Mike’s News April 12

1-30 Apr Auckland’s MOTAT is offering free entry for teachers during April. Info here.
12 Apr International Day of Human Space Flight www.un.org/en/events/humanspaceflightday/
12Apr-12May Ramadan http://islam.about.com/od/ramadan/tp/ramadan-hub.htm
13 Apr National Biomechanics Day
14-17 Apr Ak ASB Polyfest www.asbpolyfest.co.nz
16 Apr Deadline to nominate an EfS teacher for the PM’s awards in education excellence.
17 Apr World Haemophilia day http://www.wfh.org/en/page.aspx?pid=492
19 Apr Deadline to feedback on draft L1 stds at https://ncea.education.govt.nz/ Subj tab
22 Apr Earth day www.earthday.net
24 Apr Save the frogs day www.savethefrogs.com/day/ www.nzfrogs.org/
25 Apr World malaria Day http://www.who.int/mediacentre/events/annual/malaria/en/index.html
26 Apr 1986 Chernobyl explosion Link here.
Moon NM 12 Apr  1Q 20 Apr FM 27 Apr 3Q 4 May
  1. A video of a planetary field trip & a quiz in celebration of Earth Day, 22 April.
  2. Talanoa with Scientists – this free event about career & personal development from the Samoan Scientist will benefit high school students. Apr 22, 7pm at 6 Osterley Way, Manukau City Centre. Register here.
  3. ASTA 2021 Dinner 27 May Mt Eden: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/ASTA-2021-Dinner.pdf


  1. Culturally Responsive & Relational Pedagogy:
  2. Mātauranga Māori
  3. Pedagogy:
  4. Professional reading/watching:
  5. Science Careers:
  6. The latest NZASE newsletter has member-only articles on a yr 11 course focussing an mātauranga Māori and on Andrew Wakefield & the MMR-autism controversy and a publicly-available resource on Māori scientist. Join here https://nzase.org.nz/membership/
  7. Last week I discovered magazines like New Scientist and Listener on my library e-book service, Libby. I found an article I liked (summarizing what we knew about Neanderthals p45, Listener 3-10 Apr), did a screen shot of my phone & emailed it to myself. Copyright ok.


  1. Biology:
  2. Agricultural and Horticultural Science:
  3. Earth & Space Science:
  4. Chemistry:
  5. Physics:
    • Otago Scholarship Physics is a FB page for senior students to practise schol problems.
    • The physics behind the car crashing into apple crates in Hastings last week.
  6. Primary & intermediate:
  7. Nature of Science:
  8.  EfS:
  9.  Science
  10. STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths)


  1. 2020 Assessment schedules are now online where you’d expect, under the std no eg L3 Bio. Assessment reports are online too, but all together on their own page. Likewise, 2021 assessment specifications for the externals are all in one place.

Professional Learning & Development (PLD) Opportunities

  1. Kohia Teachers’ Centre, 78 Epsom Ave, Auckland. All cover both primary & secondary:
  2. The next  deadline to apply for Centrally-funded PLD is 14 May. Panel meets by wk 7, schools know wk 8 so they can contact a PLD facilitator & plan to start delivery term 3. https://pld.education.govt.nz/
  3. If you would like one-on-one support for ESS teaching please contact Jenny and she will set up a Zoom meeting for you with the appropriate person. earthspacenz@gmail.com
  4. Free mentor program to help integrate revised technology and history curricula across the other learning areas. Apply by 16 April. https://www.rarangamatihiko.com/resources/he-marau-pahekoheko-integrated-curriculum-programme
  5. BLAKE offers free PLD for primary & intermediate teachers in active environmental education and leadership in Auckland on either Jul 12-16 or Oct 4-8. Team up with scientists, environmental leaders and experts to learn about climate change, freshwater quality, biodiversity and ocean health. Applications close on May 9.

Cheers, Mike

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