Mike’s News 12 Feb

Dates to Note                                                                                       

  1. Already mentioned:        

1-28 Feb     Bikewise month. Many cities will run a bike-to-work day       www.bikewise.co.nz   

1-28 Feb     Heart Awareness Month                     www.heartfoundation.org.nz/for-women  

12 Feb     International Charles Darwin Day      www.darwinday.org/index.php

18 Feb      Dr Philip Hume lectures on The invasion of non-native plants  in Wellington

20 Feb     Teacher Council’s Tapasā PLD workshop West Ak 6:30 – 8:45pm

26 Feb     Teacher Council’s Tapasā PLD workshop Palmerston North  3:30 – 5:45pm

28 Feb     The Science of Learning – online learning (3h weekly) starts & continues for 5 weeks

Moon      1Q Feb. 13           FM Feb. 20           3Q Feb. 27         NM Mar 7.      


  1. Culturally Responsive & Relational Pedagogy:
  2. Pedagogy:
  3. Reading: 
  4. Student competitions:
  5. Info attached on dissection kits from Pete Smith from Science Resource Box. https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Dissection-products-1.pdf


  1. Geology:
  2. Biology:
  3. Astronomy:
  4. Chemistry:
    • Plastic Challenge resource: A series of lessons to extend students’ knowledge & understanding of plastics & its waste on a global scale. Linking to materials & their properties, the environment, & recycling, these resources contain investigations & activities aimed at both primary & secondary.
  5. Physics:

Can You Help?

  1. “Please ask teachers what topics they are using for B3.2 Socio-scientific issue? Want to see if we can move away from HGP?” Alison Baatjes. alison@asdah.onmicrosoft.com
  2. “We are looking at making a L2 general science internally assessed course for kids who have not meet the Bi Ch Px pre-requisites but want to engage in science at L2. I am trying to create something wider than bio that is not overly literacy heavy and was hoping the email list might be able to help with ideas or resources. I have found little on TKI – I’m sure others have such a senior science course!” Janine Carr CR@birkenhead.school.nz

  Cheers, Mike