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Dear Mathematics Educators,

Term 3 is well underway! We have a host of professional learning coming up including our new ‘free’ online sessions. Some of these are filling up, so don’t delay in booking your place. See below for more.

Registration for the 2018 Victorian Maths Talent Quest has closed. This year we are very excited to have close to 80 schools and well over 600 entries into the Victorian Maths Talent Quest. We are looking forward to the state judging at La Trobe University in Bundoora from the 23rd of August. The State and National Award Ceremony will be held on Thursday 18th of October and will showcase the best mathematical investigations from Victorian and across Australia. If you want to help with judging contact jbowden@mav.vic.edu.au. Judging is a great professional development activity.

Danijela DraskovicI am also excited to let you know that this week a new Secondary Education Consultant started with MAV. Danijela Draskovic joined the team, and will work closely with the other MAV consultants in delivering various MAV services. We welcome Danijela to the team (see photo).

I hope in time many of you get to meet Danijela! Danijela comes to us from St Margaret’s School, and having recently completed a Masters of Teaching (Secondary). You will be able to find out a little more about Danijela in the next edition of Common Denominator.

Peter Saffin


Professional Learning


Free Online Professional Learning

The following workshops are FREE to all Victoria teachers. Hosted by MAV, these workshops will be ‘hands-on’ offering a similar experience as our face to face workshop – but now available to more schools across the state!

We recommend that teachers gather at a DET school in your areas with a Polycom unit to join the workshops. For the secondary sessions, select a location as you book.

(Although individuals can join using mobile device, the nature of the workshops will encourage collaboration and being with others is going to provide improved outcomes)

To volunteer as a hub for future sessions in your area contact:

Each person attending needs to sign up via the website, links below.

Professional Learning Description Details

Tip of the iceberg – how to find rich and challenging tasks for your teaching

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In this workshop, Jen will share her favourite resources in choosing effective rich and challenging tasks. She will explore the benefits of an inquiry, problem-solving approach to build deep and flexible mathematical understandings for all students.

This session will also incorporate the notion of ‘challenge’ as an essential ingredient in mathematical inquiry. Ways to assess will also be explored.

This is a hands-on workshop.

Date: Monday 13th August
Time: 4 to 5pm
Online only event
Who should attend: Foundation to Year 6
Presenter: Jen Bowden

The importance of developing children’s counting skills: The move from rote to rational counting

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In this hands-on workshop participants will discuss the importance of young children developing each aspect of the five counting principles that govern and define counting as elaborated by Gelman and Gallistel (1978). Video excerpts and activities will demonstrate what these counting principles look like in practice.

Counting tasks from the Mathematics Online Interview will be linked to the Counting section of the Framework of Mathematical Learning and activities from the Mathematics Developmental Continuum. The conceptual understanding needed to move children from using inefficient strategies, such as counting by ones, to more efficient strategies will be highlighted.

Date: Wednesday 15th August
Time: 4 to 5pm
Online only event
Who should attend: Year 2 to 6
Presenter: Cath Pearn

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.

Date: Wednesday 12th September
Time: 4 to 5pm
Online only event
Who should attend: Foundation to Year 6
Presenters: Jen Bowden and Ellen Corovic

Algorithmic thinking across Primary Years

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Algorithmic thinking provides opportunities for students to follow and create a well-defined set of instructions to perform a task or solve a problem. We often focus purely on numbers, without linking algebraic problem-solving skills. Promoting algorithmic thinking encourages and increases students’ ability to solve problems using different strategies.

This workshop will demonstrate lesson from Year 2 to Year 6 that challenge students with the opportunity to explore algorithmic thinking. These lessons have been successfully used in classrooms and will be available online through the MAV website with enabling and extending prompts.

Date: Wednesday 19th September
Time: 4 to 5pm
Online only event
Who should attend: Foundation to Year 6
Presenters: Jen Bowden and Martin Holt


Using Maths Games to engage students

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The MAV Games Days are very popular and a great way of engaging students through competing with like-minded individuals. The games are also a useful tool in engaging all students. In this hands-on workshop participants will trial a selection of games and activities, some typical Games Day samples for schools wishing to run smaller scale Games Days at a local level, all applicable to the classroom as tools for engaging all students. Target: Year 9 to 10
Date: Tuesday 7th Aug
Time: 4.30 to 5.30pm
Cost: Free!
Venue: Online
Presenter: Helen Haralambous

Texas Instruments: Using TI-Nspire CX CAS calculator

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This session is aimed at teachers new to VCE Maths teaching with a particular focus on Units 1 & 2 (Year 11) General Maths and Units 1 & 2 Mathematical Methods. The workshop will include graphing for Methods and using finance solver and matrices functions for General Maths. The workshop is also relevant to year 10 teachers. Teachers are required to bring a TI Nspire calculator to the workshop as the workshop will have a hands -on focus. There will be time for assistance with specific questions. Target: Year 9 to 10
Date: Tuesday 28th Aug
Time: 4.30 to 5.30pm
Cost: Free!
Venue: Online
Presenter: David Tynan


Other Professional Learning

Making Confident Maths teachers

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This popular series continues in term 2. The next session is focusing on Expanding and factorising, both linear and quadratic. 

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 11th Aug
Time: 10.00 to 4pm
Venue: MAV
Presenter: Dr Ian Lowe

Mathematical tasks and lessons to inspire thinking 

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In this workshop, Nadia will share her favourite resources in choosing effective rich and challenging tasks. She will explore the benefits of an inquiry, problem-solving approach to build deep and flexible mathematical understandings for all students.

This session will also incorporate the notion of ‘challenge’ as an essential ingredient in mathematical inquiry. Ways to assess will also be explored.

This is a hands-on workshop.

Target: F to Year 6
Date: Wednesday 22nd Aug
Time: 4.00 to 5.30pm
Venue: Benton Junior College, 261 Racecourse Road, Mornington
Presenter: Nadia Walker


Student Activities

Maths Games days

It has been fantastic to see such a positive response to 2018 MAV Games Days with the following events now having reached capacity and hence closed for further registrations.

  1. Yr 4 Games Day
  2. Yr 5/6 Games Day in Kilmore
  3. Yr 6 Games Day in Point Cook
  4. Yr 6 day in Kew, Gennazzano
  5. Yr 7 Overnewton 
  6. Yr 7 Narre Warren Sth
  7. Yr 9 Williamstown
  8. Yr 10 Trinity Kew

There are still limited spaces remaining in the events below, however these are filling fast and closing dates are approaching as indicated:

  1. Yr 8 PEGS: closing date Wednesday 1st August
  2. Yr 8 – 9 Gippsland; closing date Wednesday 10th August
  3. Yr 11 & 12 Camberwell- closing date Monday 30th July

To book a team from your school click here

VCE Revision lectures

MAV Revision lectures are again running during the Term 3 school holiday break.

Lectures will be held in all 3 VCE Studies:

  • Mathematical Methods
  • Specialist Mathematics and,
  • Further Mathematics.

All lectures are delivered by highly qualified and experienced practicing teachers who are current assessors in that study. Students are provided with detailed revision notes.

For student registration click here.


2018 MAV Membership: Special EOFY offer!


July Special! We are having an EOFY sale! Why not, everyone else does……

As we are 50% through the year new members can enjoy 50% off the membership price.

Contact Michael Green, Membership Officer on 03 9380 2399 to join now and redeem this offer before the end of July. mgreen@mav.vic.edu.au.

Free membership:

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


term 3 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.


MAV & MGSE Primary Mathematics Conference Presentations

For those who attended (or missed!) the primary mathematics conference in June, a number of resources and presentations are now able to be accessed on the conference webpage.

Happy downloading here!


Professional Reading

A speech by Alan Finkel at a recent conference touches on many important issues related directly to the future of mathematics education. Alan is a keynote at MAV18, it will be an interesting keynote with a lot for us to consider. Read the speech here.

The Maths Inside: Highlighting the Role of Mathematics in Society as Motivation to Engage More in Mathematical Activities project (managed by the University of Technology, Sydney) has developed inspirational videos and classroom resources that 'unpack' the mathematics involved in some of CSIRO's leading edge developments in science and technology; these are now freely available on the AAMT website.

Go to www.aamt.edu.au/Better-teaching/Classroom-resources/Maths-Inside.


Other News and Events

Victorian Responsible Gambling FoundationExpression of interest - Review of VCAL Numeracy resource

The Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation in partnership with MAV are updating a VCAL Numeracy resource which includes the topics of:

  • Chance has no memory
  • Who are the real winners?
  • Poker machines
  • Sports betting
  • Horse racing

We are seeking expressions of interest from experienced VCAL teachers to review/critique this resource. It will involve approximately 3-4 hours of work of which selected applicants will be renumerated accordingly.

If you would like to be considered for this task please email mark.riddiford@responsiblegambling.vic.gov.au stating your name, contact details, current school and brief summary of VCAL teaching experience by Friday 3rd August.

VCAA news

In term 4 as part of the School IT upgrade, all Government schools are due to receive new virtual conferencing equipment. In preparation, we are looking for participants to be involved in an hour long ‘think tank’. Our strategic partner will be hosting these online sessions and they will be using this gathered information to create between 40-60 case studies on the benefits of using the new platform to assist and enhance teaching and learning within the classroom. It is not expected that you have used this equipment or platform before, rather it is trying to find suitable examples of how this could be used to assist teachers and to get your feedback and ideas.

There will be a number of sessions from 6 August which will be hosted on-line, at different times during the day and the time requirement will be only 1 hour in length. Your advice and feedback will be highly appreciated and will assist us to provide the best possible support for schools when they begin to use the new hardware and software.

Can you please provide Brooke McNamara, Acting Manager, Digital Tools and Systems Unit, mcnamara.brooke.l@edumail.vic.gov.au with names of anyone you think would like to be involved. I will need their name, school, email address and area of interest, e.g. science, maths, learning area, early years, VCE, etc

Mathematics Curriculum Companion

Victorian Numeracy PortalWith the initial publication of the Mathematics Curriculum Companion all Victorian teachers now have access to a suite of quality online mathematics resources that connects content, teaching and learning ideas and contemporary online resources, and are linked to the Victorian Curriculum frameworks. The Birth to Level 10 Mathematics Curriculum Companion (MCC) learning and teaching resources are being co-designed and co-created with Victorian government school teachers, early childhood educators in partnership with the Mathematical Association of Victoria (MAV).

These resources unpack the Mathematics content descriptions to provide teachers with relevant content knowledge, suggested teaching and learning ideas as well as access to online resources and VCAA resources including sample planning templates.

  • The resources in the Companion focus on providing classroom teachers with high quality, accessible resources aligned to Victorian Curriculum frameworks to support excellence in teaching and learning in Mathematics.
  • The MCC supports teachers to deliver high quality teaching and learning experiences in their classrooms to support improved mathematics outcomes for all students. 
  • The first release of more than 150 new resources for Levels 3 to 8 will be available online from Term 3 onwards. Minecraft and Wolfram resources are being progressively incorporated into this suite of materials.
  • The Mathematics Curriculum Companion is currently available from FUSE or through the Victorian Numeracy Portal.

AMSI Choose Maths

choose mathsEver dreamt of launching a startup company? Discovering a breakthrough in medical research? Creating smartphone technology? Or researching a far away galaxy?

Maths is necessary for students wanting to make a difference in our world.

It’s more than numbers, it’s solving the problems of tomorrow and is behind the technology and science breakthroughs that we all rely upon today.

Landing in schools nationally, AMSI’s 2018 CHOOSEMATHS Careers pack includes ambassador profiles and posters, study-tips, pathways advice and our annual MATHSADDS Careers Guide showing job ads demanding maths skills. 

Head to the website and discover how maths is more than numbers.


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Instagram - @amsichoosemaths
Twitter - @amsischools




MAV Trial ExamsMAV Trial exams are here! Buy now and prepare your students with some of the best practice exams around.

Prepare effectively for VCE Mathematics Examinations with the MAV Trial exams for Mathematical Methods, Further Mathematics and Specialist Mathematics studies.

Each Trial Exam features: Original questions, highly relevant to the current course, fully worked solutions for all sections and clear marking schemes. Exam formats are similar to those used by the VCAA. 

They can be purchased by subject or as a set.

Click here to find out more.

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