Edition 18:10: Free Online Professional Learning: Important News and Events

 
 
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Dear Mathematics Educators,

Congratulations to all of the schools and students that participated in the Maths Talent Quest in 2018. I visited the judging last week and was impressed by the quality and variety of projects that clearly demonstrated the value of this program. Once again, to see students exploring mathematical concepts related to topics of interest to them is very rewarding. I can’t wait for the presentation ceremony in October. Stay tuned to see if your school is a winner! Well you all are actually, just by being involved! Thanks also to all those dedicated judges that helped work through the student entries.

Don’t forget, VCE revision lectures are open for bookings.

Our professional learning continues, with more free online sessions coming up.
 
Regards,
 
Peter Saffin
CEO
 

 
   
   
 

Leading whole school improvement in Mathematics education

MAV Edu Conference Day 1LR 0099A two-year school improvement program for Primary Schools.

We received great interest in this program after our call for expressions of interest. We believe there is a strong need for such support in schools.

We have now costed and fleshed out the program based on feedback from interested schools. This program is now open for sign up. To get involved and find out more download the information and application from here.

For further information contact me directly at psaffin@mav.vic.edu.au

 
   
 

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 a 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 area 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
PRIMARY

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.  

Wednesday 12th September
4 to 5pm

Online only event

Cost: Free!

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. 

Wednesday 19th September
4 to 5pm

Online only event

Cost: Free!

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.

Wednesday 24th October
3.45 to 5pm

Online only event

Cost: Free!

Who should attend:  ear 2 to 6

Presenter: Cath Pearn

PRIMARY/SECONDARY

HITS or Miss? Online

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The High Impact Teaching Strategies (HITS) were developed by the Victorian DET and consist of 10 instructional practices that reliably increase student learning wherever they are applied. They are a resource for teachers, professional learning communities and school leaders to use in improving teaching and learning outcomes. This session will explore an approach that aims to maximize the value of the HITS’ implementation. We will look at key components of the ten individual HITS, and explore a research-based model of effective ‘feedback’ (one of the HITS), discovering how this strategy relates to the other HITS. 

Thursday 8th November
3.45 to 5pm

Online only event

Cost: Free!

Who should attend: Foundation to year 10

Presenter: David Cook

Identifying, providing and catering to mathematically promising students (Vic Association for Gifted and Talented Children)

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Identification and provision for mathematically promising students can be a challenge for all involved, and there is some debate about which should come first – identification or programming. In this hands-on workshop participants will learn the definition of mathematical promise, contemplate the possible goals of mathematical talent development, and explore the multiple tools and approaches available for identification of high mathematical potential. Then a range of different strategies for mathematical talent development will be shared.

Thursday 23rd October
4.30 to 5.30pm

Online event, or attend at a selected location

Cost: Free!

Who should attend: Year 5 to 10 teachers

Presenter: Simone Zmood

SECONDARY  

Algorithmics (HESS)

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Algorithmics (HESS) was introduced into the VCE curriculum in 2015. The motivation for the creation of the study was to encourage more students to develop the critical thinking skills, structure and concepts to enable them to participate as creators of computational technology and information systems. “Algorithmic thinking is a major component of computational thinking and is seen as being one of the most important computer science topics for developing critical thinking skills”. Successful students of the subject are eligible for university credits in Computer Science. 

Thursday 11th October
4.15 to 5.30pm

Online event, or attend at a selected location

Cost: Free!

Who should attend: Year 9 to VCE teachers

Presenter: Georgia Gouros

GeoGebra in the classroom

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This is a beginner’s introductory session on the free software, GeoGebra. In this session participants will see how GeoGebra can be used as an effective tool for supporting a visual and interactive mathematics pedagogy that emphasises conceptual understanding rather than processes. Participants will be shown a demonstration of how GeoGebra can be utilised in the classroom when teaching Quadratic Transformations, Trigonometry and the Unit Circle, Pythagoras’ Theorem and Geometry. It will also include some ways teachers can enhance student understanding by using pre-programmed applets within GeoGebra, as well as involving students in the creation process by getting them to create their own GeoGebra files. The skills learnt in this presentation can be applied to all secondary year levels. Participants will be required to download and install the free GeoGebra Classic software from https://www.geogebra.org/download.

Thursday 18th October
4.15 to 5.30pm

Online event, or attend at a selected location

Cost: Free!

Who should attend: Year 7 to 12 teachers

Presenter: Danijela Draskovic (MAV Consultant)

 
   
 

Professional Reading

Teacher magazine. Elevating the teaching profession.

Podcast Special: John Hattie and Geoff Masters In Conversation: This podcast shares highlights from an ‘In Conversation’ session on evidence-based teaching practices between Laureate Professor John Hattie and ACER CEO Professor Geoff Masters AO.

 
 

 
 

Made by MathsMade by Maths app – maths around your school!

Made by Maths app walks are free.  Did you know that there is new mathematical walk that can be done in any school ground?

Explore mathematical concepts around you now!

Find out more here.
 

 
   
 

VCE revision lectures

It’s not too late to book!

VCE revision lectures are open for bookings.

 
   
 

algorithmic thinkingAlgorithmic thinking lessons for primary educators.

MAV has produced 10 lessons for algorithmic thinking in the primary mathematics classroom from year 2 to 6. These are to support teachers in getting started with implementing this requirement in the Victorian Curriculum.

The resources were proudly produced by MAV with funding from the Victorian Department of Education and Training under the Strategic Partnership Program.

You can check them out here under our primary resources section.

 
   
 

Other Important News and Events

Victorian Curriculum F-10 Monitoring Project – Seeking feedback from schools

The VCAA has hired an external organization, Learning First, to collect candid feedback from teachers and school leaders on the Victorian Curriculum F-10. Learning First is seeking 20 schools across the state that would be interested in participating in feedback interviews. These interviews will focus on getting a better understanding of the enablers and barriers to curriculum implementation across different schools and learning areas. We are seeking schools in all sectors and locations across the state.

If you or your school would like to participate in an interview, please email Katie Roberts-Hull, Director of Policy at Learning First (katie.roberts-Hull@learningfirst.com) for more information and to set up an interview time.
 

 
 

VCAA Update: Digital Technologies

The first batch of video resources to support the Digital Technologies Curriculum has been released on the VCAA website.

These are a series of short videos and mini-webinars on a range of topics.

They can be accessed at the following link: https://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/Pages/foundation10/viccurriculum/digitech/video.aspx 
 

 
 

Texas InstrumentsTexas Instruments: Exam readiness webinars

Exam Readiness - Mathematical Methods (Vic)
Tuesday, 4 September 2018 7:00 pm – 8:00pm

In this webinar the presenters will use TI-Nspire technology to work through carefully selected CAS-active Mathematical Methods examination-style questions, covering the four areas of study. The aim of the webinar is to demonstrate accurate and efficient strategies using functionalities of TI-Nspire CAS, appropriately chosen from its graphical, algebraic, numeric and tabular capabilities. The webinar will also illustrate the use of templates in Notes pages, which can be prepared beforehand and used during the exam. Useful exam and technology tips and tricks will also be offered.

Register

Exam Readiness - Further Mathematics (Vic)
Wednesday, 5 September 2018 7:00 pm – 8:00pm

Preparing our students for exams in VCE Further Mathematics requires that they learn how to effectively use calculator technology. This webinar focusses on techniques to make the most of TI-Nspire calculator precision options. It will also demonstrate how to use the Notes App and handy programs for quickly obtaining needed results required in examination settings.

Register

Exam Readiness - Specialist (Vic)
Thursday, 6 September 2018 7:00 pm – 8:00pm

In this webinar the presenters will use TI-Nspire technology to work through carefully selected CAS-active Specialist Mathematics examination-style questions, covering the six areas of study. The aim of the webinar is to demonstrate accurate and efficient strategies using functionalities of TI-Nspire CAS, appropriately chosen from its graphical, algebraic and numeric capabilities. The webinar will also illustrate the use of templates in Notes pages, which can be prepared beforehand and used during the exam. Useful exam and technology tips and tricks will also be offered.

Register
 
 

 

2019 Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards

Nominations for the 2019 Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards are now open.

Offered through a partnership between the Commonwealth Bank and national charity Schools Plus, the Awards recognise and reward great teachers who are delivering transformative and measurable outcomes for their students.

This year, 12 outstanding teachers and school leaders will be selected to receive a $45,000 Teaching Fellowship. The Fellowships include support for professional development as well as $30,000 for a school project that improves student outcomes. It’s a wonderful opportunity!

Nominate now.

 
   
 

MAVshop

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!

 

 
 

EasyRead Time Resources

Teach your students the 3-Step System and they will all be able to tell the time on the EasyRead Classroom clock as soon as they can confidently recognise numbers. We have three products that make for easy work in the classroom:
 

 
 

easy read clockEasyRead Time Teacher Classroom Wall Clock

This product is the heart of the EasyRead Time Teaching System. It sits on the Classroom wall all day every day. It displays the time in the most readable way, with the hands always telling the students which numbers they should read.

Member price: $35.96
Non-Member price: $44.95

Buy now!

 

 
 

twin time teacher cardEasyRead TwinTime Teacher Card

This single resource can be used to demonstrate every element of the curriculum relating to analogue clocks, including writing the displayed time on the write-on-wipe-off surface.

Printed both sides with ‘Past and To’ on one side and ‘12/24hr time’ on the other and with 2 sets of hands, it is the perfect hand held time-teaching resource.

Member price: $15.96
Non-member price $19.95

Get me now!

 

 
 

easy read student edition 10 packEasyRead TwinTime Student Edition - Pack of 10

Your students can follow your every move with their own double-sided clock card. This larger-than-normal card is very easy for young hands to use. The hour number boxes tell the student which hour number to read at any point in time and 1/4 hour markings for the hour hand help them place the hands in the correct positions relative to each other.

Member price: $35.96
Non-Member price: $44.95

Get me along with the others. Buy now.

 
   
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