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Dear Mathematics Educators,

Holidays are fast approaching! Here are my top five things to consider prior to then:

  1. VCE revision lectures are open for bookings.
  2. Our professional learning online sessions for term 4 are coming up. Book now, see below.
  3. TI videos to help student prepare for exams are linked below.
  4. Our call for Primary schools to join the two-year whole school development program are open, download the information and application form here.
  5. Have a great break!

Regards,
 
Peter Saffin
CEO
 

 
   
   
 

MAV 2019 Membership

MembershipWe will be sending out our first reminders of membership renewals over the holidays. Keep your eyes open and we look forward to your membership and support in 2019!

You can renew or join online here.

 
   
 

Free Online Professional Learning

The following workshops are FREE to all Victoria teachers. Hosted by MAV, these workshops will be ‘hands-on’ offering a similar experience as our face to face workshop – but now available to more schools across the state!

Although individuals can join using a mobile device, the nature of the workshops will encourage collaboration and being with others is going to provide improved outcomes.  If you are looking for a school in your area that you can attend that may be a DET Polycom hub, some events have hubs as part of the booking process. Contact us for help in identifying a location near you (hharalambous@mav.vic.edu.au or jbowden@mav.vic.edu.au).

Each person attending needs to sign up via the website, links below.
 

 
 
Professional Learning Description Details
PRIMARY

The importance of developing children’s counting skills: The move from rote to rational counting

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In this hands-on workshop participants will discuss the importance of young children developing each aspect of the five counting principles that govern and define counting as elaborated by Gelman and Gallistel (1978). Video excerpts and activities will demonstrate what these counting principles look like in practice. Counting tasks from the Mathematics Online Interview will be linked to the Counting section of the Framework of Mathematical Learning and activities from the Mathematics Developmental Continuum. The conceptual understanding needed to move children from using inefficient strategies, such as counting by ones, to more efficient strategies will be highlighted.

Wednesday 24th October
3.45 to 5pm

Online only event

Cost: Free!

Who should attend:  Year 2 to 6

Presenter: Cath Pearn

Let's get started! Using games to promote fluency and reasoning

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Back as a repeat session by popular demand for those who missed out!

Teachers will be elbow deep in dice and cards during this workshop. The session will focus on developing mathematical fluency and reasoning in students through the use of hands-on and engaging card and dice games. Teachers will be armed with a range of activities and we will explore how to easily differentiate for a range of student learning needs.

Tuesday 30th October
4 to 5pm

Online only event

Cost: Free!

Who should attend: Foundation to Year 6

Presenters: Jen Bowden and Ellen Corovic

PRIMARY/SECONDARY

Identifying and  providing for mathematically promising students (Vic Association for Gifted and Talented Children)

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Identification and provision for mathematically promising students can be a challenge for all involved, and there is some debate about which should come first – identification or programming. In this hands-on workshop participants will learn the definition of mathematical promise, contemplate the possible goals of mathematical talent development, and explore the multiple tools and approaches available for identification of high mathematical potential. Then a range of different strategies for mathematical talent development will be shared.

Thursday 23rd October
4.30 to 5.30pm

Online event, or attend at a selected location

Cost: Free!

Who should attend: Year 5 to 10 teachers

Presenter: Simone Zmood

HITS or Miss? Online

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The High Impact Teaching Strategies (HITS) were developed by the Victorian DET and consist of 10 instructional practices that reliably increase student learning wherever they are applied. They are a resource for teachers, professional learning communities and school leaders to use in improving teaching and learning outcomes. This session will explore an approach that aims to maximize the value of the HITS’ implementation. We will look at key components of the ten individual HITS, and explore a research-based model of effective ‘feedback’ (one of the HITS), discovering how this strategy relates to the other HITS.

Thursday 8th November
3.45 to 5pm

Online only event

Cost: Free!

Who should attend: Foundation to year 10

Presenter: David Cook

SECONDARY  

Algorithmics (HESS)

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Algorithmics (HESS) was introduced into the VCE curriculum in 2015. The motivation for the creation of the study was to encourage more students to develop the critical thinking skills, structure and concepts to enable them to participate as creators of computational technology and information systems. “Algorithmic thinking is a major component of computational thinking and is seen as being one of the most important computer science topics for developing critical thinking skills”. Successful students of the subject are eligible for university credits in Computer Science. 

Thursday 11th October
4.15 to 5.30pm

Online event, or attend at a selected location

Cost: Free!

Who should attend: Year 9 to VCE teachers

Presenter: Georgia Gouros

GeoGebra in the classroom

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This is a beginner’s introductory session on the free software, GeoGebra. In this session participants will see how GeoGebra can be used as an effective tool for supporting a visual and interactive mathematics pedagogy that emphasises conceptual understanding rather than processes. Participants will be shown a demonstration of how GeoGebra can be utilised in the classroom when teaching Quadratic Transformations, Trigonometry and the Unit Circle, Pythagoras’ Theorem and Geometry. It will also include some ways teachers can enhance student understanding by using pre-programmed applets within GeoGebra, as well as involving students in the creation process by getting them to create their own GeoGebra files. The skills learnt in this presentation can be applied to all secondary year levels. Participants will be required to download and install the free GeoGebra Classic software from https://www.geogebra.org/download.

Thursday 18th October
4.15 to 5.30pm

Online event, or attend at a selected location

Cost: Free!

Who should attend: Year 7 to 12 teachers

Presenter: Danijela Draskovic (MAV Consultant)

 
   
 

Professional Reading

What Does Fluency Without Understanding Look Like? By Dan Meyer.

The following links to 3 papers on issues of resilience and retention of early career teachers in Australia.
 
 

 
 

MAV 18 Annual Conference

Bookings are in full swing now for MAV2018, book early to ensure you get your session preferences. Some sessions are starting to fill.

You can check the synopsis here.

And our amazing keynote line up!

Register here. We will see you there!

teachers creating impact

 
   
 

algorithmic thinkingAlgorithmic thinking lessons for primary educators.

MAV has produced 10 lessons for algorithmic thinking in the primary mathematics classroom from year 2 to 6. These are to support teachers in getting started with implementing this requirement in the Victorian Curriculum.

The resources were proudly produced by MAV with funding from the Victorian Department of Education and Training under the Strategic Partnership Program.

You can check them out here under our primary resources section.

 
   
 

Other Important News and Events

Texas InstrumentsTexas Instruments: Exam readiness videos

Exam Readiness - Further Mathematics
Speakers: Craig Browne and Sanjeev Meston

Description:
Preparing our students for exams in VCE Further Mathematics requires that they learn how to effectively use calculator technology. This video focusses on techniques to make the most of TI-Nspire calculator precision options. It will also demonstrate how to use the Notes App and handy programs for quickly obtaining needed results required in examination settings.

Further Maths Video

Exam Readiness - Mathematical Methods
Speakers: Stephen Crouch and Frank Moya

Description:
In this video the presenters will use TI-Nspire technology to work through carefully selected CAS-active Mathematical Methods examination-style questions, covering the four areas of study. The aim of the video is to demonstrate accurate and efficient strategies using functionalities of TI-Nspire CAS, appropriately chosen from its graphical, algebraic, numeric and tabular capabilities. The video will also illustrate the use of templates in Notes pages, which can be prepared beforehand and used during the exam. Useful exam and technology tips and tricks will also be offered.

Maths Methods Video

Exam Readiness - Specialist
Speakers: Peter Flynn and Raymond Rozen

Description:
In this video the presenters will use TI-Nspire technology to work through carefully selected CAS-active Specialist Mathematics examination-style questions, covering the six areas of study. The aim of the video  is to demonstrate accurate and efficient strategies using functionalities of TI-Nspire CAS, appropriately chosen from its graphical, algebraic and numeric capabilities. The video will also illustrate the use of templates in Notes pages, which can be prepared beforehand and used during the exam. Useful exam and technology tips and tricks will also be offered.

Specialist Maths Video

 
Choose Maths Awards

MAV recently attended the Choose Maths awards by AMSI. Now in their third year the Choose Maths Awards celebrate mathematical achievement, creativity and excellence in Australian schools.

We were excited to see the Victoria prize winners represented and would like to congratulate them all. Learn more here:

Choose Maths Awards 18OUTSTANDING SECONDARY TEACHER

Hayley Dureau
Mount Waverley Secondary College, Vic.

TEACHER EXCELLENCE AWARDS

Michael Minas
Williamstown North Primary School


STUDENT AWARDS:

BEST SENIOR VIDEO

The Mathematician: Geelong Grammar – VIC

STUDENT EXCELLENCE AWARDS

Applications of Mathematics & its models – Senior: John Monash Science School – VIC

The full list of awards and student videos can be found at https://choosemathsawards.org.au/2018-award-winners.


eResearcheResearch Australasia

eResearch Australasia which will be held in Melbourne, between 15 – 19 October (https://conference.eresearch.edu.au/). eResearch covers a number of disciplines that use data.

Student Participation Options

The conference organisers are inviting students in years 10 to 12 to spend a day at the conference at no cost.

This is an outstanding opportunity for students to learn about cutting edge research and learn how information and communication technologies help researchers to make the best possible use of their data.

Things to do:

  • Explore science datasets using Virtual and Augmented Reality environments
  • Meet a selection of researchers to discuss their posters and e-posters (click here to see examples of presentations at eResearch 2017
  • Watch computer animations that showcase techniques for storytelling and science communication
  • Listen to conference keynotes – check out the conference homepage to see confirmed international and national invited speakers. More information will be announced soon!
  • Walk the exhibition floor and speak to researchers and technology providers

For more information click here.
 
Teacher Professional Development

The conference organisers also have a professional development day for teachers on the 17th of October:
https://conference.eresearch.edu.au/teacher-integrated-stem-data-science-workshop

The day is a hands on exploration of integrating STEM into education by using real Data Science projects across all curriculum areas, presented by Dr Linda McIver, Executive Director of the Australian Data Science Education Institute. Participants will gain an understanding of what Data Science is and how it is relevant to all areas of the Victorian Curriculum.

Tertiary student networking

There is also a tertiary student networking opportunity on offer. Click here for information.

 
reSolve professional learning modules

The first seven of the reSolve professional learning modules are ready for trialling. The modules are designed to complement the classroom resources and special topics and to offer not only a rationale for and explanation of the Protocol but also the specifics of the pedagogies associated with the inquiry approach to teaching and learning mathematics.

Go to www.resolve.edu.au/our-resources/professional-resources.

 
   
 

MAVshop

VCE Trial Exams now available

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

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

Grab yours now!

 

 
 

Get your hands-on our best sellers from Peter Sullivan.

challenging mathematical tasksChallenging Mathematical Tasks

Author: Peter Sullivan

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.

  • includes activities that allow for sustained thinking, decision-making and risk-taking by the student
  • features a ‘Learning Focus’, ‘Key Mathematical Language’, ’Pedagogical Considerations’, ‘Enabling and Extending Prompts’ for each task, plus ‘Supplementary Tasks’ and ‘Possible Solutions’
  • is written by a well-established expert in the field of teaching and learning mathematics
  • follows a set structure to help students approach and work through the tasks.

Click to get yours now.
 

 
 

open ended maths activitiesOpen Ended Maths Activities Revised Edition

Author: Peter Sullivan

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.

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

What are you waiting for? Click me.

 
   
     
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