Mike’s News Aug 19

19 Aug ESS workshop for those teaching science & ESS, 9-3, Kohia, Epsom Ave, Ak
20 Aug ESS workshop for those teaching full ESS courses, 9-3, Kohia, Epsom Ave, Ak
22 Aug NZASE workshop, yrs 1-10 Sci, Berkley Normal Middle School, Hamilton. Register here
23 Aug Workshop enabling Pacific Success & Unpacking Tapasā
26 Aug NZASE Safety in school labs workshop, Nayland College. Book here.
27 Aug NZASE workshop, yrs 1-10 Science, Nayland College, Nelson. Register here
29 Aug International Day Against Nuclear tests  www.un.org/en/events/againstnucleartestsday/
29 Aug Talk on Aurora Australis, 6-7:30pm. BLT100, Old Bio building, Ak uni, 5 Symonds St
29-31 Aug NIWA Ak City Science and Technology Fair, Mt Roskill Grammar School Hall
30 Aug Daffodil Day www.daffodilday.org.nz/
30Aug 1871 Earnest Rutherford was born http://www.rutherford.org.nz/
1 – 7 Sep Tongan Language week www.mpia.govt.nz
1-30 Sep Save our Sight Month www.nzao.co.nz
1-30 Sep Asthma Awareness Month http://www.breathebetterseptember.co.nz/
Moon   3Q Aug 24        NM Aug 30.       1Q Sep 6.        FM Sep 14.   


  1. Culturally Responsive & Relational Pedagogy:
  2. Pedagogy: Find out about your class by using seating challenges. https://www.edweek.org/tm/articles/2012/06/27/tln_merz.html?cmp=SOC-EDIT-LI
  3. HoD: Free resources from ASCD for new teachers and their mentors http://www.ascd.org/membership/new-teacher-resources.aspx#articles


  1. Geology:
  2. Biology:
  3. Astronomy:
    • NASA space telescopes have identified, for the 1st time, the detailed chemical “finger-print” of an exoplanet between the sizes of Earth & Neptune. Our solar system has no planets like this, but they’re common around other stars. https://go.nasa.gov/2ZB7vAY
    • Looking for aurora australis? Most aurora apps are for the northern hemisphere, but Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology tracks the optimal conditions for a southern display. See bom.gov.au/Aurora and facebook.com/groups/auroraaustralis
  4. Chemistry:
  5. Physics:
  6. Science:
    • UK’s Wellcome Trust produces Explorify, a free resource of engaging, creative science activities designed to spark curiosity, discussion & debate. Check it out here.
    • Royal Society Te Apārangi has released a new reportPlastics in the Environment: Te Ao Hurihuri – The Changing World”. This evidence summary explores NZ’s use & disposal of plastics & the effects on the environment & human health. Download from https://royalsociety.org.nz/plastics .
  7. Primary
  8. Nature of Science

Help On Offer

Pauline Waiti is setting up a Kahui Pūtoi (online network) for teachers & kaiako of Science & Pūtaiao. If you would like to be part of this please email pauline.waiti@gmail.com


Key messages from NCEA Review: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/RAS-RG-Key-Messages-150819.pdf

Professional Learning & Development (PLD) Opportunities

  1. Workshops for tiny-tots’ teachers (& parents & grandparents) at Science Playroom, 406 Great North Rd, Henderson, 6-8pm. Pizza + fruit. $40. Amanda Fourie. Book at info@scienceplayroom.co.nz . Chemistry workshop 23 Oct.  Physics & Biology 30 Oct.
  2. Following on from her Critical Thinking & Schol Bio Workshop in March, Alison Campbell is back in Auckland with a 2nd workshop: Schol Bio Prep Day 2019, Sancta Maria College, 319 Te Irirangi Dr, Botany South, Sat 21 Sep 10am – 3pm (approx). There’s no charge to attend. All students & teachers welcome. If you are interested please email Shane the school name and the students names ASAP. williamson@sanctamaria.school.nz
  3. Remaining BEANZ term 3 clusters for Auckland Biology teachers. 4-5:30 pm. Please bring something to share:
  4. Courses at Kohia Teachers’ Centre:

Cheers, Mike