Edition 19:1: Welcome to Term 1


 
 
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Dear Mathematics Educators,

Welcome to term 1!

MAV are looking forward to supporting you again in 2019, and this initial newsletter provides host of initial opportunities to talk about and get involved in. Initially, I am very pleased to bring you a very special offer!

MAV in partnership with La Trobe University and NGV are pleased to announce a special Friday evening event at the ESCHER X NENDO – Between two worlds exhibition.  

Dr Katherine Seaton,(Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, La Trobe University) will deliver a special lecture on the mathematics of the exhibition. You will also enjoy entry to the exhibition and a networking opportunity. We look forward to a most enjoyable evening! See below for more information or click here to book.

Also, the VCE PD program is open for bookings, don’t miss out.

Regards,
Peter Saffin
CEO
 

 
   
   
 

Escher X nendoESCHER X NENDO – Between two worlds exhibition

A Special event for Mathematics Educators!

MAV in partnership with La Trobe University and NGV are pleased to announce a special Friday evening event at the ESCHER X NENDO – Between two worlds exhibition.  

Dr Katherine Seaton,(Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, La Trobe University) will deliver a special lecture on the mathematics of the exhibition. You will also enjoy entry to the exhibition and a networking opportunity. We look forward to a most enjoyable evening! Places are limited so book now.

Cost: A discounted rate of $40 including a drink voucher.

Friday 22nd March:

6.15pm   Arrival at the North Entrance
6.30pm   Lecture in the Education Theatre
7.30pm   Entry into NGV – drink voucher provided
LTU large8.00pm   Viewing of ESCHER X NENDO | Between Two Worlds

Places are limited so book now.

 

 
   
 

VCE Professional Learning

Our VCE program is open for bookings, and some sessions are already booking quickly. Sessions include:

  • VCE Mathematics Day out: Includes both Meet the Assessors and SAC workshops in all three studies - Further, Methods and Specialist Mathematics. Workshop participants will receive a copy of the MAV solutions to the 2018 VCAA Exam and a copy of the MAV SACs relevant to the workshops attended.
  • Meet the Assessors workshops
  • SAC Workshops

For more information download the flier here.

Book for your selected sessions at https://registration.mav.vic.edu.au/Reg/

 
     
 

P to 10 Professional Learning

We have bookings open for a number of 2019 professional learning events, with workshops run by a number of leading mathematics educators.

Professional Learning Description Details
PRIMARY

Primary Mathematics: Engaging Teachers and Engaging Students

Book now

In this one-day workshop participants will participate in an in-depth exploration of student and teacher engagement with mathematics. The Proficiencies: problem solving, reasoning, understanding, and fluency will feature as a critical pathway for student engagement. Links to mathematics education theory and research will be provided to support the argument that the Proficiencies and the General Capabilities should form the foundation of all mathematics teaching and learning activities. During the workshop participants will engage with a range of mathematical tasks that promote each of the Proficiencies in ways that promote sustained engagement and deeper learning of mathematical concepts. A range of tasks from short lesson starters through to rich tasks and problem solving activities will be investigated along with technology enhanced activities. Participants will also be provided with an opportunity to design a set of open-ended tasks that they will be able to take away and use immediately.

Date: Monday 20th May
Time: 9.00am to 3.30pm
Location: Community Hub at the Dock (Docklands)
Who should attend:  
Teachers of Foundation to Year 6
Presenter: Catherine Attard

Catherine Attard

PRIMARY/SECONDARY

Evidenced-based resources to support mathematical reasoning in Years 5 to 10

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This session will provide an overview of the evidenced-based resources produced by the Reframing Mathematical Futures II (RMFII) project to support the teaching and learning of mathematical reasoning in years 5 to 10. It will briefly describe the SNMY project which developed similar evidenced-based resources to support a targeted teaching approach to multiplicative thinking then look at the tasks used to develop the learning progressions for algebraic, geometrical and statistical reasoning. Participants will have an opportunity to explore the formative assessment options and teaching advice for mathematical reasoning produced as a result of the project.

Online only event
Date: Wednesday 6th March
Time: 3.15pm to 5.00pm
Cost: $10 per attendee
Who should attend:
Teachers of Years 5 to 10
Presenter: Prof Di Siemon

Di Siemen

Formative Assessment: the key to improving learning outcomes in mathematics F to 9

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This full day professional learning program will provide an overview of formative assessment. What it is and isn’t and what is needed to implement a targeted teaching approach to mathematics in Years F to 9. It will introduce participants to the tools and advice available on the DET website to support a formative assessment approach. That is, the Assessment for Common Misunderstandings (AfCM) and the Scaffolding Numeracy in the Middle Years (SNMY) materials. A brief overview will also be provided of the evidenced-based resources produced as a result of the recent Reframing Mathematical Futures II project on mathematical reasoning.

Date: Tuesday 4th June
Time: 9.00pm to 3.00pm
Location: Sunshine Secondary College
Who should attend:
Teachers of Years F  to 9
Presenter: Prof Di Siemon

Di Siemen

SECONDARY  

Structuring lessons and sequences to challenge and engage all students

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Using specific examples, Peter will outline the principles of lesson design and also the nature of learning sequences that build on those lessons. The notion is that students can be productively engaged in working on challenging tasks, appropriately differentiated, and incorporated into cumulative sequences. The approach includes attention to the main mathematical ideas, the classroom pedagogies, the student disposition, and effective assessment of student learning.

Date: Wednesday 24th April
Time: 9.00am to 3.00pm
Location: Fintona Girls' School, Balwyn
Who should attend:
Teachers of Year 7 to 10
Presenter: Peter Sullivan

Peter Sullivan

2019 TI-Nspire™ CAS for Beginners
 
2 events! Choose your preferred location.

Book now for 20th Feb, MAV Brunswick

Book now for 21st Feb, Caribbean Park Training Centre, Scoresby

Are you new to the TI-Nspire™ CAS technology (calculator and computer software)? This session will focus on exploring the basics and important features of the Calculator, Graphs, Notes, Lists and Spreadsheets and Data and Statistics Applications. Learning the basics will give you confidence to use the technology with your students in the classroom. This is a session where your questions are answered and at its completion you will be saying “I did not know it could do that”.
 
This workshop is aimed at VCE Mathematics Teachers.

Presenter: Peter Flynn is an Educational Technology Consultant with Texas Instruments Australia. He has been a mathematics education teacher for over 20 years and has a keen interest in the effects of CAS on teaching, learning and assessment. Peter generously shares his experience via mentoring and conference presentations both locally and internationally.

Date: Wednesday 20th Feb
Time: 1.30am to 3.30pm
Location: MAV, Brunswick

OR

Date: Thursday 21st Feb
Time: 1.30am to 3.30pm
Location: TI Caribbean Park Training Centre Scoresby

Who should attend:
Teachers of VCE

Texas Instruments

 

A MATHS ACTIVE SCHOOL EXCLUSIVE EVENT

To find out about becoming a Maths Active School click here.

Challenge: Survive and Thrive! A Day for Maths Active Schools

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It is one thing to survive, but another to thrive! This whole day event will focus on how to embrace challenge to maximise teacher and student engagement and learning. The day will commence with Peter Sullivan focusing on developing lessons and sequences to challenge and engage students. The middle of the day will consist of a structured feedback session for schools to provide input into how they overcome leadership and teacher level challenges. The day will conclude with mathematician Noman Do. Norm will engage participants with the beauty and elegance of mathematics. This will be a hands and interactive day.

Date: Tuesday 30th April
Time: 9.00am to 3.15pm
Location: Community Hub at the Dock (Docklands)
Who should attend:
Teachers of Year F to 10
Maths Active Schools only.
Presenters: Peter Sullivan with Norman Do

Peter SullivanNorman Do

 
   
 

MAV 2019 Membership

Membership

Membership renewals are due now. Please ensure you pay asap to have ongoing access to member benefits in 2019. Membership benefits will expire on 28th February of not paid.

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

You can renew or join online here.

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

 
   
 

Professional Reading

New York Times: One Giant Step for a Chess-Playing Machine.

New Maths Research Institute for Australia.

First round university offers: Jump in average ATAR of aspiring teachers. The Age.

 
   
 

News from AAMT

AAMT Biennial Conference – Brisbane July 9 – 11, 2019

why maths
 
Targeted from the early years to tertiary mathematics educators, the conference has a focus on inspirational mathematics teaching, collaborating with our communities, and the future of mathematics education. It offers a unique opportunity for teachers, researchers, mathematicians from the workplace and our communities, and leaders from education and government to exchange ideas and network.
 
AAMT would like to invite teachers with inspirational maths lessons to present at the conference. Presenters qualify for a 10% discount (20% within bookings of 3 or more).
 
For further information, please visit www.aamt.edu.au/whymaths  or contact Helen at office@aamt.edu.au / 08 8363 2288
 
singapore australia teacher exchange

The Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (AAMT) is pleased to offer a unique opportunity for Australian mathematics educators to undertake professional exchange with their peers in Singapore. The first exchange will take place from 7 to
14 April 2019, with a study tour for Australian participants to Singapore. For further information and registration details, please visit https://www.aamt.edu.au/Events
 
Australian Mathematics Education JournalNew Journal
 
In 2019, AAMT will merge the Australian Mathematics Teacher (AMT) and the Australian Senior Mathematics Journal (ASMJ) into a new publication called the Australian Mathematics Education Journal (AMEJ). Subscribers to AMT and ASMJ will now receive the AMEJ incorporating a wider range of articles.
 
AAMT very much welcomes contributions to the new journal, which will span secondary to first year tertiary levels of mathematics education. For further information, please visit https://www.aamt.edu.au/Journals or contact Jacquie at design@aamt.edu.au / 08 8363 2288

 
   
 

Important News and Events

Free Maths Professional Development Workshops - VIC Term 1, 2019

Presented by Anthony Harradine - Potts-Baker Institute, Prince Alfred College
 
CASIO EDUCASIO is offering the following free workshops in various locations that aim to share quality ideas about the teaching and learning of mathematics. While some workshops are specific to CASIO technology, others are technology generic. No matter what brand/model or form of technology (Geogebra, TI, etc.) you use, you are welcome to attend.

WORKSHOP; Things that stack: In this task you will be presented with a stacking scenario and be asked to develop a mathematical model. After making it you will be asked to think hard about its validity and finally you will get to test it. This is a tried and proven activity that students love and engage with strongly. Suitable for Year 9/10 students as a learning activity or assessment activity - your choice!

WORKSHOP; Creating a mathematical model: Describing the behaviour of systems and objects within a system is one of the important applications of mathematics. Using a series of bouncing balls, students will have to draw upon various function types, the notion of piece-wise functions and parameters to conquer the task you will meet in this workshop; a workshop with an exciting and unexpected ending. Suitable for Year 11 students as a learning activity or assessment activity - your choice!

Click here for more information.

 
     
 

Actuarial science

Introduction to Actuarial Science

The Australian National University (ANU) is running a special version of its popular Introduction to Actuarial Science course for Year 11/12 students in Australia over a flexible time period in Term 1 2019.  The course is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) and is FREE for all students.

Call to action: Click here for more information and to register interest.

Professional Development Opportunity for Years 5, 6, and 7 Maths Teachers in an International Research Project

Profs David Clarke (University of Melbourne) and Doug Clarke (Australian Catholic University) are running a research project that studies mathematics teachers’ thinking processes during lesson planning, teaching, and reflection. We are currently recruiting Years 5, 6, and 7 teachers to take part in the project.

If you agree to participate in this project, you will be asked to adapt and teach a provided lesson plan (Lesson 1) and then create a lesson plan yourself for a follow-up lesson and teach the lesson (Lesson 2). You will also be asked to complete several online questionnaires before and after teaching Lessons 1 and 2. Participation in this project will involve approximately 10 hours in total (including the teaching of Lessons 1 and 2).

learning from lessonsYour time commitment in this project can count towards your professional development to meet registration requirements if you are a registered teacher in Victoria and in Western Australia. (If you are registered in a different state or territory in Australia, your participation time may still count towards your required professional development but please check your local requirements.)
 
To register your interest in participating in the project or to find out more, visit https://learningfromlessons.iccr.edu.au/survey/

 

 
 

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.

If you’d like more details, please email Jill Wilson: jill.wilson@esa.edu.au.
 

 
     
   
 

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For something practical, how about a class set of algebra tiles!

 

Algebra Tiles AustraliaAlgebra Tiles Australia - Tiles and Manual

Member price: $25.00

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Algebra Tiles Australia - Tiles only

Member price: $14.00

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Many students need the support of concrete materials before they can move into more abstract representations. Algebra tiles use an area model to bridge from the concrete to the abstract by showing students various processes in a visual manner that can then be translated into symbolic language.

Working with the tiles to build an understanding of integer arithmetic leads to the concept of algebraic simplification, including the collection of like terms. Solve linear equations. Use the tiles to show the distributive law when expanding, and in reverse to factorise. They even work with negative coefficients and quadratics!

The tiles are made of durable foam, with different coloured sides. The accompanying book clearly explains their uses and provides a number of suitable examples. Discover another way for your students to construct algebraic understanding.

 

 
 

Dr Catherine Attard is presenting a workshop as listed above. Grab her latest resources here:

Engaging Maths: Higher Order Thinking with Thinkers Keys

Engaging Maths: Higher Order Thinking with Thinkers Keys

Member price: $25.74

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All students should be encouraged to engage with higher order thinking tasks. This book uses a critical and creative thinking tool called Thinkers Keys, adapted to be specifically mathematical.

The keys indicate the kind of thinking needed to do the task: ‘reverse’ thinking, ‘what if’ thinking, ‘invention’ thinking, ‘prediction thinking’, even ‘ridiculous’ thinking. Could your students invent a calibrated measuring device to measure liquid? Or list reasons why a mental strategy might be better than a written strategy for a particular problem? Or find the question if the answer was given in hours and minutes?

A comprehensive table explains the different keys and gives an example activity. There are a number of carefully annotated student work samples. In the first section, the activities are based on content from the Australian Curriculum, in the second the activities are based on specific concrete materials commonly available in most primary mathematics classrooms.

Engage your students with creative mathematical thinking!

     

Engaging Maths: Everyday Investigations for Early Years

Engaging Maths: Everyday Investigations for Early Years

Member price: $45.75

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Engaging Maths: Everyday Investigations for Early Years is a combination of a book, a set of photo cards and a disc with these photos. It is a collection of rich, open-ended tasks based on more than 30 photographs of items that children see in their day-to-day lives. The photographs are used as a stimulus for a wide range of engaging mathematics that highlight the usefulness of mathematics and makes links between ‘classroom’ maths and real-life maths. The book is focused on Foundation Year to Year 3. Each book includes:

  • A disc with photographs which enables you to show the photographs on a big screen or to print them off
  • A set of photo cards representing each photograph from the book. The activities related to the photo are displayed on the back of the photo cards.

Dr Catherine Attard lectures in primary mathematics pedagogy and comes from a primary teaching background. Her research is focused on engagement with mathematics and issues surrounding the pedagogical practices that influence students’ engagement, with a particular focus on middle years classrooms.

     

Engaging Maths: Everyday Investigations for Grades 3 to 6

Engaging Maths Everyday Investigations for Grades 3 to 6

Member price: $45.75

Buy now!

 

Engaging Maths: Everyday Investigations for Grades 3 to 6 is a combination of a book, a set of photo cards and a disc with these photos. It is a collection of rich, open-ended tasks based on more than 30 photographs of items that children see in their day-to-day lives.

The photographs are used as a stimulus for a wide range of engaging mathematics that highlight the usefulness of mathematics and makes links between ‘classroom’ maths and real-life maths.

An ideal resource for primary school teachers to bring mathematics alive with everyday objects. Each Engaging Maths: Everyday Investigations book includes:

  • A disc with photographs which enables you to show the photographs on a big screen or to print them off
  • A set of photo cards representing each photograph from the book, with the activities related to the photo on the back of the photo card.
 
   
     
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