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Dear Mathematics Educators,

Term 2 is here! And I am sorry that you have received so many MAV emails, but there is lot going that we need to share with you! Please take the time to read through each and see where your interest lies. I am pretty sure there is something for all of you.

You will have seen that our AGM is coming up, it is outlined below also. We welcome all members and guests along to this event, the meeting is only a part of the night – the rest of the time is an entertaining presentation and opportunity to network with maths educators and the MAV Council. We hope to see you there!

The call for nominations for Council is also open until Tuesday 24th April – if you are interested in supporting MAV as a Council member the relevant information is linked from the MAV website home page.

Our professional learning for term 2 is booking quickly, with some great events coming up. This includes the Primary Mathematics Education Conference recently launched. We expect that after such a great conference last year this will book out faster, so don’t delay your registration. See below for more details.

There is review underway of the minimum standards of senior secondary literacy and numeracy – please have your say! See below.

And finally, listen to Jen Bowden explain the importance of MAV’s programs and support for maths education on the Maths show, on Radio Carrum! Well done Jen!

Peter Saffin


2018 AGM and Council Nominations

Notice is given that the Annual General Meeting of the Mathematical Association of Victoria will be held on Tuesday 22nd May, 2018.

Following the AGM Dr Norm Do of Monash University will engage us with an interesting and fun mathematical presentation. This will be followed by drinks, nibbles and conversation with special guests of Monash University.

Venue: Monash University Faculty of Education, Clayton Campus.

Time: Arrive at 5.45pm for 6pm welcome and AGM.

RSVP: to psaffin@mav.vic.edu.au by Monday 14th May 2018

Nominations for Council are now open until Tuesday 24th April, 2018.

For more information including the nomination form click here.

The 2017-2018 MAV Annual Report is also now available on the website.


Professional Learning Update Term 1 and 2

VCE Professional Learning

Last chance to attend a MAV Meet the Assessors workshop!

WORKSHOP 1: Meet the Assessors Mathematical Methods
WORKSHOP 2: Meet the Assessors Further Mathematics

DATE: Thursday 26th April
TIME: 5pm – 7pm
VENUE: Terang College, Terang

This is a great opportunity for teachers in SW Victoria to hear from the Assessors of the 2017 Mathematical Methods and 2017 Further Mathematics VCAA exams. Assessors will discuss the process for marking the 2017 exams and will provide a full analysis of the of the 2017 examinations highlighting student responses and key misunderstandings. There will be time for questions and answers and all participants will be provided a copy of the fully worked MAV solutions to VCAA exam for the relevant session.

Click here to book.


D Siemen‘Incorporating the proficiencies’ 

This event is aimed at teachers from Foundation to Year 9

In this workshop Di Siemon will explore a planning tool to help you embed the most up to date approaches to learning in your classroom. You will learn how to incorporate the proficiencies, provide multiple opportunities to revisit key ideas and strategies for targeted teaching. Inquiry-based approaches to the teaching and learning of mathematics will be explored, while ensuring an unrelenting focus on the big ideas that make a difference.

15th May: St Francis Xavier Primary School, Montmorency (North East)

22nd May: Mackellar Primary School, Delahey (North West)



Further upcoming PL workshops include:

Professional Learning



Let's Get Started! Using games to promote fluency and reasoning

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Teachers will be elbow deep in dice and cards during this workshop. The session will focus on developing mathematical fluency and reasoning in students through the use of hands-on and engaging card and dice games. Teachers will be armed with a range of activities and we will explore how to easily differentiate for a range of student learning needs.

Target: Year F to 6
Date: Thursday 3rd May
Time: 4pm to 5.30pm
Venue: MAV
Presented by Jen Bowden and Ellen Corovic

Making Confident Maths teachers

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This popular continues in term 2. The next session is focusing on How to build understanding and skills in the practical topics of ratio, scale, proportion and percentage.

If you are an early career or first year out teacher, or just wanting to update skills in teaching the basics from year 7 to 10 please join us.

The registration page has details on further sessions in this series.

Target: Year 7 to 10
Date: Saturday 12th May
Time: 10.00 to 4pm
Venue: MAV
Presented by Dr Ian Lowe

2018 Lifting student engagement and learning in algorithmic and locational thinking.

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Explore ways to raise the level of locational and algorithmic thinking by activating some of the research-proven methods for lifting student engagement. The Which Way? resource (National Literacy & Numeracy Week, 2017) is a terrifically rich resource that we will explore in-depth.

Target: Level F to 6
Date: Tuesday 29th May
Time: 3.45 to 5pm
Venue: MAV
Presented by Martin Holt

Maths Games to engage students or for Maths Games Days

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Explore engaging games and activities for hosting your own games day and in the classroom.

Target: Year 7 to 10
Date: Wed 30th May
Time: 4.15 to 6pm
Venue: MAV
Presented by Helen Haralambous

Strategies for differentiation in the mathematics classroom

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Explore a number of different approaches teachers can use to differentiate student learning. Variety is key when working with students, and as such we will dip into how you can use open ended questions, rich lessons, technology and team teaching to cater for the diverse range of abilities and learning styles within your classes.

Target: Year 7 to 10
Date: Tuesday 5th June
Time: 4.15 to 6pm
Venue: MAV
Presented by Thomas Moore


Primary Mathematics Education Conference

primary maths conference imageThe Mathematical Association of Victoria (MAV) in collaboration with the Melbourne Graduate School of Education’s Mathematics Education Group (MEG) are delighted to open registrations for the 2018 primary school mathematics education conference:

2018 Theme: Critical and Creative Thinking in the Mathematics Classroom

The knowledge and skills required for Critical and Creative Thinking must be explicitly taught if students are to develop and apply the skills and learning dispositions that support logical, strategic, flexible and adventurous thinking in mathematics.

Join us in 2018 to investigate Critical and Creative Thinking, focusing on:

  • questions and questioning for deep learning
  • rich tasks, challenging tasks and inquiry based learning
  • reasoning and metacognition
  • digital technologies
  • early childhood; 4 year old to Year 2 conference stream

You can check out the program and register here.

Major Sponsor
The Education State | Victoria State Government | Education and Training
Supporting Partners
   ACER    Essential Assessment
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Maths Games and and MTQ

See our recent announcement about Games Days and Maths Talent Quest opening for bookings.

Click here for more information.


2018 MAV Membership; 'Never too late'

MembershipIf you have not renewed you or your schools are no longer eligible for membership benefits such as discounts on purchases or events, nor will you receive your copies of the quarterly journal and magazine.

You can still get on board and have your membership re-activated, just renew your membership now!

Contact Michael Green, Membership Officer to renew, or request an invoice: mgreen@mav.vic.edu.au.

Renew your membership online: http://registration.mav.vic.edu.au/Reg/login.php

Have any questions? We’re here for you. Just give us a call on 03 9380 2399 or email Michael Green.

If you are thinking of joining MAV, the time is right to receive a full year of benefits! We need schools, and individuals to sign up now at our membership page. For more information contact Michael Green mgreen@mav.vic.edu.au.

Don’t forget about our new free student teacher memberships, find out more here.


journalsTerm 2 Common Denomination and Journals

Our latest edition of Common Denominator is now available. You can read it online here.

PDF copies of Vinculum and Prime Number can be accessed by members after logging into the member area of the website.

We ask that Heads of departments and Maths/Numeracy Coordinators let their staff know that they do not have to wait for the hard copy to circulate in their school before catching the latest news and articles. Please make sure your staff lists are up to date in our data base so that your staff can get access. Any issues with logging in or to update your staff list for school memberships contact mgreen@mav.vic.edu.au.


Professional Reading

Confusion and uncertainty in the classroom: Teacher Magazine.

The SLRC initiative is making interesting explorations. Read here.

Try these PEN Principles (Psychology, Education, Neuroscience).

STEM workforce infographic: Teacher Magazine.

Geoff Master: Scrap age-based classes to boost school achievement. The Sydney Morning Herald.

Learning salsa as important as maths, education expert says: The Age.

Listen to Jen Bowden explain the importance of MAV’s programs and support for maths education on the Maths show, on Radio Carrum! Well done Jen!

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Other important links

Review of Minimum standards of senior secondary literacy and numeracy – have your say.

The MAV Council will be submitting a response, but mathematics educators should take the opportunity to put their own views forward in this important review.

AITSL: National Review of Teacher registration – have your say.

Dean’s Lecture: Mathematical reasoning: Proving opportunities for creative and critical thinking.

As reasoning is one of four proficiencies in the Australian and Victorian mathematics curricula, Professor Colleen Vale will present her research findings of primary students’ reasoning and teachers’ knowledge, planning, teaching and assessment of mathematical reasoning. 
Book now for this free event.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mathematics Alliance.

ATSIMA CONFERENCE 2018: Starting the Revolution
Tuesday 10th – Friday 13th JULY 2018, La Trobe University, Melbourne.
Click here to find out more about this event.

mfacts121Multiplication Facts with Meaning- Schools Giveaway.

Mfacts121.com is an online teaching and learning resource to help you achieve thorough outcomes in multiplication, for Years 3-6. Designed by two Melbourne teachers, it includes individual logins for students and teachers. Featuring animated strategy videos explaining efficient strategies and multiplication facts for each student to work through online. Creators, Nat and Justine believe fluency involves more than speed and accuracy and should be based on a foundation of secure understandings and number sense. 

They would like to share what they have created with one lucky school. Simply email the reasons why your school would like to use this resource to info@mfacts121.com, before 30th April, 2018. 

Winner will be chosen on 30th April.

choose mathsCHOOSEMATHS AWARDS 2018.

The Choose Maths Awards celebrate mathematical achievement, creativity and excellence in Australian schools.

The Teacher Awards recognise Australia’s most inspiring educators of mathematics, those who go beyond the classroom and encourage and inspire the next generation of mathematical leaders through creative and innovative practice and mentorship.

The Student Awards encourage students to get creative and explore real-world applications of Maths. Collaborating in teams, students bring their understanding of mathematics to life on film around this year’s theme ‘OUR WORLD NEEDS MATHS’. 

To find out more head to WWW.CHOOSEMATHSAWARDS.ORG.AU

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MAV Member Exclusive Offers:

the maths showThe Maths Show!

Looking for something out of the ordinary to do with your students in maths? Then why not try The Maths Show?

The Maths Show is a unique live stage performance – a combination of maths history, magic, puzzles, audience interaction and more – that is performed in-house at your school.

Your students will be roaring with laughter, wondering ‘wow!’ how did that happen, and certainly seeing maths from a different angle.

The Maths Show is available in two separate versions - one for Junior Secondary students and one for Upper Primary students - and comes with a full set of teacher resources produced by MAV for follow on work.

The production is proudly sponsored by MAV and is perfect for a Maths Week or Maths Day activity or as a unique incursion at any time of the year.

Discounted prices are available for MAV members.

To have this fun-filled, highly engaging performance visit your school go to  www.felstead.com.au email info@felstead.com.au or phone (03) 9509 0992.

‘Our students really enjoyed The Maths Show. The presentation was absolutely what we were looking for to engage and educate our Year 7s and 8s. 45 minutes was a perfect amount of time. The performer (Patrick) was funny and thoroughly entertaining. The “follow-up” material helped to make the show even more relevant. We plan to book The Maths Show again.’ Vanessa Rich, Tintern Grammar.

'That was the best maths lesson ever!' Year 7 Student, Presentation College Windsor.

careers with stemCareers with STEM: Maths magazine pre-order offer

Maths is more than a subject, it’s a language that gives you a toolkit to the careers of the future. Whether you want to create your own business, or tap into the massive growth in jobs in data, tech & finance, or if you want to understand how we can change the world for the better, maths is the number key that opens up all the doors. In Careers with STEM: Maths magazine, you'll learn how you can combine maths knowhow with media & arts, defence, global change, future finance and the tech of tomorrow in this must-read mag. And read real-life stories from 28 professionals - including 16 women - who use maths in their amazing careers.

Pre-order here using 'MAV Offer' code for a 20% discount.




New releases! Make sure you have the latest and greatest resources to support your teaching and professional development. 


21 games for maths games days21 Games for Games Days

The Mathematical Association of Victoria (MAV) Games Days are very popular and a great way of engaging students through competing with like-minded individuals. The MAV often gets enquiries from schools either wishing to run smaller scale games days at a local or school level or requesting games days resources.

In this publication, MAV has compiled a selection of favourite Maths games some used in games days. Whether for games days or for general classroom use, the games are a useful tool in engaging all students.
Why we love this book: The resource has been designed, with one game per page, so teachers can print the desired page as is. Each game has the same format, listing materials required, the rules and the aim of the game.

Member price: $20.00
Non-member price: $25.00 

Buy me now!



Numeracy Teaching Maths in ContextNumeracy: Teaching Maths in Context

Numeracy: teaching maths in context describes an approach to teaching mathematics based on applied and contextual learning principles. This means that the teaching and learning of mathematics proceeds from a contextual, task-based and investigative point of view—where the mathematics involved is developed from a modelled situation or practical task. The approach used will be helpful for teachers of students (middle years through to adult) who need a practical rather than formal mathematical background for their everyday life skills and further education, training or work aspirations. The text illustrates how this approach works through some sample contexts such as cars and driving, sport, cooking and catering, and draws together mathematics from the areas of number, measurement, space, data and statistics, and algebra.

Why we love this book: Practical investigations and projects are key vehicles for student learning in such an approach.

Author: Dave Tout

Member price: $23.17
Non-member price $28.96

I’m pretty cheap! Buy me now.



My Word Book MathematicsMy Word Book: Mathematics

A book of lists, featuring:

  • Lists for all of the Curriculum Substrands, organised by year level.
  • A focus on words students should know to be able to complete questions.
  • Lists of essential vocabulary that has already appeared in NAPLAN (2010-17)

Why we love this book: Provides guidance on Word building (e.g. roots, suffixes), Troublesome “sounds-alike” words (homonyms) and context, Words (and symbols) with specific mathematical meanings.

Author: Dr Paul Swan , David Dunstan

Member price: $12.87
Non-member price: $16.09 

Buy a whole set for your class!

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