Edition 16:17: MAVCON - Thank you | Membership Renewals | PL Opportunities | Workshops in Hobart! | Special Screening Invitation | Free Proficiency Tests in February

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MAVlist mathematics education news

Dear All,

As 2016 comes to a close, I hope you receive this final MAVlist of the year in good health!

You will find below some reminders for our term 1 2017 activities which we have well underway, and in some cases, very good enrolments for. Check out the professional development opportunities below.

Our office will be closed from Friday 23rd December, and will reopen on Monday 9th January.

I would like to thank you all for your support of MAV during 2016, and don’t forget to renew your membership and to stay involved in the coming year.


Peter Saffin
CEO, Mathematical Association of Victoria


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  MAVCON - Thank you | Membership Renewals | PL Opportunities in 2017 | Workshops in Hobart! | Special Screening Invitation | Free Proficiency Tests in February  


 MAV conferenceMAVCON - Thank you!

Our annual conference was held on the 1-2 of December and feedback indicates that it was great success!

Thank you all for your attendance and we would love to hear any further feedback as we undertake a review of the event.

In the new year, we will bring you some exciting announcements for MAVCON 2017 to be held on 7-8 December 2017.

Hold the date!




Membership renewalMembership 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.

Whilst you are renewing your membership please check and update the Maths staff we currently have on our records against your school to ensure it is current and accurate. This will ensure all staff have access to our members only materials and MAVLIST.

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.



Professional Learning Opportunities in 2017

We received an amazing response to our Professional Learning survey, thank you! Based on this we are continuing to refine our offerings for next year, and plan to bring you some exciting new events. For now, here are some of the current events already taking booking. Book now to avoid missing out:

2017 VCE Professional Learning workshops – registrations NOW OPEN!

Our VCE workshops are fast approaching. Don’t miss out.

Click here to register.

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.

MTQFREE 2017 MTQ workshops in Victoria

With organisation of the 2017 Maths Talent Quest currently underway, The Mathematical Association of Victoria will be running three professional development workshops early this year for Victoria. These workshops will provide teachers with valuable Maths Talent Quest Information, allowing teachers to gain a further understanding of the Maths Talent Quest and the process involved. The Maths Talent Quest marking rubric and judging process will be thoroughly explained, with examples of past entries presented. As this is a FREE workshop, places are extremely limited so please don’t miss out!  

 Jells Park Primary School   Thursday 2 March
4:00pm – 5;00pm
 MAV Offices, Brunswick   Thursday 16 March
 Sunshine College, Senior Campus   Thursday 23 March

To register click here.

Making Confident Maths Teachers

This popular program will continue in terms 1 and 2 in 2017. It is for teacher who would like inexpensive workshops led by Ian Lowe to help them with engaging activities to help students (and themselves if needed) to understand years 7 to 10 maths. Term 1 and 2 will deal with Number and Algebra topics.

To register click here.



Workshops in Hobart!

In 2017 The Mathematical Association of Victoria in partnership with AAMT will again run two PD workshops in Hobart.  

Workshop 1: Maths Talent Quest (MTQ) Workshop

Our first workshop is to assist teachers interested in entering work into The Maths Talent Quest. MTQ is a wonderful opportunity to allow students to complete a mathematical investigation around a topic that intrigues them. The MTQ has many supporting resources including a guiding rubric to assist teachers to facilitate the investigative process. Students from Tasmania in Years Foundation to 12 are invited to enter the Victorian Maths Talent Quest. Dates for 2017 MTQ are now available online, click here.

This workshop is FREE and available to the first 25 people.
Venue: Will be confirmed shortly (Hobart region)
Date: Tuesday 21 February 2017
Time: (4pm-5pm)

To register click here.

Dice and card imageWorkshop 2: Let’s Get Started! Engaging dice and card games to motivate students (YEARS F-6)

Our second workshop is also limited to the first 25 people and 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 them ready for a range of student learning needs.

Venue: Will be confirmed shortly (Hobart region)
Members: $50 MAV or MAT members
Date: Wednesday 22nd February (3:30pm-5pm)
Non-Members: $62.50

To register click here.



Special screening invitation

AMSI is excited to invite talented and passionate female maths students and their teachers to attend a private screening of the new release blockbuster ‘HIDDEN FIGURES’. Be inspired by the incredible story of the women who crossed all gender and race lines to serve as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history.

As our special guests there will be an opportunity to hear about the CHOOSEMATHS Program, listen to inspiring women working in maths careers and learn why studying maths can open doors for the future.
To register or find out more, click here.

Hidden figures



 Education Perfect Proficiency MonthFree Proficiency Tests in February!

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Visit www.educationperfect.com/proficiency for more information and to register your interest today.



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