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MAVlist mathematics education news

Dear Maths Educators,

MAV have had a great start to the year! I would like to mention just some of the achievements MAV has already made this year in support of members:

  • 8 VCE workshops in metro and regional centers with attendance of over 660 teachers from across the state.
  • 3 MAV workshops for year K to 10 teachers with attendance of 65 teachers.
  • 4 MTQ (Maths Talent Quest) events have been run in Hobart and Melbourne with over 60 teachers attending. We look forward to new schools joining this great program.
  • Welcomed a new Mathematics Active School; Mackellar Primary School and presented their plaque at a school assembly (see photo of myself with Fiona Clarke).
  • Our Education Consultants have begun working in schools already spending over 12 days directly supporting maths and numeracy programs.
  • Prepared for the annual Maths Camps for gifted and talented students from regional schools, engaging with our industry partners and preparing some very exciting projects for students.
  • MAV consultants are also working on some fantastic new projects with the DET, to further our work on the Victorian Maths Challenge.
  • Planning our MAV17 Annual conference. We have already confirmed our theme and two excellent key notes, stay tuned as we launch our conference very soon.
  • Launched our first Girls in STEM event on International Women’s Day, see below for more information.

As an appreciated MAV member, we plan to bring you exclusive special offers throughout the year. We are talking to various partners and providers about what we can do to support you. See below for an exclusive March special offer for coding PD.

Peter Saffin
CEO, Mathematical Association of Victoria


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MAV PLProfessional Learning

We recently sent out our Professional Learning newsletter for March.

For primary teachers we are especially looking forward to the Picture Book session!

Click here for our latest Professional Learning newsletter.



speakingYour MAV CEO presenting at FutureSchools Expo

Your MAV CEO, Peter Saffin will be presenting a session and chairing a panel discussion at the National FutureSchools Expo 2017 running from 23 - 24 March 2017. The sessions are as follows:

Thursday, 23 March 2017 in the Exhibition Hall from 2:30 pm 2:50 pm on the topic of "Success in tertiary education requires Maths!" Co-presented with Trish Jelbart.

Friday, 24 March 2017 in the FutureLeaders Conference from 12:10 pm 12:30 pm, Panel chair for the topic of "What will lift Mathematics Learning nationally and locally?"
Hope to see you there!



Statewide Maths Games Days

MAV Statewide Games Day registration will open Friday 17th March. Registration will be through the Games Day page on the MAV website.

Click here for more information. 




Membership renewalMembership renewals

Thank you to all those who have renewed their membership support of MAV.

Please renew asap to ensure you receive all the benefits of a MAV membership.

You can click here to renew now.



Texas Instruments Girls in STEM

This amazing event has sold out! Thank you for your interest, and if you would like to be on the waiting list please email Jacqui Diamond, jdiamond@mav.vic.edu.au.

This exciting event will explore females in STEM careers with a particular emphasis on the importance of mathematics required for success. Students will hear from five leading industry experts in a range of fields about their experiences working in a STEM focused career.

Presenters will share their stories; the journey they took, the contributions they have made, the impact of being a female, tips for success, and how to overcome obstacles along the way. There will be a particular emphasis on the importance of mathematics in VCE subject selection, university degrees and in STEM careers.

An interactive panel discussion will follow and students will also be engaged with hands-on learning brought to you by Texas Instruments.

Click here for more information.

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MAV member discount on CodeCamp professional learning.

CodeCamp has passionately taught over 15,000+ students around Australia how to code. Take a look at Today Extra about what we have been doing...

On 20 and 21 March, CodeCamp for Victorian Maths Teachers will be helping teachers learn to teach coding. This is a unique one day TRAIN-THE-TRAINER Workshop specifically designed for Victorian Maths Teachers.

There are two sessions on offer:

  1. Monday 20 March @ Manningham Civic Centre, Doncaster
  2. Tuesday 21 March @ Encore Events Centre, Hoppers Crossing

Having taught students how to code, CodeCamp have unique insights and experience in the way students best learn and develop computational and logic thinking skills. The Victorian Maths Curriculum intends to explicitly and strategically develop computational and logic thinking skills.... and we want to share our most effective strategies with teachers!  The session will:

  • 'unpack' the algorithmic thinking and coding-based descriptors of the New Victorian Maths Curriculum
  • support teachers with explicit lesson plans and modelling of specific ideas to support the teaching of these units

Incidentally, as the day progress, teachers would have learned to code!

All skills learned will be transferable across a variety of coding platforms.

Teachers will return to school, supported with a comprehensive tool-kit, to easily share their learning from the day with their team of teachers back at school.

All MAV Members receive $40 off. Mention 'MAV40' at the time of booking.

Visit www.codecamp.com.au/melbournepd to book you place and find out more. For further information, get in touch with michelle@codecamp.com.au.

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Day of STEMLet’s get started with a new year of the Day of STEM.

The ‘Day of STEM’ is a national initiative designed to raise the IQ for STEM careers by inspiring the next generation of students through a self-guided, interactive, online STEM awareness experience called LifeJourney. These programs can be undertaken for FREE by teachers, schools, students and parents anywhere, any time.

Head to dayofstem.com.au and click sign-up. Current program offerings are the Collingwood STEM Cup and Australia 2020.  Look out for the Day of STEM programs Women in STEM available later in March and the Cyber Security Experience launched in April.

New on board and need help?

Renee Hoareau has recently joined the Day of STEM team. Contact Renee for more information or support for your school at renee@lifejourney.us



Green Hat Planks

Check one more thing off your list for the 2017 school year with a GREEN HAT WORKSHOP whole school Parents' Mathematics Evening.

  • PLANKS in the Mathematics Curriculum (HERE)
  • Mathematics Evenings (HERE)




reSolve to be a ChampionreSolve to be a Champion

The reSolve: Mathematics by Inquiry project is seeking Champions who will promote the teaching of mathematics (Years F–10) that is engaging, stimulating and challenging for all students.

Selected Champions will undertake a free professional learning program (online and face-to-face) that will provide thorough knowledge of project resources and approaches.

As a reSolve Champion you will promote the use of classroom lessons and professional learning modules with colleagues – helping strengthen the teaching and learning of mathematics in your school and beyond.

The Champions program is open to all teachers of mathematics (F–10), as well as other educators. For more information and to complete an expression of interest, go to www.aamt.edu.au/resolve.



 capital mathsCome to the AAMT conference in July

All mathematics educators – early years, primary, secondary, researchers – are invited to learn from and network with colleagues from across Australia and overseas at AAMT's biennial conference in Canberra, 11–13 July 2017.

Hear from international and local keynote speakers, participate in hands-on workshops, learn about the latest research and its implications for classroom practice, and discover the latest resources in the trade display.

Teachers of mathematics from all levels are also invited to share their experiences by submitting an offer present at the conference – now due 31 March.

For more information, go to http://www.aamt.edu.au/go-2017conference.




Discover Mindset Maths with Professor Jo Boaler

Jo Boaler

Check out this unique opportunity to hear from a world leader in mathematics education.

For more details and bookings click here.



The New Success: What skills do our kids need to succeed in the 21st Century?

  • What competencies do our children need to be a New Success in the 21st Century, in work and in life?
  • How does education have to change if everyone is to have the chance in succeeding in whatever they are passionate about?
  • What will the New Success look like?

Charles FadelDon’t miss this opportunity to hear Charles Fadel, global education thought leader, when he addresses these big questions at the second Australian Learning Lecture, The New Success, on 11 May 2017 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Charles Fadel is best known as the pioneer of the idea of 21st Century Skills.  He is the Founder of the Center for Curriculum Redesign and Chairs the Education Committee advising the OECD.

Jennifer Westacott, Chair of the Business Council of Australia, will introduce the Lecture and discuss why the New Success matters for the economic and social wellbeing of Australia.

Click here to book now.




Year 1 Literacy and Numeracy Check consultation

The Commonwealth Government consultation on the proposed  Year 1 Literacy and Numeracy Check is now publicly available on the department website through the following link: https://www.education.gov.au/national-year-1-literacy-and-numeracy-check-consultation.

The forum will remain open until next Friday 17 March. Please have your say.

The MAV is putting together a response. If you have any specific feedback to add as a MAV member please email psaffin@mav.vic.edu.au




Visit MAVshop to check out our new titles. How about this one now on sale!

Adam Spencer's Time MachineAdam Spencer’s Time Machine

Following the runaway success of his Big Book of Numbers and World of Numbers (2015), Adam Spencer is back with a fascinating - and fun! - romp through history.

Starting with the big bang and ending in the present day (with a few glimpses of the future for good measure) Time Machine is a history book unlike any other. Jam-packed with quotes, quizzes, anecdotes and trivia, Adam’s latest book is a full-colour treasure trove for ages 8 ... all the way to 108.

Did you know that some of the earliest mathematicians and astronomers were indigenous Australians? Or that Lord Byron’s daughter, Ada Lovelace, was a pioneer of computer programming ... despite dying in 1852?  Time Machine is 2016’s ultimate compendium for curious minds



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