Edition 17:04: Primary Mathematics Education Conference | Professional Learning | Games Days | Membership special-offer

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Dear Maths Educators,

Bookings for the MAV and the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, Mathematics Education Group two-day primary mathematics education conference are well underway. 

More information including a taste of the keynote program is below.

Lots of other goodies below too! Read on.


Peter Saffin


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Primary Mathematics Education conference

A two-day primary mathematics education conference focusing on:

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

to be held at Melbourne Graduate School of Education, 234 Queensberry Street, The University of Melbourne.

Day 1:  Friday 23 June, 2017

  For mathematics education leaders 

Day one first keynote:

Professor David ClarkeProfessor David Clarke

Professor David Clarke is Director of the International Centre for Classroom Research (ICCR) at the University of Melbourne.

Over the last 20 years, his research activity has centred on capturing the complexity of classroom practice through a program of international video-based classroom research in more than 20 countries. Other significant research has addressed teacher professional learning, metacognition, problem-based learning, assessment, multi-theoretic research designs, cross-cultural analyses, curricular alignment, and the challenge of research synthesis in education.

David has written books on assessment and on classroom research and has published around 200 book chapters, journal articles and conference proceedings papers.


Promoting Mathematics Proficiencies Through Classroom Talk

Promotion of the mathematics proficiencies: understanding, fluency, problem solving and reasoning is dependent on the teacher’s strategic creation of opportunities for particular types of classroom talk. Findings from various research studies demonstrate the variation possible in the form and function of classroom talk in mathematics classrooms around the world.

Classroom strategies are needed for the promotion of both classroom talk and the mathematics proficiencies. This presentation will focus on dialogue in the classroom and its promotion through inquiry-based activity.

Keynote sponsor:

Essential Assessment

Day 2:  Saturday 24 June, 2017

  For primary school teachers 

Day two first keynote:

Ryan DunnRyan Dunn

Ryan Dunn is a lecturer at the University of Melbourne and an educational consultant. His university work focuses on primary school mathematics, educational leadership, practitioner research and teacher professional learning.

Ryan has worked extensively in the United States, where he led large-scale research and mathematics professional learning projects in New York City and California.

He is currently a principal investigator for the Teacher Education: Improving Practice, Improving Outcomes project. This project is funded by the Sidney Myer Fund, the Victorian Department of Education and Training, the Queensland Department of Education and Training and the 86 participating schools in Victoria and Queensland.


Teaching (and Learning) Reasoning in Mathematics

In the Australian Curriculum the mathematics proficiency strands describe the actions in which students can engage when learning and using the content. Students are reasoning mathematically when they explain their thinking, when they deduce and justify strategies used and conclusions reached.

So how can we develop mathematically proficient students within this important area?

Keynote sponsor:

mathspace large

To visit the conference web-page for the full program and to register click here.

MAV and The University of Melbourne Melbourne Graduate School of Education


Professional LearningProfessional Learning

We recently sent out our Professional Learning newsletter for Term 2, and have now started adding events for term 3.

How about these sessions presented by Carmel Godfrey:

  • A Growth Mindset in Mathematics Learning and Teaching
  • Mathematics Assessment Interview Online: Implications for Learning and Teaching

To see the full list of available Professional Learning opportunities click here.



Statewide Maths Games Days

MAV Statewide Games Day registration is open with some events sold out. Book now to secure you school teams a place. Click here for more information.

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May Membership special-offer


Don’t forget our special-offer for the month of May!

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

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!

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




Free CASIO Professional Development Workshops in June

WORKSHOP TITLE: Working Through the 2016 Mathematical Methods Exam - Paper 2

Presented by Anthony Harradine, Potts Baker Institute – Prince Alfred College

In this session we will work through the solutions to last year’s examination questions. Thought will be given to different approaches - with and without the use of CAS. The workshop provides a great forum for discussion and clarification.

You will need to bring a Pen, paper and ClassPad II if you have one, or you can loan one on the day.

You will also get to see our new video resource related to examination questions.

For session dates and registrations, please click here.




Choose Maths Awards

After the success of the inaugural CHOOSEMATHS Awards in 2016, AMSI and the BHP Billiton Foundation are excited to announce the CHOOSEMATHS Awards 2017.  These major national awards celebrate students and teachers who demonstrate mathematics achievement, creativity and excellence in Australian schools.

For more information about these awards for students and teachers, click here.

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M SwanMalcolm Swan

A great champion of mathematics education has passed away. Damian Howison spoke for many teachers of mathematics when he wrote as follows to the AAMT email list (http://www.aamt.edu.au/Communities/Join/Discussion-list):

Saddened to learn that Malcolm Swan has died recently. I never met him personally but feel I know him personally just because of his tremendous influence on me as a maths teacher.

He was not a breath of fresh air in my career and development - something more like a tornado. Many teachers will know of much of his work, often as part of the Shell Centre Team:

The Language of Functions and Graphs (https://www.stem.org.uk/elibrary/resource/25495)

Improving Learning in Mathematics (https://www.stem.org.uk/elibrary/collection/2933)

The Mathematics Assessment Project (http://map.mathshell.org/index.php)

May his influence and work live on and on in classrooms all over the world.




Data for investigations and problem solving

Are you working on SACs or problem solving investigations for VCE? Here are some data sets that you can use to develop activities:

Federal budget 2017: an interesting set or data and style of graphics on a topical context.

Tax reforms: Interesting contextual material for FM relating to both data analysis and financial modelling and recursion in the core as well as the graphs and relations module.

Cycling like a goat: Do some work on given designs, then construct designs in a selected location with various characteristics.

Star Wars ride: With a bit of play this could potentially be a good context for a modelling or problem solving task for networks in FM34 or GM12/SM12. Similar to the above.

The following may be of interest to Game of Thrones fans in particular - an application of graph theory to social networks: Network of Thrones and Analysing the graph of thrones.

For VCAA advice on problem solving and modelling, and ideas about how you may use these contextual links click here:

Further maths

Mathematics methods

Specialist maths

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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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