Edition 18:14: Call for Primary Consultants | Professional Learning | Conference Keynotes | News and Events

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MAV Christmas decorationDear Mathematics Educators,

Well here we are at the end of the year once again! I know many of you have finished, some are still wrapping up. But soon you will be enjoying a nice break and some festivities. I am sure you have all earned it!

At MAV we have been busy right up to the end of the year, with various projects underway, and planning for 2019. We have some exciting initiatives to come for 2019, some of which you can find out about below.

I wanted on behalf of the MAV Council and staff to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

Peter Saffin


Expressions of interest: Primary consulting

MAV is looking for suitably qualified and/or experienced educators to support its in-school professional learning. This may involve coaching, modelled teaching or planning support; all to enhance teacher capacity. We have a number of opportunities, particularly in the western metropolitan area.

Should you be interested in consulting (as an independent contractor) with the MAV please submit an expression of interest to Ellen Corovic ecorovic@mav.vic.edu.au by Tuesday 8 January. Please include a two page CV and a covering letter including your availabilities. MAV education consultants Ellen and Jen will provide guidance and support including a training and planning day on Friday 8 February 2019.

2019 Professional Learning:

We have bookings open for a number of 2019 professional learning events: Book now, as we have some big names, and our VCE program for term 1 is open for bookings.

Di Siemen    Peter Sullivan     Catherine Attard
Di Siemen
(Online and face-to-face
sessions available)
  Peter Sullivan
(Exclusive for Maths
Active Schools!)
  Catherine Attard
(Not to be missed!)

Book now to avoid disappointment: https://registration.mav.vic.edu.au/Reg/


MAV 2019 Membership


Membership renewals are due for 2019. Please ensure you pay ASAP to have ongoing access to member benefits in 2019.

Thank you to those who have already renewed, we appreciate your support greatly!

You can renew or join online here.

For any issues related to renewing your membership contact Michael Green, at mgreen@mav.vic.edu.au.


MAV Keynotes to watch

Two keynotes are currently available to view on the MAV website, and we have had an amazing number of views on each of these great speakers.

We will soon have video of Eddie Woo and Robyn Jorgensen available too!

Presentation given on Thursday 6 December

Lynne McClure: Director of Cambridge Mathematics

  Presentation given on Friday 7 December

Dr Alan Finkel OA, Australia’s Chief Scientist

Watch Lynne McClure's presentation here
  Watch Dr Alan Finkel's presentation here

Lynne McClureWhatever year you choose, you can usually find a country that is rethinking the maths curriculum. It may be as part of the regular planned reform which take place every so many years, like Japan. It may be because there is a dissatisfaction with international league table positions, or maybe because the political situation has changed, heralding a different educational philosophy or pedagogy. Designers borrow from countries they see as successful and to a large extent what goes around comes around. At Cambridge we are trying something different. We are designing a tool which will allow policy makers, designers of curriculum, resources, assessment and PD to benefit from the maths education research that has been done over the past years, to embed the affordances of technology to expose students to ways of working that weren’t hitherto possible, and to explore making that content relevant to the 21st Century. Come and see what we’re up to!

Lynne is the Director of Cambridge Mathematics, a University-wide programme bringing together the expertise of the University’s Mathematics and Education Faculties, Cambridge Assessment and Cambridge University Press to develop a research-based tool to design connected curricula, classroom tasks, assessments and professional development.

Cambridge University Press keynote sponsor


Alan FinkelIn the Age of the Algorithm, mastering the foundations in mathematics has never been more important. To grapple with coding, or engineering, or business development or smart design, you can’t simply skip ahead: you need the scaffold of mathematics learned in sequence, in school. Yet mathematics has slipped from a prerequisite for university entry to a footnote in the prospectus, in course after course that depend on fluency in numbers - sending the wrong signal to principals and students. Too many university students are learning too late the reality that teachers have long understood. Mathematics is a prerequisite for success. It needs to be a priority in education - from day one.
Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel reiterates the case for a national commitment to the expert teaching of challenging mathematics.

Dr Finkel commenced as Australia’s eighth Chief Scientist in January 2016. Prior to this, he was the eighth Chancellor of Monash University and the eighth President of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE). As Chief Scientist, Dr Finkel has led the Review into the National Electricity Market (‘Finkel Review’) and the 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap. He leads the STEM Industry Partnership Forum for the COAG Education Council and serves as the Deputy Chair of Innovation and Science Australia.

anzuk education keynote sponsor


Professional reading

Piece from SMH references Alan Finkel’s keynote at MAV18 Annual Conference: https://www.smh.com.au/national/it-s-cruel-to-let-kids-give-up-on-maths-says-chief-scientist-20181206-p50kpe.html

From ‘Teacher’:

  1. Collaborative learning – it’s not just for students
  2. Sharing good practice: Gonski and professional collaboration
  3. School Improvement: Effective professional learning communities
  4. Connecting the classroom with the community
  5. Infographic: Collaborative problem solving

Important News and Events

Actuarial scienceIntroduction to Actuarial Science

The Australian National University (ANU) is running a special version of its popular Introduction to Actuarial Science course for Year 11/12 students in Australia over a flexible time period in Term 1 2019.  The course is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) and is FREE for all students.

Call to action: Click here for more information and to register interest.



AAMT 27th Biennial Conference 2019

Brisbane 9 – 11 July 2019

Why Maths

Why Maths? Inspiration beyond the classroom

The AAMT (QAMT) 2019 conference has a focus on inspirational mathematics teaching, collaborating with our communities and the future of mathematics education. It offers a unique opportunity for teachers, researchers, mathematicians from the workplace and our communities and leaders from education and government to exchange and network.

For further information, What are you waiting for? Buy me now!.



im2cInternational Mathematical Modelling Challenge

Do you have what it takes to solve a real-world maths problem? Heading into its fourth consecutive year in Australia, the International Mathematical Modelling Challenge is a team competition for up to four secondary students and one team advisor that aims to promote mathematical modelling to solve problems of real-world importance. Since 2016, participation numbers have tripled each year, making this widely popular and completely free to enter challenge essential for mathematical modelling for secondary schools in Australia.

To register your interest for 2019 click here.

MAV is a supporter of the IM2C.

If you’d like more details, please email Jill Wilson: jill.wilson@esa.edu.au.



Looking for a great maths incursion to end 2018, or start 2019?

Something that is lots of fun, highly engaging, full of wonderful maths content, and easy to organise…

The Maths ShowThen why not try The Maths Show?

The Maths Show is a unique live stage performance– a combination of maths magic, history, puzzles, audience interaction and much more.

Your students will be roaring with laughter, wondering ‘wow!’ how did that happen, and certainly seeing maths from a different angle.

The production is proudly sponsored by The MAV and is brought to you by the same team that created The History of Maths, Famous Female Mathematicians, Maths and Cricket and more. It also comes with a full set of teacher resources produced by The MAV for follow on work.

Discounted prices are available for MAV members.

To have this truly amazing performance visit your school go to  www.felstead.com.au email info@felstead.com.au or phone 0402 223406



Stock up for the new year! MAV shop is open for sales across the break, and we will deliver by the end of January.


The Differentiated Flipped Classroom A Practical Guide to Digital LearningThe Differentiated Flipped Classroom - A Practical Guide to Digital Learning
In the flipped classroom, students need to do more than simply re-watch a video to learn effectively. This ground breaking The Differentiated Flipped Classroom - A Practical Guide to Digital Learning guide helps you identify and address diverse student needs within the flipped classroom environment. You will find practical, standards-aligned solutions to help you design and implement carefully planned at-home and at-school learning experiences, all while checking for individual student understanding.   Learn to differentiate learning for all students with structured, research-based best practices to help you:

  • Integrate Flipped Learning and Differentiated Instruction
  • Use technology as a meaningful learning tool 
  • Implement flexible planning and grouping  
  • Proactively use ongoing formative assessments
  • Adjust instruction to support, challenge, and motivate diverse learners 
  • Manage the Differentiated Flipped classroom Includes practical examples and a resource-rich appendix.

Make your flipped classroom a true place of learning with this go-to guide!
Member price: $55.77
Buy me now!



Differentiation That Really Works Maths Grades 6 12Differentiation That Really Works: Maths, Grades 6-12

This practical book presents teaching strategies and lessons for differentiated mathematics instruction. It is packed full of time-saving strategies and lesson ideas created and field-tested by practicing professionals in their own heterogeneous classrooms. These lessons can be used as written or can be modified to meet the needs of a particular classroom.
Member price: $35.00
Grab a copy here!


Maths Enrichment Topics for Years 5 8Maths Enrichment Topics for Years 5-8

The content of this book is linked to the Australian Curriculum in Mathematics, and designed for students to pursue very interesting maths topics that are often missed in standard classroom lessons.

  • There are 17 separate topics, each with a detailed coverage.
  • Every topic has worksheets that can be copied for students.
  • Answers are provided for all worksheets.
  • Topics span a wide range of interests and difficulty levels.
  • Topics are ideal for extension work, as well as in motivating classroom lessons.

Member price: $21.45

What are you waiting for? Buy me now!



Engaging Maths Higher Order Thinking with Thinkers KeysEngaging Maths: Higher Order Thinking with Thinkers Keys

All students should be encouraged to engage with higher order thinking tasks. This book uses a critical and creative thinking tool called Thinkers Keys, adapted to be specifically mathematical. The keys indicate the kind of thinking needed to do the task: ‘reverse’ thinking, ‘what if’ thinking, ‘invention’ thinking, ‘prediction thinking’, even ‘ridiculous’ thinking. Could your students invent a calibrated measuring device to measure liquid? Or list reasons why a mental strategy might be better than a written strategy for a particular problem? Or find the question if the answer was given in hours and minutes? A comprehensive table explains the different keys and gives an example activity. There are a number of carefully annotated student work samples. In the first section, the activities are based on content from the Australian Curriculum, in the second the activities are based on specific concrete materials commonly available in most primary mathematics classrooms. Engage your students with creative mathematical thinking!

Member price: $25.74

Get creative! Order your copy today.

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