MAV Term 1 and 2 Professional Learning Opportunities; March update


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Term 1 and 2 Professional Learning Opportunities: March Update

Welcome to our March Professional Learning update.

I am very pleased to report that our ‘VCE whole day out’ workshops were a great success again this year. Some venue sold out early, and there was a lot of sharing of knowledge and questions from participants. We hope that attending those events puts you in good standing for 2017 in regards to VCE. If you missed these, don’t forget that we still have the after school workshops for SAC’s and Meet the Assessors, and some regional events to come. Check them out below.

Many of our other events have also sold out, such as the coding Hackathon, and Numeracy workshop. Other events still listed below are filling fast, so don’t wait until the last minute to secure your place.

Stay tuned as we add more events for term 2!


Peter Saffin

VCE | Primary | P&S | Secondary (S)MTQ




VCE(VCE) Whole Day Workshops were very well attended and have now closed. You can still attend these after school sessions:

(VCE) SAC Evening Workshops 5:00PM – 7:00PM

SAC workshops provide opportunities for teachers of VCE to be presented with and discuss possible starting points for SACs for their students.

6 March – Thornbury
8 and 9 March – Burwood (Note: Specialist SAC workshop on 9th March at this venue has reached capacity, however this session is repeated at Thornbury on 22nd March)
22 March – Thornbury
27 March – Terang

(VCE) Meet the Assessors Evenings 5:00PM – 7:30PM

During these workshops assessors will discuss the processes for setting and marking the 2016 examinations. The presenters will provide a full analysis of the 2016 examinations highlighting student responses and key misunderstandings.

7 March – Wangaratta         
14 March – Horsham         
15 March – Geelong
20 March – Williamstown     
28 and 29 March – Burwood

For more details and to register click here.

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(P) Using picture books to inspire a working mathematical approach

Date: Tuesday 21 March 2017                      
Time: 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Venue: Mathematical Association of Victoria, 61 Blyth Street, Brunswick
Presenter: Jennifer Bowden and Ellen Corovic – MAV education consultants

Participants in this professional learning session will explore a range of stories to engage primary learners. A fabulous collection of picture story books with ideas on how to develop mathematically rich and differentiated lessons will be the focus. In addition, the power of developing 'story shells' as an additional tool to hook students in will be examined.

For more details and to register click here.

MAVshop  Picture Books

Fibonacci ZooIf you are attending our Picture Book PD, we have many picture books available in the MAVshop for use in teaching numeracy. Check out some of our new titles like Fibonacci zoo!:
Fibonacci  Zoo
When Eli and his father visit an unusual zoo, they count the creatures in each exhibit. Eli sees one alligator, then one bison, and next two camels. Soon a number pattern emerges and Eli thinks he can predict how many animals will be in the next exhibit. Explore the zoo with Eli as he runs ahead to test his hypothesis.
$15.90 (Member)                    $19.88 (Non Member)
Click here for Fibonacci Zoo, and here to visit the shop. Go to the ‘Picture book’ link on the left hand menu.


(P&S) Making Connections: Big Ideas in Mathematics Teaching and Learning

Date: Tuesday 28 March 2017
Time: 9:00am to 1:00pm
Venue: Mathematical Association of Victoria, 61 Blyth Street, Brunswick
Presenters: Dave Tout, Senior Research Fellow, Numeracy & Mathematics, Vocational, Adult and Workplace Education Services. ACER
Jim Spithill, Research Fellow – Test Developer, ACER and President of MAV, Jodie Parsons, Sunshine College, and  Thao Huynh, Sunshine College.

This workshop will focus on how “Big Ideas” thinking connects to mathematics, curriculum and practice; from a global level down to individual school perspectives. Time will be spent unpacking what the Big Ideas are from a top down and bottom up approach and the implications this perspective has on schools, teachers and our students. Suitable for year F-12.

For more details and to register click here.

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(S) Making Confident Maths Teachers

This popular program will continue in terms 1 and 2. It is for teacher who would like inexpensive workshops led by Ian Lowe to help them with engaging activities to help students (and themselves if needed) to understand years 7 to 10 maths.

Current dates are: 4 March, 25 March, 29 April, 13 May, 27 May

For more details and to register click here.


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 mtq(MTQ) FREE MTQ workshops in Victoria

With organisation of the 2017 Maths Talent Quest currently underway, The Mathematical Association of Victoria will be running three professional development workshops for Victoria. These workshops will provide teachers with valuable Maths Talent Quest Information, allowing teachers to gain a further understanding of the Maths Talent Quest and the process involved.

The Maths Talent Quest marking rubric and judging process will be thoroughly explained, with examples of past entries presented. As this is a FREE workshop, places are extremely limited so please don’t miss out!

MAV Offices, Brunswick   Thursday 16 March    4:00pm – 5:00pm
Sunshine College, Senior Campus   Thursday 23 March    4:00pm – 5:00pm

For more details and to register click here.

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