Term 4 is flying, but there are still a lot of great events to get involved with. Here are my top picks to check out below:
Thank you to all who did our online survey on what software you use in your school to teach maths over the past few weeks. The survey is about to close, but there is one last chance to have your say.
Also, your membership renewable is about to arrive, please renew promptly to show your support for MAV into 2017.
Register now for MAV’s Annual Conference.
1 & 2 December 2016
We are changing things around this year to give you more access to more speakers and sessions. In 2016 Keynote Presentations will run at the beginning of each day. There will be a selection of keynote presentations each morning and you will need to choose one of these to attend. The keynote presentations will be listed online as Session A (Thursday) and Session F (Friday). Instead of the Conference Dinner we will be extending the Happy Hour on Thursday afternoon to two hours, giving attendees more time to network with exhibitors and each other.
To Register - http://registration.mav.vic.edu.au/Reg/event.php?eventID=2618
Maths Active School tour
Come and see Lumen Christi Catholic Primary School in action on Thursday November 3 to see examples of successful problem solving in action.
Maths Active School Accreditation Applications
2016 Maths Active School applications close on Friday 11 November. Complete the application form at http://www.mav.vic.edu.au/apply-to-join.html or contact Ellen Corovic for further information firstname.lastname@example.org.
The revised VEYLDF: Supporting the cycle of teaching and learning through the early years
Carmel Phillips - Manager Early Years Unit VCAA
Thursday 13 October, 2016
In this webinar, the focus will be on formative assessment children’s mathematical thinking to support the cycle of teaching and learning. Children demonstrate mathematical thinking in diverse ways. This requires early childhood educators to recognise this thinking when it is demonstrated and to develop playful learning experiences for children to consolidate and extend their thinking.
High quality interactions with children create opportunities for educators to provide feedback that extends children’s learning, to model mathematical language and to encourage children to articulate their thinking. This in turn provides opportunities for further planning, and thus the cycle of teaching and learning continues.
Finally, by demonstrating how the VEYLDF intersects with the Victorian Curriculum, the revised framework supports smooth transitions for every child from the home learning environment, into early childhood education and care settings, and into school
We hope that this webinar will encourage conversation and look forward to your participation.
For more information go to: http://www.teamp.vic.edu.au/activities/webinars/victorian-eylf.html.
The Victorian Maths Challenge is a fun way for you, your family and friends to explore and solve problems.
Take on as few or as many challenges as you like. Work together to find your own solutions.
Capture what you discover with a video, photo, diagram or story. You can even share your findings.
The Victorian Maths Challenge open until 29 November 2016
Our expert Maths Education Consultants have been working with a number of schools in 2016 with great success; measuring improvements in NAPLAN results, changing approaches to teaching and learning, and improving engagement in numeracy. We can customise a program to meet your school’s specific needs. Email Jen Bowden email@example.com for further information.
We still have a number of professional learning sessions to come! Working Mathematically, Early Years, Online Learning, Coding? The following sessions will be held at the MAV throughout Term 4.
As part of one of our projects in collaboration with the Department of Education, we are looking at what software is used in your school for teaching maths. Please spare a few minutes to take our short survey to let us know what is used in your school.
Join Jim Spithill and Dave Tout for an afternoon workshop exploring 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. This is vital to help with your 2017 planning.
Thursday 27th October, 1.00 – 5.00pm, Cliveden, Brunswick
Looking for some great tips for the end of year. Why not use the MAV’s Made By Maths app to take a guided mathematical walk. LaTrobe Melbourne (Bundoora) is a free option and is set in the leafy grounds of LaTrobe university. Alternatively head into Melbourne CBD for a guided walk along Swanston Street ($1.49). This walk may also be paired with a trip to a local museum or the Botanical Gardens.
Teachers may register for a user code and review all student work for these walks should they wish. This can be done at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=cds.app.mav&hl=en.
The MAV will be holding a large sale of resources at this year’s annual conference. There will be reductions of 30% and 50% on selected items as well as a clearance of last copies for $5.00. Don't forget to bring a purchase order number!
The key innovation underpinning ReMSTEP is the exploration of ways of linking pre-service teachers to practising scientists and mathematicians, in order to represent the creativity and drive of scientific and mathematical thinking for these future teachers. A large part of this agenda is to make STEM subjects more relevant and engaging, and to better promote the thinking needed for effective participation in 21st century Australia. The experience of ReMSTEP is thus very relevant for pioneering innovative teaching practices that engage school students in quality science and mathematics learning.