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Dear Mathematics Educators,
Term, 3 rolls on, and MAV’s programs are in full swing: games days are now underway, VCE revision lectures are open for bookings, and MTQ judging is about to occur, just to name a few! See below to find out where you can get involved.
In professional learning we have now started our free online sessions, with much success. We understand that some people have had trouble accessing the webinar service, and we would like further feedback if you have it as to exactly why you could not get access. Those who did manage to log in provided very positive feedback, especially those from regional areas that often do not get access to regular MAV PL, until now! More sessions are open for bookings as below, with further sessions soon to be opened for late term 3 and term 4.
We are also considering a new ongoing professional learning program for primary schools, and are seeking expressions of interest, see below.
girls in stemFinally, our Girls in STEM day was held recently, and we have videos of all industry based speakers presentations available for schools to use. These may be a good lesson starter, or useful for your careers or science staff too. We hope you can use them! They are available on our Girls in STEM event page here.
Peter Saffin


Professional Learning


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: Monday 27th August
Time: 4.00 to 5.30pm
Venue: Benton Junior College, 261 Racecourse Road, Mornington
Presenter: Nadia Walker

Making Confident Maths teachers

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This popular continues in term 2. The next session is focusing on Key teaching ideas from Measurement, Geometry and Probability.
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 8th September
Time: 10.00 to 4pm
Venue: MAV, Brunswick
Presenter: Dr Ian Lowe



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!

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. If you are looking for a school in your areas that you can attend that may be a DET Polycom hub, some events have hubs as part of the booking process. Contact us for help in identifying a location near you (hharalambous@mav.vic.edu.au or jbowden@mav.vic.edu.au).

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

Professional Learning Description Details

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

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 24th October
Time: 3:45 to 5pm
Online only event
Who should attend: Year 2 to 6
Presenter: Cath Pearn



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 August
Time: 4.30 to 5.30pm
Cost: Free!
Venue: Online
Presenter: Roger Wander



Leading whole school improvement in Mathematics education;
A two-year school improvement program.

MAV and the Mathematics Education Group (MEG) at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE), The University of Melbourne, are developing a two-year school improvement program for Primary Schools in Victoria. We are currently seeking Expressions of Interest from Primary schools who would like to be involved. This will help us to finalise the design of the program based on interested numbers.
This program will allow school leaders and teachers to develop the tools and techniques to implement and measure whole school improvement, while working within a supportive network of schools striving for continued improvement in mathematics.

Schools in the Maths Collaborative will develop:

  • a clear and practical focus on school improvement
  • the tools and techniques to implement and measure improvement
  • a practical understanding of the structures to support improved practice by working collaboratively within their school
  • a deep understanding of the maths proficiency strands and the teaching practices to support student development in mathematics.

Teachers in the Maths Collaborative will:

  • improve their mathematics content & content pedagogical knowledge
  • implement supportive and collaborative structures
  • engage with researched based methods and tools for improvement
  • network and work collaboratively to develop professionally.

Proposed Program Structure (Draft)
Proposed program for the Maths Improvement Teams in each school:

  • 2 Year Commitment to improvement (2019 to 2020)
  • 5 workshops per year (Likely to be based on a central location to the majority of schools involved):
    • 2 x term 1
    • 1 in term 2
    • 1 in term 3
    • 1 in term 4
  • 2 further optional sessions (may be via webinar) on selected topics.
  • 2 twilight networking sessions for teachers to attend.
  • 2 days of in-school consultancy per year to review progress, observe and feedback on your implementation.

If interested, please contact Peter Saffin at MAV with your name and school details. psaffin@mav.vic.edu.au or 0403 600 120.


Professional Reading

Improving the mathematics performance of Australia's students: By Australia's Chief Scientist
Alan Finkel is a keynote at MAV18, check out what he has to say! The paper looks at the strategies being used by Australian schools to successfully improve student outcomes in mathematics. It draws out key learnings for teachers, principals and policymakers who may wish to implement similar strategies. Read it here.
Young students’ perceptions of maths learning: From 'Teacher'
A great article with practical tips about engaging early primary students in mathematics.
This Aussie genius has won the 'Nobel Prize of mathematics'
When Akshay Venkatesh was 13 years old and had completed his high school studies, he told the ABC he was aiming to "maybe become a mathematician". Well, that came true — and he's now achieved his subject's highest honour. Read the full story
Maths gives its 'Nobel Prize' to an Australian — here's why it matters
Mathematics doesn't have a Nobel Prize, but an Australian mathematician is honoured in Rio de Janeiro with the next best thing — the Fields Medal. Read the full story



Made by MathsMade by Maths app – take a walk on the wild side!

Do you have city-based program? Do you include maths based activities? Well you can now.
Check out the Made by Maths app, walks are free, and you can enjoy the city, or National Sports Museum at the MCG while exploring mathematical concepts.

Take look now!

  Made by Maths Swanston StreetMade by Maths National Sports Museum  

Other News and Events

National Mathematics Summer School needs you!
The National Mathematics Summers School requires a person to support this camp, running the student test and selection process. This is due to the retirement of long term supporter Gaye Williams.
The work involves writing an exam each August, and marking the papers, to then use the results to shortlist students for the camp. MAV liaises with students and teachers to distribute the exam to applicants. Gaye will help train a person in what is required in regards to the exam. The task is not onerous, with approximately 15 to 30 applicants per year.
MAV would like to thanks Gaye for her ongoing support and work in this area – Thank you so much Gaye!
Please contact us if you can help: psaffin@mav.vic.edu.au


VCE Trial exams now available!

MAV Trial ExamsPrepare 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.  Permission for the purchasing institution to reproduce copies for its students.

Grab yours now!



Free event to help promote mathematics
Biarri, who MAV worked with on it’s 2018 Maths Camp for high potential students, has this public event coming up that may be of interest.
The Biarri Applied Mathematics Conference 2018: Invisible Intelligence
20 - 21 November 2018, at RMIT University.
The world is changing around us. Optimisation – which used to be hidden behind closed doors is now at our fingertips shaping the way in which we live our lives, move our goods, and make our decisions. From healthcare, sports, transport and manufacturing through to the deployment of next generation fibre networks, mathematics is core to working in the 21st century.
This year the BAM Conference will be bringing together innovators, scholars and thinkers to focus on ‘Invisible Intelligence’ and through expert presentations, lightning talks and panel discussions demonstrate how we are using optimisation and mathematics behind the scenes to keep our world moving.
Find out more here: http://bamconf.com/


Expression of interest - Review of resources linking Mathematics and public transport
Education Services Australia (a national, not-for-profit company owned by all Australian education ministers) is seeking practicing teachers with whom to test ideas for resources for Victorian schools that link Mathematics and public transport. You would be compensated for your time (approximately two hours) and feedback is likely to done on-line or by teleconference.
If you are an F-10 teacher with good generalist knowledge of the curriculum area and would like to be considered for this task, please contact Maureen Gustus at maureen.gustus@esa.edu.au stating your name, contact details and current school by Friday 24 August.


evidence for learningEvidence for Learning webinar:
#EvidenceIntoAction – mathematics
Educators will learn about evidence-informed mathematics. This will include a focus on feedback, manipulatives, representations and developing learners’ independence and motivation. Practical examples about how these approaches can be used in the classroom will be discussed.
This webinar will investigate the Evidence Ecosystem, the hierarchy of evidence and the latest evidence within the Teaching & Learning Toolkit (the Toolkit). Evidence for Learning has mapped the approaches within the Toolkit to different organisations' school improvement frameworks (Tailored Toolkits), including The National School Improvement Tool, The Framework for Improving Student Outcomes and the School Excellence Framework (recently updated for version 2). This webinar will look at the Tailored Toolkit produced in collaboration with the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers.
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dinner with Adam SpencerDinner with Adam Spencer & $10,000 for your school?
Mathspace has just launched a Teacher Challenge, which is for teachers who are making the biggest impact on their students' growth. It’s open to all Australian schools, and kicks off August 20.
Find out more




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More Problem Solving - The Creative Side of Mathematics
Target Levels: Year 8-VCE
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