AAMT e-news

for the Australian mathematics education community

3 July 2018

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From the CEO

This is an eventful time for AAMT. After a long and distinguished service, Will has now officially retired as CEO. He has left big shoes to fill.

I’m very appreciative of the opportunity to take up the reigns. Will and the Council have organised a smooth and orderly transition process and I’d like to thank them for this. I’m discovering there is a lot to learn.

The education environment is changing rapidly and this presents many challenges and opportunities for AAMT and our members. These include the increasingly diverse and competitive range of websites offering maths education, the changing nature of education as it becomes more outwardly focused and connected to our communities and workplaces, the automation of routine tasks in education and the workplace, as well as the growing need for students to acquire broader skills and capabilities within their disciplines. Expectations of teachers and students in maths are continually evolving.

I believe the need for AAMT and its affiliated State/Territory associations to provide both authoritative guidance and contemporary professional learning for maths educators will continue to grow in this challenging environment.

These are exciting times in maths education. I’m very much looking forward to working with AAMT members and stakeholders in the time ahead.

Duncan Rayner, AAMT Chief Executive Officer, drayner@aamt.edu.au

Farewell Will

Friday 29 June saw former CEO Will Morony 'out the door'. AAMT staff, Council and others wish him well in his retirement!

Maths Inside

The Maths Inside: Highlighting the Role of Mathematics in Society as Motivation to Engage More in Mathematical Activities project (managed by the University of Technology, Sydney) has developed inspirational videos and classroom resources that 'unpack' the mathematics involved in some of CSIRO's leading edge developments in science and technology; these are now freely available on the AAMT website.

Go to www.aamt.edu.au/Better-teaching/Classroom-resources/Maths-Inside.

International Mathematical Modeling Challenge

Following the results of the Australian International Mathematical Modeling Challenge, two Australian teams were among 55 teams from 30 countries to compete in the international round.

The team of Ryan Stocks, Brianna Wiseman, Emily Li and Stone Sima from Radford College (ACT) was judged as the Most Outstanding team of the international entries! Clement Luong, Ezra Hui, Laeeque Jamdar and Alexander Tan from Baulkham Hills High School (NSW) received an Honorable Mention. Congratulations to both teams and their teachers!

Full results are available at http://immchallenge.org/Contests/2018/Results.html.

Complimentary access to Education Perfect's Maths Skills

Education Perfect is making online lessons on Core Maths Skills freely available for teachers to use with their students until February 2019.

Lessons are self-paced based on the mastery model with automated marking and feedback to students. Teachers are given detailed data analytics to help identify key areas of weakness on a class and individual student level.

For more information, go to https://worldseries.educationperfect.com/maths-skills.html

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[featured resource] Visible Learning for Mathematics: What Works Best to Optimize Student Learning

John Hattie, Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey

The authors of this book assert that it is not about which teaching approach to choose but when to use an approach to have the highest educational impact on learners. This book outlines a learning framework to assist you to select an appropriate approach depending on the needs of the learner. It includes many practical classroom suggestions and sample tasks, with links to online videos.

#ECA020 $75.00 * AAMT members $60.00 *

www.aamt.edu.au/Webshop/Entire-catalogue/Visible-Learning-for-Mathematics

[reduced] Teaching Number in the Classroom with 4–8 Year-Olds

Robert J. Wright, Garry Stanger, Ann K. Stafford, James Martland

Central to this book is the concept of an inquiry-based approach to classroom instruction, and topics covered range from beginning number and early counting strategies to multi-digit addition and subtraction through to multiplication and division. It includes real-life examples from classroom work, teaching activities, assessment tasks, guidance on classroom organisation and teaching specific topics, and activities for parents to do with children.

#ECA009-1 $37.50 * AAMT members $30.00 *

While stocks last

www.aamt.edu.au/Webshop/Reduced/Teaching-Number-in-the-Classroom

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

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Other news

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

Many Australian school students feel they ‘don’t belong’ in school: new research

Back in black: Why does the newest building on campus have old-school blackboards?

For All The Benefits Of Studying Mathematics, Some Critics See A Dark Side

Mathematics: A powerful tool for understanding the world

Online student testing hailed a success

What Neuroscience Teaches Us About Fostering Creativity

'High degree of motivation': Augmented, virtual reality transforming classrooms

Creating Paths to Participation for Introverts

Math Catcher helps Indigenous high school students by using storytelling, traditions and culture

9 STEM-Focused Picture Books For Young Children

Why not being 'scared' of maths delivers big results

Could Doubt Be a Tool to Spark Student Learning?

Engineering the End of the School Year

Insights Into Early STEM Learning

Students to take on world in maths challenge

The Surprisingly Cool Physics Of Pushing A Block Against A Wall

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