Happy National Literacy and Numeracy Week! Members of the MAV staff have been working hard on some fabulous resources that are part of a federally funded project coordinated by AAMT. See below for details.
This has been a very busy period for MAV, with the Maths Talent Quest judging taking place, preparations for our VCE Revision Lectures underway, and finalisation of the Annual Conference program. However, the most exciting news is that a new CEO has been selected. See below for a report from the President, Mr Jim Spithill.
1. MAV appoints new CEO: Peter Saffin
Peter will begin at MAV on September 1. There will be several days of hand over from the Acting CEO, Sally Turnbull, to Peter. The MAV Council extends a warm 'thank you' to Sally for her efficient leadership since March this year.
We welcome Peter Saffin to the MAV.
Congratulations to all students who participated in the 2016 Victorian Maths Talent Quest. Schools have now been notified of their results. We received over 600 entries that explored a deep level of mathematical concepts employing an investigative approach. The MTQ Awards Ceremony will be held at La Trobe University on the 20th of October. Distinction and High Distinction state award winners, along with National Awards, will be recognised. Invitations will be sent to school MTQ Coordinators.
National MTQ judging will take place at the MAV during the week of the 19th - 23rd of September. Thanks must go to all the schools and teachers who supported their students in this event, and helped out as judges. A particular thank you must go to Jen Bowden and Julie Allen and other MAV staff who worked so hard to bring everything together once again.
For more information about how your school can be involved in MTQ please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
3. National Literacy and Numeracy Week, August 29 to September 4, 2016.
This year's activities include challenging statistical investigations written by Simon Pampena. 'Who Won it?' that uses statistics in sport as a means of exploring data analysis. The activity centres on a contest between students to discover the final winner of a fictitious championship in two sports, Australian Rules football and Rugby League.
'Which Way?' comprises four spatial activities focusing on directional language. Students are encouraged to think logically, utilising a variety of tools to find their way and to guide others. From the pages of a book, around your classroom to the great outdoors, the choice is yours!
'Thinkers are Winners' is a series of strategy games designed to focus on the development of logical thought, mathematical reasoning and the ability to explain your thought processes. Play the games to discover the winning strategy and unlock the mystery.
We are lucky this year to have two Numeracy Ambassadors, Simon Pampena and Adam Spencer. Simon has been a Numeracy Ambassador since 2009. He is known as the ‘Maths Man’ and has captured the minds and imaginations of many with his ability to combine mathematics with comedy. Adam is an Australian comedian, media personality and author. A lifelong numbers nerd, his mathematics books include Adam Spencer’s Big Book of Numbers and Adam Spencer’s World of Numbers.
Join us in a week of great mathematics designed to capture your thinking, creativity and imagination. Activities are designed for Early Childhood to Year 10. Include your family and friends.
'Catch-an-Idea' is your chance to catch a maths moment! Whether you’re indoors or outside, looking at patterns or playing sports, in the kitchen or in outer space; maths helps make sense of the world! Students photograph a mathematics moment, caption it and share it (digitally or as a poster around the school). For example, take a photo of someone measuring ingredients, tiling a roof or a football player kicking a goal. Math is everywhere!
We would love to highlight your 'Catch-an-Idea' in our gallery. Send a link, graphic, text or video to us at email@example.com
Adam Spencer, National Literacy and Numeracy Week Ambassador provides the inaugural mathematical idea.
Monday 10th October 2016, 9.00am – 3.30pm – Please note change of date.
Cost: $180 members, $200 non-members, online participants free.
Venue: Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Federation Square, Flinders Street, Melbourne
Spring into TEAMP Day provides an opportunity for teachers to learn from education leaders and experts face-to-face or online in a range of high quality professional learning and is a great way to create relevant resources to engage teachers of English and mathematics. The MAV is delighted to be working with ACMI for this event, and to have the support of the Australian Literacy Educators Association (ALEA).
For full details and registration, visit the Spring into TEAMP website.
All recordings and resources will be available on the TEAMP community website http://www.teamp.vic.edu.au/
The TEAMP project aims to provide support for primary teachers to access online networks and activities that support the quality teaching of English and mathematics in the context of schools’ implementation of the AusVELS and Victorian Early Years Learning Framework.
Thursday 27th October, 1.00 – 5.00pm, Cliveden, Brunswick
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.
6. VCE Revision Lectures are again being held at a variety of different locations in 2016, including Glen Waverley, Mt Eliza (new for 2016), Caroline Springs, Sale, Horsham, Wangaratta and Warrnambool. Book online at the MAV website.
The MAV has prepared solutions to the Sample Papers released by VCAA earlier this year, and they are now ready to purchase from the MAV Shop.
8. MAV Professional Learning Term 3 & 4 2016
Want some inspiring and innovative PL in Working Mathematically, Early Years, Online Learning, Coding? The following sessions will be held at the MAV throughout Term 3 and 4.
Are you looking for ongoing professional learning and support to build capacity of the teachers in your school? Our Maths Education Consultants can tailor a program to meet your school’s specific needs. Email Jen Bowden firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
As we head towards the Racing Spring Carnival season, you might be interested in one or more lessons dealing with responsible gambling in the context of horse racing. Lessons called ’Sweep’ and ‘A day at the races’ are part of the unit of Sports Betting prepared for Years 9 and 10 by MAV. They are an outcome of the research conducted by MAV in local schools (funded by the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation). The lessons fit within the Victorian Curriculum but also teach about the mathematics of gambling: how commercial gambling is stacked against gamblers. Contact Ian Lowe for free copies: email@example.com. The entire package (16 lessons on Pokies and Sports betting) will shortly be available from the MAVshop.
This series of inexpensive and catered six-hour Saturday workshops continues and you may register on the MAV website. Ian Lowe introduces great activities and learning resources: 10th Sep: Measurement, 8th Oct: Geometry and 22nd Oct: Probability and Statistics. You do not need to be teaching out-of-field to attend.
As a result of a previous announcement many secondary schools have taken advantage of this free offer. Now you have your NAPLAN results you may be even more interested in ways to ‘rescue’ the many students who are falling behind in numeracy. The package offers diagnostic tools, concept-building activities and follows up with games and digital activities for practice. Contact Ian Lowe for your free copy: firstname.lastname@example.org. PD is available, but is not free.
Ian Lowe reports that he still finds schools who have not made use of Teach Maths for Understanding, free to MAV members on the MAV website. This is a comprehensive linking of thousands of non-text resources to the Victorian Curriculum, and is organised to make use of in-class grouping to differentiate learning by need. All you need to access this free resource is your email address and your MAV password. For each of Years 3 to 6 there are 22 unit plans and for Years 7 to 10 there are 12 unit plans. Each unit plan covers six Victorian curriculum levels. The linked resources focus on teaching, hands-on activities and ICT to help students to understand mathematics. If it all seems too generous, professional learning is available to help you get your head around the myriad of resources and link it to your school’s curriculum. Contact Ian Lowe: email@example.com.
Last weekend the awards ceremony for this year’s AMSI Choose Maths Awards was held at Melbourne’s Leonda Reception Centre, with some fabulous students and teachers from around Australia recognized.
In the student section, Victorian Schools were among the top 10 from over 600 entries across Australia, with students making short videos on a Maths theme of their choosing: Beaconhills College, Huntingtower School, John Monash Science School, Toorak College, Methodist Ladies' College. The top award for Years 5 to 8 went to Toorak College for Geometry Around the World.
In the teacher’s section, Victorian teachers Greg Anderson (St Leonard's College) and Lisa Hogan (Mary MacKillop CRC) were among the top 10 nominated for the Mentoring Girls in Mathematics awards. Congratulations to all of these winners.
You can see all the award winners at the Choose Maths website.
For a number of years, AAMT has partnered with AMSI to prepare the Maths Adds resource, available as a PDF or in hard copy. Recently launched, the Maths Adds website features over 100 job ads illustrating mathematical and statistical
It would be a worthwhile resource for Year 10 information nights, and for Year 12 students considering their upcoming tertiary applications.
This exciting project is well under way, with opportunities for schools to become involved in a variety of ways - read their latest newsletter here.
Does one have to be a genius to do Maths? See what Terry Tao thinks by reading this article from him.
The benefits of online gaming?
A recent RMIT study suggests that there may be benefits to student results in PISA from online gaming but that social media has no effect. This appeared in several news reports, but you can read the original research report here.
What makes a school a learning organization?
While schools need to learn to adapt to a rapidly changing environment, many look the same today as they did years ago – how can they progress? There is a growing body of research suggesting that reconceptualising schools as a learning organization is one way forward. But what makes a school a learning organization? This important report from the OECD explores this question and suggests a framework to start working with.
In his latest clip, Burkard the Mathologer gives a beautifully simple argument for the appearance of Fibonacci numbers in nature: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GkxCIW46to
And, their latest movie clip shows that even Jessica Alba knows her Fibonacci numbers: http://www.qedcat.com/movieclips/
This will be my last MAVlist, as my contract draws to a close. I want to pass on my thanks to everyone at the MAV for making me so welcome over the past 5 months. I have enjoyed being back here very much. These are exciting times for the MAV, with our new CEO commencing on 1st September. I will be watching with interest to see what happens at MAV – I feel sure that it is going to be a very bright future!
All the best