Term 3 Professional Learning Opportunities: July Update

 

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Term 3 Professional Learning Opportunities: July Update

Welcome back to Term 3!

I am very excited to say that our new primary conference held at the end of June was a great success. Thanks for all those who attended and told us how good that event was for their professional development! For more information see the news page.

In follow-up I am sure that our Term 3 Professional Learning opportunities will not disappoint.

First up we have these three events selling fast for secondary teachers, don’t miss out:

  • Enhancing the use of CAS in Mathematical Methods (TI Calculator) Year 10 and VCE Teachers, by Raymond Rosen
  • Enhancing the use of CAS in Mathematical Methods (CASIO CLASSPAD), by Sue Garner
  • Hands-on Masterclass: Real World Problem Solving, by Craig Becker Years 5-10 & VCAL

For the primary teachers out there, check out:

  • Lessons and tasks that encourage mathematical inquiry – The reSolve Project

And for those in the Gippsland region, check out the conference at Churchill in August.

See you at an event soon.

Regards,
Peter Saffin
CEO

 

VCE | Secondary (S) | Primary (P)

 

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Gippsland Conference: Engaging all students in mathematics
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Date:    Tues 8 Aug 2017
Venue:    Federation University Churchill
Time:    9:00am – 3:30pm
Who should attend:   Teachers of Years P - 10

Teachers and leaders will enjoy a full day of captivating maths activities and strategies that will assist in engaging all students in mathematics. The conference will include a keynote and 3 workshops throughout the day. Concurrent workshops will be offered in three streams:

  1. Early years
  2. Primary
  3. Secondary

This conference is aimed at Primary to Year 10 Teachers and includes morning tea and lunch, handouts and PowerPoint presentations (after the conference).

Presenters will include Doug Williams, and MAV consultants, Jen Bowden and Helen Haralambous

Download the flier here.

Click here to register.

 

(VCE) 2017 Enhancing the use of CAS in Mathematical Methods (TI Calculator) Year 10 and VCE Teachers

Date:    Wed 26 July 2017
Venue:    The Mathematical Association of Victoria, 61 Blyth Street, Brunswick
Time:    4:30pm – 6:00pm
Who should attend:   Teachers of VCE Mathematical Methods

In this session featured content will include efficient use of TI-Nspire CAS to solve problems related to algebra, calculus, and discrete and continuous probability distributions. Participants will explore statistical inference for sample proportions and confidence intervals by setting up and analysing simulations. We will also look at some of the questions from the 2016 Mathematical Methods Examination 2 and some of the ways in which users of the TI-Nspire CAS calculators can benefit and save time in recording solutions and checking answers. Many of the multiple-choice questions and parts of extended responses questions can be solved using pre-prepared notes pages. Participants will learn how to create these notes applications which can be used to answer typical examination questions.

Presenter: Raymond Rozen is a senior educator at RMIT University, in the School of Education. He is currently teaching VCE Mathematical Methods and Specialist Mathematics. He has been active over many years in writing numerous trial examinations for Mathematical Methods and Specialist Mathematics, as well as presenting revision lectures in Mathematical Methods and Specialist Mathematics. Raymond is also well known for his involvement in writing senior mathematical textbooks for Jacaranda Wiley, as well as regularly presenting at conferences incorporating the use of TI-Nspire into senior classroom activities.

For more information click here.

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(VCE) Enhancing the use of CAS in Mathematical Methods (CASIO CLASSPAD)

Date:    Thu 3 Aug 2017
Venue:    The Mathematical Association of Victoria, 61 Blyth Street, Brunswick
Time:    4:30pm – 6:00pm
Who should attend:   Teachers of Year 10 and VCE Mathematical Methods

How can teachers and students make the best use of the Casio ClassPad from Years 10-12? This session will cover the use of the ClassPad in Mathematics classes and assessments, and also some short cuts and alternative approaches that students can use.

Presenter: Sue Garner has been working with the Casio CAS (Computer Algebra Systems) handheld calculators since they were first introduced in VCE external assessments in 2002. She was one of the initial teachers in the VCAA CAS Pilot Study, and has been writing and speaking about the use of CAS in assessments and in teaching since then. Sue is a long-time senior Maths teacher at Ballarat Grammar and teaches from Year 10-12, including Mathematical Methods and Specialist Mathematics and has a keen interest in how CAS is used to enhance student learning.

For more information click here.

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(S) Making Confident Maths Teachers series

Topics and dates:

Teaching about Measurement:    Sat 29 July 2017
Teaching about Geometry:    Sat 12 August 2017
Teaching about Probability and Statistics:    Sat 26 Aug 2017
Venue:   The Mathematical Association of Victoria, 61 Blyth Street, Brunswick
Time:   10:00am - 4.00pm
Who should attend:   Teachers of Years 7 - 8

Dr Ian Lowe will be running a series of hands-on workshops designed to assist new teachers of mathematics or for teachers who have not had training in how to teach mathematics. This series of workshops will provide hands-on activities that can assist you in helping your students navigate through complex topics in an engaging way.

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(S) Hands-on Masterclass: Real World Problem Solving

Date:    Mon 31 Jul 2017
Venue:    The Mathematical Association of Victoria, 61 Blyth Street, Brunswick
Time:    4:30pm – 6:30pm
Who should attend:   Teachers of Years 5 – 10 & VCAL

A 2 hour hands-on masterclass that will help you enhance student engagement and develop student confidence whilst strategically applying STEM thinking and 21st century learning skills in an inclusive, collaborative and enjoyable style. As well as exposing you to leading-edge developments in problem solving pedagogy, this workshop will provide you with a ready-to-use set of resources. This problem solving methodology works in differentiated or streamed classroom settings, being explicitly designed to simultaneously cater for both struggling and capable students. This methodology is also ideally structured to support VCAL mathematics courses.

Presenter: Craig Becker is an Education Consultant who does work in Primary Schools, Secondary Schools and Special Schools. Craig has over 23 years of experience in educational settings and leadership roles. He began his teaching career in Melbourne and then embraced opportunities to be in a leadership role in international schools in Singapore, Jakarta and Japan. Craig has been active in the implementation of numerous standards-based curriculum, assessment and reporting systems as well as the introduction and development of special programs and new areas of study including, SEAL, Laptop Learning, Experiential Learning, Maths Plus, Robotics, Electronics, Aeromodelling and Student-focused Student Service and Action. Craig is passionate about effective and supportive collaborative work, the utilisation of diversity and strengths whilst maximising opportunities for shared success and satisfaction.

For more information click here.

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(S) Number and Algebra: Problem solving for the mixed ability classroom

Date:    Thu 10 Aug 2017
Venue:    The Mathematical Association of Victoria, 61 Blyth Street, Brunswick
Time:    4:30pm – 6:00pm
Who should attend:   Teachers of Years 7 - 9

The Victorian Curriculum states: The proficiencies of Understanding, Fluency, Problem Solving and Reasoning are fundamental to learning mathematics and working mathematically, and are applied across all three strands Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. Problem solving is the ability of students to make choices, interpret, formulate, model and investigate problem situations, select and use technological functions and communicate solutions effectively. This professional learning session will expose teachers to a range of problems, that align with the Victorian Curriculum under the strand of Number and Algebra, that would be suitable for the mixed ability classroom across Years 7 – 9. An approach to presenting Problem Solving to students will be shared, a package of problems will be viewed and discussed and links to resources will be made available. Participants will receive a package of problems, detailed teacher notes on an approach to Problem Solving and a document on links to resources.

Presenter: Ann Kilpatrick, MAV Education Consultant

For more information click here.

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(P) Lessons and tasks that encourage mathematical inquiry – The reSolve Project

Date:    Tue 15 Aug 2017
Venue:    The Mathematical Association of Victoria, 61 Blyth Street, Brunswick
Time:    4:00pm – 5:30pm
Who should attend:   F - 6 Teachers

Referencing the reSolve: Mathematics by Inquiry project, this session will explore the benefits of an inquiry, problem-solving approach to build deep and flexible mathematical understandings for all students. This session will also incorporate the notion of ‘challenge’ and the importance of learning in the ‘zone of confusion’ as essential ingredients in mathematical inquiry. This will be a hands-on workshop exploring lessons and tasks from the reSolve: Mathematics by Inquiry resources, so be prepared to get involved!

Presenter: Nadia Walker is the Victorian Outreach Officer (2016 – 2018) for the national research project reSolve: Mathematics by Inquiry. Nadia is also, currently, Leading Teaching of Mathematics at Benton Junior College, Mornington. She has had many varied roles in Education over the last 17 years including classroom teacher, curriculum project officer for Mathematics at DET, pre-service tutor at Melbourne University, research assistant at Monash University working with Prof. Peter Sullivan, education consultant and Assistant Principal.

For more information click here.

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(P) A Growth Mindset in Mathematics Learning and Teaching

Date:    Wed 16 Aug 2017
Venue:    The Mathematical Association of Victoria, 61 Blyth Street, Brunswick
Time:    4:00pm – 5:30pm
Who should attend:   F - 6 Teachers

Here’s the answer: The adoption of a growth mindset paradigm and practices! Here are the questions: How can I maintain meaningful feedback for rigorous goal setting for all students’ success in Mathematics? How can I authentically incorporate Australian Curriculum/Victorian Curriculum’s capabilities and proficiencies in my planning for learning and teaching? This event is for all teachers, particularly those with an interest in establishing a growth mindset in their classroom.

Presenter: Carmel Godfrey comes to The MAV with thirty years experience in education including: teacher – pre-school to tertiary and post graduate, School Mathematics Leader, Deputy Principal, Project Officer: Mathematics, and Learning Consultant. Carmel is passionate about growth mindset in education, the science of learning, collaborative planning, coaching for effective practice, and equipping teachers to empower all students.

For more information click here.

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Mathematics Assessment for LearningMAVshop titles!

Get your copy of the two best-selling titles at the Primary mathematics Conference, that teachers were talking about in sessions.

Mathematics Assessment for Learning: Rich Tasks and Work Samples (3rd Edition)

Author: Ann Downton , Rose Knight , Doug Clarke , Gerard Lewis

This book provides a range of rich assessment tasks in mathematics, for years Prep to 8, in Number, Space and Measurement, Chance and Data; samples of real students’ work, across a broad range of grade levels and performance; and general and specific scoring rubrics, to provide a structure against which student work samples can be assessed.

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Using Rubrics to assess open ended maths tasksUsing Rubrics to Assess Open-ended Maths Tasks

Author: Pat Lilburn , Irene Sawczak.

Combining the knowledge of authors Pat Lilburn and Irene Sawczak, both with many years’ experience as teachers, this book provides teachers with thirty-six open-ended number tasks and related rubrics aimed at primary year levels.

With rubrics for numeration, fractions, decimals and percentages as well as operations, patterns and algebra covering years 1 to 6, this resource provides maths teachers with a wide range of material to support assessment and learning.

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.

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