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Dear Maths Educators,

I hope that Term 3 is going well. I thought it timely to provide a snapshot of some of The MAV’s achievements and work over the past little while. It is certainly busy here at the office!

Professional Learning: Since the new primary mathematics Conference in June, the MAV have run a few Professional Learning sessions in term 3 including the Gippsland Conference at Federation University with 40 participants. A network day in Echuca is also coming up.

Advocacy: During July, The MAV wrote a submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry into School to Work Transition. The MAV focused its submission on the importance of preparing students for work in a future where jobs are changing, and mathematics is going to be fundamental to Australia’s success. The submission highlighted some approaches required for the future including the important of 21st century skills, or enterprise skills and the use of contexts to make links to real world mathematics and industry. See our news page for more info about this.

The MAV is now working on a submission to the Independent Inquiry into Regional and Rural Education (See below).

VCE: VCE revision lectures have been in the pipeline for some time now, and Helen Haralambous has organised a great number of sessions across the state. VCE trial exams were also recently released.

Strategic Partnerships Program: The MAV has funding from the DET to work with rural and regional secondary schools to support them in improving their mathematics outcomes. The MAV consultants have been out travelling to various regional centers to work with such schools. This funding is also allowing The MAV to run five new free Primary Professional Learning events (see below).

In-School consulting: The MAV is working in a number of schools across Melbourne on a regular basis, coaching, mentoring modelling and working from school leadership down to individual teachers to improving numeracy outcomes. This consulting program is expanding and is a great success.

Maths Active Schools: The Maths Active Schools had access to a special Professional Learning day with Paul Swann last week. They have also received their term 3 resources. If you are interested in accreditation check out our website.

Enough for now, but there is lot more happening behind the scenes. If you want to know about any of these programs just get in touch.


Peter Saffin


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Professional LearningProfessional Learning

Professional Learning for Term 3 offers varied opportunities across both the primary and secondary years. We are open for bookings, don’t miss out!

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

See below for a new series of free face-to-face and online events.



Free MAV Professional Learning Workshops!

Included in the Professional Learning series are these new events just launched using funding from the Department of Education and Training Strategic Partnerships Program. The MAV identified these areas of need and have the funding to make them free for all Victorian teachers!

Some of these sessions have a face-to-face and webinar options, allowing access to teachers across the state.

Using the DET Special Partnership Program funding, these sessions are free to all Victorian teachers.


Workshop 1: The importance of developing children’s counting skills: The move from rote to rational counting

  1. Face to face at The MAV in Brunswick: Wednesday 20th September, from 4 to 5pm. Click to register.
  2. Online only: Thursday 26th October at 4.30pm. Click to register.

Cost: Free to attend!
Who should attend: Teachers of F to Year 4
Presenter: Catherine Pearn

In this hands-on workshop participants will discuss the importance of young children developing each aspect of the five counting principles that govern and define counting as elaborated by Gelman and Gallistel (1978). Video excerpts and activities will demonstrate what these counting principles look like in practice. Counting tasks from the Mathematics Online Interview will be linked to the Counting section of the Framework of Mathematical Learning and activities from the Mathematics Developmental Continuum. The conceptual understanding needed to move children from using inefficient strategies, such as counting by ones, to more efficient strategies will be highlighted.

Workshop 2: Prepping for Foundation: The Best Start – Transitioning students from Kinder to Foundation

Face to face at The MAV in Brunswick: Monday 11th September at 4.30pm. Click here to register.

Cost: Free to attend!
Who should attend: Teachers of F to Year 1
Presenter: Bree Collins

It’s first day 2018, and the new Foundation students are just walking through the door. What skills and maths knowledge do they bring from Kinder in their backpack? How should teachers fill gaps in knowledge? And what does Foundation Mathematics look like in Semester 1? This workshop explores transitioning from Kinder to Foundation and will provide hands on examples of the way to structure a Mathematics program during Semester 1. We will explore research into assessment practices to inform a Foundation teacher and how best to include families to capitalise on relationships to support student learning. Let’s give them the Best Start!

Workshop 3: It’s called Number AND ALGEBRA: Algebraic thinking across Primary Years.

  1. Face to face at The MAV in Brunswick: Wednesday 13th September at 4.30pm. Click to register.
  2. Online only: Thursday 12th October at 4.30pm. Click to register.

Cost: Free to attend!
Who should attend: Teachers of Year 2 to 6
Presenter: Tim Colman

Algorithmic thinking provides opportunities for students to follow and create a well-defined set of instructions to perform a task or solve a problem. We often focus purely on numbers, without linking algebraic problem-solving skills. Promoting algebraic thinking encourages and increases students’ ability to solve problems using different strategies. This workshop will demonstrate lesson from Year 2 to Year 6 that challenge students with the opportunity to explore algorithmic thinking. These lessons have been successfully used in classrooms, and will be available online through the MAV website with enabling and extending prompts. Come and explore why Algebra is much more than just x and y!


MAV news

Did you know that The MAV has a News page where we will share updates and information about our events and activities? Check out the latest articles:

The MAV enjoys 2017 AAMT conference

Inquiry into School to Work Transition


MAV Secondary School Education Consultant

A position is available for Secondary School Education Consultant, click here for more information.


Statewide Maths Games Days

MAV Statewide Games Day registration is open, with some events sold out. Book now to secure a place for your school’s teams. For more information, click here.

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Advocacy: Independent review into Regional, Rural and Remote Education

The MAV is working on a submission to the Independent review into Regional, Rural and remote Education. You can read the discussion paper here

If you have points of view or links to supporting material that The MAV can use in preparing its response to the nine themes in the discussion paper, please send information to peter.saffin@mav.vic.edu.au.


VCE Revision Lectures

Registrations for The MAV Revision Lectures are open. Ensure your VCE students secure a place. Click here for more information.


VCE Trial exams

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Now available! Click here to buy yours now.


Professional Reading

  1. The Australian Journal of Education has selected some articles with a Mathematics theme as its August focus. Check it out here.
  2. Problem solving and mathematics: promoting cognitive dissonance, by Dr Catherine Attard

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DET Victorian Maths Challenge

The DET are looking for primary and secondary schools that may be able to help test the next phase of the Victorian Maths Challenge – an app based mathematics game. Students will get to have some fun while exploring mathematics concepts in an engaging way!

The DET are looking to partner with schools to conduct user testing sessions from Year 1 to 10. During the user testing sessions, experienced testers will provide the child with a mobile device containing a work-in-progress version of the game, and predominantly observe the way the child interacts. The tester will take notes but the child will not be filmed or photographed during the session.

The testers are experienced with working with children and have the appropriate clearances. Children who participate in the user testing must have signed parent/guardian consent forms.

The DET are happy to provide some form of assistance to the school for their participation, such as in-kind payment or gift vouchers, to be confirmed.

To get involved email petersaffin@mav.vic.edu.au.




Economic and Financial Literacy Survey

What are teachers’ perceptions of their readiness and opportunities to teach consumer, economic and financial literacy?
Monash University's Faculty of Education with the support of the Victorian Commercial Teachers Association (VCTA) and The Mathematical Association of Victoria (MAV) are exploring how teachers make sense of and approach their work as consumer, economic and financial literacy educators. This research project has been approved by the Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee (project number #9935).

We are seeking secondary school humanities and/or mathematics teachers to complete an anonymous survey online. Because we know you are busy, the survey has been designed to take no more than 20 minutes of your time.

We thank you in advance for your participation and look forward to better understanding how we might meet your professional learning needs and interests in this field. 

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EPower of engineeringngineering Careers

Did you know engineering has the power to change the world?

Find out how at this free one-day event for Year 9 and 10 students

Power of Engineering are running events for female students to show that ‘everything is possible’ in their career, by giving them the chance to experience first-hand what an engineering career would be like.

  • Interactive, hands on workshops showcasing a variety of engineering disciplines
  • Inspirational and informative speakers from industry that the students can relate to
  • Site tours or Industry Experience for students to experience local engineering projects.

Register your interest for upcoming events in Victoria:


robogalsRobogals Science and Engineering Day

The Robogals Science Challenge is an Australian competition for girls aged 5-15. It challenges girls to create a STEM project and submit a short video of their discoveries. The Science & Engineering Day will include a showcase of the winning projects, an awards ceremony and an exclusive trip to Creature Technology Co. for this year’s winners. Attendance is FREE for girls aged 5-15 years and one accompanying parent/guardian or teacher.

Register here.


Education show TES2017The Education Show

The MAV will be exhibiting and speaking on the program at The Education Show, come along and talk to us there about how we can help you, buy some resources or just say hi! We look forward to seeing you.

The Education Show is fast approaching on from 1-2 September at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, Southbank.

Build your own professional development by attending the FREE SEMINARS to earn PD hours & maintain your teacher registration before the deadline 30 Sep 2017!

The Education Show is FREE to all educators across every level of the industry.

Register to visit now at www.theeducationshow.com.au.





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