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for the Australian mathematics education community

10 April 2017

New AAMT President Elect

Congratulations to Jurek Paradowski (ACT) who will take up the position of President Elect after the Annual General Meeting (22 April). Jurek's was the only nomination and and so no election was necessary. Jurek is currently the AAMT Treasurer. 

The AGM will see Immediate Past President Mary Coupland (NSW) finish her time on the AAMT Council – especial thanks to her for her work for the past four years.

Champion applications extended

The deadline for expressions of interest in the reSolve Champions program has been extended until 30 April.

The reSolve: Mathematics by Inquiry project is seeking Champions to undertake a free professional learning program in order to promote the use of classroom lessons and professional learning modules with colleagues.

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.

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the AAMT will be held at 4 pm on 22 April in Building B, 80 Payneham Road, Stepney SA. The agenda for the meeting is available at www.aamt.edu.au/News/AGM.

Please note that the agenda includes a proposed change to the wording of the AAMT constitution; all current individual and life members, as well as the nominated representative of institutional members are eligible to vote on this change. 

If there are any other matters members wish to have raised at the meeting, please contact your AAMT Councillor – see www.aamt.edu.au/Contact/Council.

Women in STEM

The Day of STEM initiative has launched its third program, Women in STEM. Students explore six female mentors and their career journeys with major companies in Australia. The program is available free of charge. 

To register, go to http://dayofstem.com.au/wis.html

Teacher day at MERGA conference

The annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA) will be held Monash University (Clayton campus, Melbourne), 2–6 July 2017.

Wednesday 5 July will be a special day focussed on teachers and pre-service teachers who can register to attend on that day for $175. The day's program will provide participants with the opportunity to engage in a range of professionally challenging and stimulating activities stemming from the latest research.

For more information, go to http://tiny.cc/merga40

Reviewers wanted

AAMT is seeking experienced mathematics educators from all levels – from early years to post-secondary, classroom teachers and researchers – to assist with the peer review of written papers for the AAMT conference proceedings and AAMT journals.

If interested, please complete the form at www.cognitoforms.com/AAMTInc/ReviewingForAAMT or if you have any questions, please contact Toby Spencer at the AAMT office.

ASMJ editor(s) sought

Expressions of interest are sought for the position of editor(s) of Australian Senior Mathematics Journal (ASMJ). Editors work in conjunction with AAMT staff to produce two issues at regular intervals each year. The appointment will be for 2018–19 with a handover period later this year. Expressions of interest (please include a brief CV) or any inquiries should be directed to Will Morony (CEO, wmorony@aamt.edu.au, 08 8363 0288. Submissions close 1 June.

Featured resource: Visible Learning for Mathematics: What Works Best to Optimize Student Learning

John Hattie, Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey

Effective teaching is the goal of every teacher of mathematics. How do you know that your teaching is effective? What strategies should you choose? What tasks?

Six reputable educators, including Professor John Hattie, explain their understanding of the learning cycle in mathematics. To support this rich development of learning, there are many practical classroom suggestions: cues for intervention, prompting questions, feedback strategies, ways to guide purposeful mathematical conversations. There are sample tasks scattered throughout, with commentary on the thinking behind their development. Possible approaches are explained simply, with examples of classroom conversations and methods of intervention. There are online videos for all chapters, accessed by QR codes.

#ECA020 $70.00 * AAMT members $56.00 *


Other news

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