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Dear Mathematics Educators,

Here are my top 3 items to check out for this week!

  1. Primary and Early Childhood Mathematics Education Conference on the 20th and 21st June. Some sessions are nearly full, so get your registration in to select the sessions you want.
  2. MAV19 call for options is open! Don’t miss the opportunity to present.
  3. For your students, VCE revision lectures are open! Book now.

Happy teaching!
Peter Saffin





Join the MAV communityJoin the MAV Community!

For those schools not currently members who want to join MAV for 2019, join before eth end of June for 30% off!

  • And get copies of journals and Common Denominator magazine for Term 1 and 2!
  • Plus a free book from MAV shop to the value of approximately $35.

(only available for schools that were not members in 2018)

Find out about the benefits of MAV membership and join our community now.

To redeem this offer contact Michael Green, at mgreen@mav.vic.edu.au.


2019 Annual General Meeting

Join the AGM at 6pm on Tuesday 21st May, at ACER in Camberwell and hear Professor Geoff Masters, CEO of ACER present on the Learning Progression Explorer for mathematics, and how he sees the future of learning progression thinking.

This will be followed by drinks, nibbles and conversation with special guests of ACER. All MAV members and other interested guest are welcome.

Click here for more information and RSVP by Monday 13th May.



2019 Primary and Early Childhood Mathematics Education Conference

Select your day(s) and register.

Leading whole school improvement in mathematics education


Improving classroom-based learning; Primary and Early Childhood

Thursday 20 June, 2019


Friday 21 June, 2019


MAV19 Annual Conference; Call for Options

Action required! Call for options now open. Please submit your workshops here.

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Upcoming F to 12 Professional Learning events

Professional Learning Details

Primary Mathematics: Engaging Teachers and Engaging Students

Presenter: Catherine Attard

Who should attend: Teachers of Year F to 6

Monday 20th May: 9.00am to 3.30pm
Community Hub at the Dock (Docklands)

Critical and creative thinking through mathematics reflections

Presenter: Penny Crossland
Who should attend: Teachers of Years F to 6

Monday 19th June:  4.00pm to 5.00pm
Online (Webex)

Horsham Mathematics Education Conference 2019

Incorporating the big ideas and mathematical proficiencies to challenge student thinking

Presenters: Sharyn Livy (Monash University), Marj Horne, Jennifer Bowden (MAV), Ellen Corovic (MAV) and Debbie Carmichael (Independent School Victoria).

Who should attend: Teachers of Years F to 10

Friday 2nd Aug 2019: 9.00pm to 3.30pm
Horsham West and Haven Primary School

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

Presenter: Prof Di Siemon

Who should attend: Teachers of Years F to 9

Tuesday 4th June:  9.00pm to 3.00pm
Sunshine Secondary College

MAV19 Annual Conference


Early Bird registration open – get first choice of sessions!

Thursday 6th and Friday 7th December 2019


National Mathematics Summer School (NMSS)

Applications are now open!

Selective two-week camp held in Canberra in January 2020 for students completing Year 11 in 2019.

Click here for more information or contact Danijela Draskovic: ddraskovic@mav.vic.edu.au


MAV VCE Revision Lectures registrations open!

VCE revision lectures for students in the three VCE Mathematics studies. Delivered by highly qualified, experienced teachers who are current VCAA exam assessors.

More information including prices, dates and venues click here


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Other events and opportunities

why maths?

Exciting program of more than 150 sessions, for early years, primary and secondary teachers from across Australia and overseas. 

A range of speakers from industry, ACARA, AITSL and government to present trends, context, pedagogies and inspiring applications of maths.

International speakers will talk about learning maths in Singapore (including the use of comics in the maths classroom), China and the US.



Workshops: Developing VCE Unit 4 Modelling or Problem-Solving Tasks

Independent Schools VictoriaChoose your session:

  1. May 17 9:30 – 3:30: Mathematical Methods Unit 4
  2. May 20 9:30 – 3:30: Further Mathematics Unit 4

SAC material must ensure the modelling or problem-solving tasks are genuine in nature and not just an extended collection of Examination 2 questions. Participants will be provided with a selection of modelling or problem-solving starting points that will be used throughout the day. These will act as stimulus material to initiate discussions and then provide the focus of the task questions that will be posed and explored. You will gain an overview of the of school assessed coursework in VCE Mathematics and a framework for the development of related application and modelling or problem-solving tasks. You will then develop modelling or problem-solving tasks, linking to your chosen assessment strategy.

Presenters Maths Methods:

  • Dr David Leigh-Lancaster, Mathematics Curriculum Manager at the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority
  • Deb Carmichael, Independent Schools Victoria

Presenter Further Maths:

  • Kevin McMenamin, Head of Mathematics Faculty at Mentone Grammar

For more information and to book click here.


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.

  • 21st May ~ Using Data Capture to help teach calculus for TI-84 Plus Technology
  • 28th May ~ Transformations for TI-Nspire CX & CX CAS Technology


International Data Science for Schools Project (IDSSP)

The International Data Science for Schools Project (IDSSP) is an international collaborative activity to develop a curriculum framework for pre-calculus introductory course in Data Science for the last two years of high school, and to develop a parallel framework to teach teachers how to teach such a course.  See www.idssp.org for details of the project, including the people and organizations involved.

We are now inviting public comment on the draft frameworks.  You can download the draft material here. You can provide feedback here by 31st May 2019.


learning from lessonsProfessional Development Opportunity for Years 5, 6, and 7 Maths Teachers in an International Research Project

Profs David Clarke (University of Melbourne) and Doug Clarke (Australian Catholic University) are running a research project that studies mathematics teachers’ thinking processes during lesson planning, teaching, and reflection. We are currently recruiting Years 5, 6, and 7 teachers to take part in the project.

To register your interest in participating in the project or to find out more, visit https://learningfromlessons.iccr.edu.au/survey/.

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