Edition 17:10: Welcome to Term 4

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Welcome to term 4! There is a lot going on in Mathematics Education as you will see below, and it is an exciting time.

The Conference is now a main focus for The MAV staff, and we look forward to seeing you there! Book now to ensure your preferred keynote and session selections.

Our planning for 2018 also continues, including some changes to our Professional Learning program to provide access to more teachers across the state. For more information about these changes read below.

The MAV also needs your ongoing support. That is, we need you to either join up or renew your membership! With a special offer for those that get in before the MAV17 conference we hope that it encourages you to get onboard. Don’t delay!


Peter Saffin


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MAV LinkedIn page

Did you know we have an MAV LinkedIn Page?

The page was launched last year, so if you are on LinkedIn please click here and follow us, we need your support.


Professional LearningProfessional Learning

Our professional learning series for 2017 is nearly complete with only two online free webinars remaining for primary and early years teachers. We have fantastic bookings for these, with only a few places remaining. Book here if you are interested.

During the holidays the MAV consultants held a planning day for 2018 to look at how we make our professional learning more accessible to all mathematics educators across Victoria. There will be some changes to programming to increase access to educators who can’t make it to The MAV for an event including:

  • A series of events spread across metropolitan areas
  • More network days in regional Victoria
  • Increased number of webinars
We are now working through what this will entail and building a calendar of events, ensuring that our professional learning program in 2018 engages more mathematics educators than ever before. Stay tuned!

In school consultingIn-School consulting for 2018

In 2017 we have seen enormous growth in our consulting programs, especially within primary schools. Schools are needing support for a variety of reasons, and The MAV consultants are highly experienced in supporting schools to improve teaching and learning in mathematics. We are currently booking in schools that require support in 2018, most of whom are continuing after their great progress made in 2017. If you are interested in support let us know now so that we can discuss your needs and schedule you in. To find out more about what we can do click here.

Consultants can focus on supporting your FISO goal implementation. Our coaching and mentoring demonstrates and uses the High Impact Teaching Strategies, enabling your school to work towards meeting the Education State targets. We tailor our support to your needs.

Contact Jen Bowden at jbowden@mav.vic.edu.au to organise a discussion.


portrait James RussoDr James Russo, the new Editor of Prime Number

Dr James Russo has been appointed as Editor of The MAV’s journal for primary mathematics education, Prime Number

Prime Number has a long history in supporting maths educators with quality advice since 1986.

Read more about James on our news page.


common denominatorSeeking content for Magazine Puzzle pages

The MAV is looking for teachers to design mathematics puzzles to go into pages in the magazine, Common Denominator.

The puzzles page is comprised of 6 stimulating mathematical puzzles: one aimed at each of early years, lower primary, upper primary, lower secondary, VCE and VCAL.

Teachers interested in producing original puzzles at any of these target levels, please contact Louise Gray at louise@stitchmarketing.com.au.


2018 MAV Membership, don’t delay!

We need your support to ensure that The MAV can continue to prosper and deliver important services for maths educators!

Our Association has over 1400 members from all sectors of education and provides membership benefits to a growing network of over 13,500 mathematics educators. Be a part of it!

For those who renew their membership or join before the MAV17 Conference held on the 7th and 8th of December, you will go into the draw for gift vouchers to the value of $150 for third, $300 second, and $400 first prize which entitle yourself or your school to purchase publications from the MAVshop.


You will have received your first 2018 membership renewal notice. Thank you to those who have renewed, we have had a great response so far. Many I think are determined to get into the prize draw for early renewals!

For support with your renewal contact Michael Green mgreen@mav.vic.edu.au

Join The MAVJoin now

If you are thinking of joining The MAV, the time is right! The MAV is going from strength to strength. We need your support to ensure that The MAV can continue to prosper and deliver important services for maths educators! Access a full year of benefits in 2018 including:

Great discounts for members, such as 20% on: 


  • Termly copy of the MAV member magazine Common Denominator plus the primaryjournal Prime Number, or the secondary journal Vinculum
  • Exclusive member discounts for events or products negotiated on member’s behalf
  • Opportunity to become an accredited Maths Active School
  • Extend your professional learning by getting involved in MAV’s activities (writing for our journals, joining committees and working parties, and piloting mathematics initiatives)
  • Priority bookings in MAV professional learning workshops and events
  • Affiliation to the AAMT, Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers

We need schools, and individuals to sign up now at our membership page.

For more information contact Michael Green mgreen@mav.vic.edu.au.

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Advocacy: Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools

The Australian Government is seeking input on the quality reforms that are needed to drive improved student outcomes. An issues paper has been prepared which describes the scope of the Review and poses a series of questions intended to stimulate thinking around how success should be defined and measured, what can be done to improve and how any barriers to improvement can be overcome.

The MAV is preparing a submission. If you have suggestions for inclusion please email them to Peter Saffin, CEO at psaffin@mav.vic.edu.au



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Made By Maths: Release of a new walk

The MAV has released a new mathematical walk, 'Explore Your World' with the support of the Department of Education and Training with Strategic Partnerships Program funding.

Target: Years 5 to 8
Location: Your school
Cost: Free

The intent of this walk is to encourage students to discover mathematics in the built and natural environment of their school. The different 'stops' provide the opportunity to develop a mathematical lens through which to view and interpret the world around the participant. The focus of the walk is to exploit each location by initiating a mathematical investigation. It is the intent of the walk that participants will come to identify other opportunities for investigation.

The MAV would like to thank David Cook for his voluntary work designing the content for this walk.

For more information click here.

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MAV17 Conference sponsorship opportunities

exhibition spaceThe exhibition at MAV17 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 more information on costs and inclusions email psaffin@mav.vic.edu.au or Jdiamond@mav.vic.edu.au

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Sample programs

The Victorian Curriculum Mathematics F – 6 Sample Programs and corresponding Curriculum Area Plans are now available.

Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning

Draft Revised Curriculum Planning Guides for Literacy and Numeracy Skills Strands are now
available online for review by teachers and stakeholders. Click here to complete the survey by Thursday 12th October to have your say.

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Professional Reading

Early Years; Intentional Teaching & Mathematics

Children enjoy playing with mathematical ideas, and use numeracy in their everyday lives, even from when they are very young. The VCAA‘s Early Years Twilight Seminar held on Wednesday 7 July 2017 explored intentional teaching to build on the informal mathematics knowledge that children have, and how quality interactions can support learning.

A video of the seminar is available on the VCAA Early Years’ past professional learning webpage.

Factors influencing maths participation

In this podcast, Michael Jennings, an Associate Lecturer at the University of Queensland joined Teacher Magazine to discuss his research which explores factors influencing student selection of senior secondary maths. Click here to read the transcript or listen to the podcast.

The mathematics of intelligence

Queensland Brain Institute presents this interesting talk based on Professor Goodhill's research that aims to discover the computational rules underlying brain development and function and apply this to AI. Check it out here.

Other articles of interest:

  • There are two types of people in the world: mathematicians, and those who don't like to classify 
  • Five charts on how Australians view science and scientists.
  • Maths is a creative, spiritual and exploratory discipline. In this article, Eddie Woo presents three steps for supporting students to change their attitude towards maths.
  • Technology in the classroom can improve primary mathematics, Catherine Attard


Survey: Mathematics Proficiencies

Don’t forget to participate in this study investigating Mathematics teacher’s understanding of the mathematics proficiencies of the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics and views regarding productive disposition in Mathematics teaching and learning.

The project is being carried out as part of PhD research at the University of Tasmania. If you choose to participate, you will be asked to complete a survey that is completely anonymous. You will also have the option of taking part in further research in this area in 2018.

Your participation is entirely voluntary, but we do encourage you to read the Information sheet before you decide whether or not to participate. We value your thoughts and experiences.

  • If you would like to participate, please click here.
  • Please indicate your interest in taking part in a collaborative study in 2018 by clicking here.

Yours sincerely,

Dr Kim Beswick, ARC Research Fellow, Faculty of Education
Dr Greg Oates, Senior Lecturer in Mathematics Education, Faculty of Education
Mrs Aimee Woodward, PhD Student, Faculty of Education.

“This study has been approved by the Tasmanian Social Sciences Human Research Ethics Committee. If you have concerns or complaints about the conduct of this study, please contact the Executive Officer of the HREC (Tasmania) Network on +61 03 6226 6254 or email human.ethics@utas.edu.au . The Executive Officer is the person nominated to receive complaints from research participants. Please quote ethics reference number H0016777.”

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Other news and events

MathsCraft event

Attend a free one-day professional learning event, thanks to the wonderful research

mathematicians group at ACEMS (www.acems.org.au/home).

The day will provide ideas that enable your students to work in a way similar to that of a research mathematician - but using content with which they are familiar. You will get to work with the wonderful Dr Anita Ponsaing and Anthony Haradine. Learn more about MathsCraft.

Click here to register

Cyber challenge imageCyber Victoria Schools Challenge

Open until November 17, 2017

The Cyber Victoria Schools Challenge is a Victorian Government initiative that aims to ignite interest in cybersecurity careers by empowering students to test drive cyber careers and build their foundational skills and understanding of the cybersecurity field.

The challenge is a “Call to Action” for all schools and tertiary institutions to register students and complete the Cyber Security Experience. The Victorian Government will award the Victorian schools and tertiary institutions with the highest rate of participation.

We encourage you to take on the Challenge. Find out more.

Weapons of maths instruction: Statistics for non-statisticians

The College of Science Health and Engineering (SHE) at La Trobe University has introduced a suite of Professional Learning Programs (PLPs) designed to empower teachers in Victorian high schools.

Included in the PLPs is: Weapons of maths instruction: Statistics for non-statisticians which will run at La Trobe’s Bundoora campus on Friday November 24 from 9am-4:30pm.

Designed for teachers with limited or no formal training in statistics, the program reveals the subject as simple, enjoyable and accessible. Participants explore the potential of technology, creativity and playfulness for teaching statistics and data analysis with style and educational success.

To find out more click here.


Now in their second year, the 2017 CHOOSEMATHS Awards celebrate mathematical achievement, creativity and excellence in Australian schools. 

Some MAV representatives recently attended the Choose Maths Awards by AMSI, and were impressed by this great program. There were quite a few Victorian winners, and you can find out more about them entries here.

The teacher awards recognise innovative and creative mentors who have engaged and inspired a new generation of mathematical leaders in and beyond the classroom. The MAV would like to congratulate the following Victorian teachers for their Awards for Execellence:

  • Sally Tweddle:  Presbyterian Ladies' College, VIC
  • Elizabeth Lonergan:  Beth Rivkah Ladies College, VIC
  • Amanda Cassidy:  St Patrick's Primary School Wangaratta, VIC

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Get your hands-on the latest books from Peter Sullivan.

Challenging tasks bookChallenging Mathematical Tasks

Author: Peter Sullivan

Challenging Mathematical Tasks supports the idea that students learn best when they work on problems that they do not yet know how to solve. Peter Sullivan’s research shows that many students do not fear challenges in mathematics, but welcome them. And rather than having teachers instruct them, these students prefer to work out solutions for themselves.

  • includes activities that allow for sustained thinking, decision-making and risk-taking by the student
  • features a ‘Learning Focus’, ‘Key Mathematical Language’, ’Pedagogical Considerations’, ‘Enabling and Extending Prompts’ for each task, plus ‘Supplementary Tasks’ and ‘Possible Solutions’
  • is written by a well-established expert in the field of teaching and learning mathematics
  • follows a set structure to help students approach and work through the tasks.

Click to get yours now.

  Open ended bookOpen Ended Maths Activities Revised Edition

Author: Peter Sullivan

Open-Ended Maths Activities discusses the features of ‘good’ mathematical questions. It provides practical advice on how teachers can create their own open-ended and problem-solving questions, and use them effectively in the classroom.

  • includes over 80 pages of ‘good’ questions for teachers to use in the classroom
  • organises questions into content areas (Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, Statistics and Probability)
  • indicates the suggested age level of students for each question
  • is written by a well-established expert in the field of teaching and learning mathematics, and an experienced author with a primary teaching background.

What are you waiting for? Click me.

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