

      Check them out here!

       

      AVShop Clearance Titles

      More new titles for 2021!

      NEW: SIREN  for yrs F-2 by Dr Paul Swan

      Do you work with students in Pre-Primary, Year 1 or 2? Do you want to know how to quickly identify and target children lacking the most fundamental building blocks of early number skills?

      Screening and Intervention in Early Number (or S.I.R.E.N for short) is a set of materials, manual and associated games that focus on the early predictors of mathematics performance. First released in 2014, SIREN has seen a large overhaul in 2021 that adds games and makes the materials even easier to use.

       SIREN provides educators with tools to:

      • plan a high quality instructional program which targets key mathematical skills.
      • efficiently identify students likely to have difficulties with mathematics.
      • target those students who need support with teacher-lead ‘games’ which support key mathematical skills.

      SIREN “Screening And Intervention Resource in Early Number” Complete Set (Class Licence)

      Member: $160   Non-member: $200

      SIREN “Screening And Intervention Resource in Early Number” Complete Set (School Licence)

      Member: $520   Non-member: $600

       SIREN. Screening and Intervention Resource in Early Number

      A Collection of Mathematics Activities:

      For yrs F-8

      These publications provides tried and tested activities that can result in enjoyable, exciting and rewarding mathematical moments for students. The activities support individual, partner, small and large group applications, falling into two categories of spatial and number. A table maps each activity to school levels from Foundation to Year 8 and to the proficiencies of Understanding, Fluency, Problem Solving and Reasoning, providing a guide for their selection.

      A Collection of Mathematics Activities: Book 1 

      Member: $25.00  Non-member: $30.00

      Book 1 contains 31 activities, that are described using a consistent format and are supported by reproducible masters, suitable for copying.

      A Collection of Mathematics Activities: Book 2

      Book 2 contains 25 activities that are described using a consistent format and are supported by reproducible masters, suitable for copying.

      Member: $25.00  Non-member: $30.00

      A Collection of Mathematics Activities:  For yrs F-8 A Collection of Mathematics Activities:  For yrs F-8

      The King’s Chessboard   for yrs 2-VCAL

      A great story for children learning mathematical concepts, The King’s Chessboard tells the story of a wise man who refuses the king’s reward for completing a favor. When the king insists the man accept a reward, the man proposes a deal: He will take a payment of rice equal to each square on the king’s chessboard—doubling the amount he receives with each day. This quickly empties out the royal coffers. . . .

      A Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies and Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children

      Member: $14.00   Non-member: $17.50

      Buy me now!

      The King019s Chessboard

       
       
       

      SAVE THE DATE!

      MAV's Annual Conference, MAV21, will be back in 2021 bigger and better than ever!

      THE CAPABILITIES IN MATHEMATICS TEACHING AND LEARNING

       
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    • MATRIX News 17 February 2021

      Matrix - Mathematics education news

       

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      During this third week of school, we again find ourselves in lock down, so I hope to bring you good news and many positive opportunities below to improve your outlook!

      There is a lot going on, and as we move into 2021 MAV is preparing to deliver many of our programs that were cancelled last year, and you will find information about these below.

      Here are few other announcements:

      • Best wishes to Ellen Corovic, who is moving to a new role and finishing with us on 10th March. Many of you in the primary area will have worked with Ellen or seen her present over many years, she has been with MAV for over 10 years! Ellen has worked alongside many primary schools and founded and run other events like our Girls in STEM days. Ellen will still do the occasional job for MAV, but she is going to undertake her PhD at Monash Uni, and work in Peter Sullivan's project team. Best wishes Ellen!
      • Danijela Draskovic our Secondary Consultant has also had her new baby and is enjoying maternity leave. We welcome Leonardo-Espinosa-Draskovic (Leo) to the MAV family, born on Jan 29th! Super cute! Congrats to parents Danijela and Alberto!
      • We therefore welcome Jess Mount to the team, on a maternity leave replacement position. Jess has quickly settled into the role, having worked for MAV on many programs including on VCE professional learning and resource development. Welcome Jess!

      Please read on to find something of interest, maybe an event, professional reading or MAVshop item! There is something for everyone.

      Best wishes.

      Peter Saffin
      CEO

      Leonardo Espinosa-Draskovic

       

       
         
       

      Student Activities

      For sponsorship opportunities for either of the following programs please contact Peter Saffin, CEO at psaffin@mav.vic.edu.au

      Maths Talent Quest:

      Maths Talent Quest dates and information for 2021 are now on the website.

      Again in 2021 entries will be submitted and judged digitally, meaning better access to all schools around Victoria! We hope you will join us in this great program. If you have not done MTQ before, there is plenty of help available on the website, or contact Jen for more info: J.bowden@mav.vic.edu.au

      Maths Talent Quest

      Maths Games Days

      Dates and details for the Maths games days are now available on the MAV website. Please check as booking will open Registrations will open ate the beginning of term two.

      Games days will take place in person if possible, or have a new virtual format if required, so ensure you don't miss out on this important student activity to engage and enjoy mathematics!

      Maths Games Days
       
         
       

      Regional Conferences, coming soon!

      This year MAV will run two regional conferences and networking days, in collaboration with schools from the areas below, with programs designed to meet the schools focus areas. Please save the dates, bookings will open soon!

      Location

      Wangaratta

      Horsham

      Date

      Monday 12 July

      Friday 23 July

      Theme

      What’s the glue that binds our mathematics  curriculum together? Proficiencies, dispositions, content?

      Building articulate mathematical thinkers with the proficiencies.

      Year levels

      F – 10

      F – 12

      Confirmed presenters

      Dr Paul Swan
      Andrew Lorimer-Derham
      Andrew O’Connor
      Helen Haralambous
      More to come!

      Dr Sharyn Livy
      Jen Bowden
      Ellen Corovic
      Thomas Moore
      More to come!

       

       
         
       

      Primary and Early Childhood Conference: SAVE THE DATE

      MAV is pleased to announce that we will be proceeding in 2021 with the Primary and Early Childhood Conference, once again in collaboration with the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne.

      We are currently building our program, and the event will open for registrations in March, and will be virtual this year due to venue restrictions. 

      Once again there will be a leaders and teachers day, and this year for the first time an exciting international keynote to kick off the leaders day! More info to come, save the date now, attend one or both days. Find out more on the MAV website.

      BUILDING LEADERSHIP CAPABILITY IN MATHEMATICS EDUCATION

      DATE: Thursday 10th June 2021

      For current and emerging mathematics leaders, and system leaders in primary schools and early childhood settings, including Principals, Deputy Principals, Numeracy Leaders, Academics, DET, VCAA and others.

      BUILDING CAPABILITY FOR ALL MATHEMATICS EDUCATORS

      DATE: Friday 11th June 2021

      Designed for primary teachers and early childhood educators regardless of experience level. Sessions will build confidence and develop professional ability as a mathematics educator in a supportive, hands-on and engaging series of workshops.

       
         
       

      VCE PD program moving online for term 1

      We have started delivering our VCE professional learning program for term 1, and had some face to face events planned, mostly at smaller workshops.
      These have now been moved to virtual due to Covid restrictions and uncertainty, meaning capacities for all events can now increase. Please check our events listing to book for these events, ensuring you don't miss out on this very important program.

      Any questions contact Helen Haralambous: hharalambous@mav.vic.edu.au

       
         

       

       

      2021 Membership is overdue - support your MAV now!

      2021 members and now due. Please renew your partnership with MAV, by paying your invoice as soon as possible.

      Membership benefits will expire at the end of this month for those not paid.

      And a big 'Thank you' to those who have already renewed.

      For new members, now is a great time to join!

      If you have any questions or require support in renewing your membership please contact MAV's Membership Officer, Michael Green on mgreen@mav.vic.edu.au. or call the office on (03) 9380 2399.

      Together we are stronger - renew now 

      And a big 'Thank you' to those who have already renewed.

      Do you owe MAV a payment for services?

      There are many unpaid and late invoices for services supplied in 2020 by MAV to educators, ranging from MAVshop to events. Our Finance Officer Rachel Spinks will be following these up over coming weeks. Please pay all invoices promptly to avoid late fees and to save us time and effort! We value your support but need all invoices paid to ensure we can continue our work.

      For any invoice or payment queries please contact finance@mav.vic.edu.au

      Alert! Do you owe MAV a payment for services?
       
         
       

      Professional Learning 2021

      Book events now on MAV's events page

      Event

      Description

      Details

      'The Big Ideas' to support learning intervention: Tips for tutors and teachers

       

       

      For teachers of Years F - 6

      This series of 5 after school professional learning sessions are designed for educators and those who will be supporting student learning in 2021.

      One big idea in number will be focused on during each session. Advice to identify difficulties and misconceptions, building student knowledge and confidence and targeted teaching tips will be shared. Each session will consist of hands on tasks ready for you to utilise in the classroom to check for understanding.

      Multiple Dates: Tuesday 23rd February to Tuesday 27th July 2021

      Time: 3.30 to 5pm each session

      Venue: Virtual series

      Presenters: Ellen Corovic and Jen Bowden

      Target audience: Year F to 6 

      Book on our events page now!

      VCE Professional learning series 2021

      Our VCE Program is underway. Meet the Assessors, SAC workshops and Whole day VCE PD days are back!

      Bookings are open and include a mix of face-to-face and virtual events. These events will go ahead as planned in virtual format if required, don't miss out

      Various dates and locations including virtual

      Book on our events page now!

      Need Professional Learning and Support for Mathematics Education in your School for 2021?

      Many schools are now finalising professional learning plans for 2021. MAV has a strong foundation in designing and delivering professional learning partnerships targeted to school based needs and drawing upon evidence informed research. Book a time to have a conversation to see how our team of consultants can support your mathematics learning needs.

      This may be short ongoing virtual sessions, one off curriculum days, modeled teaching and coaching, or support as your critical friend. Get in touch with Jen Bowden jbowden@mav.vic.edu.au to learn more.

       

      Need Professional Learning and Support for Mathematics Education in your School for 2021?

       
         
       

      Have you updated your edumail address to @education.... with MAV? 

      For those with an edumail email address, your account email addresses have now changed. We ask that those people with a new email login to our website and update your email address:

      1. Click the blue login button at the top right of the website to login using your current email address and password.
      2. Click the blue My Details button at the top right of the website.
      3. Select 'Update my details'
      4. Click the link that says' 'Click here to update your email address', add your new email and current password to update.

      If you are experiencing problems please contact Michael Green. mgreen@mav.vic.edu.au.

       
         
       

      MAV20 Virtual Conference access available now!

      MAV20 was a great success, with overwhelmingly positive feedback on sessions and the enjoyable virtual format delivered through a professional conference platform. For those who attended you will have received instructions on how to access the recorded sessions for the day(s) you attended. 

      For those who missed out, you can now purchase access for either or both days, and view all sessions until the end of 2021. A great resources for professional development!

      For a copy of MAV20 Conference Program to help you decide upon what to purchase click here: https://conference.mav.vic.edu.au/Tenant/C0000019/00000002/downloads/MAV20-Conference-Synopsis.pdf

      A 2020 VISION. Engaging Mathematics

      Want to know what you missed? The AMSI Podcast on MAV20 Annual Conference reviews a number of valuable sessions that may be of interest: https://www.podbean.com/eu/pb-zgixr-f4b7ad

      Hope you enjoy it!

      Purchase MAV20 recordings and resources for a year of access and professional learning:

      MAV20 Virtual Conference Keynotes and Sessions Thursday & Friday

      10 Keynotes and 100 Sessions available OnDemand.

      MAV20 Virtual Conference Keynotes and Sessions Thursday 3 December

      5 Keynotes and 50 Sessions available OnDemand.

      MAV20 Virtual Conference Keynotes and Sessions Friday 4 December

      5 Keynotes and 50 Sessions available OnDemand.

       
         
       

      MAV news:

      Peter Maher: Awarded OAM on Australia day. Read more here.

      Professional reading:

      Teacher Magazine:

      Exploring Australian students’ strengths and weaknesses in maths and science

      Researching school-industry STEM partnerships

      Teacher's bookshelf: STEM clubs in primary

      Education HQ:

      We can do better: 8 ways to reinvigorate your economics and finance program

      Wolfram access for 2021 to Victorian schools

      At the end of last term, the VDET notified Government schools of changes being made to the Wolfram contract effective 31-DEC-2020.  The VDET has decided to eliminate statewide support of the tools and has set aside a pool of money to cover Government schools who are using the technology.  The VDET will no longer financially support Catholic and Independent schools' use of these tools.  Since notification of these changes were made late in the year Wolfram feels it's important to communicate the situation, step in and help.  Knowing the massive efforts you went through in 2020 (including converting to online learning due to COVID), Wolfram thought it imperative to provide you and your students with access to our technology to ensure a smooth start to the new term.

      Wolfram is making available an extension for a number of the tools for teachers and students at no charge.  To ensure a timely and complete transition we need you to complete the short online form found at  https://www.wolframcloud.com/obj/7441f955-2234-4d58-85d9-fc48decab52c and Wolfram will arrange to get you access.

      WOLFRAM

      Felstead Education

      At Felstead Education we love to entertain, amaze and engage students by combining the power of live performance with the wonder of maths and numbers.

      Our fun-filled shows are performed live at your school, easy to organise and are a perfect activity for Maths Week or Maths Day – or at any other time of the year. We have a range of shows to choose from, including The Maths Show, The Maths and Sport Show and The Maths Mindset Show.

      Our shows are suitable for Junior Secondary and Primary students, with tailored versions for different ages.

      We are proudly sponsored by the Mathematical Association of Victoria, with members receiving substantial discounts. To find out more, contact us today:

      Web: www.felstead.com.au
      Email: info@felstead.com.au or phone: 0402 223 406

      Trying to think of a great maths week activity? Why not try one of our unique maths incursions?

      It was awesome! The performer was engaging and hilarious. The kids loved the show! Libby Foley, Chevallum State School

      16th International Conference of The Mathematics Education for the Future Project

      Building on the Past to Prepare for the Future, King’s College, Cambridge University, UK
      New Dates AUG 8-13, 2022

      NEW DEADLINES are Aug 31 2021 (abstracts) and November 30 2021 (papers). We welcome papers and workshops on maths, science, statistics and computer education. Please email alan@cdnalma.poznan.pl for further details.

      For all UPDATES see https://directorymathsed.net/kings-conference/

      Alan Rogerson and Jasia Morska (Conference Organisers)  

       
         
       

      Members receive a discount on all purchases!

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      Building Thinking Classroom in Mathematics, Grades K-12

       

      Building Thinking Classroom in Mathematics, Grades K-12

      A thinking student is an engaged student:

      Teachers often find it difficult to implement lessons that help students go beyond rote memorization and repetitive calculations. In fact, institutional norms and habits that permeate all classrooms can actually be enabling "non-thinking" student behavior. Sparked by observing teachers struggle to implement rich mathematics tasks to engage students in deep thinking, Peter Liljedahl has translated his 15 years of research into this practical guide on how to move toward a thinking classroom. Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics, Grades K-12 helps teachers implement 14 optimal practices for thinking that create an ideal setting for deep mathematics learning to occur.

      This guide provides the what, why, and how of each practice and answers teachers’ most frequently asked questions
      Includes firsthand accounts of how these practices foster thinking through teacher and student interviews and student work samples
      Offers a plethora of macro moves, micro moves, and rich tasks to get started
      Organizes the 14 practices into four toolkits that can be implemented in order and built on throughout the year.
      When combined, these unique research-based practices create the optimal conditions for learner-centered, student-owned deep mathematical thinking and learning, and have the power to transform mathematics classrooms like never before.

       

      MAV Solutions 2020 VCAA Exams - All studies - Online resource

      Ensure students prepare effectively for VCE Mathematics Examinations with the MAV solutions to the 2020 VCAA Examinations 1 & 2 for Mathematical Methods, Specialist Mathematics and Further Mathematics. 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.

       

      MAV Solutions 2020 VCAA Exams - All studies - Online resource

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Footy Feud Card game!

      Footy Feud! is an Australian football themed-card game.

      Players are dealt numeric cards, and choose the highest value for scoring.
      The objective is to have the highest score at the end of the game (played over 4 quarters).

      4 cards in the deck allow stealing or score multiplication.

      Do I need to know about Australian football to play the game?
      No; Footy Feud! has tested very well with people of all ages who have no interest in Australian football.

      Footy Feud Card game!

      Thinking Mathematically

      Thinking Mathematically is perfect for anyone who wants to develop their powers to think mathematically, whether at school, at university or just out of interest. This book is invaluable for anyone who wishes to promote mathematical thinking in others or for anyone who has always wondered what lies at the core of mathematics. Thinking Mathematically reveals the processes at the heart of mathematics and demonstrates how to encourage and develop them. Extremely practical, it involves the reader in questions so that subsequent discussions speak to immediate experience.

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  • MATRIX News 28 January 2021

    Matrix - Mathematics education news

     

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    How time flies! I hope that you all enjoyed the break, and are settling back in as you prepare for students returning.

    MAV staff are also preparing for 2021, and we have launched bookings for the VCE professional learning program, find out more below.

    Other opportunities are also available including:

    • A professional learning series for F to 6 teachers and tutors: 'The Big Ideas' to support learning intervention: Tips for tutors and teachers.
    • Virtual MAV20 conference access, to all recorded sessions for each day is now available for those who attended, and for others to purchase to boost your PD opportunities this year.
    • And don't forget to see below in order to provide your feedback as part of the consultation on the revised Study Designs for VCE mathematics.

    It was also great to see WA's first female maths professor land a top award in the Australia Day honours list! You will find the link below to the article.

    Also, I remind you to renew your 2021 membership in support of MAV. It's been a tough 2020 and we've seen a lot of change but we've come through well as an organisation. We still need your support in 2021 to keep us going and to continue to make a strong association that represents your needs.

    Best wishes.

    Peter Saffin
    CEO

     
     
     

    Need Professional Learning and Support for Mathematics Education in your School for 2021?

    Many schools are now finalising professional learning plans for 2021. MAV has a strong foundation in designing and delivering professional learning partnerships targeted to school based needs and drawing upon evidence informed research. Book a time to have a conversation to see how our team of consultants can support your mathematics learning needs.

    This may be short ongoing virtual sessions, one off curriculum days, modeled teaching and coaching, or support as your critical friend. Get in touch with Jen Bowden jbowden@mav.vic.edu.au to learn more.

    Need Professional Learning and Support for Mathematics Education in your School for 2021?
     
     

     

     

    2021 Membership is due - support YOUR MAV!

    You should have received your membership renewal notices for 2021. We look forward to you renewing your partnership with MAV, and ask you to pay your invoices as soon as possible.

    Don't forget you will receive discounts on MAVshop and on event and conference registrations, plus your quarterly journal and magazine packed with teaching tips advice and lesson ideas.

    Thank you to those who have already renewed.

    For new members, now is a great time to join!

    If you have any questions or require support in renewing your membership please contact MAV's Membership Officer, Michael Green on mgreen@mav.vic.edu.au. or call the office on (03) 9380 2399.

    Together we are stronger: renew now

    Outstanding invoice payments for 2020 - Pay Now!

    There are many unpaid and late invoices for services supplied in 2020 by MAV to educators, ranging from MAVshop to events. Our Finance Officer Rachel Spinks will be following these up over coming weeks. Please pay all invoices promptly to avoid late fees and to save us time and effort! We value your support but need all invoices paid to ensure we can continue our work.

    For any invoice or payment queries please contact finance@mav.vic.edu.au

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    Professional Learning 2021

    Book events now on MAV's events page

    Event

    Description

    Details

    'The Big Ideas' to support learning intervention: Tips for tutors and teachers.

     

     

    For teachers of Years F - 6

    This series of 5 after school professional learning sessions are designed for educators and those who will be supporting student learning in 2021.

    One big idea in number will be focused on during each session. Advice to identify difficulties and misconceptions, building student knowledge and confidence and targeted teaching tips will be shared. Each session will consist of hands on tasks ready for you to utilise in the classroom to check for understanding.

    Multiple Dates: Tuesday 23rd February to Tuesday 27th July 2021

    Time: 3.30 to 5pm each session

    Venue: Virtual series

    Presenters: Ellen Corovic and Jen Bowden

    Target audience: Year F to 6

    Book on our events page now!

    VCE Professional learning series 2021

    Our VCE Meet the Assessors, SAC workshops and Whole day VCE PD days will be back in term 1 2021!

    Bookings are open and include a mix of face-to-face and virtual events. We are working to plan and deliver the best quality sessions regardless of format and in line with past years.

    Don't miss this important PL series!

    VCE PD: Book on our events page now!

     
     
     

    Have you updated your edumail address to @education.... with MAV?

    For those with an edumail email address, your account email addresses have now changed. We ask that those people with a new email login to our website and update your email address:

    1. Click the blue login button at the top right of the website to login using your current email address and password.
    2. Click the blue My Details button at the top right of the website.
    3. Select 'Update my details'
    4. Click the link that says' 'Click here to update your email address', add your new email and current password to update.

    If you are experiencing problems please contact Michael Green. mgreen@mav.vic.edu.au.

     
     
     

    MAV20 Virtual Conference access available now!

    MAV20 was a great success, with overwhelmingly positive feedback on sessions and the enjoyable virtual format delivered through a professional conference platform. For those who attended you will have received instructions on how to access the recorded sessions for the day(s) you attended.

    For those who missed out, you can now purchase access for either or both days, and view all sessions until the end of 2021. A great resources for professional development!

    For a copy of MAV20 Conference Program to help you decide upon what to purchase click here: https://conference.mav.vic.edu.au/Tenant/C0000019/00000002/downloads/MAV20-Conference-Synopsis.pdf

    A 2020Vision: Engaging Mahematics

    Want to know what you missed? The AMSI Podcast on MAV20 Annual Conference reviews a number of valuable sessions that may be of interest: https://www.podbean.com/eu/pb-zgixr-f4b7ad

    Hope you enjoy it!

    Purchase MAV20 recordings and resources for a year of access and professional learning:

    MAV20 Virtual Conference Keynotes and Sessions Thursday & Friday

    10 Keynotes and 100 Sessions available OnDemand.

    MAV20 Virtual Conference Keynotes and Sessions Thursday 3 December

    5 Keynotes and 50 Sessions available OnDemand.

    MAV20 Virtual Conference Keynotes and Sessions Friday 4 December

    5 Keynotes and 50 Sessions available OnDemand.

     
     
     

    MAV news:

    Victorian Coding Challenge - 2020 Stage 2 competition winners announced

    MAV, in collaboration with Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria (DLTV), is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 Victorian Coding Challenge (VCC).

    We have been extremely impressed with the level of engagement and participation in the 2020 VCC. Over 3000 students from government schools across Year 5-10 took part. The feedback we have received from teachers and students alike has been wonderful, and we look forward to next year’s VCC. Find out more here.

    Interested in the 2021 Victorian Coding Challenge? Click here.

    The Victorian Coding Challenge is part of the Victorian Challenge and Enrichment Series funded by the Victorian Department of Education and Training.

    Victorian Coding Challenge

    Professional reading:

    NAPLAN, supporting our education journey - An Article by the MAV Board

    Two child psychologists from Northern Ireland discuss maths learning (time and numbers) by 3 and 4 year olds. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3cszcd0

    David Clarke Memorial Lecture: By Alan Schoenfeld: Reflecting on the Learner's Perspective

    Teacher Magazone: TIMSS review: Exploring Australian students’ strengths and weaknesses in maths and science

    WA's first female maths professor lands top award in Australia Day honours list - ABC News

    VCAA: VCE revised Study Design Consultation

    Don't forget to provide your feedback on the revised Study Designs:

    The following reminder Notice to schools was sent out today: https://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/administration/schooladministration/notices/2021/Pages/01.aspx

    The original Bulletin article and Notice to schools was sent out in November 2020: https://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/Documents/bulletin/2020/064NovVCAABulletin2020.pdf (page 10),

    and also the Notice to Schools on November 25th 2020: https://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/administration/schooladministration/notices/2020/Pages/180.aspx

    Please check these to ensure you have your say.

    Something for your school newsletter?

    The Guardian: No one is born 'bad at maths'. It took me a long time to learn this lesson Ranjana Srivastava

    The International Mathematical Modelling Challenge (IM2C)

    An opportunity for senior secondary students to work as part of a team to solve a genuine, real-world problem using mathematics.

    8 March – 30 March 2021

    Open to all Australian schools, the International Mathematical Modeling Challenge (IM2C) exists to support the real-world application of learning, build proficiency, encourage collaboration, and challenge students to use mathematics to make a real difference to the world around them.

    Operating in teams, comprising up to four students from the same school, the IM2C challenges students around the world to work together to solve a common real-world problem by devising and applying an original mathematical model.

    By mobilising students in teams, the IM2C replicates real-world conditions, requiring proficiency in mathematics alongside collaboration and contributions from different skill sets, perspectives and methods to achieve overall success.

    Working together under the supervision of a team advisor (usually a teacher) for up to five consecutive days between 8 March and 30 March 2021, teams will unpack the given problem, hypothesise, test, and develop a working solution, before preparing and submitting a report on their solution to the Australian judging panel. Two teams will be chosen to represent Australia in the International phase of the competition, with their solutions competing against others from countries around the world.

    Find out more!

    Climate Classrooms project: Monash Climate Change Communication Research Hub

    The Climate Classrooms project ties lesson plans and supporting resources into curriculum codes across disciplines to ensure teachers can meet their learning goals while teaching students the science and impacts of climate change.

    We’re running a free half day online training workshop on Friday 5 February. Through this workshop teachers will work in groups with climate scientists to develop teaching resources drawing on the experience of teachers and scientists alike. These will then be used to create lessons that are both engaging for students and based on the latest climate science.

    The workshop is an incredible opportunity for maths educators to get involved. Expression of interest close on January 27th. More details and example lesson plans can be found here.

     
     
     

    Members receive a discount on all purchases!

    Top up your class sets now with these great resources!

    Algebra tiles (Tiles only)

    Algebra tiles and Manual

    Must have algebra tiles to engage students. Many students need the support of concrete materials before they can move into more abstract representations. Algebra tiles use an area model to bridge from the concrete to the abstract by showing students various processes in a visual manner that can then be translated into symbolic language.

    Picture books galore!

    MAV has 66 picture books in its collection from Early Childhood to year 6 and beyond, check them out now..

     

     

     

     

     

    School Friendly Playing cards

    School friendly cards are just playing cards but without any of the links to gambling and are sold as an individual packet.

    Want some ideas for using these cards? Have a look at Dr Paul Swan's new Mathematics Games with School Friendly Playing cards Book 1 and Book 2.

     

     

    New from Dr Paul Swan!

    Probability Chance Experiments - Upper Primary (Years 5-6)
     

    This book builds on the experiments contained in book 1 and introduces the ideas of sample spaces – the systematic listing of possible outcomes.

     

    Probability Chance Experiments - Middle Primary (Years 3-4)

    With a kit of simple materials (coins. counters, cards, dice, spinners and a draw-string bag), students will be able to try a variety of chance experiments that highlight fundamental ideas of probability.

     

     

    Mathematics Games with School Friendly Cards 2

    Mathematics Games with School Friendly Cards 2: Short & Simple Warm up Games

    The games in this book can be played in 10 minutes and use a single deck of School Friendly cards. The activities are based around simple rules, and may be used routinely as part of a warm up program.

     

     
     
         
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  • MATRIX News 1 December 2020

    Matrix - Mathematics education news

     

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    I hope the end of the year is treating you well! With exams done and other responsibilities wrapping up, we are looking forward to many of you joining us at the Virtual Annual Conference, MAV20! We have approximately 800 delegates, presenters and others joining us for this amazing virtual event! It is a great opportunity for you to catch up with your peers through the conference platform and enjoy a variety of professional learning experiences, social events and an awesome selection of keynotes.

    I would like to thank everyone who has registered for their support of this groundbreaking approach to the 57th annual conference, which is the first virtual one ever! 

    For those who are now interested I'm sorry but it's too late to register, you'll have to join us next year!

    We have launched our first professional learning event for 2021, for Primary teachers; see below to book your place. We are currently working on our VCE professional learning program dates for term one. Obviously planning for this is a little trickier than normal as we work within health guidelines and restrictions. Be assured we are going to deliver you a quality experience one way or other.

    Finally, as the end of year approaches we remind you to renew your membership in support of MAV in 2021. It's been a tough 2020 and we've seen a lot of change but we've come through well as an organisation. We still need your support in 2021 to keep us going and to continue to make a strong association that represents your needs.

    End of year best wishes.

    Peter Saffin
    CEO 

     
       
     

    Need Professional Learning and Support for Mathematics Education in your School for 2021?

    Many schools are now finalising professional learning plans for 2021. MAV has a strong foundation in designing and delivering professional learning partnerships targeted to school based needs and drawing upon evidence informed research. Book a time to have a conversation to see how our team of consultants can support your mathematics learning needs.

    This may be short ongoing virtual sessions, one off curriculum days, modeled teaching and coaching, or support as your critical friend. Get in touch with Jen Bowden jbowden@mav.vic.edu.au to learn more.

    Professional Leaning and Support for Mathematics Education in your school
     
       

     

     

    Membership is due; We need your support!

    You should have received your membership renewal notices for 2021. We look forward to you renewing your support for MAV, and ask you to pay your invoices as soon as possible.

    Thank you to those who have already renewed.

    For new members, now is a great time to join!

    If you have any questions or require support in renewing your membership please contact MAV's Membership Officer, Michael Green on mgreen@mav.vic.edu.au. or call the office on (03) 9380 2399.

    Together we are stonger: Renew Now! 
     
       
     

    Professional Learning 2021

    Book events now on MAV's events page

    Event

    Description

    Details

    'The Big Ideas' to support learning intervention: Tips for tutors and teachers.

    For teachers of Years F - 6

    This series of 5 after school professional learning sessions are designed for teachers and those who will be supporting student learning as tutors in 2021.

    One big idea in number will be focused on during each session. Advice to identify difficulties and misconceptions, building student knowledge and confidence and targeted teaching tips will be shared. Each session will be consist of hands on tasks ready for you to utilise in the classroom to check for understanding.

    Multiple Dates: Tuesday 23rd February to Tuesday 27th July 2021

    Time: 3.30 to 5pm each session

    Venue: Virtual series

    Presenters: Ellen Corovic and Jen Bowden

    Target audience: Year F to 6 

    VCE Professional learning series

    Our VCE Meet the Assessors, SAC workshops and Whole day VCE PD days will be back in term 1 2021!

    We are currently finalising the program which may be a mix of face-to-face and virtual events. be assured we are working to plan and deliver the best quality sessions regardless of format.

    Stay tuned for dates, bookings open soon.

     
       
     

    Change of edumail email address; update your details with MAV now!

    For those of you with an edumail email address, we understand that account email addresses have now changed. We ask that those people with a new email login to our website and update your email address:

    1. Click the blue login button at the top right of the website to login using your current email address and password.
    2. Click the blue My Details button at the top right of the website.
    3. Select 'Update my details'
    4. Click the link that says' 'Click here to update your email address', add your new email and current password to update.

    If you are experiencing problems please contact Michael Green. mgreen@mav.vic.edu.au.

     
       
     

    MAV Employment Hub

    Don't forget to advertise your positions through MAV's employment Hub. Advertise free for the rest of the year  for a 'one month' advertisement with the promo code: 'freejob' To advertise click here.

    Looking for you next job? Visit MAV's Employment Hub here

    Current advertised positions:

    • Victorian High-Ability Program Mathematics Teacher: Virtual School Victoria
    • Mathematics Teacher, Fintona Girls School
     MAV Employment Hub

     

     
       
     

    Other News and opportunities

    ACER: Should we keep taking part in PISA?

    Why does Australia keep participating in PISA if all we hear is that our performance keeps declining, Australian Journal of Education (AJE) editor Dr Petra Lietz asked a panel of experts last week, in a webinar marking the AJE’s ’20 Years of PISA in Australia’ special issue.: https://www.acer.org/au/discover/article/should-we-keep-taking-part-in-pisa

    ACER: Numeracy

    A key to being numerate is to be able to start from real world problems or situations, excavate the mathematics out of the context and formulate it explicitly as a mathematical problem to solve. https://www.acer.org/au/discover/article/teaching-numeracy

    VCAA: Firth review of vocational pathways

    The following may be of interest: https://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/department/Pages/vcal-pathways-review.aspx. The Firth report and the government response can be accessed at the bottom of the linked page.

    The University of Adelaide: Maths MOOC Professional Learning Program positions commencing during 2021

    Multiple advertised positions for the Maths MOOC Professional Learning Program commencing during 2021. We are seeking highly-skilled mathematics educators who are passionate about inspiring teachers and students with innovative and inclusive pedagogies and in communicating the importance of mathematics to careers and opportunities. There are up to 8 part-time positions available. Applications close on 10 December 2020. We are advertising the positions early to help everyone with planning, however positions will commence during 2021.

    https://careers.adelaide.edu.au/cw/en/job/504737/maths-project-officer-teacher-professional-learning

    Free access to Subly until March

    Lecturers, students and parents are consuming more content than ever. And with the move to more online learning, all content should be accessible. That's exactly why the team developed Subly - to automatically subtitles and transcribe, to make all content accessible for all. And why they're giving you and your staff free access until March 2021. 

     By adding subtitles to recorded video or audio content you’ll be helping: 

    • Those viewing on the move or in their homes with sound turned off
    • Improve engagement with recorded lessons, videos with subtitles are 80% more likely to be watched in full 
    • Those who are deaf or hard of hearing (11m in the UK)
    • Those still learning to read 
    • Those of different native languages
    • Your staff and students to repurpose video and audio into text too 

    Subly solves a real communication challenge - making sure everyone can access video and audio content. Helping you to make courses at school or university more accessible and engaging. And Subly Pro is free until March 2021. Want to try it out? All you need to do is register for a free account and select education when you first log in. Share the link with your staff and students too - they can register for a free account using their education email. 

     
       
     

    MAV20 Conference specials; Now Available!

    During our Annual Conference MAV20, conference specials are available until Friday 11th of December! To access click the 'Conference specials' link on the left hand side.

    Access MAVshop now (click me!)

    MAV20 Conference specials; Now Available!

     
     
         
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  • MATRIX News 16 November 2020

    Matrix - Mathematics education news

     

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    I sincerely hope that you are doing well at this time. With VCE exams a top priority for many at the stage I am sure you are busy helping students prepare. My oldest son Ethan is completing his VCE Further maths exam today as I send this newsletter! Best wishes for all teachers and students for this exam season.

    Finally we have been blown away by the interest in MAV20 annual conference - the virtual version! We have over 500 people registered to attend across the two days, plus presenters! Thanks so much for helping us make MAV20 great!

    Please note that this year late registrations cannot be accepted, and there will be no exceptions! We have a lot to do after closing registrations to prepare for the event, and there are technical issues loading people into the system at late notice. So if you are one of those cheeky people who ring us after registrations close, this year we will just have to say no (sorry)!

    MAV20 registrations close this Friday 20th November.

    Stay well and scroll on for more!

    Peter Saffin
    CEO 

     
       
     

    Need Professional Learning and Support for Mathematics Education in your School for 2021?

    Many schools are now finalising professional learning plans for 2021. MAV has a strong foundation in designing and delivering professional learning partnerships targeted to school based needs and drawing upon evidence informed research. Book a time to have a conversation to see how our team of consultants can support your mathematics learning needs.

    This may be short ongoing virtual sessions, one off curriculum days, modeled teaching and coaching, or support as your critical friend. Get in touch with Jen Bowden jbowden@mav.vic.edu.au to learn more.

    Need Professional Learning and Support for Mathematics Education in your School for 2021?
     
       

     

     

    Term 4 Journals: Digital access now available

    We have a new column in our Common Denominator Magazine, called "One minute with...." where we introduce you to some amazing people working in STEM and mathematics education! Our first Column is 'One minute with Asha Rao', Professor of Mathematics, and Associate Dean of Mathematical Sciences at RMIT University.

    We hope you enjoy getting to know more about Asha and her work. To read on see page 9 of Common Denominator below.

    'One minute with Asha Rao', Professor of Mathematics, and Associate Dean of Mathematical Sciences at RMIT University.

    Our latest journals are now available for your access, why wait for your print version to go around all staff when you can jump on the website to access them?

    Common Denominator Magazine 

    Free for all!

    Common Denominator Magazine

    Prime Number (Primary)

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    Prime Number (Primary)

    Vinculum (Secondary)

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    Maths Talent Quest: Thank you!

     Thank you to all that participated in MTQ 2020!

    We had over 180 entries submitted from 48 schools across Victoria, Tasmania and the Victoria International School of Sharjah in UAE.

    The digital platform encouraged new schools, especially those from regional, interstate and international environments participate in the State-wide Maths Talent Quest. Students were innovative in the formats they presented their work, using a variety of traditional and digital means to present their learning. The quality of entries was of an extremely high level and competition for entry into the national awards was strong.

    17 Victorian and 3 Tasmania entries were submitted to the National Awards with 4 Highly Commended and 2 winning entries awarded to Victorian students.

    The 2021 MTQ will incorporate a virtual platform allowing innovative digital investigations and stronger opportunities for our regional schools.

    MTQ. Maths Talent Quest
     
       
     

    Change of edumail email address; update your details with MAV now!

    For those of you with an edumail email address, we understand that account email addresses have now changed. We ask that those people with a new email login to our website and update your email address:

    1. Click the blue login button at the top right of the website to login using your current email address and password.
    2. Click the blue My Details button at the top right of the website.
    3. Select 'Update my details'
    4. Click the link that says' 'Click here to update your email address', add your new email and current password to update.

    If you are experiencing problems please contact Michael Green. mgreen@mav.vic.edu.au.

     
       
     

    MAV20 Annual Conference: Register now

    MAV20c Conference. A 2020 Vision. Engaging Mathematics. 3-4 December

    Are you wondering whether to join us at MAV20? 

    Our price is set at last year's rate, and some have asked why this is so for a virtual event?

    Please join us to support your mathematics education community and make our first virtual conference a success. Thanks to all who have registered, so far it is going strong!

    MAV20 - A 2020 Vision: Engaging Mathematics

    (Years F to 12)

    Thursday 3rd - Friday 4th December 2020

    Virtual Conference

    Join us for MAV20 Conference. MAV will deliver a professional conference experience at this time to ensure we all network, learn and share together.

    Register now on our events page

    Registrations close Friday 20th November -

    No late registrations will be accepted!

    Really we mean it, see my notes in the intro above :)

     
       
     

    MAV Employment Hub

    Don't forget to advertise your positions through MAV's employment Hub. Advertise free for the rest of the year with the promo code: 'freejob' To advertise click here.

    Looking for you next job? Visit MAV's Employment Hub here

    Current advertised positions:

    • Mathematics Teacher: Fintona Girls School
    • Maths Consultant: The Maths Show; Felstead Education
    • Head of Department: Mathematics, Rockhampton Grammar School
     MAV Employment Hub
     
       
     

    VCAA Consultation period for the proposed study design VCE Mathematics

    The consultation period for the proposed study design VCE Mathematics (to commence in 2023) will open on Monday 23 November 2020 and will conclude on Tuesday 9 March 2021.

    Stakeholder feedback is an important part of the review and accreditation process for all VCE studies.

    Interested teachers, students and other stakeholders can review the relevant VCE Mathematics consultation documents (including the proposed study design and Summary of proposed changes to the study design) and respond to the online questionnaire via the study webpage from Monday 23 November 2020.

    For enquiries about the consultation process, refer to the study review plan on the study webpage or contact David Leigh-Lancaster, Curriculum Manager, Mathematics: David.Leigh-Lancaster@education.vic.gov.au.

    VCAA Numeracy Resources across the curriculum:

    Find the VCAA resources for tackling numeracy across the curriculum here.

    VCAA Teaching for learning transfer: A literature review

    Developing capabilities across the curriculum involves building capacity to transfer learning from one context to another. The VCAA commissioned a literature review in 2018 to identify understandings of learning transfer, its importance and how to improve teaching for learning transfer. While the literature review paid particular attention to critical and creative thinking, it is relevant to all the capabilities in the Victorian Curriculum F–10.

    The literature review has been published on the Overview of the capabilities webpage.

    AMT. Australian Maths TrustAMT: Problemo reaches new milestone!

    In only a few weeks since its launch, Problemo has attracted 949 teacher registrations and 491 schools. Feedback from teachers has been exceptional and we’re confident Problemo will become the leading maths problem-solving resource for Australian and New Zealand teachers.

    Looking to boost your confidence when teaching maths?
    Problemo is the innovative tool that brings you quality and trusted maths problem solving materials.
    And with detailed workings and solutions for each problem, you’ll feel well-prepared long before you hit the classroom!

    If you’d like more information about Problemo, go to problemo.edu.au. Here you’ll find all the features, as well as an interview with Perth maths teacher, Rachel Theunissen that shows the impact Problemo is making in the classroom. 

    64th Annual meeting of the Australian Mathematical Society

    The University of New England will be hosting the 64th Annual meeting of the Australian Mathematical Society on 8-10 December 2020. There is a tradition to invite school teachers for the Education Afternoon:64th Annual meeting of the Australian Mathematical Society

    The education afternoon is an activity that brings together school teachers and mathematicians.  The education afternoon will be online on Wednesday, the 9th of December, 2-5pm.  Kirsti Abbott (UNE) will lead a virtual excursion through the Boilerhouse Discovery Space project and several mathematicians will present their outreach initiatives.

    We cordially invite you to join the education afternoon. The registration is free: https://austms.org.au/meetings/annual-conferences/2020-austms-meeting/

     
       
     

    MAVshop. Resources for Mathematics Educators

    Yummy new resources!

    NEW TITLE! 

    Teaching Mathematics Foundations to Middle Years - Third Edition

     Teaching Mathematics Foundations to Middle Years - Third Edition

    NEW Game!!

     Footy Feud!

    Footy Feud!

    MAV20 Conference specials: Coming soon!

    As we cannot have a physical MAVshop store this year, stay tuned for a number of special offers and reduced prices during the MAV20 Virtual Conference in the first week of December. You are going to love it!

     
     
         
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    Happy World Teachers Day 2020!

    The MAV extend a huge thanks to all Mathematics Educators on this World Teachers Day 2020, Friday 30th October.

    Each day you make a difference, be proud and encouraged that MAV has got your back. 2020 has been a year like no other, every single teacher has dug deep to deliver the very best education for their students. We've seen teachers rise to extraordinary heights, become experts on remote delivery, learn new skills, try different ways to engage students, rethink assessments and the list goes on!

    As a thank you and acknowledgement of all you give to your students and profession, MAV have produced a free pdf ebook of 10 of our most popular games for middle years students, suitable for Years 4 to 10.

    You can download here or click the cover image to the right. Feel free to share this resource with your colleagues - the best way to share the resource is via social media, don't forget to tag us #MAV

    The free ebook is available to download until Friday 6th November.

    Best wishes and enjoy your day!

     

    Regards,

    Peter Saffin,
    CEO

     
     
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  • MATRIX News 19 October 2020

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    Welcome to our next newsletter full of opportunity!

    Here are my top picks from the below:

    1. Our term 4 Journals  are now available for access online.  Don't wait for your print copies to circulate around the school, access them now.
    2. Join us at MAV20 conference , registrations are strong, which means better networking and opportunities while attending. 
    3. MAV and Playlunch Games are partnering with leading researchers to attack Maths Anxiety. See below for an opportunity to get involved at the start, with testing our games and content in your school community. This is a new and exciting project where we can all have a major impact on mathematics education.

    Stay well and scroll on for more!

    Peter Saffin
    CEO

    The Heart Foundation: MAV's 'My Marathon' fundraising

    Thank you to those maths educators that have supported us in our challenge this month. We are half way to our fundraisng target! If you have the opportunity please continue to make donations at our fundraising page!

    https://www.mymarathon.com.au/fundraisers/TheCardiods 

    Jen Bowden, one of MAV's consultants that many of you may know and have worked with, had open heart surgery recently to replace a pulmonary valve. Good news! Jen is doing really well after a great recovery - all due to the research and development that goes into improving heart health!

    In support of Jen and all those who suffer heart disease, a number of MAV staff and consultants are taking part in 'My Marathon' this October, to raise funds for the Heart Foundation

    MAV's team, 'The Cardioids' are running and walking our way to raise funds that will help others like Jen!

    This one of the runs just completed!

     
       
     

    MAV's VCE Revision program!

    Thank you so much for your support of this new program, we have been overwhelmed by the feedback and success of this new product. A big thank you to our consultant Danijela Draskovic who led the development of this new initiative at a time of great challenge for MAV.

    Registrations for students remain open until exams.

    MAV has released a self-paced, interactive, online VCE Revision Course for all three maths studies.

    Please share the attached flier with your students!

    Visit the website to find out more. School group bookings available.

    Download flier by clicking on the image.

     
       
     

    Term 4 Journals: Digital access now available

    Our latest journals are now available for your access, why wait for your print version to go around all staff when you can jump on the website to access them?

    Common Denominator Magazine 

    Free for all!

    The Common Denominator

    Prime Number (Primary)

    Member Login required

    Prime Number

    Vinculum (Secondary)

    Member Login required

    Vinculum

     
       
     

    Remote learning tasks, still suitable for the classroom!

    MAV staff have written over 130 tasks, games, investigations and these have been some of the most popular we have ever produced!

    These tasks are suitable for homework or classroom use, please check them out. 

    Edition 18 NOW LIVE: Number and Algebra games!

    All Editions of home learning tasks are available at MAV's home learning pages. 

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    Change of edumail email address; update your details with MAV now!

    For those of you with an edumail email address, we understand that account email addresses have now changed. We ask that those people with a new email login to our website and update your email address:

    1. Click the blue login button at the top right of the website to login using your current email address and password.
    2. Click the blue My Details button at the top right of the website.
    3. Select 'Update my details'
    4. Click the link that says' 'Click here to update your email address', add your new email and current password to update.

    If you are experiencing problems please contact Michael Green. mgreen@mav.vic.edu.au.

     
       
     

    MAV20 Annual Conference: Register now

    MAV20 Conference. A 2020 Vision. Engaging Mathematics

    Are you wondering whether to join us at MAV20? 

    Our price is set at last year's rate, and some have asked why this is so for a virtual event?

    The reason comes down to the mathematics: quality + Value = MAV20!

    Quality delivery of a professional virtual conference

    MAV have invested significantly in a professional virtual delivery partner, Delegate Connect, to create and deliver the conference in a professional events platform. We are working to deliver more than a few webinars collated together, but a true virtual experience that will provide opportunity for all delegates to interact, join sessions, share in the experience and network with sponsors, exhibitors and each other.  Check out our events platform here: https://mav.delegateconnect.co/

    Quality keynotes and session presenters

    We are providing an extensive and carefully curated program: 5 keynotes followed by a further 50 sessions per day - that is 10 keynotes and 100 sessions over 2 days! 

    Value for money

    Registering gives you access to sessions for up to 12 months after the conference (one day or both day access). Normally you would only see a keynote plus 4 sessions per day, you can access 5 keynotes and 50 sessions (10 keynotes and 100 sessions for registrants of both days) over the next year. That is a cost of between $5.25 and $5.43 per session!

    So please join us to support your mathematics education community and make our first virtual conference a success. Thanks to all who have registered, so far it is going strong!

    MAV20 - A 2020 Vision: Engaging Mathematics

    (Years F to 12)

    Thursday 3rd - Friday 4th December 2020

    Virtual Conference

    Join us for MAV20 Conference. MAV will deliver a professional conference experience at this time to ensure we all network, learn and share together.

    Register now on our events page

     
       
     

    MAV Employment Hub

    Don't forget to advertise your positions through MAV's employment Hub. Advertise free for the rest of the year with the promo code: 'freejob'. To advertise click here.

    Looking for you next job? Visit MAV's Employment Hub here

    Current advertised positions:

    • Head of Mathematics: Southern Cross Grammar
    • Maths Consultant: The Maths Show; Felstead Education
    • Mathematics Teacher: PLC
    • Head of Department: Mathematics, Rockhampton Grammar School
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    MAV and Playlunch Games partner to attack Maths Anxiety!

    Have fun, help us tackle maths anxiety, and get a free iPad!

    • Maths anxiety is a global issue.
    • Capable students are avoiding situations involving any kind of maths, extending to not choosing careers that involve the application of maths.
    • At the same time, mathematics and STEM subjects are a major priority for ‘jobs of the future’ around the world.
    • Playlunch Games and The Mathematical Association of Victoria have partnered with leading researchers to develop a game-based platform targeting the antecedents that might lead to the occurrence of maths anxiety in children.
    • Our focus is on the influence of families and peer-groups: a parent’s attitude towards their own ability in mathematics and how it can influence their children, and how children and their friends respond to positive, collaborative engagement with mathematics outside of the classroom setting.

    You can help us create something groundbreaking and have some fun at the same time!

    What we need:

    To talk! We need to talk to educators and parents about their experiences.

    To play! We need students in years 3 to 9 to play and test our game.

    And to say thanks, we’ll give your school an iPad to use for our testing, and to keep.

    We’ll be conducting our sessions over Zoom, so rest assured that we will be adhering to any COVID-19 rules and restrictions. And we won’t demand too much of your time - we’ll work to your schedule.

    Sign up!

    We’re initially selecting ten schools to join us (and get an iPad), so get in quick! To learn more, please complete the short form here: https://www.playlunchgames.com/

    Playlunch

    Sign up using QR code:

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    Other News and Opportunities

    Teacher Magazine:

    School resources: Evidence-based practice in Mathematics

    Amaze your students with The Maths Show - available for face-to-face or virtual/online delivery

    If you’re looking for something fun and different in maths, then why not try The Maths Show - a unique live performance that is:

    • A great way for students to see maths from a different angle
    • Highly engaging, entertaining and lots of fun
    • Full of audience interaction, maths history and puzzles, maths mind reading and more
    • Available for virtual/online or face-to-face delivery

    We have different versions available for Junior Secondary and Primary students.

    A 20% discount is available to MAV members.

    The Maths Show is a great way to end the year in maths, or to start 2021 with a bang! To find out more, contact us today.

    Email: info@felstead.com.au

    http://www.felstead.com.au/portfolio/themathsshow/

    The Maths Show

    Everything they showed me made my jaw drop! Student, Dandenong Primary School.

     
       
     

    MAVshop. Resources for Mathematics Educators

     Got any left over budget, maybe there is something here for your school?

    NEW TITLE! 

    Eddie is Back!

    Eddie Woo’s Magical Maths 2

    Eddie Woo's Magical Maths 2

    NEW TITLE!

    by Jo Boaler

    Limitless Mind

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    Making Number Talks Matter 

    Making number talks matter

    Numeracy: Teaching Maths in Context 

    Numeracy: Teaching Maths in Context

     
     
         
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  • MATRIX News 7 October 2020

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    Welcome back to term 4!

    As we head into that time of the year where vacancies may occur in your departments, MAV has made advertising on our 'Employment Hub' free until the end of the year. See below for the promo code to use at the checkout when submitting an advert. MAV's newsletter goes out to over 20,000 maths educators mainly in Victoria, so it is a great way to reach potential applicants. 

    There is fantastic opportunity below also for primary and secondary teachers from regional and rural DET schools to attend MAV20 Annual Conference for free, check it out and and thanks to DET for helping us out on this one!

    There are lots of other great opportunities below, so go ahead, check them out now!

    Finally, we hope that you can support MAV's fundraising for the Heart Foundation.

    Regards,

    Peter Saffin
    CEO

    The Heart Foundation: MAV's 'My Marathon' fundraising

    Jen Bowden, one of MAV's consultants that many of you may know and have worked with, had open heart surgery recently to replace a pulmonary valve. Good news! Jen is doing really well after a great recovery - all due to the research and development that goes into improving heart health!

    In support of Jen and all those who suffer heart disease, a number of MAV staff and consultants are taking part in 'My Marathon' this October, to raise funds for the Heart Foundation

    MAV's team, 'The Cardioids' are running and walking our way to raise funds that will help others like Jen!

    We are working as a team, as that is what we do! The donations we receive will help fund lifesaving heart disease research that makes a real difference to people’s lives.

    Can you spare a donation for this great cause? Please give at our fundraising page and help us meet our target!

    https://www.mymarathon.com.au/fundraisers/TheCardiods

    Heart Foundation

     The Cardioids

     
       
     

    MAV's VCE Revision program is going off!

    Registrations for students remain open until exams.

    MAV has released a self-paced, interactive, online VCE Revision Course for all three maths studies.

    Course videos are delivered by experienced teachers and current VCAA exam assessors.

    • Student can watch over 3 hours of presentation videos from VCAA assessors.
    • Hear where students tend to go wrong.
    • Loads of common exam questions and how to solve them.
    • Insights into a VCAA maths exam and how to smash it!
    • Videos from TI-Nspire and Casio experts demonstrating how to maximise your use of CAS technology.
    • Access to exclusive live webinars with VCAA assessors where you get to ask them questions

    All students who register will receive a comprehensive e-book of revision notes
    including:

    • Tips for exam success.
    • Tricky past exam questions with solutions.
    • Common exam questions with solutions.

    Please share the attached flier with your students!

    Visit the website to find out more. School group bookings available.

    Download flier

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    MAV20 Conference: Support for DET regional teachers to attend:

    To encourage more regional and remote mathematics educators to attend the MAV20 Annual Conference, MAV has proudly been sponsored by the Victorian Department of Education and Training (DET) to allow 12 regional teachers to attend the virtual event.

    We understand that it is a challenge for many regional teachers to attend events, having the conference online this year opens up this opportunity, and funding support makes it even more accessible!

    This initiative is to ensure that more regional delegates are able to access the high-quality professional learning and networking opportunities of the MAV20 annual conference.

    Am I eligible for support?
    To be eligible for this sponsorship you must be a current primary or secondary school teacher in a DET school that is more than 150km from Melbourne CBD. You must be unable to afford to attend without this support.

    What will I receive?
    DET is proudly sponsoring the following for each of 12 successful teachers (6 Primary and 6 Secondary). Teachers will receive:

    • One Day registration for MAV20 conference on your choice of Thursday 3rd OR Friday 4th Dec ($358 non-member rate)
    • In additional, the school will receive the cost of CRT release for one day ($376.54 per day)
    • The sponsorship per regional teacher is valued at $734.54 including GST.

    How do I apply?
    DET and MAV will use a panel of staff to review the applicants and select teachers to attend based on the strength of applications.

    To apply for this fantastic opportunity, please complete the application form you can download here and return to psaffin@mav.vic.edu.au by Wednesday 14th October 2020.

     The Education State \ Victoria State Government | Education and Training

     
       
     

    Our last Remote learning tasks for 2020!

    MAV staff have written over 130 tasks, games, investigations! These are now all available for you to use going forward either in or out of the classroom. 

    These task have been some of the most popular we have ever produced!

    These tasks are suitable for homework or classroom use, please check them out. 

    Edition 18 NOW LIVE: Number and Algebra games!

    All Editions of home learning tasks are available at MAV's home learning pages. 

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    Change of edumail email address; update your details with MAV now!

    For those of you with an edumail email address, we understand that account email addresses have now changed. We ask that those people with a new email login to our website and update your email address:

    1. Click the blue login button at the top right of the website to login using your current email address and password.
    2. Click the blue My Details button at the top right of the website.
    3. Select 'Update my details'
    4. Click the link that says' 'Click here to update your email address', add your new email and current password to update.

    If you are experiencing problems please contact Michael Green. mgreen@mav.vic.edu.au.

     
       
     

    Professional Learning - Virtual events

    Connecting measurement with number and geometry: engaging and worthwhile activities with Rob Vingerhoets

    (Yrs F - 4)

    Wednesday 14th October 2020
    4:00PM - 5:00PM
    REGISTRATIONS CLOSE THURSDAY 8th OCTOBER 5PM
    Virtual Learning

    This webinar will take you through a range of enjoyable and engaging tasks for length/area/perimeter, mass, volume and capacity. The activities will highlight how number and geometry can be easily integrated into measurement activities.

    MAV20 - A 2020 Vision: Engaging Mathematics

    (Years F to 12)

    Thursday 3rd - Friday 4th December 2020

    Virtual Conference

    Join us for MAV20 Conference. MAV will deliver a professional conference experience at this time to ensure we all network, learn and share together.

    Register now on our events page

     
       
     

    MAV Employment Hub

    Don't forget to advertise your positions through MAV's employment Hub. Advertise free for the rest of the year with the promo code: 'freejob' To advertise click here.

    Looking for you next job? Visit MAV's Employment Hub here

    Current advertised positions:

    • Head of Mathematics: Southern Cross Grammar
       
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    Free virtual learning sessions: Watch now 

    Over 1600 people have watched these free sessions, get your fix now! Try running one of these in a your next staff meeting.

    Exploring Mathematical Reasoning in The Middle Years: Teachers of years 5 to 9

    Presenter: Thomas Moore

    Using picture books to inspire and develop mathematics: Teachers of Foundation - Year 4

    Presenters: Ellen Corovic and Jen Bowden

    Six critical concepts to focus on with F 2 students during, and after, remote learningTeachers of Years F - 2

    Presenters: Dr Ange Rogers

    Engaging Number and Algebra open ended activities: Teachers of Years 5 - 10

    Presenter: Rob Vingerhoets

    Number talks, including fraction talks! Teachers of Years 7 - 10

    Presenters: Helen Haralambous and Danijela Draskovic

     

    Other News and Opportunities

    VIT Code of Conduct Review: Feedback required

    The Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) has been undertaking a review of the Victorian Teaching Profession’s Code of Conduct (the Code). The Code plays an important role in establishing a set of principles which describe the professional conduct, personal conduct and professional competence expected of all Victorian teachers by their colleagues and the community. 

    VIT would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to participate in the consultation process. Your feedback will help shape the Code to ensure it is contemporary, reflective of the teaching profession, and provides for the safety and wellbeing of children and young people. VIT has collated this feedback from the broad range of stakeholders who participated in the consultation process and has developed a consultation draft of the revised Code, with an explanatory note to seek final comments.

    We invite you to complete a short survey to provide your thoughts and final comments by 5pm Friday 30 October 2020.

    Quantum Magazine readings

    https://www.quantamagazine.org/abstractions/

    There is a Mathematics sections: https://www.quantamagazine.org/mathematics/

    An article of interest is having AI look at IMO problems: https://www.quantamagazine.org/at-the-international-mathematical-olympiad-artificial-intelligence-prepares-to-go-for-the-gold-20200921/ (by learning from humans).

    Mapping University Prerequisites in Australia paper released

    a new paper, Mapping University Prerequisites in Australia, has been released by the Office of the Chief Scientist and the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI), few undergraduate courses in Australia have prerequisite requirements, and, notwithstanding the efforts of individual universities and states, there is currently no coordinated approach to providing advice to secondary school students on which subjects they should study in Years 11 and 12.

    “The paper has revealed how few prerequisites are currently in place at Australia’s universities.  We hope it provides useful information for the sector to sharpen their policy considerations going forward,” says Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel.

    Related to this is the 'Australian Informed Choices position paper' which both complements and draws upon the lessons learned in the Mapping University Prerequisites in Australia paper. Informed Choices presents a strategy to improve the continuum between senior secondary schools and universities, through creating a coalition of thought-leading universities, and producing common advice on Year 11 and 12 subject selection principles coupled with individual university-based incentive packages.

    “Universities are facing unprecedented challenges as they re-orient their offerings in the face of the pandemic,” says Dr Finkel. “What better time to consider how to improve the signals they send to students looking for the best possible advice on their upper secondary subject selections to ensure a smooth path into tertiary studies and successful working careers?”

    Access both of these papers here

    Australian students shine in international maths and informatics Olympiads

    MAV would like to congratulate all those Victorian students and schools that were successfully competed in competed in the 61st International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) and the 32nd International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI). All 10 students took home medals with Australia ranking 8th in the world at the IMO.

    AMT CEO Nathan Ford said, “Australia has an excellent reputation for producing young problem-solvers and to see our students reach such great heights on the top international stage is remarkable, especially during COVID.”

    Find out more here. See who the winners were here: 

    Watch the 2020 Australian Olympiad Teams Announcement Ceremony here.

    AMT. Australian Maths Trust

    Latest ‘MathsADDS’ guide informs and inspires  students with maths-based career successes

    Students often ask: “how will I use maths in the real world?”  The Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) helps answer this question with the release today of ‘MathsADDS’, its periodic careers guide offering examples of real professions, and providing students with an array of real job advertisements reinforcing the opportunities available with mathematics-based tertiary qualifications.

    Changing perceptions of the value of mathematics, this 23rd edition of MathsADDS published with the assistance of La Trobe University highlights career possibilities in ten industry sectors, including Health and Society, Finance and Money, Engineering, Resources and high growth areas such as Security and Defence.

    Beyond informing students of the application of mathematics and statistics in the workplace, MathsADDS inspires students with profiles of practitioners, emphasising women excelling in careers requiring mathematical skills.  For 2020-21 these include a financial analyst, a civil engineer working on Melbourne’s West Gate Tunnel project, and a robotics engineer at the Department of Defence utilising unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to inspect aircraft as part of their maintenance program.

    Introduced by maths teaching icon, Eddie Woo, MathsADDS inspires students with endorsements by science luminaries including former Australian of the Year, Professor Michelle Simmons, the nation’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel, and Australia’s ambassador for STEM, Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith.  

    Their message is simple: more than crunching numbers, maths is the language allowing today’s students to pursue careers solving the problems of tomorrow, innovating with new technologies and leading scientific discoveries.

    The 2020-21 edition of MathsADDS is available online and to download at:  https://amsi.org.au/?publications=mathsadds-2020-21

     MATHSADDS Careers Guide

    Amaze your students with The Maths Show - available for face-to-face or virtual/online delivery

    If you’re looking for something fun and different in maths, then why not try The Maths Show - a unique live performance that is:

    • A great way for students to see maths from a different angle
    • Highly engaging, entertaining and lots of fun
    • Full of audience interaction, maths history and puzzles, maths mind reading and more
    • Available for virtual/online or face-to-face delivery

    We have different versions available for Junior Secondary and Primary students.

    A 20% discount is available to MAV members.

    The Maths Show is a great way to end the year in maths, or to start 2021 with a bang! To find out more, contact us today.

    Email: info@felstead.com.au

    http://www.felstead.com.au/portfolio/themathsshow/

    The Maths Show

    Everything they showed me made my jaw drop! Student, Dandenong Primary School.

     
       
     

     New titles! Check them out today.

    Leading Improvements in Mathematics  Teaching and Learning

    Leading Improvements in Mathematics Teaching and Learning

    Middle Leadership in Schools, A Practical Guide for Leading Learning

    Middle Leadership in Schools, A Practical Guide for Leading Learning

    How Many Legs?

    How Many Legs?

     

    My Word Book

    My Word Book: Mathematics

     
     
     

     MAV20 is full steam ahead!

    Bookings now open, program finalised.

    Book now!

    MAV20 Conference - A 2020 VISION. Engaging mathematics
     
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    Well we are nearly at the end of term 3, amazing and well done for making it so far in uncertain times. I know that many are looking forward to some year levels returning to school after the holidays.

    To finish off the term you will find some new home learning activities that are now live which you can use to get through the week! There are three new editions with investigations and games to select from.

    MAV is working hard to deliver our annual conference, and we just made our conference platform live! You can check it out here. 

    https://mav.delegateconnect.co/

    MAV20 Virtual Conference

    So now all we need is you! It is great to see so many registrations starting to come in daily. Register here.

    There are many great opportunities below including:

    • Free tutoring to migrant and refugee VCE students
    • Fully funded graduate certification for out of field maths teachers
    • ATSIMA free virtual conference sessions

    Regards,

    Peter Saffin
    CEO

     
       
     

    VCE Revision program - now live!

    Last week our content for the VCE revision program went live. We are making some final tweaks but students are now able to access the courses for each subject. 

    Registrations for students remain open until exams.

    MAV has released a self-paced, interactive, online VCE Revision Course for all three maths studies.

    Course videos are delivered by experienced teachers and current VCAA exam assessors.

    • Student can watch over 3 hours of presentation videos from VCAA assessors.
    • Hear where students tend to go wrong.
    • Loads of common exam questions and how to solve them.
    • Insights into a VCAA maths exam and how to smash it!
    • Videos from TI-Nspire and Casio experts demonstrating how to maximise your use of CAS technology.
    • Access to exclusive live webinars with VCAA assessors where you get to ask them questions

    All students who register will receive a comprehensive e-book of revision notes
    including:

    • Tips for exam success.
    • Tricky past exam questions with solutions.
    • Common exam questions with solutions.

    Please share the attached flier with your students!

    Visit the website to find out more. School group bookings available.

    Download flier

    VCE Revision Program 2020

     
       
     

    Victorian Coding Challenge now open!

    The Victorian Challenge and Enrichment Series is a key initiative of Victoria’s $60.2 million Student Excellence Program and will provide enrichment opportunities across the curriculum to extend high-ability students from prep to year 12 in Victorian government schools, so they are better supported to excel and reach their full potential.

    Students from year 5 to 10! Have you got a passion for coding or are you curious to give it a go? Do you have a creative yet logical mind and love to problem solve engaging, real-world problems? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above, you are the student for this coding challenge!

    The Mathematical Association of Victoria (MAV), in collaboration with Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria (DLTV), are producing a 2-stage coding challenge, aimed to extend curious minds, nurture passions and support students in refining their coding skills.

    Stage 1: In-school coding challenges: Receive access to a pack of activities to challenge students in school at their own pace.

    Stage 2: Coding competition: As a team, challenge yourself to solve a problem, and create a coded solution for judging.

    Prizes to be won for great code, and for displaying creative problem solving approaches.

    Click here to find out more and enroll your students.

    Victorian Coding Challenge

     
       
     

    MORE New Remote learning tasks!

    These task have been some of the most popular we have ever produced! If you have feedback on them let us know.

    These great tasks are suitable for homework or classroom use, please check them out. 

    New editions 15, 16, 17! out now! 

    • Edition 15: Measurement: Investigations 
    • Edition 16: Statistics and Probability: Investigations
    • Edition 17: Geometry: Investigations 
    • Edition 18 COMING SOON: Number and Algebra games!

    All Editions of home learning tasks are available at MAV's home learning pages. 

    Remote Learing Tasks
     
       
     

    Change of edumail email address; update your details with MAV now!

    For those of you with an edumail email address, we understand that account email addresses have now changed. We ask that those people with a new email login to our website and update your email address:

    1. Click the blue login button at the top right of the website to login using your current email address and password.
    2. ]Click the blue My Details button at the top right of the website.
    3. Select 'Update my details'
    4. Click the link that says' 'Click here to update your email address', add your new email and current password to update.

    If you are experiencing problems please contact Michael Green. mgreen@mav.vic.edu.au.

     
       
     

    Professional Learning - Virtual events

    Connecting measurement with number and geometry: engaging and worthwhile activities with Rob Vingerhoets

    (Yrs F - 4)

    Wednesday 14th October 2020
    4:00PM - 5:00PM

    Virtual Learning

    This webinar will take you through a range of enjoyable and engaging tasks for length/area/perimeter, mass, volume and capacity. The activities will highlight how number and geometry can be easily integrated into measurement activities.

    MAV20 - A 2020 Vision: Engaging Mathematics

    (Years F to 12)

    Thursday 3rd - Friday 4th December 2020

    Virtual Conference

    Join us for MAV20 Conference. MAV will deliver a professional conference experience at this time to ensure we all network, learn and share together.

    Register now on our events page

     
       
     

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mathematics Alliance (ATSIMA) 2020 Online Conference Series ‘Nhe waana’ ‘Nhe djämamirriyaana’
    ‘You Speak It’ ‘You Create It’ 

    We are excited to invite you to participate in our inaugural online conference series, this online conference series will not replace the postponed ATSIMA 2020 conference, instead, it offers a special opportunity for speakers and participants to share their journey so far towards the conference experience planned for 2021.

    Our first session will be held on Tuesday, 22 September. The session will open at 3:30 pm (AEST) for a half-hour social session, and the presentations will begin at 4 pm.

    In this session, we will be hearing from Deb Carmichael, who will give us five ways to include checkpoint in our lesson plans in her presentation 'Small Shifts, Big Gains', and Gabrielle Quakawoot, who will explore ancient geometry in 'The Art of String Theory'. There will be a short interactive Q&A session following the presentations, and you are encouraged to share early questions during the registration process, as well as through the chat facility during the webinar itself. (We will be announcing the details of Sessions 2 and 3 shortly, but as a reminder keep the afternoons of 27 October and 17 November free in your diaries.)

    Best of all, we have been able to make this first series free for participants! We will also be recording the session, so please register your interest even if you're not sure if you can attend the live session, so we can follow up with you afterward.

    Zoom Webinar Details:

    When: Sep 22, 2020, 03:30 PM AEST (Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney) 

    Topic: ATSIMA Online Conference - Session 1 

    Please register here:

     
       
     

    Yes we just made another popular virtual learning session FREE!

    Exploring Mathematical Reasoning in The Middle Years

    Target audience: Teachers of years 5 to 9

    Presenter: Thomas Moore

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wU0CQONZod4

    In this virtual learning session, Thomas will delve into the proficiency of Mathematical reasoning and provide arguments for why this can be a great place to start when teaching students new concepts or skills. By asking the question ‘What’s happening here?’ it requires students to think deeply about the mathematics, identify patterns and relationships and discuss or argue what they believe is occurring. We will be exploring a number of activities which promote mathematical reasoning, as well exploring some of the benefits and challenges in doing so.

    Plus these are also available:

    Using picture books to inspire and develop mathematics

    Target audience: Teachers of Foundation - Year 4

    Presenters: Ellen Corovic and Jen Bowden

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9jaS0iHWTI

    Picture books are a great way to inspire meaningful mathematics and numeracy activities. In this webinar we will share a few of our favourite picture books and some tips for developing meaningful mathematical tasks based on their content. This session will be relevant to both parents and teachers sharing some inspiration fun activities to build on your students numeracy and mathematics skills.

    Six critical concepts to focus on with F 2 students during, and after, remote learning

    Target audience: Teachers of Years F - 2

    Presenters: Dr Ange Rogers

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esgAMOFOYHE

    2020 has been a crazy year! Our students have missed so much face-face learning time. Are you wondering how you are ever going to cover all the curriculum when/(if!) your students return to school? Do you worry that your at-risk students will fall further behind?

    During this session we will unpack these issues and explore practical ways you can approach the remainder of the year.

    Engaging Number and Algebra open ended activities

    Target audience: Teachers of Years 5 - 10

    Presenter: Rob Vingerhoets

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjlpSBkco5Q

    Using engaging open-ended activities to cater for the range of abilities in middle years maths classrooms is a great way to connect students with mathematics. This session will look at some very engaging and mathematically worthwhile activities in the area of Number & Algebra that will help with one of the great teacher challenges - dealing with the minimum 4 year spread of ability you get in any classroom.

    Come join in a practical virtual session with the always inspiring and fun Rob Vingerhoets.

    Number talks, including fraction talks!

    Target audience: Teachers of Years 7 - 10

    Presenters: Helen Haralambous and Danijela Draskovic

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ME8_36K_yEw

    This interactive session will demonstrate how to run a number talk both in a classroom and virtually. The types of number talks covered will be for addition, multiplication and fractions. Number talks are a powerful pedagogical strategy that is student-centered and reveals students’ ways of thinking. Number talks enhance engagement and can foster strong learning by linking numerical arithmetic to visual representations. Furthermore, they are a way for students to share their problem-solving strategies with their peers, and learn from each other.

    Other News and Opportunities

    NAPLAN review

    The final report from the NAPLAN Review has been publicly released and is available for viewing at the review’s website: www.naplanreview.com.au

    Indigenous cultural competency in the Australian teacher workforce: Feedback required

    AITSL is seeking your views on how teachers and leaders in schools across Australia can be supported to enhance their Indigenous cultural competency. 

    Get involved by sharing your response to the focus questions in the discussion paper available here.

    New tasks from Mathematics Centre: Working Mathematically with Viruses Years 8 - 12:

    This investigation has several levels of challenge to explore the maths of viruses. You don't have to do it all. Like a video game, you can stop at any level then return later for the next level. Students can keep journal notes so you know the level they reached.

    Find out more here.

    Reading for you

    The following article may be of interest to maths leaders, teachers and students: https://www.quantamagazine.org/how-close-are-computers-to-automating-mathematical-reasoning-20200827/

    Centre for Multicultural YouthSeeking Volunteer VCE Tutors: for refugee or migrant background students

    Are you interested in supporting young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds to reach their full potential?

    Do you have the knowledge and skills to tutor students at VCE level?
    CMY (Centre for Multicultural Youth) and Edmund Rice are hosting online sessions on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 4pm - 6pm, starting in September.

    More information and how to apply: https://cmy.net.au/education

    Online VCE Study Support Program: 

    Do you have students that need help with VCE studies and exam preparation?
    Are they from a refugee or migrant background? CMY and Edmund Rice are hosting online sessions on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 4pm - 6pm, starting in September. FREE

    More information and how to apply: https://cmy.net.au/education

    Secondary Mathematics and Science Initiative for out-of-field teachers

    Fully funded graduate certificates are available for out-of-field mathematics and science teachers to become in-field teachers

    The Secondary Mathematics and Science Initiative (SMSI) for out-of-field teachers (teachers who do not specialise in that subject) has been developed to help address current workforce challenges in the teaching of mathematics and science in secondary schools.

    Teachers who are currently teaching years 7 to 10 out-of-field will be supported to become in-field in 2022.

    The SMSI is fully funded and participating teachers will not incur any out-of-pocket expenses.

    Each school will receive 0.2 full time equivalent time release for each participating teacher. This will support participants to participate in the graduate certificates, complete assessments and undertake associated study requirements. SMSI expression of interest forms are available on the FUSE website. (https://fuse.education.vic.gov.au/Pages/smsi)


     

    About the graduate certificates

    The graduate certificates will involve the equivalent of 20 days of professional learning. Professional learning will be held in a central Melbourne location or, subject to Chief Health Office advice and restrictions, be provided online.

    Additional supports including locally-based networking opportunities will also be provided.

    Participants from regional and rural schools attending any Melbourne based face-to-face teaching will have travel, meals and accommodation reimbursed.

    Find out more For more information visit the SMSI FUSE page or contact the team via: SMSI@education.vic.gov.au

     
       
     

    Orders are now being sent!

    We are open and having a sale! Check out these reduced price items, limited stock available!

    Title Normal Member Price SALE PRICE Qty Available
    Reconceptualising Maths and Science  $46.44  $39.47 3
    Teaching Number: Advancing Children’s Skills & Strategies  $63.58  $54.04  10
    A Guide to Mathematics Leadership  $50.69 $43.09  3
    Foundations of Primary Mathematics Education  $46.48  $39.51  35
    More Problem Solving  $42.26  $35.92 19
    Early Numeracy  $62.71 $53.30  5
    Maths Skills for Success at University  $50.65 $43.05 13
    Maths Tales  $18.20 $15.47 20
    Problem Solving in Primary Mathematics   $26.58  $22.59  30
    Make It Count   $23.40  $19.89  18
    Puzzle Compendium  $15.00 $12.75 30
    Picture books      
    100 Days of Cool   $12.68 $10.78 37
    A place for Zero  $11.82 $10.05  27
     
     
     

     MAV20 is virtual!

    Bookings now open, program finalised.

    Book now!

    MAV20 Conference: A 2020 Vision - Engaging Mathematics
     
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    You may have seen announcement that our annual conference is now open for bookings! We have an amazing line-up in the two day program, and hope that many of you that usually join us will be there with us virtually to support MAV, learn together, and connect with peers! We need your support now to make MAV20 a success!

    Here are 5 reasons you must attend:

    1. You have saved the date, it takes place over the planned 2 days in December
    2. 10 awesome live keynote choices including 2 panel sessions
    3. Plus 100 sessions over 2 days with interactive Q&A!
    4. Enjoy networking lunch, happy hour and competitions
    5. Support our sponsors and exhibitors who will be available to discuss your school needs

    In addition, you can access all 10 keynotes and 100 sessions for 12 months post-conference including presentations, publications and resources. When you usually get to see only a few sessions per day, you can now go back and watch them all!

    A further benefit of this virtual event is that location is not a barrier, as regional educators are able to attend without travel costs and time. We are pleased to offer an event that levels the playing field for educators across Victoria.

    We are very excited that we are able to support maths educators during this time with such a high quality event.

    Regards,

    Peter Saffin
    CEO

     
       
     

    New Frontiers of Learning: A virtual event!

    Registrations close soon!

    Featuring workshops tailored to teaching levels and facilitator led conversations exploring:

    • how our recent experience should change our view of what education can be
    • we can move students towards becoming ‘agile learners’
    • leadership looks like in a time of change
    • to leverage ‘student agency’ to improve outcomes
    • the ‘proficiencies’ as a basis for building engagement and student agency.

    Date: Friday 11th September, 2020
    Venue: Virtual event
    Audience: Teachers of Foundation to Year 10
    Visit https://www.mav.vic.edu.au/Events

    Download the
    program here:

     
       
     

    Victorian Coding Challenge now open!

    The Victorian Challenge and Enrichment Series is a key initiative of Victoria’s $60.2 million Student Excellence Program and will provide enrichment opportunities across the curriculum to extend high-ability students from prep to year 12 in Victorian government schools, so they are better supported to excel and reach their full potential.

    Students from year 5 to 10! Have you got a passion for coding or are you curious to give it a go? Do you have a creative yet logical mind and love to problem solve engaging, real-world problems? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above, you are the student for this coding challenge!

    The Mathematical Association of Victoria (MAV), in collaboration with Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria (DLTV), are producing a 2-stage coding challenge, aimed to extend curious minds, nurture passions and support students in refining their coding skills.

    Stage 1: In-school coding challenges: Receive access to a pack of activities to challenge students in school at their own pace.

    Stage 2: Coding competition: As a team, challenge yourself to solve a problem, and create a coded solution for judging.

    Prizes to be won for great code, and for displaying creative problem solving approaches.

    Click here to find out more and enroll your students.

     
       
     

    MORE New Remote learning tasks!

    These task have been some of the most popular we have ever produced! If you have feedback on them let us know.

    These great tasks are suitable for homework or classroom use, please check them out. 

    New editions 13 AND 14 out now!

    Edition 13: Five Statistics & probability warm up tasks

    Edition 14: Two Number & algebra investigations

    All Editions of home learning tasks are available at MAV's home learning pages. 

    Further Remote, Distance and Home Learning Support is available here.

     
       
     

    Change of edumail email address; update your details with MAV now!

    For those of you with an edumail email address, we understand that account email addresses have now changed. We ask that those people with a new email login to our website and update your email address:

    1. Click the blue login button at the top right of the website to login using your current email address and password.
    2. ]Click the blue My Details button at the top right of the website.
    3. Select 'Update my details'
    4. Click the link that says' 'Click here to update your email address', add your new email and current password to update.

    If you are experiencing problems please contact Michael Green. mgreen@mav.vic.edu.au.

     
       
     

    Professional Learning - Virtual events

    New Frontiers of Learning: Virtual event!

    (F to year 10)

    Friday 11th September 2020

    9:30AM - 3:00PM

    Virtual Learning Conference

     The Mathematical Association of Victoria (MAV) and Independent Schools Victoria (ISV) invite educators from all sectors to a joint professional learning event for mathematics teachers of Foundation to Year 10. Featuring MAV, ISV and special guest presenters, participants will enjoy workshops tailored to teaching levels and facilitator led conversations.

    Exploring Mathematical Reasoning in The Middle Years

    (Years 5 to 9)

    Wednesday 2nd September 2020
    4:00PM - 5:00PM

    Virtual Learning Session

    Members: Free, Non-members: $25

    In this virtual learning session (aimed at teachers of Years 5-9) Thomas will delve into the proficiency of Mathematical reasoning and provide arguments for why this can be a great place to start when teaching students new concepts or skills.

    Register now on our events page

     
       
     

    MAV seeks a Volunteer for it's Finance Committee

    MAV has a Finance Committee to help maintain strong overall financial management. Working with the CEO, the Committee will review and advise the Board on the financial management and financial sustainability of the Association. It will make recommendations on such things as accounting systems and process, budgeting, forecasting, investments and various other related areas.

    The Committee is seeking a person who can join the committee with financial expertise as per the selection criteria advertised here.

     
       
     

    Free access to 4 of our most popular virtual learning sessions!

    We have decided to make 4 of this years best and most popular webinars FREE for everyone to enjoy. So grab you faculty and team mates, and work your way through these sessions, with great practical tips to apply in your classroom:

    Using picture books to inspire and develop mathematics

    Target audience: Teachers of Foundation - Year 4

    Presenters: Ellen Corovic and Jen Bowden

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9jaS0iHWTI

    Picture books are a great way to inspire meaningful mathematics and numeracy activities. In this webinar we will share a few of our favourite picture books and some tips for developing meaningful mathematical tasks based on their content. This session will be relevant to both parents and teachers sharing some inspiration fun activities to build on your students numeracy and mathematics skills.

    Six critical concepts to focus on with F 2 students during, and after, remote learning

    Target audience: Teachers of Years F - 2

    Presenters: Dr Ange Rogers

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esgAMOFOYHE

    2020 has been a crazy year! Our students have missed so much face-face learning time. Are you wondering how you are ever going to cover all the curriculum when/(if!) your students return to school? Do you worry that your at-risk students will fall further behind?

    During this session we will unpack these issues and explore practical ways you can approach the remainder of the year.

    Engaging Number and Algebra open ended activities

    Target audience: Teachers of Years 5 - 10

    Presenter: Rob Vingerhoets

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjlpSBkco5Q

    Using engaging open-ended activities to cater for the range of abilities in middle years maths classrooms is a great way to connect students with mathematics. This session will look at some very engaging and mathematically worthwhile activities in the area of Number & Algebra that will help with one of the great teacher challenges - dealing with the minimum 4 year spread of ability you get in any classroom.

    Come join in a practical virtual session with the always inspiring and fun Rob Vingerhoets.

    Number talks, including fraction talks!

    Target audience: Teachers of Years 7 - 10

    Presenters: Helen Haralambous and Danijela Draskovic

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ME8_36K_yEw

    This interactive session will demonstrate how to run a number talk both in a classroom and virtually. The types of number talks covered will be for addition, multiplication and fractions. Number talks are a powerful pedagogical strategy that is student-centered and reveals students’ ways of thinking. Number talks enhance engagement and can foster strong learning by linking numerical arithmetic to visual representations. Furthermore, they are a way for students to share their problem-solving strategies with their peers, and learn from each other.

    Other News and Opportunities

    ABC iview: Against all odds, inside statistics

    This series maintains the same emphasis on doing statistics. Video modules take viewers on location to where people from all walks of life are using statistics in their work. Stages 4-6 Science and Geography.

    https://iview.abc.net.au/show/against-all-odds-inside-statistics

    Developing Quality in Mathematics Education (DQME)

    From 2004 to 2010 the EU Comenius Project DQME I and Continuation Project DQME II together produced an enormous amount of mathematics learning resources for students, as well as many original teaching methods developed and promulgated in workshops and conferences throughout Europe during the 6 year period of the project.   

    DQME now offer all teachers world-wide free access to DQME’s resources, including 4650 original, stimulating and motivating maths problems/worksheets/applications developed and written by teachers and tested and retested in schools in 11 countries in 10 languages.

    The 4650 materials are separately classified into maths topics, age group and language (2704 in English) and teachers can select the topics they need, download them and freely use them in their classes immediately!

    Get access the website and register here: https://directorymathsed.net/dqme/

    scienceXart: spot the maths Photography competition

    This maths-themed photography competition asks school students to bridge the gap between science and art and spot the maths in their everyday lives.

    The contest is open from Foundation to Year 12. To enter, students should take a photo of maths they spot and write a short 240-character description. The competition is open for entries until the 25 September. 

    There are classroom resource guides with curriculum links so that teachers can make a classroom activity out of it. The prizes include both an individual and a class prize (for example, Micro:bits, Drones, 3D printers, Cubetto).

     

    VCE revision program

    Registrations for 2020 student revision program are now open.

    Great Value, high quality revision program:

    • Self paced, interactive learning
    • Individual purchase by students - share the flier.
    • School licence available with bulk purchase discounts.

    Visit this page for more information.
     

     
       
     

    COVID-19 Update:

    Orders for books will be posted immediately after Stage 4 restrictions end in Victoria. You can order now, and receive them later.

    For digital products, we provide access to download within 24 hours, including VCE practice exams as follows:

    New Peter Sullivan masterpiece!

    Leading Improvements in Mathematics Teaching and Learning

    School leaders have ready access to assessment data, motivating efforts to improve the numeracy outcomes of their students, but it can be difficult for principals to decide how to achieve these goals within their school's existing strategic plans and policies.

    Emeritus Professor Peter Sullivan brings his decades of experience and research in mathematics teaching and education to a carefully curated selection of proven practices and effective approaches that will help school leaders empower teachers and achieve improved numeracy outcomes for their students.

     

    Online Pre-order VCE practice exams now. VCE Trial Exams

    Prepare effectively for VCE mathematics examinations with the MAV Trial Exams for Mathematical Methods, Further Mathematics and Specialist Mathematics studies.

     

    Trial exams feature: Original questions, highly relevant to the current course, fully worked solutions for all sections and clear marking schemes. 

     Individual Study: $218 (Member), $272.50 (Non-Member)

    All Studies: $503 (Member), $628.75 (Non-Member)

     
     
     

    MAV20 is virtual!

    Bookings now open, program finalised.

    Book now!

     
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    I hope all you have settled remote and flexible learning arrangements with your students.

    We have had good uptake with the launch of the Victorian Challenge and Enrichment Series Coding Challenge. We are keen to get more students at year 9 and 10 involved! If you have talented students at those levels please see below.

    We are also starting to see sales pick up for the New Frontiers of Learning event! Please join us we have an awesome program planned.

    Regards,

    Peter Saffin
    CEO

     
     
     

    New Frontiers of Learning: A virtual event!

    Featuring workshops tailored to teaching levels and facilitator led conversations exploring:

    • how our recent experience should change our view of what education can be
    • we can move students towards becoming ‘agile learners’
    • leadership looks like in a time of change
    • to leverage ‘student agency’ to improve outcomes
    • the ‘proficiencies’ as a basis for building engagement and student agency.

    Date: Friday 11th September, 2020
    Venue: Virtual event
    Audience: Teachers of Foundation to Year 10
    Visit https://www.mav.vic.edu.au/Events

    Download the program here:

     
     
     

    Victorian Coding Challenge now open!

    The Victorian Challenge and Enrichment Series is a key initiative of Victoria’s $60.2 million Student Excellence Program and will provide enrichment opportunities across the curriculum to extend high-ability students from prep to year 12 in Victorian government schools, so they are better supported to excel and reach their full potential.

    Students from year 5 to 10! Have you got a passion for coding or are you curious to give it a go? Do you have a creative yet logical mind and love to problem solve engaging, real-world problems? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above, you are the student for this coding challenge!

    The Mathematical Association of Victoria (MAV), in collaboration with Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria (DLTV), are producing a 2-stage coding challenge, aimed to extend curious minds, nurture passions and support students in refining their coding skills.

    Stage 1: In-school coding challenges: Receive access to a pack of activities to challenge students in school at their own pace.

    Stage 2: Coding competition: As a team, challenge yourself to solve a problem, and create a coded solution for judging.

    Prizes to be won for great code, and for displaying creative problem solving approaches.

    Click here to find out more and enroll your students.

     
     
     

    New Remote learning tasks!

    These task have been some of the most popular we have ever produced! If you have feedback on them let us know.

    These great tasks are suitable for homework or classroom use, please check them out.

    New edition 11 out now focuses on 'warm-ups' for number and algebra.

    Edition 12 out now focus on Measurement and Geometry!

    All Editions of home learning tasks are available at MAV's home learning pages.

    Further Remote, Distance and Home Learning Support is available here.

     
     
     

    Maths Talent Quest entry registration closing 14 August !

    State-Wide Judging

    Registrations for the 2020 Maths Talent Quest are now open! Registrations close on the 14th of August with online delivery on the 29th of August.

    School-based Judging

    Guidelines and school-based judging certificates are now available. Please contact us by email hharalambous@mav.vic.edu.au if you have any questions.

    2020 MTQ Sponsors

     

     

     
     
     

    Professional Learning - Virtual events going off!   Register now on our events page

    New Frontiers of Learning: Virtual event!

    (F to year 10)

    Friday 11th September 2020
    9:30AM - 3:00PM

    Virtual Learning Conference

    The Mathematical Association of Victoria (MAV) and Independent Schools Victoria (ISV) invite educators from all sectors to a joint professional learning event for mathematics teachers of Foundation to Year 10. Featuring MAV, ISV and special guest presenters, participants will enjoy workshops tailored to teaching levels and facilitator led conversations.

    Unpacking Mathematics in the AFL with TI-Nspire

    (Years 9 to 12)

    Tuesday 18th August 2020
    4:00PM - 5:00PM

    Virtual Learning Session

    Members: Free, Non-members: $25

    In this interactive session, for teachers of Years 10-12, we will demonstrate how mathematics can be used, together with TI-Nspire technology, to unpack AFL results and data.

    Engaging students with Learning difficulties and/or Maths Anxiety

    (Years 7 to 12)

    Wednesday 19th August 2020
    4:00PM - 5:00PM

    Virtual Learning Session

    Members: Free, Non-members: $25

    Do you have students that don't like Maths? Are they refusing, avoiding or just not doing the work? Low confidence or maths anxiety? If you answered 'yes' it is highly likely you are teaching students with learning difficulties. This session for teachers of Years 7 - 12 will look at starting, planning and structuring lessons to engage students with a variety of learning difficulties (social and intellectual) in Mathematics.

    Teaching Algebra through manipulatives; both concrete and virtual

    (Years 7 to 10)

    Thursday 27th August 2020
    4:00PM - 5:00PM

    Virtual Learning Session

    Members: Free, Non-members: $25

    In this virtual learning session, aimed at teachers of students in Years 7-10, Danijela Draskovic and Helen Haralambous will demonstrate how to use concrete materials and visuals to make algebra more conceptually understandable to students.

    Exploring Mathematical Reasoning in The Middle Years

    (Years 5 to 9)

    Wednesday 2nd September 2020
    4:00PM - 5:00PM

    Virtual Learning Session

    Members: Free, Non-members: $25

    In this virtual learning session (aimed at teachers of Years 5-9) Thomas will delve into the proficiency of Mathematical reasoning and provide arguments for why this can be a great place to start when teaching students new concepts or skills.

    Register now on our events page

     
     
     

    Change of edumail email address! Action required...

    For those of you with an edumail email address, we understand that account email addresses have now changed. We ask that those people with a new email login to our website and update your email address:

    1. Click the blue login button at the top right of the website to login using your current email address and password.
    2. Click the blue My Details button at the top right of the website.
    3. Select 'Update my details'
    4. Click the link that says' 'Click here to update your email address', add your new email and current password to update.

    If you are experiencing problems please contact Michael Green. mgreen@mav.vic.edu.au.
     

     
     
     

    Other News and Opportunities

    MAV seeks a Volunteer for it's Finance Committee

    MAV has a Finance Committee to help maintain strong overall financial management. Working with the CEO, the Committee will review and advise the Board on the financial management and financial sustainability of the Association. It will make recommendations on such things as accounting systems and process, budgeting, forecasting, investments and various other related areas.

    The Committee is seeking a person who can join the committee with financial expertise as per the selection criteria advertised here.
     

    Parent/guardian Survey: Re-imagining home-school partnerships in response to COVID-19

    Parents are invited to participate in a study that explores the experiences of people who facilitated children’s learning at home as a consequence of COVID-19 and the home-school partnership arrangements in place.

    This project seeks to investigate parents’ (including guardians and caregivers) experiences of home learning, with a view to informing how positive school-home partnerships could be developed and maintained in the future.

    This research is being led by a group of academics at Uni of Tasmania. Find out more here:

    Casio Term 3 Classroom Resources

     

    ClassPad Exam Solutions

    Browse our website for a comprehensive list of exam solutions featuring the ClassPad.
    Suitable for ACARA & VCE exam topics

    Click Here for more.
     

    "How to..." Videos

    Getting stuck on a particular calculator function, or not quite sure how certain features work?
    Browse and share our extensive library of "How To..." videos for quick and easy, step-by-step solutions.

    Click Here to view.
     

    VCE revision program

    And don't forget that Registrations for 2020 student revision program are now open.

    Great Value, high quality revision program:

    • Self paced, interactive learning
    • Individual purchase by students - share the flier.
    • School licence available with bulk purchase discounts.

    Visit this page for more information.
     

    Maths Association Competition: Have Sum Fun On Line

    You can register your individual student at home or school team now!

    Endorsed by the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (AAMT), Have Sum Fun Online (HSFOL) is designed to foster mathematical problem solving for students in Years 3-10 across Australia.

    Individual students at home or school teams of four students race against the clock to complete each round of the competition. There are three rounds per competition and this term our competition is for Years 3-10.

    We have a page on the website dedicated to the registration process with instructional video's that will take you step-by-step through the registration process.

    The competition for Years 3 & 10 begins on Monday 10 August, so don’t delay.

    Register here

    Would you like to know more? Click here to find out more about Have Sum Fun Online.

     
     
     

    COVID-19 Update:

    Orders for books will be posted immediately after Stage 4 restrictions end in Victoria. You can order now, and receive them later.

    For digital products, we provide access to download within 24 hours, including VCE practice exams as follows:

    Online Pre-order VCE practice exams now. VCE Trial Exams

    Prepare effectively for VCE mathematics examinations with the MAV Trial Exams for Mathematical Methods, Further Mathematics and Specialist Mathematics studies.

     

    Trial exams feature: Original questions, highly relevant to the current course, fully worked solutions for all sections and clear marking schemes.

    Individual Study: $218 (Member), $272.50 (Non-Member)

    All Studies: $503 (Member), $628.75 (Non-Member)

     

     
     
     

    MAV20 is virtual!

    Bookings now open, program being finalised.

    Book now!

     
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    I hope all is going well for you at this time!

    MAV Virtual learning sessions are proving especially popular again! I would ask you to consider joining us for our popular New Frontiers of learning virtual conference, to be delivered in collaboration with Independent Schools Victoria. Find info below.

    I am also pleased announce that launch of the Victorian Challenge and Enrichment Series, MAV is funded to run two programs across the state for DET students. See below to get involved! Our Coding challenge kicks off very soon and Games Days start term 2, 2021.

    Regards,

    Peter Saffin
    CEO

     
       
     

    New Frontiers of Learning: A virtual event!

    Featuring MAV, ISV and special guest presenters, participants will enjoy workshops tailored to teaching levels and facilitator led conversations exploring:

    • how our recent experience should change our view of what education can be
    • we can move students towards becoming ‘agile learners’
    • leadership looks like in a time of change
    • to leverage ‘student agency’ to improve outcomes
    • the ‘proficiencies’ as a basis for building engagement and student agency.

    Date: Friday 11th September, 2020
    Venue: Virtual event
    Target Audience: Teachers of Foundation to Year 10
    Find out more including the full program and book now at:

    https://www.mav.vic.edu.au/Events

    Download the
    program here:

     
       
     

    Victorian Challenge and Enrichment Series coming soon!

    The Victorian Challenge and Enrichment Series is a key initiative of Victoria’s $60.2 million Student Excellence Program and will provide enrichment opportunities across the curriculum to extend high-ability students from prep to year 12 in Victorian government schools, so they are better supported to excel and reach their full potential.

    MAV is pleased to be running two exciting activities to be delivered across the state between Sept 2020 and Dec 2022.

    • Enrolment is available for high ability students in metropolitan and regional Victorian Government schools.
    • Activities will be appropriately tailored to the needs of high-ability students.
    • Activities will be free for participating DET schools and students.

    Victorian Coding Challenge

    Students! Have you got a passion for coding or are you curious to give it a go? Do you have a creative yet logical mind and love to problem solve engaging, real-world problems? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above, you are the student for this coding challenge!

    The Mathematical Association of Victoria (MAV), in collaboration with Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria (DLTV), are producing a 2-stage coding challenge, aimed to extend curious minds, nurture passions and support students in refining their coding skills.

    Stage 1: In-school coding challenges: Receive access to a pack of activities to challenge students in school at their own pace.

    Stage 2: Coding competition: As a team, challenge yourself to solve a problem, and create a coded solution for judging.

    Prizes to be won for great code, and for displaying creative problem solving approaches.

    Click here to find out more and enrol your students.

    Maths Games Days

    MAV will deliver a series of Mathematics Games days for students from year 7 to 10. These will be delivered across the state, in metropolitan and regional schools.

    Each venue will host a separate year 7/8 day and a year 9/10 day.

    The aim of this program is to challenge high ability students in a fun, challenging, collaborative and competitive mathematics-based games day.

    Teams of students compete for a variety of prizes including individual prizes for creativity, contribution to group work, and lucky door prizes. Lateral thinking wins the day!

    *If you want to volunteer your school as venue in the locations listed on the webpage below contact Peter Saffin; psaffin@mav.vic.edu.au

     

    Click here to find out more.

     

     

     
       
     

    Short teacher survey on student interests

    MAV is working with the Victorian Department of Education and Training (DET) to develop some exciting new activities for the classroom.

    These activities will be highly engaging for students, and as such we want to link them to things that interest students and have high meaning and relevance for them. Activities are planned for year 5 to 9.

    In order to help us identify which areas are most appropriate we are asking teachers to complete this short survey.

    Prior to completing the survey it may be worth:
    1. asking students about the things they are interested in, for example:

    • What, about the world, are your students showing interest in, at the moment?
    • What activities, events, ideas and questions seem to be piquing your students’ interests at the moment?

    2. considering topics that you currently teach from that are highly engaging to students (either in maths or other subjects).

    Please complete the survey here which will take only a few minutes to add your suggestions per year level.
    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/studentsinterest

    Two MAVshop vouchers of $100 will be randomly drawn from those who complete the survey. Best of luck!

    Free Remote learning activities!

    These great tasks are suitable for homework or classroom use, please check them out. 

    New edition 11 due for release next Monday!

    Editions 1 to 10 of home learning tasks are available at MAV's home learning pages. 

    Further Remote, Distance and Home Learning Support is available here.

     
       
     

    Maths Talent Quest entry registration now open!

    State-Wide Judging

    Registrations for the 2020 Maths Talent Quest are now open! Registrations close on the 14th of August with online delivery on the 29th of August.

    School-based Judging

    Guidelines and school-based judging certificates are now available. Please contact us by email hharalambous@mav.vic.edu.au if you have any questions. 

    2020 MTQ Sponsors

     

     

     
       
     

    Professional Learning - Virtual events galore! 
    Register now on our events page

    New Frontiers of Learning: Virtual event!

    (F to year 10)

    Friday 11th September 2020

    9:30AM - 3:00PM

    Virtual Learning Conference

     The Mathematical Association of Victoria (MAV) and Independent Schools Victoria (ISV) invite educators from all sectors to a joint professional learning event for mathematics teachers of Foundation to Year 10. Featuring MAV, ISV and special guest presenters, participants will enjoy workshops tailored to teaching levels and facilitator led conversations.

    Six critical concepts to focus on with F-2 students during, and after, remote learning

    (Years F to 2)

    Wednesday 5th August 2020
    4:00PM - 5:00PM

    Virtual Learning

    Members: Free, Non-members: $25 Session

    2020 has been a crazy year! Our students have missed so much face-face learning time. Are you wondering how you are ever going to cover all the curriculum when/(if!) your students return to school? Do you worry that your at-risk students will fall further behind? During this session we will unpack these issues and explore practical ways you can approach the remainder of the year.

    Applying digital resources to the secondary mathematics classroom

    (Years 7 to 12)

    Thursday 6th August 2020
    4:00PM - 5:00PM

    Virtual Learning Session

    Members: Free, Non-members: $25

    This webinar explores activities and technologies suitable for the secondary Maths classroom, bringing in expertise and knowledge from Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria (DLTV).

    Unpacking Mathematics in the AFL with TI-Nspire

    (Years 9 to 12)

    Tuesday 18th August 2020
    4:00PM - 5:00PM

    Virtual Learning Session

    Members: Free, Non-members: $25

    In this interactive session, for teachers of Years 10-12, we will demonstrate how mathematics can be used, together with TI-Nspire technology, to unpack AFL results and data.

    Engaging students with Learning difficulties and/or Maths Anxiety

    (Years 7 to 12)

    Wednesday 19th August 2020
    4:00PM - 5:00PM

    Virtual Learning Session

    Members: Free, Non-members: $25

    Do you have students that don't like Maths? Are they refusing, avoiding or just not doing the work? Low confidence or maths anxiety? If you answered 'yes' it is highly likely you are teaching students with learning difficulties. This session for teachers of Years 7 - 12 will look at starting, planning and structuring lessons to engage students with a variety of learning difficulties (social and intellectual) in Mathematics.

    Teaching Algebra through manipulatives; both concrete and virtual

    (Years 7 to 10)

    Thursday 27th August 2020
    4:00PM - 5:00PM

    Virtual Learning Session

    Members: Free, Non-members: $25

    In this virtual learning session, aimed at teachers of students in Years 7-10, Danijela Draskovic and Helen Haralambous will demonstrate how to use concrete materials and visuals to make algebra more conceptually understandable to students.

    Differentiation for Remote Learning with Open-Ended Tasks (Yrs F - 6) with Michael Minas

    (Years F-6)

    Tuesday 28th July 2020
    4:00PM - 5:00PM

    Virtual Learning Session

    Members: Free, Non-members: $25

    How to best cater for the wide range of student performance/abilities in mathematics was one of the most challenging aspects facing teachers during phase one of remote learning. In this webinar, we share the success that schools from across Victoria had in using open-ended tasks to differentiate the maths curriculum and engage their students.

    Exploring Mathematical Reasoning in The Middle Years

    (Years 5 to 9)

    Wednesday 2nd September 2020
    4:00PM - 5:00PM

    Virtual Learning Session

    Members: Free, Non-members: $25

    In this virtual learning session (aimed at teachers of Years 5-9) Thomas will delve into the proficiency of Mathematical reasoning and provide arguments for why this can be a great place to start when teaching students new concepts or skills.

    Register now on our events page

     
       
     

    Change of edumail email address! Action required...

    For those of you with an edumail email address, we understand that account email addresses have now changed. We ask that those people with a new email login to our website and update your email address:

    1. Click the blue login button at the top right of the website to login using your current email address and password.
    2. Click the blue My Details button at the top right of the website.
    3. Select 'Update my details'
    4. Click the link that says' 'Click here to update your email address', add your new email and current password to update.

    If you are experiencing problems please contact Michael Green. mgreen@mav.vic.edu.au

     
       
     

    Other News and Opportunities

    MAV seeks a Volunteer for it's Finance Committee

    MAV has  a Finance Committee to help maintain strong overall financial management. Working with the CEO, the Committee will review and advise the Board on the financial management and financial sustainability of the Association. It will make recommendations on such things as accounting systems and process, budgeting, forecasting, investments and various other related areas.

    The Committee is seeking a person who can join the committee with financial expertise as per the selection criteria advertised here.

    ScienceXart: Spot the maths

    The Australian Academy of Science’s National Committee for Mathematical Sciences is hosting scienceXart: spot the maths, a photographic competition for school students of all ages. The competition celebrates mathematics and its prominence in science and society.

    Teachers are encouraged to engage their primary and secondary school students through creativity and the fun of maths.

    Submissions are open during Term 3 2020 (28 June–25 September) with entry categories for all school levels. Prizes will be awarded for individuals and their class for first and second place, and one individual will win a special prize pack curated and supported by the Statistical Society of Australia.

    Teacher Magazine: 

    Australian teenagers and financial literacy

    Challenging students in a collaborative maths competition

    Student perceptions of COVID-19

    Resources: Teaching tools and skills frameworks for 21st Century learners

    Curriculum requirements: Continuing learning post COVID-19

    'Coverage of the entire curriculum is less important than establishing the points individual students have reached in their learning at this stage of the pandemic, and targeting teaching accordingly.'

    Due to the disruption to education caused by COVID-19, school leaders and teachers are considering how best to meet curriculum and assessment requirements for the rest of the 2020 school year. Here, we look at the official advice given to educators across the country on where some flexibility would be appropriate.  Read in Teacher Magazine

    Free subscriptions to the ClimateClever Schools Program!

    The ClimateClever Schools Program is an engaging, student-led program, underpinned by a set of innovative, data- driven online tools that help students measure, manage and reduce their school’s carbon footprint.To celebrate their appearance in the upcoming ABC series ‘Fight For Planet A’, ClimateClever is giving away 50 free subscriptions to their award-winning schools program! The free subscriptions are available to public schools with a focus on schools in low to medium socio-economic areas.

    Check out the selection criteria here.

    Or to apply, click here:  https://climateclever.typeform.com/to/gyhLDuHC.
     

    Free MAV VCE study sheets!

    As students tart heading into term 3, please share these revision and study tip sheets.

    Check out these and other parent resources for secondary here

     

    VCE revision program

    And don't forget that Registrations for 2020 student revision program are now open. Visit this page for more information.

     

     

    Start VCAA School-assessed Coursework performance descriptors survey

    For VCE Mathematics studies, the performance descriptors referred to are the performance criteria for Units 3 and 4 that can be found in the Advice for teachers section of each Mathematics study page:

    Further:
    Methods:
    Specialist:
     
    As you would be aware, these performance criteria are advisory and can be used in several ways:

    • directly in conjunction with the sample record sheets and teacher annotations for pointers with respect to key aspects of the task related to each criterion for the outcomes
    • directly with the descriptive text for each criterion modified to incorporate task specific elements as applicable
    • as a template for teachers to develop their own criteria and descriptive text for each criterion, including their own allocation of marks for the criteria with the total mark allocation for each outcome as specified in the study design

    Where teachers develop their own performance criteria, they will generally draw on some combination of components and aspects of the content and context for the task they have developed, and the key knowledge and key skill statements for the outcomes in relation to these. 

     
       
     

    MAVshop open for business! 
     

    New picture book!

    How Many Legs?
     

    This book has got legs--the question is, just how many are there?

     

     

    Primary and Middle Years Mathematics, Teaching Developmentally

    Illustrates how children learn mathematics, and then shows pre-service teachers the most effective methods of teaching mathematics through hands-on, problem-based activities.

     

     

    One of our best seller!

    Great for home learning tasks.

    Mathematics Assessment for Learning: Rich Tasks and Work Samples (3rd Edition)

     

    Online Pre-order VCE practice exams now. VCE Trial Exams

    Prepare effectively for VCE mathematics examinations with the MAV Trial Exams for Mathematical Methods, Further Mathematics and Specialist Mathematics studies.

    MAV is currently updating exams ready for release to ensure they comply with Adjusted 2020 study design.

    Trial exams feature: Original questions, highly relevant to the current course, fully worked solutions for all sections and clear marking schemes. 

     Individual Study: $218 (Member), $272.50 (Non-Member)

    All Studies: $503 (Member), $628.75 (Non-Member)

     

     
     
     

    MAV20 will be virtual!

    Hold the dates, more info to come soon.

     
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    Welcome back to term 3! Not what we hoped, with a delay in school holidays ending and students returning to home based learning in greater Melbourne and Mitchel Shire. So stay well and take care of yourself and your families.

    MAV will continue to support home based learning, through some new activities coming from next week. In the mean time see below for links to the 10 editions of activities already released.

    It is also obvious that face-to-face events will not be back for quite some time! So please enjoy some of the PL that MAV is developing as follows: 

    • a huge number of new Virtual learning sessions are now live and listed below. This term there are still some primary sessions, but many more for secondary teachers!
    • New Frontiers of Learning virtual conference is also now open for bookings, to be delivered in collaboration with Independent Schools Victoria. Find info below.
    • We are working further now to build our annual conference program, which will be a virtual event on 3 and 4 December as planned. Please hold the dates, it's going to be big and provide huge value!! 

    Stay tuned....

    Peter Saffin
    CEO

     
       
     

    New Frontiers of Learning: A virtual event!

    Featuring MAV, ISV and special guest presenters, participants will enjoy workshops tailored to teaching levels and facilitator led conversations exploring:

    • how our recent experience should change our view of what education can be
    • we can move students towards becoming ‘agile learners’
    • leadership looks like in a time of change
    • to leverage ‘student agency’ to improve outcomes
    • the ‘proficiencies’ as a basis for building engagement and student agency.

    Date: Friday 11th September, 2020
    Venue: Virtual event
    Target Audience: Teachers of Foundation to Year 10
    Find out more including the full program and book now at:

    https://www.mav.vic.edu.au/Events

    Download the program here:

     
       
     

    VCE revision program for 2020!

    MAV is releasing a self-paced, interactive, online VCE Revision Course for all three maths studies.

    Course videos are delivered by experienced teachers and current VCAA exam assessors.

    • Student can watch over 3 hours of presentation videos from VCAA assessors.
    • Hear where students tend to go wrong.
    • Loads of common exam questions and how to solve them.
    • Insights into a VCAA maths exam and how to smash it!
    • Videos from TI-Nspire and Casio experts demonstrating how to maximise your use of CAS technology.
    • Access to exclusive live webinars with VCAA assessors where you get to ask them questions.

    All students who register will receive a comprehensive book of revision notes
    including:

    • Tips for exam success.
    • Tricky past exam questions with solutions.
    • Common exam questions with solutions.

    Please share the attached flier with your students!

    Visit the website to find out more. School group bookings available.

     
       
     

    Reminder: Free Remote learning activities!

    These great tasks are suitable for homework or classroom use, please check them out. More coming soon!

    Editions 1 to 10 of home learning tasks are available at MAV's home learning pages. 

    Further Remote, Distance and Home Learning Support is available here.

    MAV Employment Hub

    New positions now available:

    • Mercy College, Coburg.
    • Luther College, Croydon
    • ANZUK: Catholic boys school in north of Melbourne

    See available positions here.

    Advertise your vacant positions now to get to our database of 25,000 maths educators across Victoria!

     
       
     

    Maths Talent Quest entry registration now open!

    State-Wide Judging

    Registrations for the 2020 Maths Talent Quest are now open! Registrations close on the 14th of August with online delivery on the 29th of August.

    School-based Judging

    Guidelines and school-based judging certificates are now available. Please contact Jen Bowden by email jbowden@mav.vic.edu.au if you have any questions. 

    2020 MTQ Sponsors

     

     

     
       
     

    Professional Learning  

    Previous sessions: PowerPoints for three previous primary PL sessions from term 2 are now available on the MAV website:

    • School and home: Engaging maths games to develop fluency (F-2)
    • School and home: Engaging maths games to develop fluency (3-6)
    • Developing numeracy in the real world - ideas for tasks using real world situations and environments (3-6)

    Register now on our events page

    New Frontiers of Learning: Virtual event!

    (F to year 10)

    Friday 11th September 2020

    9:30AM - 3:00PM

    Virtual Learning Conference

    The Mathematical Association of Victoria (MAV) and Independent Schools Victoria (ISV) invite educators from all sectors to a joint professional learning event for mathematics teachers of Foundation to Year 10. Featuring MAV, ISV and special guest presenters, participants will enjoy workshops tailored to teaching levels and facilitator led conversations.

    EAL and Secondary Maths

    (Years 7 to 12)

    Wednesday 15th July 2020

    3:30PM - 5:00PM

    Virtual Learning Session

    Members: Free, Non-members: $25
     

    This session is a practical workshop (for teachers of year 7 to 12) to assist teachers to modify and scaffold learning to assist English as an Additional Language (EAL) students to access the Victorian Curriculum in Mathematics. Participants will learn how to engage EAL learners, amplify the speed of essential vocabulary comprehension, and build confidence with worded questions; working smarter not harder with the English language in Mathematics.

    Enhancing Number Skills through Games

    (Years 3 to 9)

    Monday 20th July 2020

    4:00PM - 5:00PM

    Virtual Learning Session

    Members: Free, Non-members: $25

    In this virtual session for teachers of Years 3 - 9 you will see how through engaging activities and games you can rapidly build number skills and confidence in your learners.

    Number talks, including fraction talks!

    (Years 7 to 10)

    Thursday 30th July 2020
    4:00PM - 5:00PM

    Virtual Learning Session

    Members: Free, Non-members: $25

    This interactive session for teachers of year 7 to 10 will demonstrate how to run a number talk both in a classroom and virtually.

    Six critical concepts to focus on with F-2 students during, and after, remote learning

    (Years F to 2)

    Wednesday 5th August 2020
    4:00PM - 5:00PM

    Virtual Learning

    Members: Free, Non-members: $25 Session

    2020 has been a crazy year! Our students have missed so much face-face learning time. Are you wondering how you are ever going to cover all the curriculum when/(if!) your students return to school? Do you worry that your at-risk students will fall further behind? During this session we will unpack these issues and explore practical ways you can approach the remainder of the year

    Applying digital resources to the secondary mathematics classroom

    (Years 7 to 12)

    Thursday 6th August 2020
    4:00PM - 5:00PM

    Virtual Learning Session

    Members: Free, Non-members: $25

    This webinar explores activities and technologies suitable for the secondary Maths classroom, bringing in expertise and knowledge from Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria (DLTV).

    Unpacking Mathematics in the AFL with TI-Nspire

    (Years 9 to 12)

    Tuesday 18th August 2020
    4:00PM - 5:00PM

    Virtual Learning Session

    Members: Free, Non-members: $25

    In this interactive session, for teachers of Years 10-12, we will demonstrate how mathematics can be used, together with TI-Nspire technology, to unpack AFL results and data.

    Engaging students with Learning difficulties and/or Maths Anxiety

    (Years 7 to 12)

    Wednesday 19th August 2020
    4:00PM - 5:00PM

    Virtual Learning Session

    Members: Free, Non-members: $25

    Do you have students that don't like Maths? Are they refusing, avoiding or just not doing the work? Low confidence or maths anxiety? If you answered 'yes' it is highly likely you are teaching students with learning difficulties. This session for teachers of Years 7 - 12 will look at starting, planning and structuring lessons to engage students with a variety of learning difficulties (social and intellectual) in Mathematics.

    Teaching Algebra through manipulatives; both concrete and virtual

    (Years 7 to 10)

    Thursday 27th August 2020
    4:00PM - 5:00PM

    Virtual Learning Session

    Members: Free, Non-members: $25

    In this virtual learning session, aimed at teachers of students in Years 7-10, Danijela Draskovic and Helen Haralambous will demonstrate how to use concrete materials and visuals to make algebra more conceptually understandable to students.

    Differentiation for Remote Learning with Open-Ended Tasks (Yrs F - 6) with Michael Minas

    (Years F-6)

    Tuesday 28th July 2020
    4:00PM - 5:00PM

    Virtual Learning Session

    Members: Free, Non-members: $25

    How to best cater for the wide range of student performance/abilities in mathematics was one of the most challenging aspects facing teachers during phase one of remote learning. In this webinar, we share the success that schools from across Victoria had in using open-ended tasks to differentiate the maths curriculum and engage their students.

    Exploring Mathematical Reasoning in The Middle Years

    (Years 5 to 9)

    Wednesday 2nd September 2020
    4:00PM - 5:00PM

    Virtual Learning Session

    Members: Free, Non-members: $25

    In this virtual learning session (aimed at teachers of Years 5-9) Thomas will delve into the proficiency of Mathematical reasoning and provide arguments for why this can be a great place to start when teaching students new concepts or skills.

    Register now on our events page

     
       
     

    Change of edumail email address! Action required...

    For those of you with an edumail email address, we understand that account email addresses have now changed. We ask that those people with a new email address email your new address to Michael Green who will update the email and username for login to your new email. mgreen@mav.vic.edu.au.

    National Mathematics Summer School (NMSS) applications now open!

    This is a selective two-week camp held in Canberra in January 2021 and is available to enthusiastic mathematics students who are completing Year 11 in 2020. The selection of students is based on the strength of their written application and their performance in MAV’s selection test for the NMSS (held at the student’s schools on 7th of August this year). Please promote this wonderful opportunity with your students.

    Information and application forms can be found on:

    https://www.mav.vic.edu.au/Student-activities/nmss

     

     
       
     

    Other News and Opportunities

    Mathematical Mindsets with Prof. Jo Boaler on Friday 24th July at 1pm AEST

    Free webinar hosted by Elevo Institute (Educational Design Research), Mathematical Mindsets with Prof. Jo Boaler on Friday 24th July at 1pm AEST, register here.

    Post on Engaging mathematics by Dr Catherine Attard

    Reflecting on mathematics education in a time of crisis: An opportunity for change? 

    Free MAV Parent tip sheets!

    With home based learning again on the cards, parents are in need of support.

    Don't forget our new parent tip sheets to share in your school newsletters!

    Check out these and other parent resources here

     

     

     

     

    Update from Australian Maths Trust:

    What the latest Victorian Stage 3 'stay at home' restrictions mean for the Australian Maths Competition?

    The Australian Maths Trust (AMT) appreciates the challenge that Victorian schools, teachers and students are facing due to disruption from the COVID-19 virus. The following is the AMT’s response to the latest ‘stay home’ restrictions for some Victorian areas.

    For schools within ‘stay home’ restriction areas: AMC sitting period delayed until 27 August - 2 September 2020 (except years 11-12)

    For Victorian schools that have been moved to remote and flexible learning, we have delayed the AMC sitting period. We suggest schools in this situation reschedule the AMC to anytime between 27 August and 2 September (when on-site learning is due to resume).

    For years 11-12, that are still doing on-site learning in the 'stay home' restriction areas, please run the AMC as you have planned during the period of Thursday 30 July - Thursday 6 August 2020.

    A special note for year 9-10: we understand some year 10 participants may be on-site, however; to maintain integrity of the years 9-10 paper, sitting for this group must be scheduled in the 27 August - 2 September revised sitting period.

    For all other schools where on-site learning is resuming: AMC will go ahead as normal. Thursday 30 July - Thursday 6 August 2020

    For schools resuming on-site learning please run the AMC as you have planned.

    We will continue to monitor the situation and update you as needed. But if you have any further questions contact us via social media or email at the links below, or please call us on +61 2 6201 5136. 

     
       
     

    MAVshop open for business! 

    Challenging Mathematical Tasks

    Challenging Mathematical Tasks supports the idea that students learn best when they work on problems that they do not yet know how to solve. These can really challenge all students at home allowing you to differentiate learning with a low entry and high ceiling.

     

    Games for Games Days

    Easily adapted activities to use for remote learning! In this updated publication, MAV has compiled a selection of favourite Maths games including four new games. For games days or classroom use, these games are great for engaging students!

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    Maths @ Home

    Teachers and parents now have a shared responsibility to ensure that in future students can learn mathematics with confidence and understanding.This Parent Guide is designed to assist parents who wish to ensure that their children are capable and confident users of mathematics.

    Online Pre-order VCE practice exams now. VCE Trial Exams

    Prepare effectively for VCE mathematics examinations with the MAV Trial Exams for Mathematical Methods, Further Mathematics and Specialist Mathematics studies.

    MAV is currently updating exams ready for release to ensure they comply with Adjusted 2020 study design.

     

    Trial exams feature: Original questions, highly relevant to the current course, fully worked solutions for all sections and clear marking schemes. 

     Individual Study: $218 (Member), $272.50 (Non-Member)

    All Studies: $503 (Member), $628.75 (Non-Member)

     
     
     

    MAV20 will be virtual!

    Hold the dates, more info to come soon.

     
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    I hope that you are doing well as we approach the end of term.

    MAV has again partnered with Independent Schools Victoria as below to bring you a special (virtual this year) conference. Our 'New Frontiers of Learning' event for 2020 will focus on student agency, agile learners, and what we have learnt after the current period of disruption to schooling. We have been able to lower the price significantly compared to last year for this virtual format, and hope that those who joined us last year will be with us again for 2020!  See below for more information.

    Peter Saffin
    CEO

     
       
     

    New Frontiers of Learning: A virtual event!

    The Mathematical Association of Victoria (MAV) and Independent Schools Victoria (ISV) invite educators from all sectors to a joint professional learning event for mathematics teachers of Foundation to Year 10.

    Featuring MAV, ISV and special guest presenters, participants will enjoy workshops tailored to teaching levels and facilitator led conversations exploring:

    • how our recent experience should change our view of what education can be
    • we can move students towards becoming ‘agile learners’
    • leadership looks like in a time of change
    • to leverage ‘student agency’ to improve outcomes
    • the ‘proficiencies’ as a basis for building engagement and student agency.

    Date: Friday 11th September, 2020

    Venue: Virtual event

    Time: 9.30am until 3pm

    Target Audience: Teachers of Foundation to Year 10

    Find out more including the full program and book now at:

    https://www.mav.vic.edu.au/Events

     

    Keynote: James Anderson

    In recent years there has been an increasing focus on what quality teaching looks like. The Australian Professional Standards for Teachers seeks to define what quality teaching looks like and plots a path for becoming an increasingly skilful and, therefore, effective teacher.

    But what about the role of the learner in this equation? How does the student engage in the learning process in an increasingly skilful and effective way? Improving learning outcomes takes both quality teaching AND quality learning behaviours.

    In this insightful keynote James Anderson will outline what quality learning looks like through the lens of Learner Agency, and describe the qualities of the most skilful learner - The Agile Learner.

    Find out more here

     
       
     

    New VCE revision program for 2020 now open for bookings!

    As we cannot deliver our VCE revision lectures face-to-face, MAV is releasing a self-paced, interactive, online VCE Revision Course for all three maths studies.

    Course videos are delivered by experienced teachers and current VCAA exam assessors.

    • Student can watch over 3 hours of presentation videos from VCAA assessors.
    • Hear where students tend to go wrong.
    • Loads of common exam questions and how to solve them.
    • Insights into a VCAA maths exam and how to smash it!
    • Videos from TI-Nspire and Casio experts demonstrating how to maximise your use of CAS technology.
    • Access to exclusive live webinars with VCAA assessors where you get to ask them questions.

    All students who register will receive a comprehensive book of revision notes
    including:

    • Tips for exam success.
    • Tricky past exam questions with solutions.
    • Common exam questions with solutions.

    Please share the attached flier with your students!

    Bookings are open now, and the course access will be supplied in term 3.

    Visit the website to find out more. School group bookings available.

     
       
     

    Free Remote learning activities!

    Even though you are back at school, these great tasks are suitable for homework or classroom use, please check them out.

    Editions 1 to 10 of home learning tasks are available at MAV's home learning pages. 

    Further Remote, Distance and Home Learning Support is available here.

    MAV Employment Hub

    New position available for Mercy College, Coburg.

    See available positions here.

    Advertise your vacant positions now to get to our database of 25,000 maths educators across Victoria!

     

     
       
     

    Maths Talent Quest entry registration now open!

    State-Wide Judging

    Registrations for the 2020 Maths Talent Quest are now open! Registrations close on the 14th of August with online delivery on the 29th of August.

    School-based Judging

    Guidelines and school-based judging certificates are now available. Please contact Jen Bowden by email jbowden@mav.vic.edu.au if you have any questions. 

    2020 MTQ Sponsors

     

     

     
       
     

    Professional Learning: Register now on our events page

    During Term 2, MAV conducted 13 free virtual professional learning sessions for teachers (and parents). These sessions were free courtesy of a Strategic Partnerships Program grant provided by the Victorian Department of Education and Training. Due to the popularity of theses sessions over 900 primary teachers joined a virtual learning session. The last virtual learning session for this Term is on Thursday night with a further 200+ registrations. A series of sessions for secondary teachers is continuing in term 3, more sessions will be added to the below list of events over time. MAV consultants thank all of the teachers who participated in these sessions during Term 2. 

    New Frontiers of Learning: Virtual event!

    Friday 11th September 2020
    9:30AM - 3:00PM

    Virtual Learning Confernce

    The Mathematical Association of Victoria (MAV) and Independent Schools Victoria (ISV) invite educators from all sectors to a joint professional learning event for mathematics teachers of Foundation to Year 10. Featuring MAV, ISV and special guest presenters, participants will enjoy workshops tailored to teaching levels and facilitator led conversations.

    EAL and Secondary Maths

    (Years 7 to 12)

    Wednesday 15th July 2020
    3:30PM - 5:00PM

    Virtual Learning Session

    Target audience: Teachers of Years 7 to year 12

    Members: Free, Non-members: $25
     

    This session is a practical workshop (for teachers of year 7 to 12) to assist teachers to modify and scaffold learning to assist English as an Additional Language (EAL) students to access the Victorian Curriculum in Mathematics. Participants will learn how to engage EAL learners, amplify the speed of essential vocabulary comprehension, and build confidence with worded questions; working smarter not harder with the English language in Mathematics.

    MAV20 - A 2020 Vision: Engaging Mathematics

    Annual Conference

    Thursday 3rd - Friday 4th December 2020

    CALL FOR OPTIONS CLOSE 30 JUNE!

    MAV's annual conference is full steam ahead, and our format will be finalised as we progress. Early bird bookings and Call for options now open.

    Register now on our events page

     
       
     

    Position available: Director, National Mathematics Summer School.

    The National Mathematics Summer School (NMSS) is a two-week residential mathematics school that takes place every year in January at the Australian National University. It is the oldest and most prestigious summer school in Australia, organised by AAMT in collaboration with ANU, and attracts some of the most talented Year 11 students in mathematics from across the country. 

    The NMSS is led by the Director, who is an experienced mathematician with a strong interest in the education of talented young people and with experience in managing programs similar to the NMSS. The Director is a voluntary role. It attracts an honorarium and may be part of an academic portfolio.  

    The Director is appointed by the NMSS Management Board for a period of three years. The Board is currently seeking a Director for the period 2022-2024, with the requirement to participate in the 2021 Summer School.The NMSS Board welcomes interest from any suitable applicants.

    Further information and application details, see here. Enquiries should be addressed to Duncan Rayner, CEO AAMT, at drayner@aamt.edu.au

    National Mathematics Summer School (NMSS) applications now open!

    This is a selective two-week camp held in Canberra in January 2021 and is available to enthusiastic mathematics students who are completing Year 11 in 2020. The selection of students is based on the strength of their written application and their performance in MAV’s selection test for the NMSS (held at the student’s schools on 7th of August this year). Please promote this wonderful opportunity with your students.

    Information and application forms can be found on:

    https://www.mav.vic.edu.au/Student-activities/nmss

    MAV sponsors Student Awards at MGSE

    MAV to pleased to support a number of University awards for pre-service teacher graduates, and would like to congratulate this year’s recipients of The Mathematical Association of Victoria Award at the MGSE:

    Lachlan Hugo  - Mathematical Association of Victoria Award – Secondary

    Thank you greatly for sponsoring this award. I fervently believe in the importance of quality mathematics education, which is why I began a teaching degree after completing an undergraduate degree in applied mathematics. I look forward to using the award to purchase resources from the MAV shop to support me to provide quality teaching for my future students.

    Lana Harris - Mathematical Association of Victoria Award – Primary

    As a student who never excelled at mathematics, I feel incredibly humbled by this award. I hope to install the same growth mindset in my students that I have achieved through my time studying the teaching of primary mathematics at Melbourne university. The books and resources I will buy with the money received from this award will go directly towards that, thank you.

    Ari Gurr - Mathematical Association of Victoria Award – Primary

    Sincerest thank you for the award. Receiving this acknowledgement of my effort and dedication to understanding what it means to be an effective primary school mathematics teacher is greatly appreciated. With my current employment at a government public school, I am always wanting to continually improve on my practice. The rewards of a MAV membership and book voucher will certainly support my professional development, continuing my own passionate research on mathematical teaching in primary schools. Thank you sincerely again.

     
       
     

    Other News and Opportunities

    Mathematical Mindsets with Prof. Jo Boaler on Friday 24th July at 1pm AEST

    Free webinar hosted by Elevo Institute (Educational Design Research), Mathematical Mindsets with Prof. Jo Boaler on Friday 24th July at 1pm AEST, register here.

    Laureate Professor John Hattie ‘What we can learn from educating during the COVID-19 home schooling exercise – to take forward’

    Webinar recording accessible here.

    VCE Student revision tip sheets

    MAV's new student revision tip sheets are available, great for sharing with your parents through your school newsletter. Find out more here.

    Australian Curriculum Review

    On Friday 12 June 2020, Education Ministers agreed to terms of reference for the review of the Foundation to Year 10 Australian Curriculum. 

    ACARA has been preparing for this review since Education Ministers agreed in 2015 that ACARA undertake a six-year cycle of review of the Australian Curriculum. In preparing for the review, ACARA has undertaken a program of research that has included: comparative studies of the Australian Curriculum against international curricula; feedback from states and territories on the effectiveness of the Australian Curriculum through its annual monitoring process; and involvement in international research projects such as the OECD 2020 Future of Education and Skills project.  This work has informed the terms of reference agreed by Education Ministers.

    The focus of the review is on content refinement within the existing structure and dimensions of the Australian Curriculum. The overall findings from ACARA’s program of research are that there is no need, nor support for, a major overhaul of the F-10 Australian Curriculum, but there is broad-based recognition that the current curriculum needs refining, updating and ‘decluttering’ to better support teachers with implementation. You can find the terms of reference and other information on the review here https://www.acara.edu.au/curriculum/curriculum-review/

    Public lecture: ARC Centre for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers
    Learning from COVID-19 Data in Wuhan, USA, and the World

    Wednesday 1 July, 11am-12pm via Zoom webinar. Register: https://bit.ly/3cTxjON

    Professor Lin discusses the risk factors, transmission and intervention strategies of COVID-19 on a global scale, providing a historical overview of the epidemic in Wuhan, including estimates the transmission rates and evaluation of the effects of different public health interventions on controlling the COVID-19 outbreak, as well as summarizing the epidemiological characteristics of the cases.

     
       
     

    MAVshop open for business! 

    Primary and Middle Years Mathematics, Teaching Developmentally

    Authors: John Van de Walle, Karen Karp, Jennifer M. Bay-Williams, Amy Brass, Brendan Bentley

     This text is targeted towards teaching primary and middle years mathematics units in the Bachelor of Education degree.

    Illustrates how children learn mathematics, and then shows pre-service teachers the most effective methods of teaching mathematics through hands-on, problem-based activities.

    Serves as a go-to reference for the mathematics content suggested for Foundation to Year 9 as recommended in the Australian Curriculum, and for the research-based strategies that illustrate how students best learn this content.
    Presents a practical resource of robust, problem-based activities and tasks that can engage students in the use of significant mathematical concepts and skills.
    Reports on technology that makes teaching mathematics in a problem-based approach more visible.

     

    Online Pre-order VCE practice exams now. VCE Trial Exams pre – order now available

    Prepare effectively for VCE mathematics examinations with the MAV Trial Exams for Mathematical Methods, Further Mathematics and Specialist Mathematics studies.

    Written to comply with Adjusted 2020 study design.

     

     
    Trial exams feature: Original questions, highly relevant to the current course, fully worked solutions for all sections and clear marking schemes. 

     Individual Study: $218 (Member), $272.50 (Non-Member)

    All Studies: $503 (Member), $628.75 (Non-Member)

     
     
     

    Call for options closing soon!

    We need more presenters!

     
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    We sincerely hope that you are enjoying having students back at school. It has obviously been a busy few weeks settling back into new routines.

    Through this period of change MAV has progressed some activities and resource development that otherwise had been on the waiting list. Our new parent pages are an example of new support now on offer. We look forward to continuing to develop these resources in future.

    As usual there are some new professional learning events listed below, attendance at our online events has been absolutely fantastic. Thank you to all those who have joined us online. We will continue to offer ongoing online PD, and will soon be launching a new virtual conference event with Independent Schools Victoria (ISV) for September. This will follow on from our 2019 ‘New Frontiers of Learning’ conference. Keep your eyes open for the big announcement.

    Call for Options: MAV20 annual conference: Don't forget, the closing date for submitting to present at the annual conference is Tuesday 30 June. Don't miss out! We will be running a conference, and we need presenters as usual to build our program.  Register to present here.

    In the meantime as we head towards end of term we hope you enjoy working again with your students.

    Peter Saffin
    CEO

     
       
     

    NEW 'Number Talks Top 5 Tips for Teachers!'

    A Number Talk is an opportunity for students to communicate mathematically, to learn from each other and to gain insight into an array of strategies used to solve problems.

    Useful at both primary and secondary levels, number talks are growing in popularity as way to engage student thinking and uncover strategies. 

    Here are our tips for doing it well!

     
       
     

    New VCE revision program for 2020 now open for bookings!

    As we cannot deliver our VCE revision lectures face-to-face, MAV is releasing a self-paced, interactive, online VCE Revision Course for all three maths studies.

    Course videos are delivered by experienced teachers and current VCAA exam assessors.

    • Student can watch over 3 hours of presentation videos from VCAA assessors.
    • Hear where students tend to go wrong.
    • Loads of common exam questions and how to solve them.
    • Insights into a VCAA maths exam and how to smash it!
    • Videos from TI-Nspire and Casio experts demonstrating how to maximise your use of CAS technology.
    • Access to exclusive live webinars with VCAA assessors where you get to ask them questions.

    All students who register will receive a comprehensive book of revision notes
    including:

    • Tips for exam success.
    • Tricky past exam questions with solutions.
    • Common exam questions with solutions.

    Please share the attached flier with your students!

    Bookings are open now, and the course access will be supplied in term 3.

    Visit the website to find out more. School group bookings available.

     
       
     

    MORE: New remote learning activities available!

    Even though you are back at school, these great tasks are suitable for homework or classroom use, please check them out.

    Edition 8 , 9 and 10! of home learning tasks have been added to MAV's home learning pages. 

    Home learning tasks are aimed at F-2, 3-6 and 7-9 are being released weekly.  

    New primary tasks focus on 

    • Number including place value, estimation and number lines, word problems and problem-solving strategies for number, and number problems in real-world contexts (multiplication and division).  
    • A further set of tasks focus on geometry, and statistics, duration of time – days of the week and seasons.

    For secondary activities focus on

    • geometric reasoning and measurement, transformation and congruence.
    • algebra laws and their Cartesian axis.
    • beautiful numbers.

    Click here to access these tasks.

    Further Remote, Distance and Home Learning Support is available here.

     
       
     

    Maths Talent Quest entry registration now open!

    Entry registration now open.

    Registrations for the 2020 Maths Talent Quest are now open!

    Please submit your entries to ensure they are judged.

    Please contact Jen Bowden by email jbowden@mav.vic.edu.au if you have any questions. 

    2020 MTQ Sponsors

     

     

     

     
       
     

    Professional Learning - New sessions added      Register now on our events page

    More to Measurement 

    (F - 6)

    Thursday 25th June 2020
    4:00PM - 5:00PM

    Virtual Learning Session

    Target audience: Teachers of F to year 6

    This session will explore the measurement curriculum and developmental sequence in a hands on practical way. Advice and support for teaching and learning will be provided along with engaging hands on activities.

    EAL and Secondary Maths

    (Years 7 to 12)

     NEW!

    Wednesday 15th July 2020
    3:30PM - 5:00PM

    Virtual Learning Session

    Target audience: Teachers of Years 7 to year 12

    Members: Free, Non-members: $25

    This session is a practical workshop (for teachers of year 7 to 12) to assist teachers to modify and scaffold learning to assist English as an Additional Language (EAL) students to access the Victorian Curriculum in Mathematics. Participants will learn how to engage EAL learners, amplify the speed of essential vocabulary comprehension, and build confidence with worded questions; working smarter not harder with the English language in Mathematics.

    MAV20 - A 2020 Vision: Engaging Mathematics

    Annual Conference

    Thursday 3rd - Friday 4th December 2020

    CALL FOR OPTIONS CLOSE 30 JUNE!

    MAV's annual conference is full steam ahead, and our format will be finalised as we progress. Early bird bookings and Call for options now open.

    Register now on our events page

     
       
     

    National Mathematics Summer School (NMSS) applications now open!

    This is a selective two-week camp held in Canberra in January 2021 and is available to enthusiastic mathematics students who are completing Year 11 in 2020. The selection of students is based on the strength of their written application and their performance in MAV’s selection test for the NMSS (held at the student’s schools on 7th of August this year). Please promote this wonderful opportunity with your students.

    Information and application forms can be found on:

    https://www.mav.vic.edu.au/Student-activities/nmss

    We are back! In-school PL returns.

    MAV Education Consultants have been running virtual support and PL for some some schools, and they are happy to continue this as required.

    Other schools are organising for us to restart our work with them, if you are interested in ongoing or one off in-school PL please email Jen Bowden jbowden@mav.vic.edu.au (Primary) or Helen Haralambous hharalambous@mav.vic.edu.au (Secondary). 

     
       
     

    Other News and Opportunities

    It's all systems go for AMC in 2020! 30 July - 6 August.

    To help get your learning year back on track, we're making it easier than ever to run the AMC at your school in 2020.

    As well as our faster, further improved online competition system (with paper still available), we have extended the competition period to seven days. Enter your students in the AMC 2020 and this longer competition period will allow you to run the competition in smaller sessions to adhere to social distancing requirements if relevant in your state.

    If you would like to do the competition on paper, please register ASAP to allow for the possibility of slower than normal mail delivery of your papers.

    Name: Australian Mathematics Competition
    Date: Thursday 30 July - 6 August 2020
    For: Students in years 3–12 in all schools
    Cost: $6.50 per entry

    VCE Student revision tip sheets

    MAV's new student revision tip sheets are available, great for sharing with your parents through your school newsletter. Find out more here.

    Special offers from resource providers!

    During COVID-19 many resource providers have granted access to their products and services at highly reduced rates or often free for extended periods of time.

    We encourage you to continue to explore these products and opportunities while this continues. An extended list of offers for maths educators across primary and secondary sectors is available on the MAV website for you to browse. Please make contact with providers to gain your access and experiment with their products.

    MAV would like to thank all of these resource providers for their ongoing support for MAV and maths educators across the state.

    Thank you!

     
       
     

    MAVshop open for business! 

    Picture books galore! 

    You know you love them, and now that the kids are back you may need some new ones or a top up? Plenty to select from!

    Grab 'em now!

    Making Number Talks Matter: Developing Mathematical Practices and Deepening Understanding

    Did you see our Number talks Tip Sheet above? If you want to find out more try this popular title to help get your number talks started.

     

    Online Pre-order VCE practice exams now. VCE Trial Exams pre-order now available

    Prepare effectively for VCE mathematics examinations with the MAV Trial Exams for Mathematical Methods, Further Mathematics and Specialist Mathematics studies.

    Written to comply with Adjusted 2020 study design.

     

     

    Trial exams feature: Original questions, highly relevant to the current course, fully worked solutions for all sections and clear marking schemes. 

     Individual Study: $218 (Member), $272.50 (Non-Member)

    All Studies: $503 (Member), $628.75 (Non-Member)

     
     
     

    Early bird registration
    Call for options
    Now open!

     
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    Registrations for the 2020 Maths Talent Quest are now open!
    Please submit your entries to ensure they are judged.

    REGISTER HERE!

    Registrations are now open for the 2020 State-wide Maths Talent Quest.

    Registrations open on Monday 1st June and will close on Friday 14th August.

    Find out more here.

    INFORMATION ON STATE JUDGING
    Two investigations from each category in each year level in each school can be entered for judging at the Mathematical Association of Victoria for State-wide judging.

    The cost will be $35 per entry for member schools and $42.50 for non-member schools.

    Registrations for State-wide judging close at 5pm on Friday 14 August 2020. No late registrations will be accepted.

    All State-wide MTQ entries must be digital and sent to The Mathematical Association of Victoria by Thursday 20 August 2020 before 3pm. Schools will be notified of results and if their entries will be sent to the National Judging by Friday 28 August.

    Registration can only be completed by schools or home school parents through the MAV MTQ website from the 1st of June.

    If your school has opted to only complete School-based judging and you would like further information please contact Jen Bowden.

    Thank you to our Sponsors:

    If you have further questions contact Jen Bowden at jbowden@mav.vic.edu.au

     

     
       
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    I sincerely hope that working back face-to-face with your students is a benefit to everyone concerned.

    Thanks to you all for the hard work over recent months, and into the future as things slowly return to the new normal, whatever that is!

    MAV AGM and election results:

    The MAV AGM was held on Tuesday 26th May, in a virtual format. The annual report and financial reports were accepted. An election was held for 6 Directors to join the Board, each a two year term. Congratulations to the following who were elected: Daniel Cloney, Kate Copping, Claire Delaney, Michaela Epstein, Peter Karakoussis and Kathryn Rodriguez.

    These directors join others who were mid term, and the full list of Board members and biographies can be seen on the MAV website.

    I would like to thank Sally Turnbull for her work in preparing for the AGM, and also all of those members and guests that attended on Tuesday night for providing your support to this great association.

    Peter Saffin
    CEO

     
       
     

    NEW VCE Tip sheets on MAV's parent support pages!

    MAV's parent support pages continue to evolve. This week we have added two new tip sheets especially for VCE students.

    These will be great for:

    • adding to your newsletter later this year
    • downloading them to put on your classroom wall
    • sending to your students.

    The two tip sheets are:

       VCE maths revision: Top 6 Tips for Students.

       Good study habits: 5 tips for students.

    Both are found on the secondary parent support page.

     
       
     

    New VCE revision program for 2020 now open for bookings!

    As we cannot deliver our VCE revision lectures face-to-face, MAV is releasing a self-paced, interactive, online VCE Revision Course for all three maths studies.

    Course videos are delivered by experienced teachers and current VCAA exam assessors.

    • Student can watch over 3 hours of presentation videos from VCAA assessors.
    • Hear where students tend to go wrong.
    • Loads of common exam questions and how to solve them.
    • Insights into a VCAA maths exam and how to smash it!
    • Videos from TI-Nspire and Casio experts demonstrating how to maximise your use of CAS technology.
    • Access to exclusive live webinars with VCAA assessors where you get to ask them questions.

    All students who register will receive a comprehensive book of revision notes
    including:

    • Tips for exam success.
    • Tricky past exam questions with solutions.
    • Common exam questions with solutions.

    Please share the attached flier with your students!

    Bookings are open now, and the course access will be supplied in term 3.

    Visit the website to find out more. School group bookings available.

     
       
     

    New remote learning activities available!

    Edition 7 of the home learning tasks have been added to MAV's home learning pages. Home learning tasks are aimed at F-2, 3-6 and 7-9 are being released weekly.

    This weeks edition for primary focuses on measurements and comparing length and patterns

    For secondary actiovtties focus on number and algebra: pattern, art craft and number.

    Click here to access these tasks.

    Further Remote, Distance and Home Learning Support is available here.

     

     
       
     

    Maths Talent Quest now on!

    MTQ is available for 2020 and it's not too late to get started!

    The Maths Talent Quest is a great way to support student’s numeracy development as they engage in mathematical investigations on topics of their choice. It is an ideal learning opportunity for flexible, remote learning in term two in small groups or individually.

    Please contact Jen Bowden by email jbowden@mav.vic.edu.au if you have any questions. 

    2020 MTQ Sponsors

     

     

     
       
     

    Professional Learning - New hot topics now open for bookings: Register now on our events page

    Grading is Painful: How Digitisation and Artificial Intelligence can enable assessment in maths

     

    Wednesday 10th June 2020
    4:00PM - 5:00PM

    Virtual Learning Session

    Target audience: Teachers of year 7 to 12

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) is proposed to make our teaching role easier, using big data to provide deeper insights into learning. This session will explore an example of how AI and digitisation can improve grading and assessment in mathematics by demonstrating how Gradescope can help.

    Interpreting statistics and probability

    (F - 6)

     

    Thursday 11th June 2020
    4:00PM - 5:00PM

    Virtual Learning Session

    Target audience: Teachers of F to year 6

    Come and join Ellen and Jen to explore the world of statistics and probability. This session will focus on the big ideas associated with each area and provide practical tasks and assessment ideas for teachers to try with their students.


    Geometry ain't Square

    (F - 6)

    Tuesday 16th June 2020
    4:00PM - 5:00PM

    Virtual Learning Session

    Target audience: Teachers of F to year 6

    This hands on session will guide teaches through practical and engaging tasks to develop students understanding of geometry from Foundation to Year 6.

    More to Measurement 

    (F - 6)

    Thursday 25th June 2020
    4:00PM - 5:00PM

    Virtual Learning Session

    Target audience: Teachers of F to year 6

    This session will explore the measurement curriculum and developmental sequence in a hands on practical way. Advice and support for teaching and learning will be provided along with engaging hands on activities.

    MAV20 - A 2020 Vision: Engaging Mathematics

    Annual Conference

    Thursday 3rd - Friday 4th December 2020

    MAV's annual conference is full steam ahead, and our format will be finalised as we progress. Early bird bookings and Call for options now open.

    Register now on our events page

     
       
     

    National Mathematics Summer School (NMSS) applications now open!

    This is a selective two-week camp held in Canberra in January 2021 and is available to enthusiastic mathematics students who are completing Year 11 in 2020. The selection of students is based on the strength of their written application and their performance in MAV’s selection test for the NMSS (held at the student’s schools on 7th of August this year). Please promote this wonderful opportunity with your students.

    Information and application forms can be found on:

    https://www.mav.vic.edu.au/Student-activities/nmss

    Want some PL, think virtual!

    MAV Education Consultants have been running virtual support and PL for some some schools, and they are happy to provide ongoing support to others.

    Please email Jen Bowden jbowden@mav.vic.edu.au (Primary) or Helen Haralambous hharalambous@mav.vic.edu.au (Secondary).

     
       
     

    Other News and Opportunities

    VCAA Updates

    Revised exam timetable:

    Revised Mathematics Study Designs delayed: The Notice to Schools Number 55 makes it clear that studies under review in 2020 will be implemented in 2023.

    Teacher Survey: Fractions and Decimals Online Interview and Mathematics Online Interview 

    Monash is conducting a survey with teachers concerning the evaluation of the MOI and FDOI. We would welcome any teachers who may like to provide evaluation feedback about the tools.

    Link to Teacher survey MOI and FDOI   -  http://tiny.cc/Teacher-survey-MOI-FDOI

    Here is the blog by Marilyn Burns.

    On the right there is a column of all the topics covered and it includes quite a few games. We like the 4 strikes and you're out game.

    http://www.marilynburnsmathblog.com/four-strikes-and-youre-out/

    The Maths and Sport Show

    Inject some extra fun into your maths curriculum and use the power of sport to engage your students in maths with The Maths and Sport Show.

    The show is a performance that highlights the vital role played by maths in the sports that students love to watch and play.

    The Maths and Sport Show is:

    • Highly engaging, entertaining and lots of fun
    • Full of great maths content
    • Easy to organise – we come to your school in a COVID safe manner
    • Available for Junior Secondary and Primary students, and regularly tour regional areas.

    The production is proudly sponsored by MAV with a 20% discount available to members.

    Bookings are now being taken for Term 3 (mid August onwards) and Term 4.

    To find out more, please contact us today: info@felstead.com.au

    Web: http://www.felstead.com.au/portfolio/mathsandsport/

     

    COVID-19 UPDATE AND POLICIES

    We have adapted The Maths and Sport Show to be delivered in a COVID Safe manner. We are continually monitoring the situation, and following all government and health department guidelines to ensure health and safety.

     
       
     

    MAVshop open for business! 

    Visible learning titles still a hot seller!

    Teaching Mathematics in the Visible Learning Classroom, Grades 3-5

     Teaching Mathematics in the Visible Learning Classroom, Grades 6-8

    Teaching Mathematics in the Visible Learning Classroom, High School

    Online Pre-order VCE practice exams now. VCE Trial Exams pre – order now available

    Prepare effectively for VCE mathematics examinations with the MAV Trial Exams for Mathematical Methods, Further Mathematics and Specialist Mathematics studies.

    Written to comply with Adjusted 2020 study design.

     

    Each trial exam features: Original questions, highly relevant to the current course, fully worked solutions for all sections and clear marking schemes. Exam formats are similar to those used by the VCAA. The purchasing institution has permission to reproduce copies for its students.

     Individual Study: $218 (Member), $272.50 (Non-Member)

    All Studies: $503 (Member), $628.75 (Non-Member)

     
     
     

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    In response to the current situation, MAV's VCE revision program is moving online. We have selected an online courses delivery system, and content is being developed by our staff and VCE presenters and experts. We need your support to let your students know, and get them enrolled to make our investment a success. Below there is flier you can download and send to students.

    There are also a number of new virtual learning sessions that are live for bookings, check them out.

    Also, check out my editorial just published in The Age this week, in support of parents helping with Maths at home. Maybe something for your newsletters?

    Best wishes for the return to school!

    Peter Saffin
    CEO

     
       
     

    NEW Parent Support!

    MAV has launched new web pages to support parents with mathematics at home, now and into the future.

    Support includes Tip sheets for parents - great to add to your schools newsletters.

    Find out more about the purpose of these support pages on on press release here.

     
       
     

    New VCE revision program for 2020 now being developed!

    As we cannot likely deliver our VCE revision lectures face-to-face, MAV is releasing a self-paced, interactive, online VCE Revision Course for all three maths studies.

    Course videos are delivered by experienced teachers and current VCAA exam assessors.

    • Student can watch over 3 hours of presentation videos from VCAA assessors.
    • Hear where students tend to go wrong.
    • Loads of common exam questions and how to solve them.
    • Insights into a VCAA maths exam and how to smash it!
    • Videos from TI-Nspire and Casio experts demonstrating how to maximise your use of CAS technology.
    • Access to exclusive live webinars with VCAA assessors where you get to ask them questions.

    All students who register will receive a comprehensive book of revision notes
    including:

    • Tips for exam success.
    • Tricky past exam questions with solutions.
    • Common exam questions with solutions.

    Please share the attached flier with your students!

    Bookings are open now, and the course access will be supplied in term 3.

    Visit the website to find out more. School group bookings available.

     
       
     

    New remote learning activities available!

    Edition 6 of the home learning tasks have been added to MAV's home learning pages. Home learning tasks are aimed at F-2, 3-6 and 7-9 are being released weekly.

    This weeks edition for primary focuses on fractions and directions/maps.

    And a great new activity celebrating women in maths for secondary.  May 12th (mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani’s birthday) was designated (2018 World Meeting for Women in Mathematics,  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) as an opportunity for the mathematical community to celebrate women in mathematics. “The celebration takes place every year, all around the world. The goal of the day is to inspire women everywhere to celebrate their achievements in mathematics, and to encourage an open, welcoming and inclusive work environment for everybody.”

    Click here to access these tasks.

    Further Remote, Distance and Home Learning Support is available here including some new offers from resource providers that have been added.

    Want some PL, think virtual!

    MAV Education Consultants have been running virtual support and PL for some some schools, and they are happy to provide ongoing support to others. Please email Jen Bowden jbowden@mav.vic.edu.au (Primary) or Helen Haralambous hharalambous@mav.vic.edu.au (Secondary). 

     
       
     

    Maths Talent Quest now on!

    MTQ is available for 2020 and it's not too late to get started!

    The Maths Talent Quest is a great way to support student’s numeracy development as they engage in mathematical investigations on topics of their choice. It is an ideal learning opportunity for flexible, remote learning in term two in small groups or individually.

    Please contact Jen Bowden by email jbowden@mav.vic.edu.au if you have any questions. 

    MAV would like to thank our sponsors: La Trobe University and Casio for their support MTQ in 2020!

    2020 MTQ Sponsors

     

     

     
       
     

    2020 Professional Learning:        Register now on our events page

    Grading is Painful: How Digitisation and Artificial Intelligence can enable assessment in maths

     

    Wednesday 10th June 2020
    4:00PM - 5:00PM
    Virtual Learning Session
    Target audience: Teachers of year 7 to 12

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) is proposed to make our teaching role easier, using big data to provide deeper insights into learning. This session will explore an example of how AI and digitisation can improve grading and assessment in mathematics by demonstrating how Gradescope can help.

    Interpreting statistics and probability

    (F - 6)

     

    Thursday 11th June 2020
    4:00PM - 5:00PM
    Virtual Learning Session
    Target audience: Teachers of F to year 6

    Come and join Ellen and Jen to explore the world of statistics and probability. This session will focus on the big ideas associated with each area and provide practical tasks and assessment ideas for teachers to try with their students.


    Geometry ain't Square

    (F - 6)

    Tuesday 16th June 2020
    4:00PM - 5:00PM
    Virtual Learning Session
    Target audience: Teachers of F to year 6

     This hands on session will guide teaches through practical and engaging tasks to develop students understanding of geometry from Foundation to Year 6.

    More to Measurement 

    (F - 6)

    Thursday 25th June 2020
    4:00PM - 5:00PM
    Virtual Learning Session
    Target audience: Teachers of F to year 6

    This session will explore the measurement curriculum and developmental sequence in a hands on practical way. Advice and support for teaching and learning will be provided along with engaging hands on activities.

    MAV20 - A 2020 Vision: Engaging Mathematics

    Annual Conference

    Thursday 3rd - Friday 4th December 2020

    MAV's annual conference is full steam ahead, and our format will be finalised as we progress. Early bird bookings and Call for options now open.

    Register now on our events page

     
       
     

    National Mathematics Summer School (NMSS) applications now open!

    This is a selective two-week camp held in Canberra in January 2021 and is available to enthusiastic mathematics students who are completing Year 11 in 2020. The selection of students is based on the strength of their written application and their performance in MAV’s selection test for the NMSS (held at the student’s schools on 7th of August this year). Please promote this wonderful opportunity with your students.

    Information and application forms can be found on:

    https://www.mav.vic.edu.au/Student-activities/nmss

    MAV's Annual Report for the period February 2019 to January 2020 is now available

    Learn more about your Associations work over the past year. Read it here:

     
       
     

    Other News and Opportunities

    Teacher Survey: Fractions and Decimals Online Interview and Mathematics Online Interview 

    Monash is conducting a survey with teachers concerning the evaluation of the MOI and FDOI. We would welcome any teachers who may like to provide evaluation feedback about the tools.

    Link to Teacher survey MOI and FDOI   -  http://tiny.cc/Teacher-survey-MOI-FDOI


    Return to school article and support:

    Emeritus Peter Sullivan (Monash University) and Professor Janette Bobis (University of Sydney) are working on an ARC funded project titled Exploring the potential of sequences of connected, cumulative and challenging mathematical tasks (EMC3).

     The research team has been exploring ways to reengage students when returning to school after the COVID-19 lock down as well as address the differences in student learning opportunities at home that will be an ongoing challenge for the rest of 2020 and beyond.

     The team has written an article  to support teachers after the lock down.

     

    How to evaluate evidence in a criminal courtroom: Free public lecture

    Tuesday 26 May, 12pm-1pm via Zoom. Register: https://bit.ly/2Z4IyAz

    Professor Balding will focus on DNA profile evidence, addressing general issues about evidence evaluation. His review will cover his recent work on inference using unilinear genetic markers which has led him to deviate away from standard Bayesian approaches.

    Professor Balding specializes in Statistical Genetics in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Melbourne, and is the Director of the newly established Melbourne Integrative Genomics.

    Courts have long struggled with weighing up evidence of a scientific nature, and these problems came to the fore when the introduction of DNA evidence was accompanied by major controversies.  Contributions to the debate from scientists (including statisticians) made it clear that many of them were also very poor at understanding evidential weight, and that the paradigms of classical statistics were unsuited to the criminal justice setting and added to the confusion. Slowly, progress has been made using probabilistic modelling aligned with the Bayesian approach to statistical inference, and best practice in evaluating forensic evidence now has lessons for other areas of science, including a response to the so-called replication crisis in science.  

    New DET Teaching Maths Online site live!

    Last week DET launched new support for teaching mathematics online, through the Fuse website. 

    Teaching mathematics in remote / online learning scenarios can be challenging. This page provides the busy teacher with strategies, supports and ideas to ensure that their students are able to continue to access high quality, proficiency rich pedagogy that will ensure numeracy and mathematics development through the period of online learning. 

    The resources contained on this page are also able to be used in the regular classroom or for homework activities, ideas or projects.

     
     
       
     

    MAVshop open for business! 

    Hot topic!

    Making Number Talks Matter: Developing Mathematical Practices and Deepening Understanding, Years 4-10 

    Best Seller!

    Teaching and Assessing Maths Through Open-Ended Activities

    Online Pre-order VCE practice exams now. VCE Trial Exams pre – order now available

    Prepare effectively for VCE mathematics examinations with the MAV Trial Exams for Mathematical Methods, Further Mathematics and Specialist Mathematics studies.

    Written to comply with Adjusted 2020 study design.

    Each trial exam features: Original questions, highly relevant to the current course, fully worked solutions for all sections and clear marking schemes. Exam formats are similar to those used by the VCAA. The purchasing institution has permission to reproduce copies for its students.

     Individual Study: $218 (Member), $272.50 (Non-Member)

    All Studies: $503 (Member), $628.75 (Non-Member)

     
     
     

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    Call for options
    Now open!

     
     

     

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    RSVP's for MAV's AGM close on 19th May. All members are welcome to join the meeting. RSVP and more info is available here.

    MAV's annual report for the period Feb 2019 to Jan 2020 is also now available on the MAV website. This includes the Audited Financial Reports for the period. To find out more about the work of your member association please see the report. 

    New VCE revision lecture program from MAV! See below for more.

    Peter Saffin
    CEO

     
       
     

    NEW Parent Support!

    MAV has launched new web pages to support parents with mathematics at home, now and into the future.

    If you are looking for some extended reading for yourself or parents, check out the article on '7 WAYS PARENTS CAN HELP THEIR KIDS WITH MATHS'

    Support includes Tip sheets for parents - great to add to your schools newsletters.

    Also, please share our MAVshop Catalogues for parents, including games, puzzles and books for parents to support their children at home.

    Find out more about the purpose of these support pages on on press release here.

     
       
     

    New VCE revision program!

    As we cannot likely deliver our VCE revision lectures face-to-face, MAV is releasing a self-paced, interactive, online VCE Revision Course for all three maths studies.

    Course videos are delivered by experienced teachers and current VCAA exam assessors.

    • Student can watch over 3 hours of presentation videos from VCAA assessors.
    • Hear where students tend to go wrong.
    • Loads of common exam questions and how to solve them.
    • Insights into a VCAA maths exam and how to smash it!
    • Videos from TI-Nspire and Casio experts demonstrating how to maximise your use of CAS technology.
    • Access to exclusive live webinars with VCAA assessors where you get to ask them questions.

    All students who register will receive a comprehensive book of revision notes
    including:

    • Tips for exam success.
    • Tricky past exam questions with solutions.
    • Common exam questions with solutions.

    Please share the attached flier with your students!

    Bookings are open now, and the course access will be supplied in term 3.

    Visit the website to find out more. School group bookings available.

     
       
     

    Remote Learning Support, more activities available now!

    Edition 5 of the home learning tasks have been added to MAV's home learning pages. Home learning tasks are aimed at F-2, 3-6 and 7-9 are being released weekly. This weeks edition focuses on multiplication and real world problems along with reading and interpreting graphs and displays.  Click here to access these tasks.

    We want your feedback! Have you viewed, downloaded or used the MAV home learning tasks? If so we would really appreciate your feedback. Please take this short survey to help us meet your needs.

    Further Remote, Distance and Home Learning Support is available here.

    Want some PL, think virtual!

    MAV Education Consultants are available via Zoom or WebEx or on the phone to support your schools needs. Please email Jen Bowden jbowden@mav.vic.edu.au (Primary) or Helen Haralambous hharalambous@mav.vic.edu.au (Secondary).

    New!
    Top 5 Tips for Teachers implementing rich and challenging tasks remotely.

    Running rich and challenging tasks remotely that usually require collaboration and discussion can be a challenge, but it is possible! 

    We hope this helps! 

     
       
     

    Maths Talent Quest 2020, now on!

    MTQ is available for 2020 and it's not too late to get started!

    The Maths Talent Quest is a great way to support student’s numeracy development as they engage in mathematical investigations on topics of their choice. It is an ideal learning opportunity for flexible, remote learning in term two in small groups or individually.

    Please contact Jen Bowden by email jbowden@mav.vic.edu.au if you have any questions. 

     
       
     

    2020 Professional Learning:        Register now on our events page

    Developing multiplicative thinking (Year 7 - 10 students working below expected level)

     

    Wednesday 13th May 2020.

    4:00PM – 5:00PM

    Virtual Learning session

    Target audience: Teachers of year 7 to 10

     In this webinar we will discuss the biggest reason we have a 7 year spread of levels when students enter year 7: they haven't moved from additive to multiplicative thinking. During the session, we will explain the differences between an additive thinker and a multiplicative thinker. Furthermore, we will share engaging, evidence-based strategies and interventions to develop multiplicative thinking with students.

    Presenter: Danijela Draskovic (MAV)

    Warm Ups (Year 7 to 9)

     

    Wednesday 20th May 2020.

    4:00PM – 5:00PM

    Virtual Learning session

    Target audience: Teachers of year 7 to 9

    A key component to engaging students is to get them hooked in at the beginning of the lesson. In this hands-on workshop for teachers of year 7 to 9, participants will explore activities that will warm up students in readiness for the lesson. The activities have potential to cater a multiple levels and engage all students.

    Presenter: Helen Haralambous (MAV)

    Developing numeracy in the real world – ideas for task using real world situations and environments.

    (Yr 3 – Yr 6)
     

     Tuesday 19th May 2020

    4:00PM – 5:00PM

    Virtual Learning session

    Target audience: Parents and teachers of students in Yr 3 – Yr 6

     This session will discuss the opportunities for parents and teachers to support students as they engage in rich tasks based on real life opportunities at home and school.

    Presenters: Jen Bowden and Ellen Corovic (MAV)

    Register now on our events page

     
       
     

    Australian Maths Trust Launches Problemo Discovery Series

    As The Australian Maths Trust prepares its new online teacher resource, Problemo, we want to support students' online learning in mathematical problem solving. So we built Problemo Student.

    To launch this online resource, we're releasing the Problemo Discovery Series, a free quiz of six weekly maths problems developed for years 3-10. Learn problem-solving wherever you are, with tailored problems and step-by-step solution videos

    The Discovery Series problems:

    • Are completely free to use
    • Are live now! Check out week 1 now 
    • Come complete with problem tips 
    • Include introductory and solution videos 
    • Are available to anyone, and 
    • Are developed by AMT
     
       
     

    Other News and Opportunities

    Maths Teacher Circle event

    Are you looking for great problem solving ideas?

    Get access to new problem solving ideas that you can use whether you're teaching your students remotely or face-to-face. The next virtual Maths Teacher Circle session is coming up soon. You're invited to join and connect with other teachers from the comfort of your own home.

    Date: Thu 21 May, 4.00pm-6.30pm (2.5 hours)

    Cost: $5  Register here.

    Researching education: Five further readings on Mathematics

    How do you support students needing assistance in their Mathematics learning? What about the students who are adamant that they don’t like maths? In this article, Teacher Magazine shares five resources on Mathematics teaching and learning.

    AITSL Support

    1. Teacher Resource Hub: Whether you're teaching from a remote location, continuing in your school setting or delivering blended learning, these resources support teaching during the current pandemic as well as the transition post-pandemic. New resources are added regularly.

    2. Facebook Group: A dedicated space for teachers and school leaders to ask questions, share what works (and what doesn’t) and support each other. Join the community and share your tips and ideas.

    3. What Works in Online / Distance Teaching and Learning: This special-edition Spotlight identifies best practice evidence to guide online learning, and advice you can share with parents and carers. Have a flick through.

    New DET Teaching Maths Online site live!

    Last week DET launched new support for teaching mathematics online, through the Fuse website. 

    Teaching mathematics in remote / online learning scenarios can be challenging. This page provides the busy teacher with strategies, supports and ideas to ensure that their students are able to continue to access high quality, proficiency rich pedagogy that will ensure numeracy and mathematics development through the period of online learning. 

    The resources contained on this page are also able to be used in the regular classroom or for homework activities, ideas or projects.

     
     
       
     

    Go MAVshop

    Share our new Parent Catalogues as below with your school communities!

    Online Pre-order VCE practice exams now. VCE Trial Exams pre – order now available

    Prepare effectively for VCE mathematics examinations with the MAV Trial Exams for Mathematical Methods, Further Mathematics and Specialist Mathematics studies.

    Written to comply with Adjusted 2020 study design.

    Each trial exam features: Original questions, highly relevant to the current course, fully worked solutions for all sections and clear marking schemes. Exam formats are similar to those used by the VCAA. The purchasing institution has permission to reproduce copies for its students.

     Individual Study: $218 (Member), $272.50 (Non-Member)

    All Studies: $503 (Member), $628.75 (Non-Member)

     

    Parent Catalogue Primary

    Parent Catalogue Secondary

     
     
     

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    To kick off the week I am pleased to let you know that Edition 4 of our home learning resources are now available! See below.

    We have also just launched some parent support pages, see below in the newsletter for more information. Please share the resources such as the Top 5 Tips for Parents sheets and parent catalogues with your parent community through your newsletters. These resources provide you with a positive opportunity to communicate to parents at home, some of whom we know are doing it tough!

    Best wishes for now. 

    Regards,

    Peter Saffin
    CEO

     
       
     

    MAV Annual Report and AGM

    The MAV annual report for the period Feb 2019 to Jan 2020 is now available on the MAV website. This includes the Audited Financial Reports for the period. To find out more about the work of your member association please see the report. Happy reading!

    The Annual General Meeting for The Mathematical Association of Victoria will take place on Tuesday 26th May at 6.00pm.

    This meeting will be held virtually and will include an election for directors, with 9 nominees for 6 positions.  Attendees will receive an invitation via email closer to the date that will give them instructions to join the meeting. Those attending will receive the information about voting prior to the meeting also.

    All members are welcome to join the meeting. RSVP and more info at: https://www.mav.vic.edu.au/About-Us/MAV-2020-AGM

     
       
     

    Remote Learning Support

    Edition 4 of the home learning tasks have been added to MAV's home learning pages. We hope you find these useful.

    We want your feedback! Have you viewed, downloaded or used the MAV home learning tasks? If so we would really appreciate your feedback. Please take this short survey to help us meet your needs.

    Home learning tasks are aimed at F-2, 3-6 and 7-9 are being released weekly. These tasks are designed in two parts. A number and algebra section, and a non-number and algebra section. Click here to access these tasks.

     Further Remote, Distance and Home Learning Support is available here.

    Ongoing PL opportunities:

    MAV Education Consultants are available via Zoom or WebEx or on the phone to support your schools needs. Please email Jen Bowden jbowden@mav.vic.edu.au (Primary) or Helen Haralambous hharalambous@mav.vic.edu.au (Secondary).

     

     
       
     

    Maths Talent Quest 2020, now on!

    MTQ is available for 2020!

    The Maths Talent Quest is a great way to support student’s numeracy development as they engage in mathematical investigations on topics of their choice. It is an ideal learning opportunity for flexible, remote learning in term two in small groups or individually.

    Please contact Jen Bowden by email jbowden@mav.vic.edu.au if you have any questions. 

     
       
     

    2020 Professional Learning:        Register now on our events page

    Developing multiplicative thinking (Year 7 - 10 students working below expected level)

     

    Wednesday 13th May 2020.

    4:00PM – 5:00PM

    Virtual Learning session

    Target audience: Teachers of year 7 to 10

     In this webinar we will discuss the biggest reason we have a 7 year spread of levels when students enter year 7: they haven't moved from additive to multiplicative thinking. During the session, we will explain the differences between an additive thinker and a multiplicative thinker. Furthermore, we will share engaging, evidence-based strategies and interventions to develop multiplicative thinking with students.

    Presenter: Danijela Draskovic (MAV)

    Warm Ups (Year 7 to 9)

     

    Wednesday 20th May 2020.

    4:00PM – 5:00PM

    Virtual Learning session

    Target audience: Teachers of year 7 to 9

    A key component to engaging students is to get them hooked in at the beginning of the lesson. In this hands-on workshop for teachers of year 7 to 9, participants will explore activities that will warm up students in readiness for the lesson. The activities have potential to cater a multiple levels and engage all students.

    Presenter: Helen Haralambous (MAV)

    Using picture books to inspire and develop mathematics

    (Foundation – Yr 4)

    Thursday 7th May 2020
    4:00PM – 5:00PM

    Virtual Learning session

    Target audience: Parents and teachers of students in Foundation – Yr 4

    This session is aimed at parents and teachers and will explore a range of activities to inspire meaningful mathematics and numeracy activities. Presenters: Jen Bowden and Ellen Corovic

    Presenters: Jen Bowden and Ellen Corovic (MAV)

    Developing numeracy in the real world – ideas for task using real world situations and environments.

    (Yr 3 – Yr 6)
     

     Tuesday 19th May 2020

    4:00PM – 5:00PM

    Virtual Learning session

    Target audience: Parents and teachers of students in Yr 3 – Yr 6

     This session will discuss the opportunities for parents and teachers to support students as they engage in rich tasks based on real life opportunities at home and school.

    Presenters: Jen Bowden and Ellen Corovic (MAV)

    Register now on our events page

     
       
     

    NEW Parent Support!

    We have launched new web pages to support parents with mathematics at home, now and into the future.

    The pages are divided into primary and secondary support and include a variety of resources.

    Top 5 Tips for Parents:

    Initially we have produced some parent tips sheets for helping kids with maths at home. These are designed to fit a page in your school newsletter. We recommend adding the Top 5 Tips for Parents - Maths at Home sheet into your newsletters this week. You may use the other resources and tip sheets for later newsletters.

    VCE students tip sheets and support are currently being produced, stay tuned.

    Parent Catalogue:

    We have also produced MAVshop catalogues for parents, to provide them with information about products that may help with home based learning, now and into the future after students return to school. Please feel free to share these with your parents also, and point parents to our support pages:

    To access the resources below, go to: https://www.mav.vic.edu.au/Resources/parents

     

     

     
       
     

    Other News and Opportunities

    VCAA Update

    See our recent VCAA update sent Friday 1 May on our newsletter archive.

    COVID-19: Practical tips for early years teaching and learning

    Read here in Teacher Magazine

    New Casio Calculator models

    Shriro Australia Releases New Casio Scientific Calculators – The
    Leading Machine in the Australian Education Market.
    New Casio Scientific Calculators with Simple Design and Enhanced Ease of Use

    Today, Shriro Australia, the official Australian distributor, announced immediate availability of Casio fx-82AU PLUSII 2nd Edition and Casio fx-100AU PLUS 2nd Edition Scientific Calculators in the Australian Education Market, enabling owners of the current fx-82AU PLUSII and fx-100AU PLUS models to immediately upgrade to the latest release.

    The trusted and affordable AU Series has been specifically developed for the Australian curriculum. The calculators also meet the capability requirements outlined by VCAA.

    Find out more.
     

     
       
     

    Online Pre-order VCE practice exams now.

    VCE Trial Exams pre – order now available

    Prepare effectively for VCE mathematics examinations with the MAV Trial Exams for Mathematical Methods, Further Mathematics and Specialist Mathematics studies.

    Written to comply with Adjusted 2020 study design.

    Each trial exam features: Original questions, highly relevant to the current course, fully worked solutions for all sections and clear marking schemes. Exam formats are similar to those used by the VCAA. The purchasing institution has permission to reproduce copies for its students.

     Individual Study: $218 (Member), $272.50 (Non-Member)

    All Studies: $503 (Member), $628.75 (Non-Member)

    NEW resource:
    MAV Solutions to VCAA exam + Meet the Assessors ppt

    If you missed the 2020 Meet the Assessors workshop you can now purchase the presenters PowerPoint presentation along with the MAV solutions to the papers in each study.

    Together this package will equip you with fully worked solutions and the assessors analytical breakdown of each question, the questions that were well answered those that were not  and the common misunderstandings. 

     
     
     

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    Many of you will be aware of the changes released today from VCAA in regards to VCE assessment and Study Designs for 2020.

    We have been monitoring the situation and staying in touch with VCAA. At this stage we wanted to provide a short update on what we know at this time, and we will continue to provide support to you as we further unpack the details of what this means. Have a great weekend! 

    Regards, 

    Peter Saffin
    CEO

    2020 MATHEMATICS ADJUSTED STUDY DESIGN

    General adjustments

    The VCAA has undertaken a review of the Unit 4 component of every Study Design consistent with the following key principles:

    • Maintain adherence to the health advice and directions regarding learning at home and social distancing arrangements at school sites.
    • Reduce school-based assessment tasks where possible to relieve some pressure on students as they move to remote and flexible learning arrangements
    • Sustain the content knowledge and skills across Units 1 to 4
    • Allow small groups of VCE students to attend on-site for short periods, consistent with social distancing measures and other requirements, if their learning and assessment requirements cannot be conducted at home.

    General adjustment for mathematics

    • It is imperative that the revised 2020 Adjusted Study Design is used for the remainder of 2020. 
    • Examinations will be based on the key knowledge and skills contained in the 2020 Adjusted Study Design. The 2020 Adjusted Study Design includes adjustments to the key knowledge and skills and the scope of the assessment. Teachers can be assured that students will only be externally assessed on the content in the 2020 Adjusted Study Design.

    Content

    All studies maintain 3 outcomes.

    FURTHER MATHEMATICS

    • Unit 3 Keep prescribed Core units of Data Analysis and Financial Recursion
    • Unit 4 Reduce the selection of TWO modules to ONE from a selection of 4 possible

    SPECIALIST MATHEMATICS

    • Probability and statistics area of study deleted

    MATHEMATICAL METHODS

    Within area of Probability & Statistics basically keeping binomial and normal distributions

    • Distribution of sample proportions deleted
    • Discrete and continuous random variables deleted
    • Statistical inference for sample proportions deleted

    Assessment

    In all studies maintain 34% school-based assessment and 66% external examination-based assessment. However due to one less SAC in each study for Unit 4 distribution of assessment weighting for school assessed work has changed.

    FURTHER MATHEMATICS

    SCHOOL ASSESSED COURSEWORK

    • Unit 3    School assessed coursework changed from 20% weighting to 25%
    • Unit 4   School assessed coursework changed from 14% weighting to 9%

     EXAMINATIONS – still same weighting

    • Exam 1  - 33% and Exam 2 - 33%

    MATHEMATICAL METHODS

    SCHOOL ASSESSED COURSEWORK

    • Unit 3 - School assessed coursework changed from 17% weighting to 22%
    • Unit 4 - School assessed coursework changed from 17% weighting to 12%

    EXAMINATIONS – still same weighting

    • Exam 1  - 22% and Exam 2 - 44%

    SPECIALIST MATHEMATICS

    SCHOOL ASSESSED COURSEWORK

    • Unit 3    School assessed coursework changed from 17% weighting to 22%
    • Unit 4 School assessed coursework changed from 17% weighting to 12%

    EXAMINATIONS – still same weighting

    • Exam 1  - 22% and Exam 2 - 44%

     

    Updated Study Designs are on the VCAA website:

    https://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/Documents/vce/adjustedSD2020/2020MathematicsSD.pdf

     

     
       
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  • MATRIX News 23 April 2020

     

     

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    I am pleased to bring you news that new weekly activities are now available on our home learning pages. I hope that you are finding these useful, and we have had positive feedback on them so far.

    We also have started developing some parent support, that will launch next week all going to plan. This is an area that we have been thinking about for some time, and we now have found some time to work on this.

    See below for all this and much more including two new secondary focused virtual learning sessions.

    If you did not manage to take our short survey last week, this is your last chance as it closes Friday. We have had a lot of responses thank you! We will soon start analysing this to identify further support we can bring you at this time.

    What do you need? Take this super quick survey: (Closes Friday 24th April)

    To ensure we continue to do what you need, we are looking for teachers to take a two minute survey about what their key issues and needs are right now, as we kick off term 2. You can respond here: 

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MAVC19

    Regards,

    Peter Saffin
    CEO

     
       
     

    MAV AGM

    Previously MAV notified all members of the AGM which will take place on Tuesday 26th May at 6.00pm.

    This meeting will be held virtually. Please RSVP to Sally Turnbull: sturnbull@mav.vic.edu.au by Tuesday 19th May.

    Election and nominations for the Board:
    In accordance with Clause 35.4 of constitution of The Mathematical Association of Victoria nominations are hereby called for membership of the Board of The Mathematical Association of Victoria for the period May 2020 to May 2022.

    Members of the Association wishing to nominate for the Board need to complete the nomination form, and send to the CEO and Company Secretary Peter Saffin at no later than Tuesday 28th April 2020.  This will be the last reminder.

    Find out more about the AGM and nominations process and form here: https://www.mav.vic.edu.au/About-Us/MAV-2020-AGM

     
       
     

    Remote Learning support

    More home learning tasks have been added to MAV's home learning pages. We hope you find these useful.

    Home learning tasks are aimed at F-2, 3-6 and 7-9 are being released weekly. These tasks are designed in two parts. A number and algebra section, and a non-number and algebra section. The second edition focuses on the concepts of addition and chance. Click here to access these tasks.

    Further Remote, Distance and Home Learning Support is available here.

    Ongoing PL opportunities:

    MAV Education Consultants are available via Zoom or WebEx or on the phone to support your schools needs. Please email Jen Bowden jbowden@mav.vic.edu.au (Primary) or Helen Haralambous hharalambous@mav.vic.edu.au (Secondary).

     

     
       
     

    Maths Talent Quest 2020, now on!

    MTQ is available for 2020!

    The Maths Talent Quest is a great way to support student’s numeracy development as they engage in mathematical investigations on topics of their choice. It is an ideal learning opportunity for flexible, remote learning in term two in small groups or individually.

    Students can still be involved in MTQ without requiring contact at judging and the award ceremony. All entries will be sent digitally.

    There will be two levels of judging; school-based and state-wide judging. 2020 national judging will be hosted by the Mathematical Association of Western Australia.

    Please contact Jen Bowden by email jbowden@mav.vic.edu.au if you have any questions. 

    We look forward to continuing is great opportunity for 2020!

     
     
       
     

    2020 Professional Learning:        Register now on our events page

    Developing multiplicative thinking (Year 7 - 10 students working below expected level)

     

    NEW!

    Wednesday 13th May 2020.

    4:00PM – 5:00PM

    Virtual Learning session

    Target audience: Teachers of year 7 to 10

     In this webinar we will discuss the biggest reason we have a 7 year spread of levels when students enter year 7: they haven't moved from additive to multiplicative thinking. During the session, we will explain the differences between an additive thinker and a multiplicative thinker. Furthermore, we will share engaging, evidence-based strategies and interventions to develop multiplicative thinking with students.

    Presenter: Danijela Draskovic (MAV)

    Warm Ups (Year 7 to 9)

     

    NEW!

    Wednesday 20th May 2020.

    4:00PM – 5:00PM

    Virtual Learning session

    Target audience: Teachers of year 7 to 9

    A key component to engaging students is to get them hooked in at the beginning of the lesson. In this hands-on workshop for teachers of year 7 to 9, participants will explore activities that will warm up students in readiness for the lesson. The activities have potential to cater a multiple levels and engage all students.

    Presenter: Helen Haralambous (MAV)

    Using picture books to inspire and develop mathematics

    (Foundation – Yr 4)

    Thursday 7th May 2020
    4:00PM – 5:00PM

    Virtual Learning session

    Target audience: Parents and teachers of students in Foundation – Yr 4

    This session is aimed at parents and teachers and will explore a range of activities to inspire meaningful mathematics and numeracy activities. Presenters: Jen Bowden and Ellen Corovic

    Presenters: Jen Bowden and Ellen Corovic (MAV)

    Developing numeracy in the real world – ideas for task using real world situations and environments.

    (Yr 3 – Yr 6)
     

     Tuesday 19th May 2020

    4:00PM – 5:00PM

    Virtual Learning session

    Target audience: Parents and teachers of students in Yr 3 – Yr 6

     This session will discuss the opportunities for parents and teachers to support students as they engage in rich tasks based on real life opportunities at home and school.

    Presenters: Jen Bowden and Ellen Corovic (MAV)

    Register now on our events page

     
       
     

    Term 2 Journals now available! Read the digital versions now!

    We are preparing our term 2 mail-out and will post once we know schools are able to receive it. Until then the journals and Magazine are available online.

    Common Denominator

    Free to all!

     

    Prime Number

    Members only

    Vinculum

    Members only

     

     
       
     

    Other News and Opportunities

    Beyond fluency: Promoting mathematical proficiencies through online collaborative problem solving

    In this article, the authors explain that when technology is integrated in an equitable manner and with due regard for professional learning, the affordances of Web 2.0 technology and interactive devices allow teachers to not only promote procedural fluency but also to develop students’ conceptual understanding, reasoning and problem-solving skills. Read the article here.

    Mathematics and Statistics: RESEARCH COMPETITION

    The School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Melbourne is pleased to announce the launch of its new Research Competition.  The competition is aimed at all Victorian school students in Years 7 to 12 and is completely free to enter.  Students can choose to work on one of eight projects either on their own or collaboratively in a small team. The students can complete the project in their own time, until the final submission date in July.

    For further details and information, including the research question booklet, please contact the School of Mathematics and Statistics Outreach Team on: ms-outreach@ms.unimelb.edu.au

    DET learning from home support:

    DET is continuing to add content to their learning at home support pages, more info Available here

     
     
       
     

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    Spinderella: (One of our new remote learning tasks uses this book!)

     

    A fantastic new picture book all about a football-playing spider, written by Julia Donaldson, author of The Gruffalo, with glorious full colour illustrations.

    Puzzle Compendium

    (Target: Primary and Secondary)

     It is now recognised that puzzles and games represent an authentic context for the development of mathematical problem solving and reasoning skills. 

    This collection of 120 mathematical games and puzzles includes 17 different types of puzzle designed to provide an appropriate level of challenge for students of different ages and abilities.

     

    The Number Devil 

    (Target: Secondary)

    Twelve-year-old Robert hates his maths teacher. He sets his class boring problems and won't let them use their calculators. Then in his dreams Robert meets the Number Devil who brings the subject magically to life, illustrating with wit and charm a world in which numbers can amaze and fascinate, where maths is nothing like the dreary, difficult process that so many of us dread. "The Number Devil" knows how to make maths devilishly simple.

     

    Junior Illustrated Maths Dictionary

    (Target: Primary teachers and parents)

     

    This dictionary covers all the maths terms and concepts required in the junior primary years. Each word is clarified with engaging illustrations. The book is a very useful reference for both teachers and parents, but it is primarily intended for children to use individually in Years 1 - 4. It is expected that students will make it a Living Dictionary by adding their own supporting comments in the spaces provided, and also retain it from one year to the next. 

     
     
     

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    Now open!

     
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    Did you know that Maths Talent Quest is proceeding for 2020!

    Are you looking for a project that students can do at home, or in small collaborative groups while working remotely? MTQ has all you need!

    • Open to student from F to year 12!
    • The perfect project for students working from home individually or collaborating in small groups!

    MTQ is an annual activity aimed at promoting interest in mathematics and fostering positive attitudes among students, teachers and parents. The focus of the MTQ is on the process of mathematical investigations and relating mathematics to everyday life.

    We have been working hard to get things ready, and schools can start their project now!

    In MTQ student’s engage in a mathematical investigation of their choice, exploring the mathematics and numeracy of their selected topic. 

    In 2020 we have implemented changes to ensure your students can still be involved in MTQ without requiring contact at judging and the award ceremony.

    How do I get involved? Find out more here:

    https://www.mav.vic.edu.au/Student-activities/Maths-Talent-Quest

     

    Major Sponsor:

    If you have further questions contact Jen Bowden at jbowden@mav.vic.edu.au

    Regards.

    Peter Saffin
    CEO

     
       
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    The Mathematical Association of Victoria is evaluating the COVID-19 situation daily and will follow the advice of relevant Government agencies and health departments. At this moment, we are working hard to deliver the MAV20 Conference and will provide regular information updates as soon as it comes available.

    The Mathematical Association of Victoria are excited to announce the 57th Annual Conference (MAV20) will be at La Trobe University, Bundoora from Thursday 3 – Friday 4 December 2020.

    The theme this year is A 2020 Vision: Engaging Mathematics

    We all experience mathematics differently; some of us are confident, others suffer from maths anxiety, and many of us sit between these two extremes. What is your story? How do you engage in mathematics?

    How can we as a community: ignite students’ passion for, and value of, mathematics; engage and support colleagues’ professional growth; and engage and inform the community as a whole? Let’s create a 2020 vision to share the positive skills and attributes that mathematics can provide for future generations.

    Join us to share your ideas, stories, and enthusiasm for engaging in mathematics.

      

     

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    MAV20 Call for Options Open!

    At the heart of MAV’s Annual Conference are teachers. Each year over 1500 mathematics educators including teachers, academics, policy makers, curriculum experts and resource developers come together to share their collective expertise, experiences and ideas. This year the conference will focus on best practice, new ideas and innovative approaches around:

    • Engaging Students – in and out of classrooms
    • Engaging Teachers and leaders – in teacher growth and professional learning, system change, and using effective and innovative pedagogy including research, data and evidence-based approaches
    • Engaging Society – families, parents and communities including workplace and industry, and the importance of ‘Valuing mathematics in society’
    • Engaging Numeracy – in context across and beyond the curricula
    • Engaging Technology - technology and new forms of thinking and learning

    This is a chance for you to share your experiences and knowledge with your colleagues and we encourage you to submit an abstract.

    Submissions will only be accepted online.  Click here to access the Call for Options Google form.

    Call for Options will close on 30 June 2020.

    Sponsorship and Exhibiting opportunities!

    MAV invites your organisation to attend MAV20:

    • achieve brand positioning
    • Develop leads
    • access to networking opportunities with educators  

    Exhibition

    Our professional exhibition is unique opportunity to meet with maths educators, click here for more information.

    Sponsorship

    New and exciting sponsorship opportunities are available, click here for more information.

    Any questions or for further information, contact Jacqui Diamond on Tel: +61 3 9380 2399 or email: jdiamond@mav.vic.edu.au

    Early bird registration, now open!

    Not only do you get the early bird rate, be the first to select your sessions before the program is released!

    The Mathematical Association of Victoria invites you to participate in its annual conference; MAV20: A 2020 Vision: Engaging Mathematics

    All two-day conference registrations include:

    • Conference morning and afternoon teas and lunches
    • Complimentary conference satchel
    • Access to the conference sessions
    • Pass to the exhibition hall
    • One ticket to the Meet & Greet social event on Thursday evening
    • Parking

    One day conference registrations are entitled to lunch and morning tea on the day they are registered (Thursday registration includes the social event).

    All registration fees include a 10% Goods and Services Tax (GST).

    Earlybird registrations close Tuesday 30 June 2020.
     
    To register and for further information click here.

    Confirmed Keynotes

    A dynamic keynote program is being developed designed to explore the theme A 2020 Vision: Engaging Mathematics.

    MAV would like to announce the following confirmed keynote presenters:

    Dr James TantonDr James Tanton

    James Tanton (PhD, Princeton 1994, mathematics) is an author, a consultant, and an ambassador for the Mathematical Association of America in Washington D.C., currently serving as their Mathematician-at-Large.

    EXPLODING DOTS: A Global Phenomenon  (Focus on Primary School Mathematics)

    Two and a half years ago an ongoing global phenomenon in mathematics education and outreach commenced. Thousands of maths teachers, club organizers, outreach leaders, parents and maths enthusiasts from over 150 different countries and territories opened their classroom doors to students or sat at their kitchen tables with their children and engaged in a common, joyous piece of school-relevant mathematics. In Saudi Arabia, pony-tailed girls played with colored magnetic discs stuck to a metal wall. In Australia, high-school students drew illustrations on white boards and students in Tanzania did the same on chalk boards. In Zimbabwe, students made hollows in the ground and excitedly pushed pebbles back and forth between the holes. And in Serbia, middle-school students played with dots in boxes on their laptops though an online app.

    All was volunteer, all was grassroots, and all was propelled by our beautiful community of teachers across the globe simply wanting to share joyous, meaningful, connected, and genuine mathematics with their wonderful students. This community has reached over 6 million students solely through maths.

    What kind of classroom-relevant mathematics has the power to enthrall students across the entire planet, transcending language, borders, and technology? And what flames were lit to first propel this mathematics across the globe?

    Allow me to introduce you the “mind blowing” mathematics of Exploding Dots.

    Dr Leicha BraggDr Leicha Bragg

    Leicha Bragg is a Senior Lecturer in Mathematics Education in the Faculty of Arts and Education at Deakin University, Melbourne. Her extensive experience in mathematics education incorporates improving mathematics education through innovative and engaging approaches.

    Teaching Mathematics for Social justice

    In the midst of the 2020 global pandemic the importance of understanding mathematics and making critical decisions based on the individual and collective wellbeing of one’s society has never been more evident. This infusion of mathematics with social justice emphasises being globally aware whilst locally contextualising critical dilemmas. Issues of global and local importance such as the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, famine, and displacement require critical perspectives across disciplines. Transforming our future requires a deep understanding of mathematics to help students and educators understand the complexity of these social justice issues so that they can anticipate, act, and reflect. In conjunction with colleagues at the University of British Columbia, Canada, we have been exploring teaching mathematics for social justice (TMfSJ). In this presentation, I will present engaging TMfSJ tasks for your future exploration and the challenges and rewards these tasks offer.

    Adam Kruger

    Adam Kruger

    Wesley College,
    Glen Waverley

    Scott Rumble

    Scott Rumble

    Parkdale Secondary College
     

    Adam Kruger and Scott Rumble have been involved in mathematical professional development for a number of years. Both working in a number of roles from Mathematics Learning Area leaders, Numeracy Leaders, Curriculum Development, Year Level Coordinator, Senior School Leader, to Acting Assistant Principal (Senior School/Curriculum). They have also been Directors of the Casey and Cardinia Mathematics Network.

    Teach Like A Star

    Do you struggle to engage students in mathematics? Do your students ask, “why do we need to learn this?”

    Would you like to show your students how mathematics can be relatable to the real world? Would you like hands on tasks to use with your students?

    Our workshop/presentation will focus on how we build connections and understanding to improve student outcomes in both Numeracy and Mathematics. We will explain and demonstrate how we have developed a hands-on Mathematics Program based on classroom interactions and effective feedback. Our seminar will allow attendees to leave with tried and tested materials to use in their classroom.

    Students learn best when they are motivated to learn by seeing the value and importance of the information presented. This workshop will allow attendees to experience and learn how to:

    • Motivate students to learning
    • Create an interactive atmosphere to allow for student voice
    • Build connections through directed assessments
    • Provide opportunities to apply knowledge to real world situations
    • Use Project Based Learning
    • Challenge and engage students through effective feedback strategies
    • Measure the growth of learning of each individual student in your classroom using our data tool

    By the end of the keynote, each attendee will walk away with engaging activities, strategies that they can use immediately in their classroom.

     

    For more information on our presenters click here. More keynotes will be added to this link when confirmed.
     

     
         
     

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    Welcome back to a very different different term 2 than we may have expected!

    MAV is working to support mathematics educators, and you will find a number of opportunities below. Of note are MAV's new support pages to provide ideas, advice and resources to you on a regular basis. Come back each week to see what has been added. 

    We will also be releasing activities for you to use for remote learning, targeted at different year levels. These will come via this newsletter each week going forward. I hope they are useful! See below for more information.

    We are also preparing for our virtual AGM. Nominations for the Board are also open as outlined below.

    What do you need? Take this super quick survey:

    Finally, to ensure we continue to do what you need, we are looking for teachers to take a two minute survey abou