Term 1 Professional Learning Opportunities


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Term 1 Professional Learning Opportunities

Welcome to the first PL newsletter for 2018! We are working hard to bring you a range of events, and to also make them available across metro and regional areas in 2018. Better access for all is our aim.

MAV also recently received funding to expand its online professional learning, and to broadcast some key speakers through the year. Read here to find out more. Keep your eyes open for those related events starting from term 2.

See you at an event soon.

Peter Saffin





(VCE) VCE Professional Learning Series 2018

Our VCE events are now available for booking including.

  • VCE Whole day workshops
  • Meet the assessors
  • SAC workshops

Various venues across metropolitan and regional areas are ready to go. Select yours and book now by clicking here.

VCE Whole Day Workshop METRO will be closing Friday 9 February.  Places filling fast!


(P/S) The potential of challenging mathematics tasks for engaging ALL students

Who should attend: Teachers from Foundation to Year 9

This session will present examples of cumulative sequences of challenging mathematics experiences that are designed to engage students in building understanding about concepts, while making active decisions about and taking responsibility for their own learning.


Peter Sullivan is an Emeritus Professor at Monash University. Peter has extensive experience in research and teaching in teacher education. He was an editor of the Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education for 8 years, and is now the editor of the Mathematics Education Research Journal. He is a past President of the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers and was the author of the Shape Paper and lead writer of the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics.

Friday 23rd Feb, Sunshine College.

To book click here.

Bookings close on Thursday 15 February. Don’t delay!

Get Peter Sullivan’s latest books from MAVshop

challenging mathematical tasksChallenging Mathematical Tasks

Challenging Mathematical Tasks supports the idea that students learn best when they work on problems that they do not yet know how to solve. Peter Sullivan’s research shows that many students do not fear challenges in mathematics, but welcome them. And rather than having teachers instruct them, these students prefer to work out solutions for themselves.

Member price: $69.63
Non-member price: $87.04 

Click to get yours now.

open ended maths activitiesOpen Ended Maths Activities Revised Edition

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

Member price: $69.63
Non-member price: $87.04 

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(S) Making Confident Maths Teachers series

New sessions for 2018!

Who should attend: Untrained (out-of-field) and early career teachers of junior secondary mathematics

This is the third year in which Dr Ian Lowe will present this popular series of workshops. Sessions aim to provide guidance about both content and engaging hands-on teaching methods for the full range of student levels that are likely to be present in a typical class at Years 7 to 9.

All workshops are at MAV (61 Blyth St Brunswick) on Saturdays, between 10am and 4pm. They are fully catered and digital support material is provided.

March 17: How to help all students to understand common fractions and decimals.

May 12: How to build understanding and skills in the practical topics of ratio, scale, proportion and percentage.

June 9: Unlocking algebra (functions and equations) through hands-on activities to generate number patterns.

August 11: Expanding and factorising, both linear and quadratic.

September 8: Key teaching ideas from Measurement, Geometry and Probability.

Register separately for each workshop by clicking here.


Professor Di Siemon(P/S) Incorporating the proficiencies

Who should attend: Teachers from Foundation to Year 9

In this workshop Di Siemon will explore a planning tool to help you embed the most up to date approaches to learning in your classroom. You will learn how to incorporate the proficiencies, provide multiple opportunities to revisit key ideas and strategies for targeted teaching. Inquiry-based approaches to the teaching and learning of mathematics will be explored, while ensuring an unrelenting focus on the big ideas that make a difference.


Di Siemon is a Professor of Mathematics Education in the School of Education at RMIT University (Bundoora) where she is involved with the preparation of pre-service teachers and the supervision of higher degree students. Di is currently the Director of the Reframing Mathematical Futures project, which is working with 32 secondary schools nationally to develop an evidenced based teaching and learning framework for mathematical reasoning in the middle years. She is also actively involved in the professional development of practicing teachers, particularly in relation to the development of the ‘big ideas’ in number, the teaching and learning of mathematics in the middle years, and the use of rich assessment tasks to inform teaching. Di has directed a number of other large scale research projects including the Scaffolding Numeracy in the Middle Years Project (2003-2006), the Researching Numeracy Teaching Approaches in Primary Schools Project (2001-2003), and the Middle Years Numeracy Research Project (1999-2001). Di is a past President of the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers and a life member of the Mathematical Association of Victoria.

Select an event to book:

15th May: St Francis Xavier Primary School, Montmorency (North East)

22nd May: Mackellar Primary School, Delahey (North West)



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