Edition 18:12: Professional Development | Annual Conference | Important News and Events

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Dear Mathematics Educators,

Welcome back to term 4, and I hope you had a relaxing break.

We are still moving ahead with many initiatives, here are 4 reasons to get involved for term 4.

  1. Our call for Primary schools to join the two-year whole school development program are open. Download the information and application form here.
  2. Annual conference; book now to get your session selections. Popular sessions and filling fast now as bookings increase.
  3. Our FREE online professional learning sessions for term 4 are coming up. Book now, see below.
  4. Membership renewals are now due! You can renew early to enter our prize draw. See your renewal notice for information. We need your support again in 2019 to ensure we can deliver our services effectively.

We will soon be sending out a MAV stakeholder survey. As part of implementing its new 2018 to 2020 Strategic Plan, MAV is seeking your feedback on a number of issues related to mathematics education and MAV membership, products and services. We want all maths educators, whether members of MAV or not, to contribute their ideas, to help us plan further advancements in how MAV delivers value to you and the profession. Please keep your eyes open for this survey, and have your say.

Enjoy the term and best of luck with exam preparations.

Peter Saffin


MAV 2019 Membership

MembershipYou should have received your first reminder for membership renewal over the holidays. We look forward to your membership and support in 2019!

For those who are not members, you can join now to access benefits immediately, and for the full 2019 membership year.

You can renew or join online here.

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


Primary Schools: Are you looking for a whole school approach to improving mathematics?


Our call for Primary schools to join the two-year whole school development program are open.

MAV and the Mathematics Education Group (MEG), at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE), have developed a two-year school improvement program for Primary Schools in Victoria. 

This program will allow schools to develop the tools and techniques to implement and measure improvement, while working with a network of like schools striving for improvement.

Download the information and application form here. Enrolments close Friday 19th October. 



Free Online Professional Learning

The following workshops are FREE to all Victoria teachers. Hosted by MAV, these workshops will be ‘hands-on’ offering a similar experience to our face to face workshop – but now available to more schools across the state!

Although individuals can join using a mobile device, the nature of the workshops will encourage collaboration and being with others is going to provide improved outcomes.  If you are looking for a school in your area that you can attend that may be a DET Polycom hub, some events have hubs as part of the booking process. Contact us for help in identifying a location near you (hharalambous@mav.vic.edu.au or jbowden@mav.vic.edu.au).

Each person attending needs to sign up via the website, links below.

Professional Learning Description Details

The importance of developing children’s counting skills: The move from rote to rational counting

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In this hands-on workshop participants will discuss the importance of young children developing each aspect of the five counting principles that govern and define counting as elaborated by Gelman and Gallistel (1978). Video excerpts and activities will demonstrate what these counting principles look like in practice. Counting tasks from the Mathematics Online Interview will be linked to the Counting section of the Framework of Mathematical Learning and activities from the Mathematics Developmental Continuum. The conceptual understanding needed to move children from using inefficient strategies, such as counting by ones, to more efficient strategies will be highlighted.

Wednesday 24th October
3.45 to 5pm

Online only event

Cost: Free!

Who should attend:  Year 2 to 6

Presenter: Cath Pearn

Let's get started! Using games to promote fluency and reasoning

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Back as a repeat session by popular demand for those who missed out!

Teachers will be elbow deep in dice and cards during this workshop. The session will focus on developing mathematical fluency and reasoning in students through the use of hands-on and engaging card and dice games. Teachers will be armed with a range of activities and we will explore how to easily differentiate for a range of student learning needs.

Tuesday 30th October
4 to 5pm

Online only event

Cost: Free!

Who should attend: Foundation to Year 6

Presenters: Jen Bowden and Ellen Corovic


Identifying and  providing for mathematically promising students (Vic Association for Gifted and Talented Children)

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Identification and provision for mathematically promising students can be a challenge for all involved, and there is some debate about which should come first – identification or programming. In this hands-on workshop participants will learn the definition of mathematical promise, contemplate the possible goals of mathematical talent development, and explore the multiple tools and approaches available for identification of high mathematical potential. Then a range of different strategies for mathematical talent development will be shared.

Thursday 23rd October
4.30 to 5.30pm

Online event, or attend at a selected location

Cost: Free!

Who should attend: Year 5 to 10 teachers

Presenter: Simone Zmood

HITS or Miss? Online

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The High Impact Teaching Strategies (HITS) were developed by the Victorian DET and consist of 10 instructional practices that reliably increase student learning wherever they are applied. They are a resource for teachers, professional learning communities and school leaders to use in improving teaching and learning outcomes. This session will explore an approach that aims to maximize the value of the HITS’ implementation. We will look at key components of the ten individual HITS, and explore a research-based model of effective ‘feedback’ (one of the HITS), discovering how this strategy relates to the other HITS.

Thursday 8th November
3.45 to 5pm

Online only event

Cost: Free!

Who should attend: Foundation to year 10

Presenter: David Cook


Algorithmics (HESS)

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Algorithmics (HESS) was introduced into the VCE curriculum in 2015. The motivation for the creation of the study was to encourage more students to develop the critical thinking skills, structure and concepts to enable them to participate as creators of computational technology and information systems. “Algorithmic thinking is a major component of computational thinking and is seen as being one of the most important computer science topics for developing critical thinking skills”. Successful students of the subject are eligible for university credits in Computer Science. 

Thursday 11th October
4.15 to 5.30pm

Online event, or attend at a selected location

Cost: Free!

Who should attend: Year 9 to VCE teachers

Presenter: Georgia Gouros

GeoGebra in the classroom

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This is a beginner’s introductory session on the free software, GeoGebra. In this session participants will see how GeoGebra can be used as an effective tool for supporting a visual and interactive mathematics pedagogy that emphasises conceptual understanding rather than processes. Participants will be shown a demonstration of how GeoGebra can be utilised in the classroom when teaching Quadratic Transformations, Trigonometry and the Unit Circle, Pythagoras’ Theorem and Geometry. It will also include some ways teachers can enhance student understanding by using pre-programmed applets within GeoGebra, as well as involving students in the creation process by getting them to create their own GeoGebra files. The skills learnt in this presentation can be applied to all secondary year levels. Participants will be required to download and install the free GeoGebra Classic software from https://www.geogebra.org/download.

Thursday 18th October
4.15 to 5.30pm

Online event, or attend at a selected location

Cost: Free!

Who should attend: Year 7 to 12 teachers

Presenter: Danijela Draskovic (MAV Consultant)


Professional Reading

ABC news: Girls just as good at STEM subjects as boys, study shows.

one teaching professionOne Teaching Profession: Teacher Registration in Australia.

Earlier this year, AITSL served as secretariat to an Expert Panel that investigated teacher registration in Australia.

More than 6,500 teachers and school leaders provided feedback through an online survey. The Expert Panel has now released its final report, with 17 recommendations to strengthen teacher registration.

Read the recommendations here.



MAV 18 Annual Conference

Bookings are in full swing now for MAV2018. Book early to ensure you get your session preferences. Some sessions are starting to fill.

You can check the synopsis here.

And our amazing keynote line up!

For the first time, we will be live streaming two of these keynotes:

Day 1: Lynne McClure, Cambridge University.
Day 2: Alan Finkel: Australis Chief Scientist.

Register here. We will see you there!

teachers creating impact


Results of the 2018 Maths Games Days

Thank you to all schools and students who participated in the 2018 MAV Maths Games Days. In 2018 there were a record number of school teams participating, with most events having reached capacity prior to closing date.

The MAV would like to acknowledge and thank the host schools, the coordinators and their teams in putting together very successful Games Days:


Host School



Lowther Hall

Simone Saunders


Penleigh & Essendon Grammar (Essendon campus)

Peter Maher


Kilmore Primary

Caroline Crowther


Genazzano FCJ College

Ferruccio Servello


Lumen Christi (Point Cook)

Mark Gleeson


Overnewton Anglican College (Taylors Lakes)

Adam Cusworth


Waverley Christian College (Naree Warren South)

David Levchenko


Penleigh & Essendon Grammar (Keilor campus)

Joanna Carasavidis & Teresa  Sessa


Federation University Gippsland

Ass Prof Jenny Mosse


Trinity Grammar

Allason McNamara


Camberwell Grammar

Robyn Crockett

For the list of 2018 secondary event 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed teams refer to: https://www.mav.vic.edu.au/student-activities/student-games-days.html


International modelling challengeInternational Mathematical Modelling Challenge

Do you have what it takes to solve a real-world maths problem? Heading into its fourth consecutive year in Australia, the International Mathematical Modelling Challenge is a team competition for up to four secondary students and one team advisor that aims to promote mathematical modelling to solve problems of real-world importance. Since 2016, participation numbers have tripled each year, making this widely popular and completely free to enter challenge essential for mathematical modelling for secondary schools in Australia. To register your interest for 2019 click here.

MAV is a supporter of the IM2C


Important News and Events

BAM conferenceThe Biarri Applied Mathematics Conference 2018: Invisible Intelligence

The world is changing around us. Optimisation– which used to be hidden behind closed doors is now at our fingertips shaping the way in which we live our lives, move our goods, and make our decisions. From healthcare, sports, transport and manufacturing through to the deployment of next generation fibre networks, mathematics is core to working in the 21st century.

This year the BAM Conference will be bringing together innovators, scholars and thinkers to focus on ‘Invisible Intelligence’ and through expert presentations, lightning talks and panel discussions demonstrate how we are using optimisation and mathematics behind the scenes to keep our world moving.

Join us at this year's premier mathematics event, Biarri Applied Maths Conference. It is free, over 2 days at RMIT, and has leading industry speakers from Amazon, Telstra, Carlton FC, and many more. Find out more info here.


MERGA conference42nd Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA) Conference 2019

The 2019 MERGA Conference will be held at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia from the 30th June – 4th July 2019. The MERGA conference offers an important forum among professionals, researchers and students to promote, share and disseminate rigorous research in mathematics education across Australasia. The theme of the 2019 conference is Research Impacting Classroom Practice. This focus was chosen to advance the mathematical experience of the students to whom we ultimately contribute.

The conference will also feature a Teachers’ Day on the 29th June, providing high-quality professional learning in mathematics education, across all phases of schooling. The hands-on approach in all workshops will ensure that teachers will be able to apply their learning experiences with their students

We are fortunate to have been able to attract some highly regarded international speakers in Professors Jere Confrey, Paul Cobb, Doug Clements, and Julie Sarama. In addition, Professor Di Siemon will deliver the Clements Foyster Address and Professor Doug Clarke the Teachers’ Day Keynote speech. We look forward to welcoming you to “The West” for the MERGA 2019 Conference.

For more information on the conference visit the conference website: http://www.promaco.com.au/events/MERGA/ 


real life STEMDo you want to bring real-life STEM into your classroom?

The STEM Professionals in Schools program partners teachers with STEM professionals to enhance STEM teaching practices and support engaging STEM education in Australian schools. STEM Professionals in Schools is run by CSIRO and funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training. The program is free for teachers and schools to be a part of.

Apply now: https://www.csiro.au/en/Education/Programs/STEM-Professionals-in-Schools


Education Services AustraliaSurvey for teachers who use data sets

Education Services Australia is looking for teachers who use data sets with some of their classes to complete a short survey that canvasses existing practices and provides advice about a specific website in terms of its relevance and usefulness for school-aged students. The focus of the website is of most relevance to teachers of Geography, Health, and/or Economics and Digital Technologies and Maths (for use of data generically). The survey closes on October 30 2018.

By completing the survey, you will go into a draw to win one of two $100 gift cards.

Click on this link to complete the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/datasetsinteaching

Please feel free to share this link with relevant colleagues.

If you’d like more details, please email Jill Wilson: jill.wilson@esa.edu.au.

Professional 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.

If you agree to participate in this project, you will be asked to adapt and teach a provided lesson plan (Lesson 1) and then create a lesson plan yourself for a follow-up lesson and teach the lesson (Lesson 2). You will also be asked to complete several online questionnaires before and after teaching Lessons 1 and 2. Participation in this project will involve approximately 10 hours in total (including the teaching of Lessons 1 and 2). Your time commitment in this project can count towards your professional development to meet registration requirements if you are a registered teacher in Victoria and in Western Australia. (If you are registered in a different state or territory in Australia, your participation time may still count towards your required professional development but please check your local requirements.)

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


VCE Trial Exams now available

MAV Trial ExamsPrepare effectively for VCE Mathematics Examinations with the MAV Trial exams for Mathematical Methods, Further Mathematics and Specialist Mathematics studies.

Each Trial Exam features:  Original questions, highly relevant to the current course, fully worked solutions for all sections and clear marking schemes. Exam formats are similar to those used by the VCAA.  Permission for the purchasing institution to reproduce copies for its students.

Grab yours now!


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