Edition 19:3: Maths Active School | Professional Learning | Annual Conference

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Dear Mathematics Educators,

On Friday the 22nd February I had the pleasure of visiting Croydon Hills Primary School, and awarding them with their Maths Active Schools Accreditation.

Approximately 30 Schools in Victoria have now received this accreditation.

Croydon Hills are a fantastic example of the Maths Active Schools program, which ensures that schools meet high standards against the following criteria:

  1. Actively supports the mathematics professional learning needs of staff
  2. Has appropriately structured the mathematics program to maximise learning and teaching
  3. Promotes effective learning and teaching practices in mathematics
  4. Uses assessment to inform teacher practice to enhance student learning outcomes
  5. Participates in student mathematics activities
  6. Actively demonstrates a commitment to valuing mathematics in our society by incorporating parents and the community
  7. Promotes the effective use of technology in the learning of mathematics.

Croydon Hills Maths Active School

Peter Saffin delivers Croydon Hills Primary School with its Maths Active Schools Accreditation. Students with (from left to right) Carol Wyatt, Acting Principal; Dale McInerney, AP; Peter Saffin, MAV; Liam Sommers, Maths Coordinator.


Maths Active schools are assessed as performing highly in all of these areas. They are also schools that are striving for continual improvement as education evolves. Congratulation to all staff at Croydon Hills Primary for their efforts to improve mathematics education for their students, parents and the community.

We have also launched a new regional conference in Horsham for 2019. We have a great line-up of presenters to support our MAV consultants. If you are located in the Horsham area please take a look below.

Peter Saffin


MAV 2019 Membership


Thank you to those who have already renewed, we appreciate your support greatly!

Membership renewals are overdue now and if you have not paid your membership for 2019, your membership benefits will have expired.

You can renew or join online here.

For any issues related to renewing your membership contact Michael Green, at mgreen@mav.vic.edu.au.


VCE Professional Learning

Our VCE program is open for bookings, and some sessions have been delivered but there are still more to come. Sessions include:

  • VCE Mathematics Day out: Includes both Meet the Assessors and SAC workshops in all three studies - Further, Methods and Specialist Mathematics. Workshop participants will receive a copy of the MAV solutions to the 2018 VCAA Exam and a copy of the MAV SACs relevant to the workshops attended.
  • Meet the Assessors workshops
  • SAC Workshops

Select your dates and locations:

Terang 25th March and 3rd April
Burwood 26th and 27th March

Book for your selected sessions at https://registration.mav.vic.edu.au/Reg/


P to 10 Professional Learning

We have bookings open for a number of 2019 professional learning events, with workshops run by a number of leading mathematics educators.

Professional Learning Description Details

Primary Mathematics: Engaging Teachers and Engaging Students

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In this one-day workshop participants will participate in an in-depth exploration of student and teacher engagement with mathematics. The Proficiencies: problem solving, reasoning, understanding, and fluency will feature as a critical pathway for student engagement. Links to mathematics education theory and research will be provided to support the argument that the Proficiencies and the General Capabilities should form the foundation of all mathematics teaching and learning activities. During the workshop participants will engage with a range of mathematical tasks that promote each of the Proficiencies in ways that promote sustained engagement and deeper learning of mathematical concepts. A range of tasks from short lesson starters through to rich tasks and problem solving activities will be investigated along with technology enhanced activities. Participants will also be provided with an opportunity to design a set of open-ended tasks that they will be able to take away and use immediately.

Date: Monday 20th May
Time: 9.00am to 3.30pm
Location: Community Hub at the Dock (Docklands)
Who should attend:  
Teachers of Foundation to Year 6
Presenter: Catherine Attard

Catherine Attard



Horsham Mathematics Education Conference 2019:

Incorporating the big ideas and mathematical proficiencies to challenge student thinking

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This collaborative event includes presenters from various MAV partner organisations.
This day has been designed for both primary and secondary teachers and will cover themes including:

  • Building teachers understanding of the big ideas in mathematics
  • Differentiation through challenging tasks
  • Promoting mathematical thinking and reasoning

Join us for this exciting day.

Date: Friday 2nd Aug 2019
Time: 9.00pm to 3.30pm
Location: Horsham West and Haven Primary School
Who should attend:
Teachers of Years F to 10
Presenters: Sharyn Livy (Monash University), Marj Horne, Jennifer Bowden (MAV), Ellen Corovic (MAV) and Debbie Carmichael (Independent School Victoria).

Formative Assessment: the key to improving learning outcomes in mathematics F to 9

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This full day professional learning program will provide an overview of formative assessment. What it is and isn’t and what is needed to implement a targeted teaching approach to mathematics in Years F to 9. It will introduce participants to the tools and advice available on the DET website to support a formative assessment approach. That is, the Assessment for Common Misunderstandings (AfCM) and the Scaffolding Numeracy in the Middle Years (SNMY) materials. A brief overview will also be provided of the evidenced-based resources produced as a result of the recent Reframing Mathematical Futures II project on mathematical reasoning.

Date: Tuesday 4th June
Time: 9.00pm to 3.00pm
Location: Sunshine Secondary College
Who should attend:
Teachers of Years F  to 9
Presenter: Prof Di Siemon

Di Siemen


Inquisitive, Inspiring Warm Ups

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A key component to engaging students is to get them hooked in at the beginning of the lesson. In this hands-on workshop, participants will explore activities that will warm up students in readiness for the lesson. The activities have potential to cater a multiple-levels and engage all students. The session will be presented in front of a live audience at MAV and also streamed live via Cisco. Participants can choose to participate onsite at MAV or participate via Cisco.

Online or face to face at MAV!

Date: Thursday 28th March
Time: 4.00pm to 5.00pm
Who should attend:
Teachers of Year 7 to 10
Presenter: Helen Haralambous

Introduction to Coding with the TI Nspire

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This is a beginner’s introductory session on coding using the TI Nspire. It is aimed at teachers who have not had much (or any) experience with programming in the past and would like some ideas of how to use it in their classrooms.
Participants will be stepped through the creation of a simple program.
It is advised that participants have a TI Nspire CAS handheld or computer software with them. Note: the computer software would be better as it’s a lot quicker to work with.    
Online or face to face at various locations!

Online or face to face at at various locations!

Date: Tuesday 3rd April
Time: 4.00pm to 5.00pm
Who should attend:
Teachers of Year 9 to VCE
Presenter: Danijela Draskovic

Texas Instruments

Structuring lessons and sequences to challenge and engage all students

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Using specific examples, Peter will outline the principles of lesson design and also the nature of learning sequences that build on those lessons. The notion is that students can be productively engaged in working on challenging tasks, appropriately differentiated, and incorporated into cumulative sequences. The approach includes attention to the main mathematical ideas, the classroom pedagogies, the student disposition, and effective assessment of student learning.

Date: Wednesday 24th April
Time: 9.00am to 3.00pm
Location: Fintona Girls' School, Balwyn
Who should attend:
Teachers of Year 7 to 10
Presenter: Peter Sullivan

Peter Sullivan



To find out about becoming a Maths Active School click here.

Challenge: Survive and Thrive! A Day for Maths Active Schools

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It is one thing to survive, but another to thrive! This whole day event will focus on how to embrace challenge to maximise teacher and student engagement and learning. The day will commence with Peter Sullivan focusing on developing lessons and sequences to challenge and engage students. The middle of the day will consist of a structured feedback session for schools to provide input into how they overcome leadership and teacher level challenges. The day will conclude with mathematician Noman Do. Norm will engage participants with the beauty and elegance of mathematics. This will be a hands and interactive day.

Date: Tuesday 30th April
Time: 9.00am to 3.15pm
Location: Community Hub at the Dock (Docklands)
Who should attend:
Teachers of Year F to 10
Maths Active Schools only.
Presenters: Peter Sullivan with Norman Do

Peter SullivanNorman Do


MAV19 Annual conference is live!

The Mathematical Association of Victoria are excited to announce the 56th Annual Conference (MAV19) will be at La Trobe University, Bundoora from Thursday 5 – Friday 6 December 2019.

The theme this year is Making+Connections.

Call for options and Early Bird registration now open!

MAV19 Conference Banner email


Maths camp for High Mathematics Potential Rural and Regional 2019 Year 10 Students

Maths Camp 2Applications are now open for the 2019 Maths camp for high Mathematics potential rural and regional Year 10 students. Feedback from previous students demonstrates they have an awesome experience!

The highly successful and popular camp has been made possible through Victorian Department of Education and Training, Strategic Partnership Program funding. The mathematics camp brings together year 10 high potential rural and regional students to experience what a career in some of the most exciting organisations in the STEM industry look like.

24 students will be selected via an application process to participate in a 4 and half day camp in metropolitan Melbourne to be held during the first week of the Term 2 school holidays (Monday 1st – Friday 5th July).

Applications close: Friday 5th April.

For further information and to download an application click here.


AAMT Bi-Annual Conference – Why Maths?

Why Maths?

In all levels of education from the early years to senior secondary, mathematics teachers are continually looking for ideas to demonstrate the practical and workplace applications of mathematics to stimulate the interest of their students. Teachers want to inspire their students with the career opportunities that arise from good mathematical skills. The conference will give teachers the opportunity to present their creative ideas on how to captivate their students, for example with rich tasks, problem-solving, modelling, mathematics in STEM, and practical mathematics activities.

For secondary mathematics classes, it is important for teachers to have a good understanding of the work of mathematics practitioners in industry, business, research and the public sector. The economies of the future will depend on young people with strong skills in quantitative methods, data handling, problem solving, modelling and so on. We are inviting mathematics practitioners from industry, business and research to talk about their work. We aim to use these interactions to generate new ideas for teaching mathematics.

For more information, including submitting registrations and presentations, see the conference website: www.aamt.edu.au/whymaths.


Professional Reading

PISA in focus: Why aren’t more girls choosing careers in science and engineering?

Eddie Woo

MAV18 Conference presentations

MAV18 Conference presentations are now available including newly released live recordings from Eddie Woo and Robyn Jorgensen.  (Alongside those made available previously: Alan Finkel and Lynne McClure)

Click here to watch and share the videos.


Important News and Events

Texas InstrumentsTexas Instruments FREE Webinar & Curriculum Inspirations Program

Led by teachers for teachers, TI Webinars and Curriculum Inspirations feature the most relevant topics in mathematics and STEM education.  Live webinars last approximately 60 minutes and are held in the evenings, Curriculum Inspirations are short focused sessions of approximately 15 minutes immediately after school.

All sessions are recorded and available On- Demand to be reviewed in your own time. To review the library of On-Demand listings click here.

To review and register for upcoming sessions click here

Upcoming Session: 19th March ~ Want to know a secret? for TI-Nspire CX & CX CAS Technology




The Maths ShowLooking for a great maths incursion to end 2018, or start 2019?

Something that is lots of fun, highly engaging, full of wonderful maths content, and easy to organise…

Then why not try The Maths Show?

The Maths Show is a unique live stage performance– a combination of maths magic, history, puzzles, audience interaction and much more.

Your students will be roaring with laughter, wondering ‘wow!’ how did that happen, and certainly seeing maths from a different angle.

The production is proudly sponsored by The MAV and is brought to you by the same team that created The History of MathsFamous Female MathematiciansMaths and Cricket and more. It also comes with a full set of teacher resources produced by The MAV for follow on work.

Discounted prices are available for MAV members.

To have this truly amazing performance visit your school go to www.felstead.com.au, email info@felstead.com.au or phone 0402 223406.


Monash University Probabilistic Footy-Tipping Competition

The Monash University Probabilistic Footy-Tipping Competition enables entrants to submit probabilities that teams will win and then be scored accordingly (logarithmically).  Pedagogically, in approximate order of difficulty, this offers issues from numbers between 0 and 1, to logarithm, to probability, to differential calculus (why logarithmic scoring?), to uniqueness of the scoring system.  The relevant competitions (there's also, e.g., a Gaussian competition) are free for all to join, as they have been since inception in the mid-1990s over 20 years ago.




VCAL: Interviews with a selection of teachers who have delivered the revised Numeracy Skills Strand Units are available to view online, Click here for access.




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Are you smarter than a Singaporean ten-year-old?
Can you beat Sherlock Holmes?
If you think the answer is yes - I challenge you to solve my problems.

Here are 125 of the world’s best brainteasers from the last two millennia, taking us from ancient China to medieval Europe, Victorian England to modern-day Japan, with stories of espionage, mathematical breakthroughs and puzzling rivalries along the way.

Pit your wits against logic puzzles and kinship riddles, pangrams and river-crossing conundrums. Some solutions rely on a touch of cunning, others call for creativity, others need mercilessly logical thought. Some can only be solved be 2 per cent of the population. All are guaranteed to sharpen your mind. Let’s get puzzling!

Author: Alex Bellos

Member price: $19.42

One for you, one for your friend; Voted by us ‘Best Gift of 2019 yet!’.



maths talesMaths Tales

Maths Tales highlights the journey of teachers improving their maths learning by focusing on best practice and pedagogy. This publication assists teachers to ‘see’ what is possible in their primary maths classrooms.

Member price: $18.20

Seriously, I’m worth the money. Click now.



maths @ homeMaths @ Home

Parents often go to great lengths to help their children succeed in their education. Unfortunately, many parents believe that helping their children with mathematics is beyond their abilities. For some, learning mathematics was a dull and uninspiring experience that they are not keen to revisit. For others, the mention of mathematics is associated with a profound sense of fear or anxiety.

Fortunately a rapidly growing body of scientific research has led educators to question much of what they thought they knew about the teaching and learning of mathematics.

Teachers and parents now have a shared responsibility to ensure that in future students can learn mathematics with confidence and understanding.

This Guide is designed to assist parents I of students from pre-primary to years 6 who wish to ensure that their children are capable and confident users of mathematics.

Member price: $11.05

I want to go home with you! So click here.

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