26 Feb Mike’s News

Dates to Note

Already mentioned

Feb 26 Teacher Council’s Tapasā PLD workshop Palmerston North 3:30 – 5:45pm. Book here.
Feb 28 The Science of Learning – online PLD (3h weekly) starts & continues for 5 weeks
Mar 1-31 Melanoma March
Mar 2-10 Sea week
Mar 3 World wildlife Day
Mar 3-9 Hearing Awareness Week
Mar 5 Teacher Council’s Tapasā PLD workshop Hamilton 3:30 – 5:45pm. Book here.
Mar 6 Teacher Council’s Tapasā PLD workshop Wellington Central 6:30 – 8:45pm. Book here.
Mar 7 Teacher Council’s Tapasā PLD workshop Wellington Porirua 3:30 – 5:45pm. Book here.
Mar11-17 International Brain Awareness Week  www.neurological.org.nz
Moon 3Q Feb. 27         NM Mar 7          1Q Mar 14          FM Mar 21.


  1. Pedagogy:
  2. Reading:
    • An interesting article on culturally responsive and relational leadership by Kathryn O’Connell-Sutherland
  3. A reminder that NZASE subscriptions are now due. https://nzase.org.nz/membership/


  1. Geology:
  1. Biology:
    • The Connected article Bringing back the Birdsong can be used to help students explore the Predator Free 2050 vision and develop their understanding of Ecosystems. Teachers Support material and Google slides here.
    • The latest BEANZ newsletter is available online http://beanz.org.nz/beanz-newsletter-term-1-2019/
  1. AgHort:
    • The Soil Science Society of America supports geoscience teaching and learning about soils. They provide online educational resources tailored to both teachers& students, including lessons, activities, fun facts, sites of interest organized by soil topic and grade level, and soil definitions for the novice soil scientist.
  1. Astronomy:
    • Info on summer night sky is attached. Next week, info on free astro conf for students. SUMMER Night Sky
  1. Chemistry:
  1. Physics:
  1. Science:
    • AGI’s Critical Issues website provides useful information on current issues. Much of it is USA-focused but this looks useful: Present Day Climate Change information and accompanying factsheet.

Can You Help?

Sarah Parker is looking for help with resources for S1.10 using a digestive and respiratory systems context for less able students. SParker@lynfield.school.nz

Professional Learning & Development (PLD) Opportunities

  1. Sabina Cleary & Carmen Kenton of Kaha Education are running a series of regional workshops for teachers of years 1 – 10 science free for NZASE members. Info attached.NZASE Science Network of Expertise 2019