Mike’s News June 10

10 Jun 1886 Mt Tarawera erupts https://teara.govt.nz/en/historic-volcanic-activity/page-2 
11 Jun Safety in School Labs course 9-3:30 Taikura Rudolf Steiner School, Hastings
14 Jun World Blood Donor Day www.nzblood.co.nz
15 Jun Global Wind Day www.windenergy.org.nz/resources/for-teachers  
22 Jun Winter solstice NZ
29Jun-7Jul NZ Garden Bird Survey http://gardenbirdsurvey.landcareresearch.co.nz/
24Jun-7Jul Matariki http://www.matarikifestival.org.nz/
Moon 1Q Jun 10      FM Jun 17      3Q Jun 25       NM Jul 3.         
  1. CSTA PCT meeting at Space Academy Bar and Cafe, 371 St Asaph St Chch, 4:30 – 6 pm, Tues 18 June. Please bring a piece of learning that you’ve done since becoming a teacher that you found particularly helpful – may be a reading, a book, or advice you got from a senior teacher or colleague. RSVP Chetwynd@staff.hagley.school.nz
  2. Matariki resources:


  1. Culturally Responsive & Relational Pedagogy:
  2. Pedagogy:
  3. Reading:
  4. eLearning:


  1. Geology:
    • The page called Freebies for Science Teachers on USA’s National Science Teachers Association website has CD-ROMs, DVDs, videos, kits, and other materials for Earth science education. For more, visitonline.
  2.  Biology:
    • Antibiotics and You features PowerPoints, an activity guide, coloring pages, & pre- & post-tests to teach the differences between bacteria & viruses, how germs spread, what happens when you get sick, how antibiotics work, antibiotic resistance, & measures to take to prevent infection and illness. http://mi-marr.org/educational-programs.php
    • The Biochem dept of Otago uni loans out a suitcase of resources at no cost to schools. A fabulous Who killed the kiwi scenario analyses “DNA” from stoats, cats and dogs in a conservation-based ‘who dunnit’ and students make gels in an inheritance-based scenario looking at the likelihood of inheriting cystic fibrosis-. cridge@otago.ac.nz
  3. Astronomy:
    • Apple’s Exoplanet App is a highly visual & interactive catalog of all known exoplanets – planets orbiting stars beyond our own solar system. Includes their physical properties, location in the Milky Way & their host stars along with background info on exoplanets and detection methods. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/exoplanet/id327702034?mt=8
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  7. EfS:

Professional Learning & Development (PLD) Opportunities

  1. Open Uni is offering a free online course on exoplanets. It introduces our galaxy’s planets & some of their surprises, explains methods astronomers use to study exoplanets & general methods of scientific inquiry & discusses life elsewhere in our galaxy. More info here https://www.open.edu/openlearn/science-maths-technology/introduction-exoplanets/content-section-overview
  2. Science Learning Hub is offering PLD about using Matariki as a context to introduce the wealth of tātai arorangi (Māori astronomical knowledge) regarding planting, harvesting and ocean navigation. Matauranga Maori PLD will run 4-4:45pm Th 20 June. https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/events/983-slh-matauranga-maori

Cheers, Mike