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MAVlist mathematics education news


Dear Maths Educators,

Did you know that The MAV works with various partners to deliver its programs and services? We have a new Partners page where you can see some of the value-adding relationships we have.

This MAVlist contains a variety of things for everyone to consider, whether it’s attending some professional learning, activities for engaging students or some professional reading, you will find it below.

It is fantastic to see such a wide diversity of things going on in Mathematics education at this time.

For those in the Gippsland region, don’t miss our conference at Churchill coming up soon!


Peter Saffin


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  PL | Maths Talent Quest | MAV news | Games Days | VCE Revsion Lectures | National Mathematics Summer School | VCAA SAC advice | Membership | Professional Reading | Useful Resources | Member Offers | Math Methods revision resource | Education Perfect online lessons | ACER casual markers | MAVshop  


Professional LearningProfessional Learning

Professional Learning for Term 3 offers varied opportunities across both the primary and secondary years. We are open for bookings, don’t miss out!

To see the full list of available Professional Learning opportunities click here.


students2017 Maths Talent Quest

The 2017 Maths Talent Quest (MTQ) will be closing Friday 28 July 2017.  Don’t delay in registering your entries!

MTQ is an annual activity aimed at promoting interest in mathematics and fostering positive attitudes amongst students, teachers and parents. The focus of the MTQ is on the process of mathematical investigations and relating mathematics to everyday life.

Entry is open to individuals, small groups or classes from Prep – 12 and are categorised into year levels from Prep to Year 9 with a combined year 10 -12 level.  Each school can entry up to 8 entries per level.

State level prizes ae awarded to individual, group and class entries with credit and encouragement receivers award certificates and Distinction and High Distinction receiving a gift voucher and certificate.  Awards will be given out at our MTQ Awards Ceremony to be held on Thursday 19 October 2017 at La Trobe University. Certain winners will also qualify for the National Maths Talent Quest where winners will also be announced at the MTQ Awards Ceremony.

stage 3Entry is via the MAV website.

Deadline Friday 28 July 2017

MTQ Sponsorship

Do you want to touch base with the Mathematics Educators of the future? Then the Maths Talent Quest (The MTQ) is the sponsorship opportunity for you. In 2016, The Mathematical Association of Victoria received over 580 entries into the competition from both primary and secondary schools across Australia.

For a copy of the MTQ sponsorship opportunities click here.

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Girls in stem speakersMAV news

The MAV has a brand new News page where we will share updates and information about our events and activities. Here are some of the latest articles to check out:

The MAV: Proud sponsor of ‘The Maths Show’

Literacy and Numeracy Strategy Launched

MAV delivers its first Girls in Stem Day

Primary conference a great success!


Statewide Maths Games Days

MAV Statewide Games Day registration is open, with some events sold out. Book now to secure a place for your school’s teams. For more information, click here.

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VCE Revision Lectures

Registrations for The MAV Revision Lectures are open. Ensure your VCE students secure a place. Click here for more information.


National Mathematics Summer School

Applications for 2018 National Mathematics Summer School are closing on 28 July 2017.

NMSS is a two week residential school held each January at the Australian National University for mathematically gifted and talented senior high school students. Give your students who love mathematics a chance to apply.  The closing date for applications is 28 July 2017 and the 90-minute selection MAV Test for NMSS will be held on 4 August 2017 at the applicant’s school.

Download an application form here.


VCE SAC advice from VCAA

SAC Reports:

The VCAA has recently posted reports for SACs.
"School-assessed Coursework reports are prepared in the fir​st year of implementation for the study."

  1. School Assessed Coursework report Maths Methods
  2. School Assessed Coursework report Specialist Maths
  3. School Assessed coursework report Further Maths

Modelling and problem solving:

"This document complements the School-assessed coursework report and should be read in conjunction with it."

  1. Maths Methods
  2. Specialist Maths
  3. Further Maths

As the audit process is currently in place, it is highly recommended that all schools carefully read these before commencing their next round of SACs.

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MembershipJuly Membership Offer!

School membership is available in July at 50% off, as we are 50% of the way through the year!

Schools who join before the end of July will receive the already released 2017 journals for Terms 1 and 2, and MAV Membership for 50% discount.

Taking a School membership means that ALL your staff are eligible for MAV member benefits.

20% discount on all Professional Learning
20% discount on all books and resources from the MAV Shop
20% discount on registration at for the Annual Conference
Exclusive member discounts for events or products negotiated on members behalf
Termly copy of The MAV member magazine, Common Denominator
Termly copy of The MAV Journals, Prime Number or Vinculum or both
Membership of AAMT
Opportunity to become an accredited Maths Active School
All staff listed are entitled to discounts outlined

Contact Michael Green to redeem this very special offer: mgreen@mav.vic.edu.au

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Professional Reading

Bastow Magazine

The latest Bastow Institute edition of ‘Horizon: Thought Leadership’ has articles about Mathematics education from Conrad Wolfram, and Educational Leaders Yvonne Reilly and Jodie Parsons from Sunshine College, Victoria. You can access it here.

Learning Tips Poster smBrain and Learning

UQ’s Brain Institute just released their latest magazine, The Brain: Learning and Memory. This a free resource including a downloadable poster for the classroom and study and learning. An essential read for all teachers!

MERGA Opening Keynote, Dr Alan Finkel

Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel, gave the opening keynote at the MERGA conference which is now available online. It is worth a read for its clear-eyed and unsentimental look at where maths education sits in societal terms; it is fundamentally about Valuing Mathematics in Society. Click here to read the speech.




Useful Resources

These links may be useful for teachers and leaders of mathematics and may provide data for the basis of activities.

  1. A topical context for discussion on association in relation to the cost of electricity
  2. The real-world application of maths learning
  3. Blowing bubbles: First, it was a gaggle of billionaires. Now, even those responsible for the bubble trouble in the financial world are having second thoughts. So, how did we arrive here?
  4. Outer suburbs deprived of services. Good context for GM12 & FM34 statistics and data analysis work.

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Exclusive MAV member offers

The MAV is pleased to offer these exclusive member-only deals!

20% discount on booking ‘The Maths Show’

The Maths ShowLooking for something different in maths? The why not try The Maths Show?

The Maths Show is a live stage performance like no other – full of mathematical magic, mystery and mayhem.

Your students will be roaring with laughter, wondering ‘wow!’ how did that happen, and trying to solve amazing mathematical puzzles.

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 for follow on work.

Discounted prices are available for MAV members.

To have this truly unique performance visit your school go to  www.felstead.com.au email info@felstead.com.au or phone (03) 9509 0992.

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New Math Methods revision resource released - exam solutions on video

CASIO screen shotAiming to share more than just the right answers, the new Mathematical Methods revision resource uses video to present solutions to the 2016 Written Examination 2. The video format shows the exam being tackled in ‘real time,” and discusses sense-making ways to think about each question, providing students with greater insight into the solution, much more useful than sharing a written solution alone.

Where appropriate, more than one solution is presented, incorporating discerning CAS (Classpad) use, as well has “by hand” methods. The video resource is comprised of 8 videos, with a total running time of a little over 80 minutes. The resource was recently shared with teachers in face-to-face workshops, where it was described as “terrific … most valuable for students and teachers”.

The resource is essential viewing for students preparing for this year’s examination with a Classpad at their side. The videos can be streamed HERE and a pdf of the solutions can also be downloaded for future reference.


EducationPerfectEducation Perfect Maths Skills available for free

Education Perfect is making more than 120 online lessons on Core Maths Skills freely available for teachers to use with their students until February 2018.

PLUS as an MAV member, if you quote "MAV" in the field "Anything else we should know?" when you register, you will have a daily opportunity to win a $250 Education Perfect Voucher.

To find out more click here.

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ACER Seeks Casual Markers

Australian Council for Educational Research is seeking Casual Markers.

ACER School Assessment Services are seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified markers to mark mathematical literacy test papers from students in international schools in Grades 3 to 10. Marking will be conducted remotely from home within flexible hours (access to the internet and relevant hardware is required eg. computer).

More information about the position can be found on our website at http://www.acer.edu.au/careers/current-opportunities.

Enquiries may be directed to isamarking@acer.org

Applications close midnight Wednesday 26 July 2017.





The MAV has an extensive selection of picture books for use in teaching numeracy concepts in the primary classroom, and they are many of our best sellers!

picture books

Check out the picture book section of the MAVshop by clicking here

engaging with mathematics through picture booksEngaging with mathematics through Picture books

This book will help teachers engage children aged from 3 to 8 with mathematics through rich mathematical and literacy experiences. Each chapter focuses on different mathematical content or domains and has been written by a leading mathematics educator and researcher.

The book can be used as a form of professional learning and a springboard to developing your own exciting literature-based mathematics lesson by:

  • using the ideas in the book as they are
  • adapting them for the needs of your learners
  • taking the ideas and applying them to different books

Get your copy now.


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