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Dear Mathematics Educators,

Term four is an exciting time at MAV as we build up and prepare for the annual conference MAV18. Don’t forget to register now, as registrations close on Friday this week.

We are also planning our professional learning program for 2019, and have a fantastic line-up already booked in to ensure we deliver value to all mathematics educators across Victoria. Stay tuned!

Peter Saffin


MAV18 Conference online registration closing Friday.

Online registrations will close this Friday 23 November

Sessions are filling fast with some already sold out. Don’t delay in booking in for the MAV18 55th annual conference at La Trobe University on Thursday 6 and Friday 7 December.  This year’s conference theme is Teachers Creating Impact.

Full details of registration costs and entitlements are available on the conference website: https://registration.mav.vic.edu.au/Reg/event.php?eventID=2870

teachers creating impact


MAV 2019 Membership

MembershipYou should have received your membership reminders for renewal for 2019. Please renew without delay in order to support MAV to continue its work.

Thank you to those who have already renewed, we appreciate your support greatly!

For those who are not members, you can join now to access benefits immediately, and for the full 2019 membership year.

You can renew or join online here.

For any issues related to renewing your membership contact Michael Green, at mgreen@mav.vic.edu.au.


MAV stakeholder survey prize winners

Thank you to those who recently completed the MAV stakeholder survey. Your feedback is invaluable to refining our programs and services.

The Membership, Marketing, and Communications Committee we will be reviewing the results in detail, and incorporating feedback into our strategic plan initiatives.

The prize winners were drawn at MAV on Monday, 19 November 2018. All prize winners have been notified.


Professional reading

STEM: What’s holding females back? Teacher Magazine

Mathematics Curriculum Companion


Digital Promise, Advancing Computational Thinking Across K-12 Education

An anonymous 4chan post could help solve a 25-year-old math mystery, The Age


Important News and Events

stem mapConnecting Victoria's STEM Ecosystem

MAV is pleased to have a number of its programs and services appear in the new stem map, produced by the Victorian Lead Scientist, Amanda Caples.

This map shows exciting programs and activities across Victoria to encourage young people to engage with STEM. It provides a navigational tool to enable connections across the system.

MAV contributes to the system through programs such as girls and stem days, maths games days, maths camps, professional learning, and various other events.

Read more about it and see the map here.



VCAA 2018 VCE Examination Feedback Survey

The annual VCAA Examination Feedback Survey for teachers has commenced for 2018. This survey is open to all teachers of Unit 3 and 4 and scored VCE VET programs. It provides the VCAA with important feedback about the quality of the 2018 end-of-year written examinations. The data from the survey is provided to the 2019 examination development panels and is an important component of the VCAA’s commitment to continuous improvement.

The online survey takes around 10 minutes to complete and is open until Monday 26 November 2018.



VCAA position

A position for VPS6 Curriculum Manager, Mathematics F-10, Fixed Term, Full time (1.0) for 12 months is now advertised on the HR Web and Careers Vic Website, applications close on 22 November 2018.

Click on the link below to view the position details: https://jobs.careers.vic.gov.au/jobs/VG-DET-VCAA-1365875.

The contact for the position is Sharon Foster: 9032 1680



im2cInternational Mathematical Modelling Challenge

Do you have what it takes to solve a real-world maths problem? Heading into its fourth consecutive year in Australia, the International Mathematical Modelling Challenge is a team competition for up to four secondary students and one team advisor that aims to promote mathematical modelling to solve problems of real-world importance. Since 2016, participation numbers have tripled each year, making this widely popular and completely free to enter challenge essential for mathematical modelling for secondary schools in Australia. To register your interest for 2019 click here.

MAV is a supporter of the IM2C.



MAVshop will be back at the conference, bigger and better than ever. We have a number of new products in 2018 which you will be able to browse and purchase.
Eddie Woo will also be present at MAV shop, on the day of his keynote, and will be signing copies of his new book (limited copies will be available).

Ensure you bring a school purchase order number for school-based purchases. Otherwise cash and card are both accepted.



Interested in differentiation in the mathematics classroom? Check out these new titles!
The flipped classroomThe Differentiated Flipped Classroom - A Practical Guide to Digital Learning
In the flipped classroom, students need to do more than simply re-watch a video to learn effectively. This ground breaking The Differentiated Flipped Classroom - A Practical Guide to Digital Learningguide helps you identify and address diverse student needs within the flipped classroom environment. You will find practical, standards-aligned solutions to help you design and implement carefully planned at-home and at-school learning experiences, all while checking for individual student understanding.   Learn to differentiate learning for all students with structured, research-based best practices to help you:

  • Integrate Flipped Learning and Differentiated Instruction
  • Use technology as a meaningful learning tool 
  • Implement flexible planning and grouping  
  • Proactively use ongoing formative assessments
  • Adjust instruction to support, challenge, and motivate diverse learners 
  • Manage the Differentiated Flipped classroom Includes practical examples and a resource-rich appendix.

Make your flipped classroom a true place of learning with this go-to guide!
Member price: $55.77
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Differentiation that really worksDifferentiation That Really Works: Maths, Grades 6-12

This practical book presents teaching strategies and lessons for differentiated mathematics instruction. It is packed full of time-saving strategies and lesson ideas created and field-tested by practicing professionals in their own heterogeneous classrooms. These lessons can be used as written or can be modified to meet the needs of a particular classroom.
Member price: $35.00
Grab a copy here!

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