MAV17 Conference - Achieving Excellence in MATHS. 7-8 December 2017. September e-alert


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MAV 17 Conference

Five reasons to attend MAV17
Conference keynote presentations

Following on from our last E- Alert where we asked each keynote presenter to answer the question ‘Give five outcomes delegates will take way from your keynote?’, we feature Dan Finkel from Math for Love. Dan has written the cover story for our Common Denominator publication which will hit desks in early term 4.

Dan FinkelDan Finkel is the Founder and Director of Operations of Math for Love, a Seattle-based organization devoted to transforming how math is taught and learned.

A teacher of teachers and students, Dan works with schools, develops curriculum, leads teacher workshops, and gives talks on mathematics and education.

Dan is one of the creators of Prime Climb, the beautiful, colourful, mathematical board game, and of Tiny Polka Dot, the number-loving learning game for children. He is also co-architect of Seattle Public School's Summer Staircase math program, and hosts the annual Julia Robinson Math Festival in Seattle.

You can see Dan's work, including his TEDx Talk "Five Principles of Extraordinary Math Teaching", at

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Dan Finkel sponsored byMaths Pathways

Dan is presenting two keynotes, one each day as follows:

Making and Breaking Conjectures
Thursday 7 December 2017

Participants will

  • Gain familiarity with how new mathematical ideas are developed.
  • Learn the game Counterexamples, and how to use conjectures and counterexamples in their teaching.
  • Learn tools to hook student interest and keep students engaged.
  • Learn how to encourage and destigmatize mistakes, and make learning from mistakes a part of classroom culture.
  • Consider how mathematics can teach us to be courageous.

Hands-on, Pure Mathematics
Friday 8 December 2017

Participants will

  • Learn how manipulatives can help launch the study of an enormous range of mathematical topics.
  • Consider the importance of concrete examples and appropriate mathematical representations
  • Contrast pure, unapplied math and applied, “real-world” math, and the value of each.
  • Learn how “easy” tools like blocks and games can lead to deep and substantial mathematics.
  • Trace the thread of certain maths ideas from Kindergarten and primary through secondary school and beyond.

For more details regarding our keynotes and sessions please click here.

Online registration now open!

Registration is now open for the MAV17 54th annual conference at La Trobe University on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 December. This year’s conference theme is Achieving excellence in M.A.T.H.S and the five sub themes – Mindset, Assessing, Targeting, Hands-on, and Shifting the Narrative.

Full details of registration costs and entitlements are available on the conference website.


Conference Sponsorship Opportunities Available! 

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The exhibition at MAV17 Annual Conference in December has sold out! We are looking forward to teachers enjoying access to a diverse range of providers while at this year’s conference.

There are still a number of opportunities for companies to showcase their services and products or raise their brand awareness among delegates. These include sponsorship of:

  • Branded pens, notepads, water bottles or other merchandise for conference satchels
  • Refreshment breaks
  • Keynotes
  • Conference proceedings
  • Or other ideas, if you have one let us know

You may also be interested in including marketing material in the conference satchel.

For further details contact Jacqui Diamond at

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