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Dear Mathematics Educators,

I am very pleased to be able to launch for the third year now, the Primary and Early Childhood Mathematics Education Conference!

This fantastic event has received excellent feedback, and this year will be no different! In response to feedback we have made day 1 more specifically focus on leadership in much more depth. Check out our new program and see for yourself, it will provide mathematics and primary schools leaders with the opportunities they need to move forward in their context.

We have also expanded our program to provide better support for Early Childhood Education from Birth to year 2.

It’s looking great so please book yourself in, places are again limited.

We also recently kicked off our new ‘Maths Collaborative’, a 2 year professional learning program with 39 primary schools undertaking work around whole school improvement and change in mathematics education. It was an awesome day, delivered with staff from MAV and the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. I’ll provide more information on this in later newsletters to keep you informed.

Finally, notice has been given for the MAV 2019 AGM:

2019 Annual General Meeting

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Mathematical Association of Victoria will be held on Tuesday 21st May, 2019 at ACER in Camberwell.

  • Nominations for Council are also open.

  • The meeting will open with a special resolution to adopt a new constitution.

  • For more information including the nomination form click here.

Following the AGM Professor Geoff Masters, CEO of ACER will present on ACER's work on the Learning Progression Explorer for mathematics, and how he sees the future of learning progression thinking, as endorsed by Gonski 2.0, playing out in schools over the coming years.

This will be followed by drinks, nibbles and conversation with special guests of ACER. All MAV members and other interested guest are welcome to attend.

Click here for more information and to RSVP your attendance.

Wishing you all the best as we head towards Easter!

Peter Saffin







2019 Primary and Early Childhood Mathematics Education Conference

The Mathematical Association of Victoria (MAV) in collaboration with the Melbourne Graduate School of Education’s Mathematics Education Group (MEG) present a conference focusing on primary school mathematics education.

After great success over the past two years, we will again hold a conference for primary mathematics leaders and teachers.

Click here for more information and to select your day(s) and register.

Leading whole school improvement in mathematics education


Improving classroom-based learning; Primary and Early Childhood

Thursday 20 June, 2019


Friday 21 June, 2019

For mathematics leaders and those with an interest in mathematics education leadership within primary schools, including Principals, Deputy Principals, Numeracy Leaders, Academics, Vic DET, VCAA and others.

Themes for the day:

  • investigate the tools and techniques to support improved practice through collaborative professional learning communities

  • develop an understanding of how to measure whole school improvement

  • explore an understanding of the maths proficiency strands and general capabilities, and the teaching practices to support student development in mathematics

  • support teachers to lead the integration of both digital and design technologies within mathematics education

  • Engaging community and family in your mathematics program


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

Themes for the day:

  • improve your mathematics content & content pedagogical knowledge

  • work towards greater cognitive engagement through inquiry-based approaches

  • strengthen your ability to cater for diverse ranges of student needs (differentiation)

  • consolidate approaches to embedding critical and creative thinking

  • discover best practice integration of both digital and design technologies within mathematics education

  • Engaging community and family in your mathematics program

Conference Partners

The Mathematical Association of Victoria  The University of Melbourne 

Major Sponsor

The Education State | Victoria State Government | Education and Training

 Supporting Sponsors

 Firefly Education Essential Assessment 
 matific Oxford University Press Australia and New ZealandRIC Publications 


Find out more about this great event at https://www.mav.vic.edu.au/conference/primary-and-ec-2019.html


MAV 2019 Membership


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

Membership renewals are overdue now and if you have not paid your membership for 2019, your membership benefits will have expired.

You can renew or join online here.

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


P to 10 Professional Learning

Professional Learning Description Details

Primary Mathematics: Engaging Teachers and Engaging Students

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In this one-day workshop participants will participate in an in-depth exploration of student and teacher engagement with mathematics. The Proficiencies: problem solving, reasoning, understanding, and fluency will feature as a critical pathway for student engagement. Links to mathematics education theory and research will be provided to support the argument that the Proficiencies and the General Capabilities should form the foundation of all mathematics teaching and learning activities. During the workshop participants will engage with a range of mathematical tasks that promote each of the Proficiencies in ways that promote sustained engagement and deeper learning of mathematical concepts. A range of tasks from short lesson starters through to rich tasks and problem solving activities will be investigated along with technology enhanced activities. Participants will also be provided with an opportunity to design a set of open-ended tasks that they will be able to take away and use immediately.

Date: Monday 20th May
Time: 9.00am to 3.30pm
Location: Community Hub at the Dock (Docklands)
Who should attend:  
Teachers of Foundation to Year 6
Presenter: Catherine Attard

Catherine Attard



Horsham Mathematics Education Conference 2019:

Incorporating the big ideas and mathematical proficiencies to challenge student thinking

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This collaborative event includes presenters from various MAV partner organisations.
This day has been designed for both primary and secondary teachers and will cover themes including:

  • Building teachers understanding of the big ideas in mathematics
  • Differentiation through challenging tasks
  • Promoting mathematical thinking and reasoning

Join us for this exciting day.

Date: Friday 2nd Aug 2019
Time: 9.00pm to 3.30pm
Location: Horsham West and Haven Primary School
Who should attend:
Teachers of Years F to 10
Presenters: Sharyn Livy (Monash University), Marj Horne, Jennifer Bowden (MAV), Ellen Corovic (MAV) and Debbie Carmichael (Independent School Victoria).

Formative Assessment: the key to improving learning outcomes in mathematics F to 9

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This full day professional learning program will provide an overview of formative assessment. What it is and isn’t and what is needed to implement a targeted teaching approach to mathematics in Years F to 9. It will introduce participants to the tools and advice available on the DET website to support a formative assessment approach. That is, the Assessment for Common Misunderstandings (AfCM) and the Scaffolding Numeracy in the Middle Years (SNMY) materials. A brief overview will also be provided of the evidenced-based resources produced as a result of the recent Reframing Mathematical Futures II project on mathematical reasoning.

Date: Tuesday 4th June
Time: 9.00pm to 3.00pm
Location: Sunshine Secondary College
Who should attend:
Teachers of Years F  to 9
Presenter: Prof Di Siemon

Di Siemen


Introduction to Coding with the TI Nspire

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This is a beginner’s introductory session on coding using the TI Nspire. It is aimed at teachers who have not had much (or any) experience with programming in the past and would like some ideas of how to use it in their classrooms.
Participants will be stepped through the creation of a simple program.
It is advised that participants have a TI Nspire CAS handheld or computer software with them. Note: the computer software would be better as it’s a lot quicker to work with.    
Online or face to face at various locations!

Online or face to face at at various locations!

Date: Tuesday 3rd April
Time: 4.00pm to 5.00pm
Who should attend:
Teachers of Year 9 to VCE
Presenter: Danijela Draskovic

Texas Instruments

Structuring lessons and sequences to challenge and engage all students

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Using specific examples, Peter will outline the principles of lesson design and also the nature of learning sequences that build on those lessons. The notion is that students can be productively engaged in working on challenging tasks, appropriately differentiated, and incorporated into cumulative sequences. The approach includes attention to the main mathematical ideas, the classroom pedagogies, the student disposition, and effective assessment of student learning.

Date: Wednesday 24th April
Time: 9.00am to 3.00pm
Location: Fintona Girls' School, Balwyn
Who should attend:
Teachers of Year 7 to 10
Presenter: Peter Sullivan

Peter Sullivan



To find out about becoming a Maths Active School click here.

Challenge: Survive and Thrive! A Day for Maths Active Schools

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It is one thing to survive, but another to thrive! This whole day event will focus on how to embrace challenge to maximise teacher and student engagement and learning. The day will commence with Peter Sullivan focusing on developing lessons and sequences to challenge and engage students. The middle of the day will consist of a structured feedback session for schools to provide input into how they overcome leadership and teacher level challenges. The day will conclude with mathematician Noman Do. Norm will engage participants with the beauty and elegance of mathematics. This will be a hands and interactive day.

Date: Tuesday 30th April
Time: 9.00am to 3.15pm
Location: Community Hub at the Dock (Docklands)
Who should attend:
Teachers of Year F to 10
Maths Active Schools only.
Presenters: Peter Sullivan with Norman Do

Peter SullivanNorman Do


Maths camp for High Mathematics Potential Rural and Regional 2019 Year 10 Students

Maths Camp 2Applications are now open for the 2019 Maths camp for high Mathematics potential rural and regional Year 10 students. Feedback from previous students demonstrates they have an awesome experience!

The highly successful and popular camp has been made possible through Victorian Department of Education and Training, Strategic Partnership Program funding. The mathematics camp brings together year 10 high potential rural and regional students to experience what a career in some of the most exciting organisations in the STEM industry look like.

24 students will be selected via an application process to participate in a 4 and half day camp in metropolitan Melbourne to be held during the first week of the Term 2 school holidays (Monday 1st – Friday 5th July).

Applications close: Friday 5th April.

For further information and to download an application click here.


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Important News and Events

Choose Maths 19The 2019 CHOOSEMATHS Awards are now open!

Now in their fourth year the awards celebrate mathematical achievement, creativity and excellence in Australian schools.

The teacher awards recognise Australia’s most engaging and innovative maths teachers whose influence and impact has inspired the next generation of mathematical leaders through creative and practice and mentorship.

While the CHOOSEMATHS Student Awards encourage students to get creative and explore real-world applications of Maths. Collaborating in teams, students bring their understanding of mathematics to life on film around this year’s theme ‘MATHS MAKES EVERYTHING POSSIBLE’.


May 12: Celebrating Women in Mathematics

At the 2018 World Meeting for Women in Mathematics, (WM)^2 held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the Women’s Committee of the Iranian Mathematical Society proposed designating Maryam Mirzakhani’s birthday (May 12) as a day for celebrating women in mathematics. The proposal was approved. Globally, several organizations for women in mathematics support the initiative.

Mirzakhani was the first woman and first Iranian to win the prestigious Fields Medal. “Mirzakhani specialized in theoretical mathematics that read like a foreign language by those outside of mathematics: moduli spaces, Teichmüller theory, hyperbolic geometry, Ergodic theory and symplectic geometry,” according to a news release from Stanford University, where Mirzakhani was a mathematics professor until her death. “Her work was highly theoretical in nature, but it could have impacts concerning the theoretical physics of how the universe came to exist and, because it could inform quantum field theory, secondary applications to engineering and material science. Within mathematics, it has implications for the study of prime numbers and cryptography,” the news release adds. Tragically, Mirzakhani died of metastatic breast cancer on July 14, 2017. She was just 40 years old.

May 12th is a joyful 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,” according to the website for the initiative. It’s planned that events orchestrated by local organizers will be held worldwide and the organization group (comprised of the organizations listed above) will announce those events on the initiative’s website.

MAV will look to support this day through some activities also.



The Maths ShowLooking for a great maths incursion to start 2019?

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

Then 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 MathsFamous Female MathematiciansMaths 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.




MAV SACsMAV SAC Suggested Starting Points

If you don’t have them, check out the MAV SAC Suggested Starting Points, to help with your SAC development in 2019: The materials are designed to provide suggested starting points for VCE Mathematics teachers for their School Assessed Coursework (SACs). MAV SACs 2019 materials have been written by experienced VCE mathematics teachers.  They are for use by teachers to aid in assessment of student School Assessed Coursework for Further Mathematics, Mathematical Methods and Specialist Mathematics.

Click here to find out more


MAV Trial ExamsMAV 2019 Trial Exam Papers

PRE-ORDER NOW - available in term 3.

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

Each Trial Exam features:  Original questions, highly relevant to the current course, fully worked solutions for all sections and clear marking schemes.

Exam formats are similar to those used by the VCAA.  Permission for the purchasing institution to reproduce copies for its students.

Click here to find out more


25 games for maths games days25 Games for Games Days

The Mathematical Association of Victoria (MAV) Games Days are very popular and a great way of engaging students through competing with like-minded individuals. The MAV often gets enquiries from schools either wishing to run smaller scale games days at a local or school level or requesting games days resources.
In this updated 2019 publication, MAV has compiled a selection of favourite Maths game including an addition of four new games, some used in games days. Whether for games days or for general classroom use, the games are a useful tool in engaging all students.
The resource has been designed, with one game per page, so teachers can print the desired page as is. Each game has the same format, listing materials required, the rules and the aim of the game.

Member price only $20!

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