As usual, things are busy at MAV, as we gear up for the judging of the 2016 Maths Talent Quest later this month. Our Maths Games Days are in full swing, with several fully booked, and we are excited about our fantastic Spring into TEAMP day coming up on 1st September, as part of National Literacy and Numeracy Week. See below for all our news:
As you will all be aware, Simon Pryor recently retired from the MAV after 13 years of wonderful leadership. All are welcome to join us from 6pm – 8pm on Thursday 18th August at the Edinburgh Castle Hotel in Brunswick to celebrate his time as CEO and wish him luck for his retirement. Drinks will be at bar prices, and finger food will be served. If you would like to attend, contact the MAV office on 9380 2399 or email@example.com. We are also giving Simon a leaving gift – if you would like to contribute to this, you can make a direct deposit to the MAV bank account: The Mathematical Association of Victoria, BSB No: 633-108, Account: 128621109. Just remember to put Simon Pryor gift as the reference so we know what it is for.
MAV MTQ Judging will take place a LaTrobe in Bundoora from Thursday 11th - Tuesday 16th August. Classroom teachers, maths coordinators, and students teachers who would like to learn more about MTQ are encouraged to participate in judging.
If you would like to register as a volunteer judge visit the MAV website
Celebrate National Literacy and Numeracy Week by attending this exciting full day activity being offered as part of the MAV’s TEAMP program. The program will focus on the teaching of maths and english in the primary classroom, making important links between these fundamental aspects of the curriculum. Offered to a live audience at the Distance Education Centre in Thornbury, and also remotely, this diverse activity is available to all teachers, no matter where you are! Cost: $180 for members. For further information and to register, click here.
TUNE ME IN, Short Sharp Maths Warm-Ups to Get Your Lessons Rolling
Thursday 4th August, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm, Stonnington Primary School
Cost: $50 for members
Do you want to engage and excite your students at the beginning of every Mathematics lesson? In this workshop participants will work through a series of hands-on practical short activities to implement at the beginning of their Mathematics lessons. The session will highlight simple and effective tuning in activities across P-6 in a mixed ability classroom. Join us for this interactive workshop! Register here.
Reponsible Gambling – resources for Years 9 and 10 teachers
Ian Lowe and Robert Money will be presenting their latest resources for the maths classroom focussing on responsible gambling. Come and see how they can be incorporated into your school’s program.
Thursday 18th August, 4.30 – 6.00, Cliveden, Brunswick. To register, click here.
We have listened to your requests and MAV will be producing solutions to the 2016 VCAA Sample Exams. These will be available as an online resource from the MAV SHOP from early September at the latest. Stay tuned or check the MAVSHOP for updates
The MAV is currently involved in a project funded by the Department of Education and Training which is designed to provide students and their families access to a series of engaging online mathematics challenges. In this pilot stage of the program, hosted on the Global2 platform, participants will be invited to upload photos, videos and text reflecting on their involvement with the challenges.
The MAV is seeking expressions of interest from qualified maths teachers who also have appropriate experience to carry out moderation of this site over the 12 week period of the pilot. For further details, visit the MAV website or contact Renee Hoareau, Community Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teachers are invited to register their interest to become a Trial School for reSolve: Mathematics by Inquiry and trial materials in their classroom. Materials for Years 5–8 will be available from Term 3, with those for other year levels available in Term 4 and early next year.
This bold new national program has been designed to promote innovative approaches to mathematics teaching in Australian schools. The project is developing classroom materials with an inquiry-based approach to mathematics, for every year of school from Foundation to Year 10. The purpose of the trialling is to offer feedback to the writing team about the materials and the documentation.
Trialling can be two forms:
To register your interest, go to http://tiny.cc/mbi-eoi-trialling
The classroom materials will be integrated with a set of professional resources. These resources will build teachers’ knowledge and capacity with contemporary practices in mathematics teaching and learning, with a particular focus on problem solving and mathematical reasoning. Feedback is also being sought on the Professional Learning Modules being developed.
If your school is interested in becoming part of the initial trial of these resources, contact Nadia Walker, Outreach Officer for Victoria, at email@example.com
Subscribe to reSolve newsletter: You can subscribe to the reSolve: Mathematics by Inquiry email newsletter by completing the form here. The newsletter will be the main conduit for keeping the educational community updated, including the availability of new lesson sequences.
‘Thought-provoking maths’ sequences take a maths by inquiry approach and cover a variety of topics for a range of year levels across F-10. The sequences use hands-on learning tasks and digital resources from Scootle and elsewhere.
‘Thought-provoking maths’ include:
Login to Scootle and search for ‘thought provoking maths’.
The VCAA is seeking applicants for examination development panels for all 2017 VCE examinations and for the 11 studies that will be offered on the Northern Hemisphere Timetable (NHT) in 2017-18.
The NHT examinations include Accounting, Biology, Chemistry, Chinese First Language, Computing: Informatics, English, English as an Additional Language, Further Mathematics, Mathematical Methods, Physics and Specialist Mathematics.
Members of examination development panels develop their expertise in writing examination questions and increase their understanding of assessment principles and techniques.
More information on the composition of the VCE examination development panels and the eligibility requirements is available on the examination development panel webpage. Interested teachers can apply via the SSMS website.
For queries about the requirements and process for becoming a panel member, contact the VCE Examinations Unit: (03) 9032 1789 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The AustMS website is the home of the on-line professional development unit Effective Teaching, Effective Learning in the Quantitative Disciplines. The unit was developed under an ALTC grant, by a project team of mathematicians, and is now in its sixth year. The unit will be coordinated from La Trobe in second semester 2016 (on behalf of the AustMS Standing Committee on Mathematics Education).
Free to AustMS members and reciprocal members, the unit is suitable both for tutors and lecturers. The assessment tasks must be completed when one is teaching a class, as they involve production of teaching and assessment materials and reflection upon them.
The unit will commence in mid-July (or slightly later by negotiation). For more information, visit the unit website.
Federation University, through its GAP program, is offering numerous opportunities for students studying maths and thinking of a scientific or engineering course. Maths Games Days (with MAV!), lectures and holiday science programs are all featured. Visit their website to find out about what’s on.
One of our members, Lorna McClory, from Staughton College, Melton South, is planning to use information collected from her students when playing Pokemon Go to teach data in Term 4. She is investigating whether there is a link between the Combat Power of unevolved and evolved Pokemon and also whether a player’s level has an impact. If you and your students would be interested in contributing to this simple survey, go to https://goo.gl/zJ9J9v Lorna will be happy to share the data collected, as well as any worksheets she produces. You can contact her at email@example.com
The TEMPEST Project is aiming to improving Professional Learning for mathematics teachers. This project, funded by the Australian Department of Education, through the Australian Maths and Science Partnerships Program (AMSPP), aims to:
The survey seeks to find out from teachers what they regard as quality professional learning, and what their current needs are. If you would like to take part in this important project, visit this link . The closing date for submissions is Wednesday 10th August.
Finally, in news from the Maths Masters, in his latest clip, Burkard performs silly tricks with infinity:
And their latest clip demonstrates a very relaxed approach to calculating:
That’s all our news for now – if you have any news that you think our MAVlisters would be interested in, please don’t hesitate to drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
Until next time,