Edition 19:5: Welcome to Term 2



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Dear Mathematics Educators,

Welcome back to term 2, and I hope you are well rested after the break. MAV has been busy through the break and was especially busy last term. Here is summary of just some of the events we ran in support of maths education:

  • 2 day professional learning to kick off our two year Maths Collaborative primary school program at MCEC with 190 maths leaders.
  • VCE PL program:
    • 3 whole day PL events
    • 11 after school events across metropolitan and regional locations
    • total of around 800 VCE mathematics teachers
  • 4 Online professional learning webinars
  • 2 professional learning sessions with Texas Instruments
  • plus an event at NGV for the Escher exhibition on a Friday night for 100 maths educators!

We are planning more as usual, so take a look at our upcoming events including:

  • We will be at the VCE careers Expo from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th May – drop by and say hi if you are attending with your students.
  • The third Primary and Early Childhood Mathematics Education Conference on the 20th and 21st June.
  • Our Annual General Meeting, with special guest speaker Professor Geoff Masters, CEO of ACER.
  • A number of professional learning events to meet your interests, including Catherine Attard running a session from Foundation to year 6.

Finally, we have a special membership offer to non-member schools – if you have been considering joining MAV we need your support. See the offer below.

Wishing you all the best for term 2!

Peter Saffin





2019 Membership renewals

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 online here.

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


MembershipSpecial membership offer: Limited time

For those schools not currently members who want to join MAV for 2019, until end of June you can join for 30% off the full price!

  • And, we will send you copies of journals and our common denominator magazine for Term 1 and 2, meaning you get the full set for 2019!
  • Plus a free book from MAV shop to the value of approximately $35.

(only available for schools that were not members in 2018).

Find out about the benefits of MAV membership and join our community now.

To redeem this offer contact Michael Green, at mgreen@mav.vic.edu.au.


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 close at midnight on Friday 26rd April.
  • 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.



2019 Primary and Early Childhood Mathematics Education Conference

The Mathematical Association of Victoria  The University of Melbourne 

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.

Why come?

‘Great combination of philosophy, theory and practice!’

‘Excellent presenters who provide outstanding resources and willingly share their knowledge’.

‘The conference provided an excellent forum to learn about and discuss current research-based information. It provided a range of workshops led by knowledgeable and approachable presenters. I was able to walk away excited about sharing some new ideas and resources with Major sponsor colleagues.’

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.


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.

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 


Register: https://www.mav.vic.edu.au/conference/primary-and-ec-2019.html


P to 10 Professional Learning

Professional Learning Description Details

Primary Mathematics: Engaging Teachers and Engaging Students

Book now

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

Book now

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


The Secret is out! Fast and Efficient Exam Solutions

Two sessions!

Book session 1 now

Book session 2 now

Come along and check out how schools are using Notes and Widgets to accurately and efficiently tackle examination questions in Further Mathematics, Mathematical Methods and Specialist Mathematics. In the first part of this session, you will be shown how notes pages can be used effectively in examinations. In the second part, you will create your own notes page application and be introduced to the magic and power of widgets. The session will conclude with you creating your own widget. No prior knowledge of notes pages and widgets is required and you will receive some useful notes pages and widgets to provide to your students.


Date: Wed 8th May
Time: 1.00am to 3.30pm
Location: MAV, Brunswick


Date: Thurs 9th May
Time: 1.00am to 3.30pm
Location: Texas Instruments, Caribbean Park Training Centre

Who should attend:
Teachers of Year 9 to12

Chris Ireson - Melbourne High School, T3 National Instructor,
James Mott - Suzanne Cory High School, T3 State Instructor.


National Mathematics Summer School (NMSS)

National Mathematics Summer School (NMSS) applications are now open! This is a selective two-week camp held in Canberra in January 2020 and is available to enthusiastic mathematics students who are completing Year 11 in 2019. 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 students' schools on 2nd of August this year).

Please promote this wonderful opportunity with your students.

Click here for more information or contact Danijela Draskovic: ddraskovic@mav.vic.edu.au.


MAV VCE Revision Lectures

Each year MAV presents VCE revision lectures for students in the three VCE Mathematics studies. All lectures are delivered by highly qualified, experienced teachers who are current VCAA exam assessors. This means that the information the students receive will be the most relevant and up-to-date, and the tips will be based on where students typically make mistakes in their VCE exams.

Registrations will open on the 1st of May. Places are strictly limited, so please don’t miss out on your chance to attend.

More information including prices, dates and venues click here, or contact Danijela Draskovic: ddraskovic@mav.vic.edu.au.


MTQ logo 2019MAV Student Activities

Registration opens for both the 2019 Maths Talent Quest and the MAV State-Wide Mathematics Games Days on Tuesday 23rd April.

Maths Talent Quest Registration and Information: https://mav.vic.edu.au/student-activities/maths-talent-quest.html

Mathematics Games Days: https://mav.vic.edu.au/student-activities/student-games-days.html


Professional Reading

A Hard Day's Night: Solving a Beatles mystery with mathematics, ABC news

Didn't think maths could change? My hack could change multiplication forever: To multiply two numbers by hand takes a few steps but it's something we're taught in school. When dealing with big numbers, really big numbers, we need to a quicker way to do things, writes David Harvey. Read the full story

Should schools teach coding? OECD Education today.

Andrew Noordhoff, a teacher at Jells Park Primary School (a MAV Maths Active School), has written a practical article about how he implements a maths by inquiry approached through use of resources such as reSolve and Maths Talent Quest. You can read the article here.


VCAA news

VCE Mathematics review 2019: Stage 1 consultation – proposed curriculum structures

Feedback is being sought on proposed curriculum structures as part of the VCE Mathematics review. Further details and background papers are available on the relevant VCE Mathematics webpages. Responses can be made via the consultation questionnaire.

The VCAA will work with key stakeholders and interested parties to ensure that feedback is gained from organisations, groups and individuals.

The consultation closes 12pm Friday 10 May 2019.

Expressions of interest for VCE Mathematics study review panels 2019

The VCAA invites expressions of interest from suitably qualified people to participate in the curriculum review process for VCE Mathematics. Expressions of interest can be made for one or more of Foundation Mathematics, General Mathematics/Further Mathematics, Mathematical Methods and Specialist Mathematics.

Applications must be lodged by Friday 3 May 2019.


CASIONew videos released from CASIO

CASIO have released a new video to it’s collection: VCE Maths Methods 2018 Written Exam 2 – featuring efficient Classpad use.

This 9 video, 85 minute series includes full solutions, by hand with the CAS technology, including explanations and discussion of alternative methods.

Casio videos



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This series of books helps to answer these question by showing Visible Learning strategies in action in high-impact mathematics classrooms. Walk in the shoes of teachers as they engage in the countless micro-decisions required to balance strategies, tasks, and assessments, demonstrating that it’s not only what works, but when. A decision-making matrix and levelled examples help you leverage the most effective teaching practices at the most effective time to meet the surface, deep, and transfer learning needs of every student.

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