The 2004 MAV Annual Conference was held at Monash University, Clayton Campus, on Thursday 2 and Friday 3 December 2004.
View some of the Keynote papers from the 2004 conference.
Towards Excellence in Mathematics – Beyond the Maths Classroom
Getting the Balance Right: Teachers, Students and Technology
A Framework for Effective Learning in Mathematics
David Leigh-Lancaster, Michael Evans, Gary Motteram and Anna Austin
Hitler, Times Tables, Make-up and Learning in Mathematics
Procedural Thinking: Influences on Fraction Knowledge
Teaching Mathematics to Classes of Diverse Interests and Backgrounds
What, If Anything, Is ‘Essential Mathematics’?
A HAToM of Excellence
Lessons from Mathematics Classrooms Around the World
Mathematics of the Calendar
For further information about the conference, contact
The Mathematical Association of Victoria
61 Blyth Street, Brunswick 3056
Tel: 61 3 9389 0303
Fax: 61 3 9389 0399
MAV Conference Closing Session
GREAT MATHS DEBATE: Sue Garner, December 2004
Who would have thought that the CAS
Would have taken the place of the MATHS?
In all students hands
They see the demands
Of buttons and programs, pizzazz!
See when we teach them the rules
We always do give them the blues
To our students we see
This horrific melee
They ought to enjoy all our clues
What is this CAS, so you say?
Computer, and Algebra, what hey?
Systems is there
Beleaguering the square
But where is the Maths so they say?
Is a handheld the best?
Or computers that lead-off the rest?
At Methodist Ladies
And all things at Frankston
They say ‘DLL let it rest’!
We have labs that don’t talk to each other
Computers you see are a bother
But what about mobiles
And look at their sweet smiles
While checking, we miss all the other
Handheld is the way we should go
Ballarat, Rutherglen, Bendigo
Kingswood and Kew
Just sure that we knew
The best CAS is one we can show!
Where is the Maths so you say?
I lost it some time long away
Shift F1, Define
CALC Diff, and save time
No Maths has been part of my play
We learn all these rules all the time
New words, acronyms, waste of time.
From CAS and a SAC
What difference is that?
Just palindromes gone all refined
Bring back the Maths to your class
Teach them the rules so they last
Remember the CAST
Just CAS with a blast
Trigmasters, and tables and ass!
CAS, SAC, CAST and CSF 11
So what are we all then to do?
We drown in new things
No time to stretch wings
And Maths thereby goes down the loo
The moral of this story is clear
CAS helps all the students to fear
The algebra taught
By rigid debauched
Button pushing is the future of here
So teachers who hear this my plea
Don’t teach Maths and lose this misery
Find good letters drawn
Together as a pawn
And speak all things new, this I see
In my teaching not one word is said
Of calculus, tables and denominator!
I jest do you see
Argue my side for the glee
But gone is the Maths that we dread!
For students who love this new face
Of memory, applets and space
In tests they will know
128 pages they will go
And Maths rules no longer the case
VELS are the next thing: curric
We talk about checking the TICK
No Maths said or when
And all this just said by a chick!
I am just bored with the Maths
Your students are bored with the Maths
Give them a gadget
They will love you for it
And classes can all be dispatched!