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for the Australian mathematics education community

26 September 2018

AAMT Biennial Conference

'Why maths? Inspiration beyond the classroom' is the theme of the 27th AAMT Biennial Conference.

Join classroom teachers, education leaders, and representatives from industry for this collaborative professional learning event in Brisbane, 9–11 July 2019.

Offers to present as part of the concurrent seminar and workshop program are now being sought.

Register and pay before 1 December 2018 and get 10% off the registration fee!

For more information, go to www.aamt.edu.au/whymaths

Maths Education and Industry Outreach Forum

AAMT will be holding a free forum for teachers, maths coordinators, and anyone else with an interest in maths education and school-industry engagement on 22 October in Adelaide.

If you would like to register to attend the event, go to www.aamt.edu.au/forumsa2018.

AAMT is keen to ascertain interest in such events in other States/Territories. If you would like to see such an event in your local area, please register your interest.

Beth Southwell Practical Implications Award

The recent conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA) presented its annual Beth Southwell Practical Implications Award to Dianne Siemon, Rosemary Callingham, Lorraine Day, Marj Horne, Rebecca Seah, Max Stephens and Jane Watson for their paper From Research to Practice: The Case of Mathematical Reasoning which how the development of evidence-based learning progressions for algebraic, spatial and statistical reasoning can be used to identify where students are in their learning and where they need to go to next, as well as generating targeted teaching advice and activities to help teachers progress student learning.

The BSPIA is supported by AAMT and presented for outstanding research with practical implications for the teaching and learning of mathematics.

Download the PDF paper from merga.net.au/Public/Publications/Annual_Conference_Proceedings/2018-MERGA-CP.aspx

MOOC: Introduction to Actuarial Science

The College of Business and Economics at the Australian National University has created a free online course for students in Years 11 and 12 to learn how actuarial science applies mathematical and statistical methods to assess risk in the finance, banking and insurance industries and other professions. The course has been carefully designed for students from a wide variety of backgrounds, with secondary/high school level being the only assumption of mathematical background. There are extension questions for those with stronger mathematical backgrounds.

For more information, go to www.edx.org/course/introduction-actuarial-science-anux-anu-actuarialx-1


The STARportal is Australia’s first centralised national portal for exciting and engaging STEM activities from around the country. This searchable database connects parents, students and teachers with local and online STEM activities. Go to https://starportal.edu.au

Unsung Heroes Awards 2018

It’s time once again to recognise the unsung heroes within your school community and the wider education sector. The people we admire and are inspired by, who make such a difference to students or staff, yet fly under the radar, not seeking recognition or acclaim. Nominate a colleague, friend or contact working in the K-12 education sector in:

  • Leadership
  • Teacher
  • Support
  • Technology

and other categories. Go to https://au.educationhq.com/unsung-heroes

Finals Time! with Maths300

Whether you follow AFL or NRL, you can engage your students in finals fever and mathematics —courtesy of Maths300! For a limited time, the Finals Time! lessons and accompanying software will be available to access for free. The lessons involve students in a simulation of the ‘final eight’ while learning about both the final structure and the underlying mathematics. Go to www.maths300.com/sample.

[featured resource] Engaging Maths: 25 Favourite Lessons

Doug Clarke, Anne Roche

This full-colour volume aims to enrich the mathematical experiences of primary school students (and their teachers) through enjoyable, challenging and active lessons. Each lesson follows a similar pattern, beginning with an engaging ‘hook’. There are clear instructions, interesting professional musings (including highlighting common misconceptions) and ideas for pulling the lesson together at the end. The lessons are complete, with reproducible activity sheets and further professional references. Reflections from the authors highlight some of the key pedagogical aspects and assessment potential.

#AAM413 $61.00 * AAMT members $48.80 *


[reduced] Developing Mathematics with Base Ten

Paul Swan, Geoff White

A clearly presented and extremely usable resource for making the most of Base Ten Blocks. This easy-to-read volume presents activities with detailed instructions, background information, clearly articulated learning objectives, colourful illustrations and photocopiable blackline masters for classroom use.

#RIC010 $37.50 * AAMT members $30.00 *


Also available: Developing Mathematics with Pattern Blocks and Developing Mathematics with Unifix

While stocks last!

Download a complete PDF catalogue of resources sold by AAMT from www.aamt.edu.au/Webshop/Catalogue.

Other news

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

5 math skills your child needs to get ready for kindergarten

'Secret report' reveals teacher training crisis: AEU

5 Critical Additions To Teacher Preparation Programs

Children’s attitudes towards maths deteriorate as they get older

Celebrate the mathematics of Emmy Noether

'Easy' HSC subjects growing, one in four girls no longer doing maths

Girls, If You Want To Change The World, Try STEM

Let’s teach students why math matters in the real world

Private education spending in Australia soars ahead of other countries

The 21st century digital workplace makes mathematics inescapable

Get organized and take your lessons digital

Canberra wants more women to take up STEM roles

Are Students Misbehaving? Take a Closer Look at Your Own Teaching

Meet The Four-Dimensional Numbers That Led to Modern Algebra

Arriving at a Definition of Learning

Does Teacher Diversity Matter in Student Learning?

Kids' Math Motivation Stems From Proving Something To Themselves

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