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MAVlist mathematics education news


Dear Maths Educators,

I am pleased to bring some very exciting news to Primary mathematics educators!

The MAV and the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, Mathematics Education Group, have combined forces to deliver an inaugural two-day primary mathematics education conference. Day 1 is for mathematics education leaders, and day 2 is for all primary mathematics teachers. This event promises to one of the most exciting new events in your professional learning calendar, and is an opportunity to learn from leaders from both organisations. A PDF flier is attached, and you can also access the conference web-page by clicking here. More information is in the newsletter below.

We also have a host of professional learning events going on over Term 2 and 3 including some new and highly engaging sessions, make sure you check out what is on.

Don’t forget the AGM will be held on Tuesday 16th May, 2017 at the National Sports Museum at the MCG. Arrive at 5.45pm for a presentation on the National Sports Museum and the MAV Made by Maths app, followed by the AGM. Join us for drinks and finger food after the AGM, and take some time to explore the maths of the Sports Museum using the Made by Maths app. RSVP to psaffin@mav.vic.edu.au.


Peter Saffin


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Professional LearningProfessional Learning

We recently sent out our Professional Learning newsletter for Term 2.

For Year 7 to 10 years teachers we are especially looking forward to the session "Hand's-on Algebra", looking at real life algebra in order to make this topic more accessible for students who often struggle with the "abstractness" of Algebra.

Click here for our latest Professional Learning newsletter.




primary conferenceA primary mathematics education conference focusing on:

  • Inquiry mathematics
  • Integrating technology and STEM
  • Creating a dialogic classroom environment

A two day conference to be held at Melbourne Graduate School of Education,
234 Queensberry Street, The University of Melbourne

Day 1:  For mathematics education leaders 

Friday 23 June, 2017

Mathematics leaders and those with an interest in mathematics education leadership within primary schools including Principals, Deputy Principals, Numeracy Leaders, Academics, Vic DET, VCAA and others.

Day 2:  For primary school teachers 

Saturday 24 June, 2017

All primary teachers across Victoria are invited to attend this day focused on teaching and learning mathematics in the primary classroom.

This conference is a truly collaborative event hosted at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, The University of Melbourne and includes high-quality presenters and a variety of session options. Learn from leaders with practical and educational research experience, from The Mathematical Association of Victoria and Melbourne Graduate School of Education, Mathematics Education Group.

To visit the conference web-page for the full program and to register click here. A PDF flier is attached.

MAV and The University of Melbourne Melbourne Graduate School of Education



Statewide Maths Games Days

MAV Statewide Games Day registration is open with many events selling fast. Book now to secure you schools teams a place. Click here for more information.

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May Membership Special Offer


It’s never too late to join the MAV! If you have been thinking about it, don’t hesitate to ensure you receive the full year of benefits. 

Taking an individual membership means that you will never miss out on seeing MAV’s journals and magazines, with access to your very own copies. More importantly you can promote active engagement with your professional body as part of your CV. The membership fee is tax deductible, making it a very cheap investment to support your career development and professional reputation!

Join in May and receive already released 2017 journals for Term 1 and 2, for only $99! That’s a 40% discount!

Contact Michael Green to redeem this very special offer: mgreen@mav.vic.edu.au



The MAV Journals. How can I help?

optimus prime numbersMathematical images

Our journal editors are always on the look out for mathematically interesting photographs. Perhaps you've been somewhere and seen something that lends itself to mathematics? A sunflower showing the Fibbonacci sequence, a lego construction showing symmetry, a mathematically interesting building or sculpture - if you see it, snap it! Images need to be high resolution. Normally a smartphone is fine, just be sure that you don't compress the image when you send it to us.

Email: office@mav.vic.edu.au

Share your best ideas

Writing articles for publication in MAV's journals is a great way to extend your professional learning. We are keen to receive submissions from early years teachers all the way through to VCE and VCAL. You may have planned a great lesson, overcome some misconceptions, tried a new way of doing something, had a success or a failure - we want to hear about it.

Submissions do not need to be word perfect, our editors will assist in getting the article ready for print.

Email: office@mav.vic.edu.au


Ron portraitRon Smith tribute

Long time member of the MAV, Ron Smith passed away in 2015. The MAV are working on a tribute to Ron Smith which we hope to publish later this year.

We are keen to get submissions from Ron’s colleagues, friends and anyone who has been impacted by his contribution to mathematics education.

If you are interested in contributing, please email Darinka Rob, drob@mav.vic.edu.au with the subject ‘Ron Smith tribute’ in the subject line.



Dan Finkel comes to Australia

Dan FinkelDan Finkel is a confirmed keynote at MAV17 and sponsored by Maths Pathway, and Dan is also running further workshops while in Australia!

Can mathematics encourage students to become more creative, courageous and innovative? A different approach to mathematics in the classroom, using playful maths experiences and rich tasks, can inspire students to become problem solvers, question posers and genuine mathematical thinkers. Dan Finkel is Founder of the Seattle-based organisation, Math for Love, and a 2015 TedX speaker. This December

Dan is coming to Australia to work with schools, lead teacher workshops and give talks on mathematics and education. Click here for more information on how you can be involved.

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Other conferences of interest

STEM in the outdoors

MAV presenters will be running sessions at this event, held at the Melbourne Museum, Carlton and supported by various subject associations.

Monday 29 May 8:30 am - 3:00 pm. For more information go to https://www.gtav.asn.au/professional-learning/events/primary-conference

Capital MATHS

AAMT's biennial conference in Canberra, 11–13 July 2017. For more information, go to http://www.aamt.edu.au/go-2017conference

Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Conference: MERGA40 2017

One Day Teacher & Pre-Service Teacher Registration: Wednesday 5 July 2017, $175

For more information, please go to http://tiny.cc/merga40



Authentic, real life math scenarios are ready for you!

power to the peopleJoin schools in Victoria who are using Machinam’s In Real Life resources in their year 9 maths classes in 2017. This digital resource is ready and we couldn’t be more excited!

What is it?

Engaging. Digital. Scenario-based delivery. Mathematics resources that are relevant to student’s interests and future careers. Covering all aspects of the Australian Curriculum for mathematics, In Real Life allows students to solve authentic, real world problems about topics they can relate to.

How does it work?

Students log in, solve their own quests and learn why they need maths in the real world. Teachers get engaged students, immediate feedback, ability to customise lessons and create student learning pathways.

Try it now for free - http://www.machinam.com/free-in-real-life-class-trial/



NAPLAN Preparation 2017 with Education Perfect

EducationPerfectEducation Perfect is offering complimentary access to automatically marked revision material in the lead up to NAPLAN.

These involve a number of NAPLAN-style tests for numeracy, language conventions, reading and writing that are automatically marked and linked to recommendations. These analyse and target students' strengths and weaknesses, and from this, recommend lessons that aim to fill those gaps.

This analysis provides an individual learning pathway for each student. These lessons can be used to help students learn at their own pace to prepare for NAPLAN.

Visit www.educationperfect.com to find out more.

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Preparing teachers for change

An interesting article for your professional reading can be found here.



VCE Solutions


Visit the MAVshop to check out our latest VCE Resources.

If you have not purchased the 2016 VCE Exam Solutions for Further, Methods or Specialist don’t hesitate! Remember it is cheaper to buy them as a pack.

0491This popular Using Rubrics to Assess Open-ended Maths Tasks title is also a must.

With user-friendly rubrics and student work samples taken directly from the classroom, this book will help you gain a better understanding of your students and allow you to develop more relevant programs and activities to help them achieve their best.

Click here to get your copy today.

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