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    • MATRIX News 21 June 2020

       

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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.

       
         
       

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      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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    • MATRIX News 15 June 2020

       

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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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  • MAV MTQ news 1 June 2020

     

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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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  • MATRIX News 28 May 2020

     

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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

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    Prime Number

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    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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    Australia post will deliver (eventually...)!

    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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    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 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.

    If you require a proxy form, this is available from Sally Turnbull: sturnbull@mav.vic.edu.au.

    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.  

    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

    MAV have been working hard to develop support for schools, teachers, students and parents during this stage of remote learning. A new section on our website called Remote, Distance and Home Learning Support is now available!

    Some of the main areas include:

    MAV Home Learning tasks: Home learning tasks 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 first edition focuses on the concepts of Modelling and representing number and Time. The tasks rely on minimal materials and can be accessed here https://www.mav.vic.edu.au/Resources/Remote-Distance-and-Home-Learning-Support/MAV-remote-learning-support.

    Support and offers from resource providers: The collection includes offers from resource providers and other organisations that may help at this time. 

    Links to other support: including remote learning websites and apps and leadership and technology support, picture books for mathematics, other classroom resources to adapt for remote learning activities.

    We are also available to provide professional Learning support:

    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 to proceed!

    We bring great news; 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 whilst learning online. It is an ideal learning opportunity for flexible, remote learning in term two.

    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. All entries should 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.

    MAV will be running a webinar at 4 pm on Thursday 16th April to share and discuss these changes. Register here.

    Please contact Jen Bowden by email jbowden@mav.vic.edu.au if you have any questions. 

     

    Have Sum Fun Online (HSFOL)

    Have Sum Fun Online is conducted by the Mathematical Association of Western Australia (MAWA) and is endorsed by the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (AAMT). It is a maths quiz of NAPLAN-type problems for both students at home and school year-level teams of four students. HSFOL is designed to foster mathematical problem solving for students in Years 3-10 across Australia.

    The competition consists of three rounds of 10 questions, where both students at home and school teams have one hour to complete each round of questions. Each round is accessible on the HSFOL website for one week, and rounds are a week apart.

    For more information please click here.

     
       
     

    2020 Professional Learning:         Register now on our events page

    Maths Talent Quest: How do we run MTQ in 2020?
     

    Thursday 16th April 2020
    4:00PM – 5:00PM

    Virtual Learning session Suitable for F to year 10.

    Target audience: Teachers of F - 12

    In this webinar we will discuss the changes to the 2020, how you can support your students complete investigations and answer your questions.

     Presenter: Jen Bowden

    School and home – Engaging maths games to develop fluency (Yr 3 – Yr 6) 

    Tuesday 21st April 2020

    4:00PM – 5:00PM

    Virtual Learning session

    Target audience: Parents and teachers of students in Yr 3 – Yr 6 

    For parents and teachers! Participants in this session will be guided through a selection of maths games that can be played in the classroom, or at home to develop student’s fluency. This session will focus on students in Yr 3 – Yr 6, but can be adapted to other ages. A second session for students ages Foundation – Yr 2 will be held on the 28th of April.

    Presenters: Jen Bowden and Ellen Corovic

    School and home – Engaging maths games to develop fluency (Foundation – Yr 2)

     

     Monday 27th April 2020

    4:00PM – 5:00PM

    Virtual Learning session

    Target audience: Parents and teachers of students in Foundation – Yr 2

     For parents and teachers! Participants in this session will be guided through a selection of maths games that can be played in the classroom, or at home to develop student’s fluency. This session will focus on students in Foundation – Yr 2 but can be adapted to other ages. A first session for students ages Yr – 3 Yr 6 will be held on the 21st of April.

    Presenters: Jen Bowden and Ellen Corovic

    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

     The problem with numbers

     

     Tuesday 12th May 2020

    4:00PM - 5:00PM

    Virtual Learning session

    Target audience: Teachers of F - 8

     This virtual learning session will provide participants with an understanding of the characteristics of mathematics learning difficulties including dyscalculia. Dyscalculia is specific learning disorder with an innate difficulty in learning or comprehending mathematics. Students with dyscalculia have difficulty understanding numbers, learning how to manipulate numbers, learning mathematical facts, and a number of other related difficulties. Participants will review a range of practical strategies which are known to be more effective in supporting students experiences these challenges.

    Presenter: Nathalie Parry

    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

    Register now on our events page

     
       
     

    New jobs on the MAV Employment Hub!

     

    Our new Employment Hub currently has a number of positions advertised. Check out the latest posting:

    Teacher of Science and Maths 2020, Mercy College Coburg, Start term 2.

    Add your vacant positions now!

     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

    AITSL Spotlight report: What Works in Online/Distance Teaching and Learning?

    Practical approaches to help teachers establish online and distance learning for their students.

    VCAA advice

    Advice and updates from VCAA are posted each Monday to the VCAA website. Please check regularly to stay up to date. 

    In regards to mathematics curriculum delivery for 2020, MAV is in discussion with VCAA, and awaiting further information and announcements. As these come we will also keep you posted and will provide support as required, stay tuned.

    inkl: Empowering teachers and students with trusted news

    inkl is one of the world's top-rated news apps. Working with schools and teachers to deliver paywall-free, trusted and vetted news in one place (The New York Times, Economist, Bloomberg and many more)

    We know there is a major lack of clarity and reliability of information surrounding COVID-19 pandemic. inkl wants to address this, by offering teachers free subscriptions at teachers.inkl.com

     

    Teacher Magazine: Using manipulatives in mathematics

    Using simple physical objects that students can visualise, touch and move to express their thinking is an inexpensive and effective classroom resource to explore mathematical concepts and encourage learning.

     
     
       
     

    MAVshop is open as usual! We are shipping orders daily.

    There are plenty of resources for teachers and parents to purchase.

     Picture books galore - to explore maths while at home

    Rowco, Combo and child friendly playing cards!

      

    Games for brain training at home! 

     Maths at Home

    Designed to assist parents who wish to ensure that their children are capable and confident users of mathematics!

     

    Can you Solve my Problems?

    How about a daily or weekly puzzle challenge to get them thinking and engaged, no matter where they are working?

    Let's get puzzling!

     
     
     

    Early bird registration
    Call for options
    Now open!

     
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  • MAV Notification of AGM, to be held 26 May 2020

     

     

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    Notice is hereby given that 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. Attendees will receive an invitation via email closer to the date that will give them instructions to join the meeting.

    This is an opportunity for all members around the state to join our meeting! You are all welcome.

    Election and nominations for MAV Board members

    At the meeting Directors will be elected to fill vacant positions on the 2020 – 2021 MAV Board at the Annual General Meeting (AGM):

    • Directors are appointed for a period of two (2) years.
    • 6 positions will be vacant and available for election.
    • Office bearers are appointed by the Board at the first meeting of the Board following the election.

    For more information about the AGM, accessing the nomination form, and what it means to become a Director, please see the webpage as follows: https://www.mav.vic.edu.au/About-Us/MAV-2020-AGM

    RSVP

    Please RSVP to Sally Turnbull: sturnbull@mav.vic.edu.au by Tuesday 19th May.

    If you require a proxy form, this is available from Sally Turnbull: sturnbull@mav.vic.edu.au.

    Annual report

    The annual report will be distributed 21 days prior to the AGM.

    If you have further questions Do not 'reply' to this emai, please contact me at psaffin@mav.vic.edu.au

    Regards,
    Peter Saffin
    CEO

     
     
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  • MAV special update: COVID-19 impacts, 18 March 2020

     

     

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    Like many organisations, MAV is currently being impacted by the ever-evolving situation and you will be receiving many updates like this. Thanks for taking the time to read this and support us as we do what we can to help maths educators at this time.

    We are all dealing with challenges we could not have imagined just a month ago. “Business as usual” isn’t an option.

    Working in education we have many potential contact points, and MAV needs to manage the risk for our staff, but also the schools we work with. We have had to drastically change some of our work already in response to school needs.

    To make it easy to see how we can continue to support you, I have broken this update into chunks below.

    You can get in touch with me at psaffin@mav.vic.edu.au if you have any concerns. 

    We are very conscious of how this is unfolding in schools and if we can help let us know. Stay safe, we are thinking of you!

    Regards,

    Peter Saffin
    CEO

     
       
     

    MAV staff and office contact

    MAV staff are equipped to work from home. All our systems are now cloud based, and some staff are already working remotely to continue to supply our services as we practice social distancing.

    MAV staff are available to contact during business hours as usual, unless they are on annual or medical leave. Some staff will be taking leave during Easter school holidays.

    Visitors are not currently being accepted at the office.

    Telephones at the office will not be answered if staff are working remotely. It is best to email staff you work with directly or for general inquiries email office@mav.vic.edu.au to ensure a response. Staff will call you back if required.

    When emailing, please provide a detailed message including relevant return contact details.

     
       
     

    Professional learning

    VCE Professional learning

    MAV are completing the final few of our VCE events online over the coming week. We are pleased that we were able to quickly and flexibly move to virtual delivery due to schools no longer having the capacity to host. 

    Thank you for your support in allowing us to change the format so that we can deliver you a valuable experience. If you are attending you should have received notifications of new dates/times and arrangements. If not please contact Helen at hharalambous@mav.vic.edu.au

    Face-to-face events Term 2 and in-school consulting

    Other face-to-face events for Term 2 have been cancelled or postponed. This included our primary conference, and depending on how things evolve we will find a new date later in the year or cancel until 2021. Stay tuned.

    Decisions regarding in-school consulting and professional learning for Term 2 have yet to be confirmed. Stay tuned for further updates. 

    Online learning sessions to come

    We are planning a series of events online to help support you, your students and parents at this time as they may be learning from home. More info will be shared in coming weeks. If you have ideas for what may help let me know.

     
       
     

    Student activities program

    Games days:

    We are preparing for our games days but at this stage have delayed opening bookings for our games days until 1 June. We will keep you up to date on these over coming weeks.

    VCE revision lectures:

    We are planning to deliver these virtually if required. Stay tuned as we work though the details over time.

    Maths Camp for high potential rural and regional students

    The camp will be delayed until at least September holidays. (normally July). Applications for students will be released soon. Once further plans have been confirmed further announcements will be made.

    Maths Talent Quest (MTQ)

    Great news! We have plans to support you with running Maths Talent Quest regardless of your situation. Once we have our guide and information ready at the start of term 2 we will let you know how to get involved, and we will also run online information sessions to get you started.

    Girls in STEM

    Two events for this year are currently proposed. Like other events, announcements and planning have been put on hold.

     
       
     

    New supporting resources being planned

    We are planning ideas around how to support you better at this time. This will include some professional learning resources and new classroom activities, that you can use in your various contexts to help you do more with your time.

    Stay tuned as these are announced from term 2.

     
       
     

    MAV shop is still open.

    We have resources that may be useful, and will provide info on these in coming newsletters. Try this one!

    Maths at 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. This Parent Guide was developed by the Mathematical Association of Western Australia. It is designed to assist parents who wish to ensure that their children are capable and confident users of mathematics.

     
     
     

    Planning is in full swing for the annual conference.

     
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  • MAV Newsletter, 2 March 2020

     

     

     

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    As we get stuck into 2020, it is obviously going to be a fast-paced and exciting year. Full of challenges and change. But together at MAV we can help you with access to the information and events that support you in your jobs. If you have suggestions for future newsletters please let me know. I would love to share more of what you are all using, doing or sharing so that we can spread around positive stories of what is working. You can get in touch with me at psaffin@mav.vic.edu.au

    Regards,

    Peter Saffin
    CEO

     
       
     

    Have you renewed? If not your MAV Membership expired!

    If you have not renewed, your membership expired at the end of January.

    As we are now past our grace period until the end of February you will now no longer be able to access member benefits.

    If you need help renewing or did not receive your information, please contact Michael Green at mgreen@mav.vic.edu.au or call (03) 9380 2399

    Update your staff list for 2020:
    If you are the key contact or a school we need you to log in and update your staff at your school. You cannot register your team for events if they are not linked under your school. 

    If you have not yet done so please go to the website, login and visit the 'My Details' area. www.mav.vic.edu.au

    For help with this contact mgreen@mav.vic.edu.au or call 03 9380 2399

     
       
     

    Games days and Maths Talent Quest

    We are planning to open our Maths Games games days and MTQ registrations early in term 2, so keep your eyes open for more information.

     
       
     

    2020 Professional Learning:         
    Register now on our events page

    VCE Professional Learning program 2020

     Don't miss out! Many events closing soon.

    Our VCE programs are going well, some some locations still to come! Events include: 

    • Meet the assessors - various locations regional and metro
    • SAC workshops - Burwood, Terang and Hoppers Crossing

    Book on our events page, and we are using our new booking system this year. Select the event, and then the venue to register.

    Don't miss out! Many events closing soon.

    Mathematics Proficiencies - holding our maths curriculum together

    Thursday 12th March 2020
    9:00AM - 3:00PM

    Location: Community Hub at the Dock

    Suitable for F to year 10.

    Join us for a full day of inspiring, hands on activities based on embedding the proficiencies within your curriculum.

    Presenter: Dr Paul Swan

    The problem with numbers

    FREE!

    Tuesday 12th May 2020
    4:00PM - 5:00PM

    Virtual Learning session

    Target audience: Teachers of F - 8

    This virtual learning session will provide participants with an understanding of the characteristics of mathematics learning difficulties including dyscalculia. Dyscalculia is specific learning disorder with an innate difficulty in learning or comprehending mathematics. Students with dyscalculia have difficulty understanding numbers, learning how to manipulate numbers, learning mathematical facts, and a number of other related difficulties. Participants will review a range of practical strategies which are known to be more effective in supporting students experiences these challenges.

    Register now on our events page

     
       
     

    New jobs on the MAV Employment Hub!

     

    Our new Employment Hub currently has a number of positions advertised. Check out these for example:

    • Mathematics Science Teacher - Mater Christi College

    Add your vacant positions now to ensure you have your positions filled for 2020./p>

     Read the digital version online now!

    Common Denominator

    Free to all!

     

    Prime Number

    Members only

    Vinculum

    Members only

     

     
       
     

    Other News and Opportunities

    Blog and resources

    Here is a blog by Marilyn Burns with may teaching ideas and activities. http://www.marilynburnsmathblog.com/ .

    On the right there is a column of all the topics covered and it includes quite a few games. Check out the 4 strikes and you're out game.

     Order FREE TI calculator classroom posters Click here

    It’s going to be a big year in sport – make it a big year in maths with the Maths and Sport Show

    2020 is going to huge year in sport. There’s the Olympic Games, Women’s and Men’s T20 World Cups in Australia, AFL, Soccer, Tennis and more.

    Use the power of sport to engage your students in maths with The Maths and Sport Show. The show is a live touring 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
    We have different versions available for Junior Secondary and Primary students, and regularly tour regional areas.

    The production is proudly sponsored by The M.A.V. with a 20% discount available to members.

    Don’t miss this great opportunity to boost student engagement and interest in maths.

    To find out more, please contact us today info@felstead.com.auWeb: http://www.felstead.com.au/portfolio/mathsandsport/

     

    Join mathematicians and like-minded teachers.

    Do you enjoy doing and being challenged by maths? Are you after strategies to help students become better problem solvers?

    Join the Melbourne Maths Teacher Circle with a half day of practical and hands-on maths professional learning.

    Ensure you register your attendance, as places are limited!

     
       
     

    Stock up for the year, there is plenty to go around!

    MAV Solutions 2019 VCAA Exams

    Ensure students prepare effectively for VCE Mathematics Examinations with the MAV solutions to the 2019 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, including marking allocation and permission for the purchasing institution to reproduce copies for its students.

    All studies pack click here

      

    Hot Topic!

    Numeracy: Teaching Maths in Context

     Numeracy: teaching maths in context describes an approach to teaching mathematics based on applied and contextual learning principles. This means that the teaching and learning of mathematics proceeds from a contextual, task-based and investigative point of view, where the mathematics involved is developed from a modelled situation or practical task.

    Practical investigations and projects are key vehicles for student learning in such an approach.

    Teaching Secondary School Mathematics - Research and practice for the 21 Century

    The second edition of a highly successful text introducing the fundamentals of teaching secondary school mathematics, fully revised to reflect the Australian Curriculum.

    Since its first publication,'Teaching Secondary School Mathematics' has established itself as one of the most respected and popular texts for both pre- service and in-service teachers.

    This new edition has been fully revised and updated to reflect the major changes brought about by the introduction of the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics, as well as discussing significant research findings, the evolution of digital teaching and learning technologies, and the implications of changes in education policies and practices. The mathematical proficiencies that now underpin the Australian curriculum -- understanding, fluency, problem solving and reasoning -- are covered in depth in Part 1, and a new section is devoted to the concept of numeracy.

     
     
     
     

    Check out our updated website for 2020!

     
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  • MAV Newsletter, 4 February 2020

     

     

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    Welcome to a new decade! And with it comes many opportunities! There are a lot of things to browse through and read in our newsletter below, enjoy!

    The Alice Springs Declaration: The Education Council released the Alice Springs Declaration in December 2019. The Goals of the declaration will be a focus of work for the Education Council in coming years. It is worth checking out the various strategies that relate to our year levels of teachers and areas of expertise.

    Have a great start to the year!

    Peter Saffin
    CEO

     
       
     

    Have you renewed? If not your MAV Membership expired!

    If you have not renewed, your membership expired at the end of January.

    From the end of February you will no longer be able to access member benefits.

    If you need help renewing or did not receive your information, please contact Michael Green at mgreen@mav.vic.edu.au or call (03) 9380 2399

    Update your staff list for 2020:
    If you are the key contact or a school we need you to log in and update your staff at your school. You cannot register your team for events if they are not linked under your school. 

    If you have not yet done so please go to the website, login and visit the 'My Details' area. www.mav.vic.edu.au

    For help with this contact mgreen@mav.vic.edu.au or call 03 9380 2399

     

     

     
       
     

    No you didn't really miss them...

    If you missed the MAV19 Conference, or missed these great keynotes you can watch then now:

    Prof. Mike Askew

    Mike was hit; both entertaining and informative! His practical approach will provide you with many opportunities to challenge your practice and try out new ideas.

    BIG IDEAS: CONNECTING WITHIN AND ACROSS THE MATHEMATICS CURRICULUM

    In this keynote Mike will explore some of the Big Ideas in mathematics and how they can support teaching that not only focuses on reasoning and problem solving, as well as fluency, but develops understanding over time by building on, connecting and refining ideas, rather than continually introducing new ones.

    Prof. Kate Smith-Miles

    Some extracts may be good to share with your students! Kate provides a compelling story of her maths career!

    MYTHBUSTING MATHEMATICS Context for Learning and STEM

    This talk tackles some of the many myths about mathematics that affect student perceptions, and equips teachers to respond with debunking examples. The foundational aspect of the school mathematics curriculum can make it difficult for students to see the relevance to the real world and their future. 

     
       
     

    Survey on the Birth to level 10 Numeracy Guide

    If you  have used the Birth to 10 Numeracy Guide released by the Victorian Department of Education and Training in 2019, please complete the survey to provide some feedback. Your feedback will help us explore better ways of designing online numeracy learning for educators and families.

    The survey link is HERE

    Completing this survey is optional and takes 5-10 minutes. Your responses are anonymous and confidential. If you have any questions about the survey, please email Dr. Leicha Bragg at Deakin University, Melbourne: Leicha.Bragg@deakin.edu.au

     Numeracy Guide
     
       
     

    2020 Professional Learning:         
    Register now on our events page

    VCE Professional Learning program 2020

     

    Our VCE programs are now open for bookings! Events include: 

    • Meet the assessors
    • SAC workshops
    • VCE Mini conference events (including Meet the Assessors and SAC workshops)

    Book on our events page, and we are using our new booking system this year. Select the event, and then the venue to register.

    You can book yourself or a group from your school.

    MAV Sunraysia Conference 2020

    MAV is running another great conference in the Sunraysia district for primary and secondary teachers in March 2020! Don't miss out!

    Tuesday 10th March 2020
    9:00AM - 3:30PM

    Location: The Lake Primary School

    Suitable for F to year 10.

    Join us for a full day conference in which we will explore the different aspects of the curriculum and the connections that can be made between content areas, proficiencies, school and the real world. Workshops have been designed to meet the needs of the Sunraysia community and include a showcase of local schools.
    Presenters include MAV Education Consultants and special guests who will run a great variety of sessions.

    Keynote by Dr Paul Swan

    Mathematics Proficiencies - holding our maths curriculum together

    Thursday 12th March 2020
    9:00AM - 3:00PM

    Location: Community Hub at the Dock

    Suitable for F to year 10.

    Join us for a full day of inspiring, hands on activities based on embedding the proficiencies within your curriculum.

    Presenter: Dr Paul Swan

    The Literacies of Mathematics: The Missing Link

    Free!

    Wednesday 11th March 2020
    4:00PM - 5:00PM

    Virtual Learning session

    Suitable for F to year 6.

    In this webinar for teachers of year P to 6, Paul Swan will share how three different literacies; vocabulary, graphics and symbols combine to assist students to think mathematically. Find out more!

    Presenter: Dr Paul Swan

    Student teacher Professional Learning and Networking

    Free for Student members for MAV!

    Tuesday 24th March 2020
    5:00PM - 7:00PM

    Location: Melbourne Graduate School of Education

     

    This event or student teachers will provide practical ideas to build confidence in teaching maths from day 1.

    Useful activities to apply on your teaching placements will be provided. Opportunities to network will be included.

    Those from all universities are welcome!

    The problem with numbers

    FREE!

    Tuesday 12th May 2020
    4:00PM - 5:00PM

    Virtual Learning session

    Target audience: Teachers of F - 8

    This virtual learning session will provide participants with an understanding of the characteristics of mathematics learning difficulties including dyscalculia. Dyscalculia is specific learning disorder with an innate difficulty in learning or comprehending mathematics. Students with dyscalculia have difficulty understanding numbers, learning how to manipulate numbers, learning mathematical facts, and a number of other related difficulties. Participants will review a range of practical strategies which are known to be more effective in supporting students experiences these challenges.

    Register now on our events page

     
       
     

    New jobs on the MAV Employment Hub!

     

    Our new Employment Hub currently has a number of positions advertised. Check out these for example:

    • Casey Tech school -0 STEAM/Maths teacher
    • Whittlesea Secondary College, Maths Curriculum Leader

    Add your vacant positions now to ensure you have your positions filled for 2020.

    Term 1 Mailout possible issues:

    Our term 1 mailout has just been sent. You should receive your journals and other inclusions soon. Note that we are using a new label system and database for the first time, and there may be some issues. If you do not receive your mailout by mid-February, or get incorrect journals please let us know so that we can fix our data and make sure it is correct in future.

    For any issues call Darinka Rob on 9380 2399.

    Term 1 Journals

    New email addresses for Journal editors and submissions:

    Prime Number: Michael Minas: primenumber@mav.vic.edu.au

    Vinculum: Roger Walter: vinculum@mav.vic.edu.au

    Read the digital version online now!

    Common Denominator

    Free to all!

     

    Prime Number

    Members only

    Vinculum

    Members only

     

     
       
     

    Other News and Opportunities

    Alice Springs Declaration released

    The Education Council released the Alice Springs Declaration in December 2019. The Goals of the declaration will be a focus of work for the Education Council in coming years. You can read more here.

    Review of the Foundation to Year 10 Australian Curriculum

    The Education Council Communique 12 Dec 2019: Ministers agreed to immediately bring forward a review of the Australian Curriculum for Years Foundation-10 to ensure it is meeting the needs of students. Education Council agreed that ACARA develop Terms of Reference for the review to the first Education Council meeting in 2020.

    Ministers noted that it is now timely to undertake a review, which will commence with mathematics in 2020, alongside conceptual work on science. There will be extensive consultation including with the profession and key stakeholder groups.

    The Communique also indicated other initiatives that will affect mathematics education, including a review of NAPLAN data, development of learning progressions and online formative assessment for numeracy. We will keep you updated as they progress.

    Success in year 12 maths adds up to better science results at uni

    Article in The Age, including quotes from MAV CEO, Peter Saffin.

    Mathematics education in Australia: New decade, new opportunities?

    Engaging Maths article by Catherine Attard

    PD for Years 5, 6, 7 Maths Teachers in an International Research Project

    Profs David Clarke (University of Melbourne) and Doug Clarke (Australian Catholic University) are conducting a research project studying mathematics teachers’ thinking processes during lesson planning, teaching, and reflection. They’re recruiting Years 5 - 7 teachers to take part now.

    Participation involves teaching two lessons (one based on a provided lesson plan, and one you create) and completing online questionnaires. This will take around 10 hours of your time, and constitutes accredited PD in Victoria (teachers in other states/territories need to check).

    Find out more at: https://learningfromlessons.iccr.edu.au/survey/

    Celebrate Pi Day – Become an Activity Leader

    Join mathematicians and like-minded teachers to guide children to explore problem solving and discover the richness and wonder of mathematics at the first ever Meet Pi Maths Festival to be held on Saturday 14 March, 2020 – Pi Day.

    Meet Pi Maths Festival will bring together children in Year 3 to Year 9 in a non-competitive environment to have fun collaborating on puzzles, games and craft activities. The festival is based on the Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival and will be their first supported event in Australia!

    To register your interest and for more information visit www.meetpi.com.au/leaders.html.

    Neap Trial Exam authors:

    Neap is currently taking applications for new VCE Maths authors. If you are a current teacher interested in producing quality assessment materials with flexible schedules and generous remuneration, please email info@neap.com.au to find out more.

    National FutureSchools Festival

    Make 2020 the year you join National FutureSchools Festival. Be inspired and motivated as you create your own agenda from 120+ learning hours, from across 16 topics, and earn up to 19 hours of registered teacher PD. Visit the Literacy & Numeracy topics, to hear over 20 educational experts including MAV's very own Jen Bowden and Helen Haralambous, who will give you the tools to increase learning outcomes within your school. 

    The Mathematical Association of Victoria has been given a special 30% off discount code for our members to register and attend the National FutureSchools Festival in 2020. Head to the National FutureSchools website and register with code MAV30.

    Name: National FutureSchool Festival 2020

    Date: 18-19 March 2020

    Location: Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre

    Discount code: MAV30

    Website: www.futureschools.com.au

     
       
     

    New year, new products!

    MAV Solutions 2019 VCAA Exams

    AVAILABLE IN TERM I 2020

    Ensure students prepare effectively for VCE Mathematics Examinations with the MAV solutions to the 2019 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, including marking allocation and permission for the purchasing institution to reproduce copies for its students.

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    Popular title!

    Making Number Talks Matter: Developing Mathematical Practices and Deepening Understanding

    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.

     
     
     

    Hold the date for 2020!

     

     

     
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