Mike’s News 1 April

4 Apr Teacher Council’s Tapasā PLD workshop Whangarei  3:30 – 5:45pm. Book here.
7 Apr World Health day www.who.int/  Events calendar
8 Apr Teacher Council’s Tapasā PLD workshop Havelock North 6:30 – 8:45pm. Book here.
8 Apr Physics moderator workshop, Western Springs College / Ngā Puna o Waiōrea
9 Apr Teacher Council’s Tapasā PLD workshop Rotorua 3:30 – 5:45pm. Book here.
11 Apr Royal Society Matariki talk, 6pm, Ū.R. Cultural Centre 3 Fell St, Grovetown, Blenheim
12 Apr RS Matariki talk, 6pm, 12 Winchester St, Merrivale, Chch.
12 Apr Deadline for BEANZ members to apply for a scholarship to attend Bioiive/ChemEd
12 Apr International Day of Human Space Flight   www.un.org/en/events/humanspaceflightday/
12 Apr Deadline to apply to Genesis School-Gen for STEM gear, solar panels etc.
15-17 Apr Physikos at NZIP conference, Canterbury uni http://Confer.nz/nzip2019
15-18 Apr HATA conference Palmerston North. Register here
17 Apr World Haemophilia day http://www.wfh.org/en/page.aspx?pid=492
18 Apr RS Matariki course, 6pm 416 Great King St., Dunedin
Moon NM Apr 5       1Q Apr 13     FM Apr 19       3Q Apr 27.       


  1. Culturally Responsive & Relational Pedagogy:
    • Dates for the language weeks have now all been released.
      • 6-12 May NZ Sign                        
      • 26May-1Jun Samoan     
      • 4-10 Aug  Cook Islands Maori      
      • 1–7 Sep Tongan
      • 9-15 Sep Maori                              
      • 22-28 Sep Chinese
      • 29Sep-5Oct Tuvalu                         
      • 6-12 Oct Fiji              
      • 13-19 Oct  Niue                                              
  2. You may know House of Science hires practical science kits on a weekly basis to local primary schools. You may not know that they have a policy of all the written resources being available in te reo. https://houseofscience.nz/resources/
  3. Pedagogy:
    • In this TED talk, teacher Olympia Della Flora shares creative tactics she uses to help struggling disruptive students get their feelings in check & put the focus back on learning.
  4. Science Careers
  5. SquawkSquad collates the best environmental educational resources that they can find from the likes of DOC, Zealandia etc, put that on one platform and distribute it to teachers nation-wide. Many resources are lesson plans on bird identification, pest trapping etc & are focused towards the primary school level. https://squawksquad.co.nz
  6. A BEANZ workshop is being held in Waikato June 4. https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/BEANZ-Waikato-workshop.docx
  7. Auckland Zoo invites teachers to join their new Education Space Facebook Page.  See what they’re up to and share what you’re doing!  Search Auckland Zoo Education Space on Facebook.
    Cambridge A Level Biology teachers!  Have you ever considered a visit to the Zoo?  In their Global Biodiversity Issues session they look at the complexities of in situ and ex situ conservation & talk about their projects both here in NZ and overseas and how conservation is at the heart of what they do.


  1. Geology:
    • Earth Science week in USA generates many useful resources. They have a 4-minute webcast of each of the daily themes – Earth Cache, Earth Science Literacy, Earth Observation, Fossils, Geoscience for Everyone, Geologic Maps, Archaeology. These provide activities, resources & online links. Visit http://www.earthsciweek.org/webcasts .
  2. Biology:
  3. Astronomy:
    • Scientists in the Critical Zone Observatories programme provide research, data, & models to enhance scientific understanding of what happens in the “critical zone” where chemical, physical, geological, and biological processes shape Earth’s surface & support terrestrial life. CZO Education and Outreach site
  4. Chemistry
  5. Physics
    • STEM Online NZ is a free interactive teaching and learning resource for NCEA externals. Designed by NZ subject specialist teachers, this resource includes interactive learning content, videos, animations, quizzes, game-based content, classroom experiments and activities, all with a distinctly kiwi flavour. Resources for L1 Science 90940 and L2 Physics 91171 currently available – more in development.
  6. NoS
    • TED talk by Phil Plait, a Hubble Space Telescope astronomer, who shows that science progresses through a robust amount of making and correcting errors.

Professional Learning & Development (PLD) Opportunities

  1. Climate Literacy & Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) is offering a webinar to present the scientific findings of the newest National Climate Assessment Report (NCA4) and discuss how teachers can use it in their classrooms. Past webinars can be viewed at https://cleanet.org/clean/community/webinars/webinars.html#related
  2. BioLive ChemEd basic registration is $450 if paid by April 12, $500 thereafter. Register at https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=nrmqTgehakC3GXNuATnY2DvxwmvOadpOtp5H_KXE7LtUQzgwNFpUVFZPMTJXNUpGU09HQ1VPNDQxOS4u

Next week will be the last Mike’s News til 6 May.

Cheers, Mike