Edition 18:6: Holiday reading



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Dear Mathematics Educators,

holiday readingI hope you are enjoying the holidays. This ‘light’ edition of Matrix is for your holiday enjoyment – especially in relation to a number of articles that may benefit your professional reading during the break.

Grab a coffee, find a quiet couch near the heater, and catch up on your reading.

If you want to get out and learn, check out the learning and teaching seminar later this week.


Peter Saffin


Professional Reading


optimising stemFrom the STEM Partnerships Forum chaired by the Chief Scientist, a report entitled 'Optimising STEM Industry-School Partnerships: Inspiring Australia’s Next Generation'

From the panel chaired by David Gonski, a report entitled 'Through Growth to Achievement: Report of the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools'

Teacher Magazine: Preparing for a teaching job interview – tips from principals – great for pre-service teachers. Click here to read.

Transforming Education: Empowering the students of today to create the world of tomorrow. By Anthony Salcito, Vice President, Worldwide Education, Microsoft

Teacher Magazine: Sharing good practice: Gonski and encouraging student voice

AI Classroom activity: Machine Learning

Check out some common coding languages you can use for the Digital Technologies Curriculum: A Guide for programming languages in class

Women in STEM Videos for you to view:

What can PISA tell us about teacher policies?

ACER Policy Insights: Challenges in STEM learning in Australian schools

Independent Review into Regional, Rural and Remote Education:
MAV and AAMT contributed submissions to this Inquiry, you can read the submissions and final Report here.

Teacher Magazine: Promoting growth mindset and effort in mathematics classrooms

Do kids still need to learn times tables? Have we been placing too much emphasis on the importance of automatic recall? Find out more.

Catherine Attard: Using mathematical inquiry to make mathematics meaningful.

Education HQ: ATAR - an important measure of school education, or is it time for change?

Podcast: ACER and Aspire, aimed at the vocational and workplace training sectors: The N in LLN - Why it's a crucial skill

May be of interest to maths leaders, teachers and students: 7 mathematicians you should have heard of – but probably haven’t


girls in stem working

Event: Girls in STEM: Be 'inspired by curiosity'

This event will explore females in STEM careers with a particular emphasis on the importance of mathematics required for success. Students will hear from leading industry experts in a range of fields about their experiences working in a STEM focused career.

Presenters will share their stories; the journey they took, the contributions they have made, the impact of being a female, tips for success, and how to overcome obstacles along the way.

There will be a particular emphasis on the importance of mathematics in VCE subject selection, university degrees and in STEM careers.

An interactive panel discussion will follow.




Year 8 to 12 girls who are interested in pursuing a future in STEM careers.

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Friday 3 August 2018, 9am-12:45pm




Ivanhoe Girls' Grammar School


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MAV Membership


If 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


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.

Free membership:

Don’t forget MAV now offers Free Pre-service teacher/student memberships. Find out more here.


National Mathematics Summer School

Year 11 students are welcome to apply to attend the NMSS, a two-week summer school held on the 6th-19th January 2018 in Canberra. Application forms have been mailed out to schools with the last MAV mailout but can also been downloaded here.

Applications close on 27th July 2018 and the MAV Test for NMSS will be held on 3 August 2018 at the applicant’s school.


Learning and Teaching Seminar

'Making assessment part of active ongoing learning'

By Jen Palisse, The University of Melbourne

Friday 6 July 2018
11:30am - 12:30pm
Melbourne University, School of mathematics and Statistics

This workshop explores some different ways that Jen has used assessment to allow students to take ownership of their learning. Jen will be sharing some assessment tasks that she have used within a high-school classroom. These tasks include questions that ask students to generate new understandings or knowledge, rather than act as an assessment of learning, where more often than not, students might regurgitate memorised facts and steps. 

As part of the workshop you will have time to reflect on some of your own assessments, so may wish to bring along an exam, test or assignment to discuss with your colleagues.

Book now!

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