Edition 17:13: Merry Christmas from the MAV

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Dear Teachers, Educators, and Friends
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Merry Christmas

It has been an extremely busy 2017 at MAV, and it has been such a pleasure for the MAV staff and consultants to work in partnership with our MAV members, schools and partners.

In Primary a highlight was our expanding consulting work where we work through many Challenging Tasks to develop teacher’s capacity to understand the curriculum they teach. The use of enabling and extending prompts to ensure all students are challenged and enjoying their mathematical learning is key. Our aim is to assist in building teachers confidence and competence to recognise how they have can enhance student learning.

This year MAV produced a new Primary Resources section on the website. This is an excellent resource to assist primary school teachers in researching, planning and implementing their mathematics curriculum and classroom teaching.

Our first Primary conference held in June with Melbourne University Graduate School of Education’s Mathematics Education Group was great success and really showcased both organisations' capabilities.

PL imageMathematics through an inquiry process has continued to evolve and has a prominent place in best practice teaching. The Maths by Inquiry ReSolve project has continued to expand its lesson offering, whilst Maths 300 is now managed by AAMT with many exciting improvements to come in 2018.

The Maths Talent Quest has continued to expand into more schools across Victoria and we were very pleased to once again host the National MTQ with Victoria showing remarkable success. The Statewide Games Days also brought an opportunity for students to participate in challenging maths activities. We are proud to have a leading hand in these offerings and thank the schools and maths leaders who make these events happen.

In Secondary our VCE program was a great success, with growing attendance due to the challenges of the latest curriculum still being felt. Many of our 2018 VCE programs are open for booking and more will be added soon.

Out DET funded Maths Camp for regional gifted and talented students in year 10 was a major success, and the good news is that we have just received funding to run this for the next three years. Planning is now underway!

Math Association Girls In StemLR 0212Our Girls in STEM day for year 9/10 students was a further highlight, and we plan to expand this new program through 2018. There will be events in various locations allowing access for more students to hear industry speakers tell their stories.

We have also received funding for 2018 to make our professional learning more accessible through online webinars and live broadcasts of key events, such as selected conference keynotes. Stay tuned for this great opportunity to expand our services to you.

We have worked extensively in primary and secondary schools across Victoria this year on professional learning programs to build teacher capacity to deliver outstanding mathematical practices across schools, networks and the state. We have travelled from Mildura, Echuca, Shepparton, and Gippsland to Geelong, as well as across Melbourne and surrounding suburbs. We have enjoyed expanding our team of contractors as we work together to ensure we are providing the best professional learning to meet schools needs across Victoria.

We continue to thrive on the outstanding teaching we see in each and every school we visit and the enthusiasm of teachers and leadership teams that continue to grow.

MAV’s annual conference held in December was a major success, and reinvigorated what was already a fantastic event. Attendance was up by 200 people on the prior year. This demonstrates the need for such an extensive event that allows teachers to share their great ideas and best practice with each other.

In 2018 we are very excited about the professional learning offerings on offer to our members. Registrations for both Peter Sullivan’s and Di Siemon’s events are already open and filling fast!

23 February    The potential of challenging mathematics tasks for engaging ALL students (Peter Sullivan, Sunshine College)
13 March   Mildura Conference
15 May   Incorporating the proficiencies (Di Siemon, St Francis Xavier Primary School, Montmorency)
22 May   Incorporating the proficiencies (Di Siemon, Mackellar Primary School, Delahey)

Book now for these events to secure you place, and you can pay next year.

Our conference dates and themes are also available:

22 & 23 June     Primary Mathematics Education Conference (Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne)
6 & 7 December   MAV18 Annual Conference (La Trobe University)

Teachers at primary conferenceFinally, MAV’s hard work saw a growth in our school memberships, especially primary schools as they discovered through our expanding primary program the value they can gain from being involved. We hope to see further growth in 2018.

We also welcomed three new Maths Active Schools, who gained accreditation in late 2018, and two new life members, Elizabeth Burns and Marj Horne.

There are many other achievements to celebrate and too many to list here, and we look forward to putting together our annual report outlining all aspects of MAV’s work in 2017.

We would like to thank all our members for their support 2017. We look forward to our continued partnerships in 2018.

Personally, I would like to thank the MAV staff for their dedication and hard work. They have delivered so much this year and always find a way to do more.

I would also like to thank the Council for their support as we made many changes in 2017. It has been a fantastic year for MAV and I look forward to 2018, where opportunities abound.

Have a safe and happy holiday!

Merry Christmas,
Peter Saffin and the MAV team!



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