Mike’s News August 1

1 Aug 1st Teach Engineering 2-day online workshop starts 3am. Info here.
6 Aug 1945 Hiroshima Day http://www.hiroshima-remembered.com/
8-14 Aug Maths Week www.mathsweek.org.nz/
9 Aug Deadline to make an insect-like robot for Mars. Info here
17 Aug Discussion about new S1.2 Investigative Approaches 5pm https://youtu.be/xtwooIEBjiI
Moon 1Q Aug 5      FM Aug 12      3Q Aug 19      NM Aug 27
  1. The Auckland Science Teachers’ Association is putting on some PLD about developing the skills junior students need to achieve at L1 with the new Science standards. 24 Aug 5pm. https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/ASTA-Workshop-preparing-Juniors-for-L1.pdf


  1. Mātauranga Māori
  2. Pedagogy:
  3. Student opportunities:
  4. Revision:
  5. Digital support:


  1. Biology:
  2. Agricultural and Horticultural Science:
  3. Earth & Space Science:
  4. Chemistry:
  5. Physics:
  6. Primary & intermediate:
  7.  EfS:
    • Registration is open for the global Climate Action Project. This free program allows students aged 5-18 to explore causes and effects of climate change, develop solutions and take action, collaborating at local and global levels. https://www.takeactionglobal.org/climate-action-schools/
  8.  Science:
  9.  STEM:
  10. Links with NZ History:
    • The Space Place (Wgtn) planetarium show called Ngā Tohunga Whakatere – The Navigators tells the story of Māori, Pasifika and European navigation towards Aotearoa. More info here

Professional Learning & Development (PLD) Opportunities

  1. Apply for regionally-allocated PLD by Aug 12. You will be notified of the outcome by wk 8 so you can contact PLD facilitator & plan to start delivery next term. Schools can apply for this PLD to support the implementation of NCEA (under the ‘Local Curriculum Design’ priority).
  2. Learning Network NZ, 214 Universal Dr, Henderson.
  3. Kohia Teacher’s Centre, Gate 2, 76 Epsom Ave, Epsom
  4. The next Sir Paul Callaghan Science Academy: Chch 4-7 Oct. No course fees. Info & apply here.
  5. PhET virtual workshops on effective pedagogy for using simulations https://phet.colorado.edu/en/teaching-resources/virtual-workshop/
  6. Here’s a recording of the 2022 Cawthron Institute lecture where Prof Bronwyn Hayward spoke on Our children’s climate and how we can make a difference.  Te Rerekohu Tuterangiwhiu gave a supporting lecture breaking down some  common Maori words to find deeper meanings.
  7. Education Hub webinar: Neurodiversity in education by Dr Chiara Horlin 7:30 pm Tues 2 Aug.
  8. MoE’s PLD series with resources on mana ōrite: The next webisodes look at where to begin (3 Aug) & what can I do (10 Aug), next webinar 18 Aug. Sign up at https://www.manaorite.ac.nz/

Cheers, Mike

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