Mike’s News Sep 16

1-30 Sep Save our Sight Month www.nzao.co.nz
1-30 Sep Asthma Awareness Month http://www.breathebetterseptember.co.nz/  
16 Sep International Day to Preserve O3 www.uneptie.org/ozonaction/events/ozoneday.   
19 Sep NZ Chemistry Olympiad training group selection exam on-line thru’ Education Perfect
21 Sep Alison Campbell’s 2nd Bio Schol prep day, Sancta Maria College 10am – 3pm.
22-28 Sep Chinese language week https://www.nzclw.com/
23 Sep Spring Equinox NZ http://www.rasnz.org.nz/in-the-sky/sun-rise-and-set
27 Sep NZQA Biology Best Practice workshop at Macleans College, Ak.  Book a place.
28Sep1928 Alexander Fleming discovers penicillin. https://www.famousscientists.org/alexander-fleming/
29 Sep  World Rivers day http://worldriversday.com/   
29Sep-5Oct Tuvalu Language week www.mpia.govt.nz
Moon 3Q Sep 22     NM Sep 29     1Q Oct 6.         FM Oct 14.      
  1. A resource for Chinese Language week: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Chinese-language-week.docx
  2. Conservation Week (14-22 Sep) LiveStream activities from Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research links last week did not work apologies. All can be reached from this link https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/events/1117-conservation-week-livestreams   


  1. Culturally Responsive & Relational Pedagogy:
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  1. Geology:
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  1. Science:
    • A simple explanation of global warming https://ab.co/2Znz1G4
    • Pūtātara is a resource that promotes sustainability and global citizenship through inquiry learning using tūrangawaewae, kaitiakitanga and whakapuāwai as pou arahi. Pūtātara also aligns with The NZC by encouraging schools and teachers to collaborate with whānau, iwi, industries, councils, and stakeholders.
  1. Revision
  1. eLearning:
    • Minecraft, one of the world’s most popular games, now has a new version. On Ngā Motu (The Islands), students can build their own wharenui & learn words in te reo Māori. Ngā Motu is part of Minecraft: Education Edition, which is available to all state and state-integrated schools at no cost. https://bit.ly/2HX1qIp

Professional Learning & Development (PLD) Opportunities

  1. Earth & Space Science Scholarship
    • ESSE provides support for Schol teachers in the form of comprehensive resources and/or online conversations. Email pollock2@gmail.com
    • Free workshop for teachers or students. All bring computer, teachers also bring useful resources to share. Morning tea provided, bring/buy your own lunch. To register contact Jenny Pollock earthspacenz@gmail.com or pollock2@gmail.com
      • Auckland Oct 18, 9:15-2:45, Kohia Centre, 78 Epsom Ave, parking at Gate 2.
      • Tauranga, Oct 17, 9.15 am – 2.30 pm, House of Science, 671 Cameron Rd.
  2. Adelaide Botanic High School is hosting a STEM conference29 Nov. They aim to bring together educators who are interested in sharing & exploring teaching methods, tools, resources & related activities for implementing STEM education in years 6-11. https://www.sasta.asn.au/professional_learning/2019_stem_conference_years_611

Cheers, Mike