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for the Australian mathematics education community

25 September 2017

Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools

The Australian Government is seeking input on the quality reforms that are needed to drive improved student outcomes. An issues paper has been prepared which describes the purpose and scope of the Review and poses a series of questions intended to stimulate thinking around how success should be defined and measured, what can be done to improve and how any barriers to improvement can be overcome.

If you want to provide input to the AAMT submission, please contact feedback@aamt.edu.au by 13 October. Public submissions close 2 November.

Go to www.education.gov.au/review-achieve-educational-excellence-australian-schools-submission-form.

Creative education survey

Following a presentation at the recent AAMT conference, teachers around Australia are invited to participate in a worldwide research study that is seeking to identify differences amongst teachers with respect to their views on student creativity.

It is anticipated that this study will not take more than 15 minutes.

This research is part of a collaboration between The University of Melbourne, The University of Connecticut, The University of South Australia and Geelong Grammar School. The findings of this study will be used to help teachers implement some of the teaching strategies which are now a part of the Australian Curriculum.

To take part, go to https://uconn.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_7WWSlerhHVrCLdj

European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad

In 2018, the Australian Mathematics Trust will be supporting an Australian team to compete at the European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad (EGMO); see www.amt.edu.au/egmo-announcement.

To help support this initiative, the Trust is recruiting for a part-time paid EGMO Team Leader position. Interested candidates should contact recruitment@amt.edu.au for a position description. Applications close 13 October 2017.

International Mathematical Modelling Challenge

The International Mathematical Modeling Challenge (IM2C) is a team-based mathematical competition for Australian secondary students.

Interested teachers can register to receive more information about the 2018 challenge. Go to www.immchallenge.org.au.

[featured resource] Concept-Rich Mathematics Instruction

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www.aamt.edu.au/Webshop/Entire-catalogue/Concept-Rich-Mathematics-Instruction

Other news

The articles below were posted to AAMT's Facebook and LinkedIn pages and Twitter feed, and link to various sites:

Five ways ancient India changed the world – with maths

Nothing matters: how the invention of zero helped create modern mathematics

Top 5 Tips for Teachers Using Day of STEM in the Classroom

Why Students Forget—and What You Can Do About It

5 Math Technology Tools to Engage Students

Should Math Students Be at the Board Working?

Taking Advantage of the Power of Play

The Brain Is Wired for Math—Sort Of

How to Make Homework Meaningful for Students

There’s No Such Thing As Being Bad at Math: How Neuroscience Is Changing the Equation

Number Of Students Studying Year 12 Maths Continues To Decline But You Can Keep Your Kids Interested

1,800-year-old black dot in Bakhshali manuscript is first ‘zero’: researchers

Why Math Is the Best Way to Make Sense of the World

These four easy steps can make you a math whiz

The Neuroscience of Narrative and Memory

In The Age Of Screen Time, Is Paper Dead?

Concern for vulnerable children as proportion of male teachers drops

Brains may need flexible networks to learn well

STEM education: plugging the global skills shortage

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