MAV Mathematics Association Victoria

The last MAV session for this term is on this Wednesday 19th Sept

Algorithmic thinking across Primary Years

 

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Algorithmic thinking provides opportunities for students to follow and create a well-defined set of instructions to perform a task or solve a problem. We often focus purely on numbers, without linking algebraic problem-solving skills. Promoting algorithmic thinking encourages and increases students’ ability to solve problems using different strategies. This workshop will demonstrate lesson from Year 2 to Year 6 that challenge students with the opportunity to explore algorithmic thinking. These lessons have been successfully used in classrooms and will be available online through the MAV website with enabling and extending prompts.

Wednesday 19th September

4 to 5pm

Online only event

Cost: Free!

Who should attend: Foundation to Year 6

Presenter: Jen Bowden and Martin Holt

Thanks to MAV for Term 4 opportunities with these great PD opportunities for teachers listed below.  Check out the MAV website for further professional development sessions.

Professional Learning Description Details
PRIMARY
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

PRIMARY/SECONDARY
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

SECONDARY
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)

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