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Dear All,

This week is our annual conference! We know that many of you will be attending, and I look forward to seeing you there. To those who are still considering attending the conference, you can just turn up and register on the day.

Here are few important reminders as we approach the end of the school year.

  • Applications for the 2017 Maths camps for regional students are open. We have had a great deal of interest already and places are highly competitive. Please get your applications in by December 9th.
  • Please contribute to our 2017 Professional Learning Survey. This information is vital in helping us plan our professional learning calendar for 2017.
  • Don’t forget your membership renewals are due. We appreciate your support for The MAV in 2017.
  • Feel like going to Korea? See below but be quick!

Peter Saffin
CEO, Mathematical Association of Victoria


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  See you at the Annual Conference | Membership Renewals | 2017 Professional Learning Survey | 2017 Maths Camps: apply now | Professional Learning Opportunities – 2017 | Helping kids do the math on gambling | National Innovation and Science Agenda Seminars | Reciprocal teacher exchange; Republic of Korea | MAV consultants in school for 2017 | Maths Talent Quest 2017 | Cognitive neuroscience and mathematics education | Workshop: What exactly is VCAL? | New titles in the MAV shop  


See you at the Annual Conference

We have excellent attendance for the event and hope to see you there. To those who are still considering attending the conference, you can register on the day.

1-2 December 2016
La Trobe University, Bundoora

Don’t forget your purchase order.

The MAV will be holding a large sale of resources at this year’s annual conference. There will be reductions of 30% and 50% on selected items as well as a clearance of last copies for $5.00. Don't forget to bring a purchase order number.



Photo for membership reminderMembership Renewals

We welcome you to renew your membership for 2017. If you have not received your renewal for whatever reason, please contact Michael Green mgreen@mav.vic.edu.au.

If you or your school are interested in becoming a member of the MAV, find out more about the benefits and how to join. More information.



Photo for professional learning survey section2017 Professional Learning Survey

The MAV would like feedback from members regarding your Mathematics Professional Learning priorities for 2017. This will assist us in planning the 2017 MAV Professional Learning Program. We ask members to take a few minutes to complete the following online Professional Learning survey.



2017 Maths Camps: apply now

Photo for maths CampThese camps are for Regional Year 10 students who are gifted and talented in Mathematics.

Following on from the success of the 2016 Maths camp, the MAV will again host a mathematics camp during the first week of the Term 1 school holidays (Monday 3rd April – Friday 7th April). The maths camp will be held in Melbourne and is aimed at 2017 Year 10 students who live in regional Victoria, and who have been deemed gifted and talented in the area of mathematics.

The aim of the program is to provide a chance for students to gather with like-minded peers and explore hands-on, industry related problems. The MAV will be partnering with four mathematical industries who will provide mentoring for students to solve a contemporary real-life problem. Places are available for 20 students.

Application forms are available by clicking here. Applications close on the 9th December.

For further information contact Helen Haralambous, hharalambous@mav.vic.edu.au



Prof learning in schoolProfessional Learning Opportunities – 2017

Coding – A Hackathon for Beginners

In this workshop, experts from Invent The World, will share a variety of websites and resources to assist teachers to create a coding program for their students. Teachers will be challenged as they complete their own coding, problem solving challenge.

Presenter: Ben Buckton, Invent the World.

Date: Tuesday 7 March 2017
Time: 4:15pm to 6:30pm
Venue: Mathematical Association of Victoria, 61 Blyth Street, Brunswick

Click here to register by Wednesday 1 March 2017.

Making Connections: Big Ideas in Mathematics Teaching and Learning

This workshop will focus on how “Big Ideas” thinking connects to mathematics, curriculum and practice; from a global level down to individual school perspectives. Time will be spent unpacking what the Big Ideas are from a top down and bottom up approach and the implications this perspective has on schools, teachers and our students. Suitable for year F-12.

Presenters: Dave Tout, Senior Research Fellow, Numeracy & Mathematics, Vocational, Adult and Workplace Education Services. ACER
Jim Spithill, Research Fellow – Test Developer, ACER.

Date: Tuesday 28 March 2017
Time: 9:00am to 1:00pm
Venue: Mathematical Association of Victoria, 61 Blyth Street, Brunswick

Click here to register by Monday 27 March 2017.



Responsible Gambling logoHelping kids do the math on gambling

Never before has gambling been so heavily promoted and accessible especially through sport. This makes it feel like a normal part of the game and harder for students to recognise the potential harm. We want students to love the game and not the odds, to develop healthy and informed attitudes to gambling as they approach the legal age to gamble. Working in partnership with MAV the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation has released three new VCAL numeracy units. These resources use maths to illustrate the limited chances of winning, tackle misconceptions about luck and demonstrate the importance of budgeting. These were recently launched by the Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation and featured in the The Age education section. Hear from VCAL teacher Ann Goller and her students from Williamstown High School, one of five schools that piloted these units https://youtu.be/2NczkAIwovQ.

These resources are available from lovethegame.vic.gov.au/resources.



National Innovation and Science Agenda Seminars

Victoria University is proud to host seminars 3 & 4 to promote the National Innovation and Science Agenda.  We consider specific challenges for 'Inspiring Australians to participate in STEM'. Come along to following seminars:

Seminar 3: What is new about the occupations for STEM graduates? What is it about Big Data that we should pay attention to?

Mr Hamish Treleavan, Executive General Manager, Portfolio and Market Risk, Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Date: Tuesday 6 December, 2016
Time: 4.30pm – 6.00pm
Where: Room P134, Building P, Level 1, Footscray Park Campus
Register for this seminar

Seminar 4: Research-based & practice-oriented: Teaching gender competencies in STEM

Prof. Dr. Petra Lucht and Dr. des. Baerbel Mauss, Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin), Germany

Date: Monday 12 December, 2016
Time: 4.30pm – 6.00pm
Where: Room P134, Building P, Level 1, Footscray Park Campus
Register for this seminar



Reciprocal teacher exchange; Republic of Korea

The Victorian Department of Education, in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Republic of Korea (ROK) and the Asia Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding (APCEIU), facilitates a reciprocal teacher exchange with the Republic of Korea.

Applications are currently being sought from schools and teachers to participate in the 2017 ROK (Republic of Korea)-VIC Teacher Exchange Program to learn from one of the world’s highest performing systems to build professional practice and leadership capability.

Information is also available on the DET website.



MAV consultants in school for 2017

Our expert Maths Education Consultants have been working with a number of schools in 2016 with great success; measuring improvements in NAPLAN results, changing approaches to teaching and learning, and improving engagement in numeracy. We can customise a program to meet your school’s specific needs. Email Jen Bowden jbowden@mav.vic.edu.au for further information.



MTQ photoMaths Talent Quest 2017

Dates for 2017 MTQ are now available online, click here.

Are you interested in hosting a MTQ Professional learning session at your school in Term 1, 2017. Please email Jen Bowden jbowden@mav.vic.edu.au to discuss how you can host a session or learn more about MTQ.



Cognitive neuroscience and mathematics education

There is little doubt that advances in cognitive neuroscience in the years ahead will change the way we think about the learning and teaching of mathematics.
This recent publication from the OECD is aimed at providing 1) an accessible and general overview of the research progress made in cognitive neuroscience research in understanding mathematical learning and cognition, and 2) understanding whether there is sufficient evidence to suggest that neuroscience can inform mathematics education at this point. It also highlights outstanding questions with implications for education that remain to be explored in cognitive neuroscience. To read the article click here.
It is necessarily a bit technical. Something for the summer break, perhaps.



Workshop: What exactly is VCAL?

A PD session at Werribee Secondary on December 8th from 9.30am for teachers new to VCAL and others who are interested in learning more about how a VCAL program operates. The purpose of the PD is to give information regarding VCAL structure, programming, moderation and particularly assessment so that teachers will gain a better understanding of the differences between VCE and VCAL programs and the three levels of VCAL achievement. Teachers can expect to gain great teaching ideas as well as make valuable networking contacts from the session.

Peter Robertson, VCAL teacher at Manor Lakes College will present along with John Widmer, Werribee Secondary, Oliver Lovell and Peter Money.

Participation is free of charge and registrations can be sent to Robbi Bakotic, VET/VCAL leader at Werribee Secondary College: bakotic.roberta.z@edumail.vic.gov.au



Adam Spencers time machineNew titles in the MAV shop

Have you got any money left at the end of the year in your budget? We have a number of new titles including two Adam Spencer books. Don’t forget it is 20% off for members.

Check out:

Adam Spencer’s time machine

Adam Spencer’s number crunchers

Mr Archimedes’ bath

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