Mike’s News June 3

5 Jun         World Environment Day   www.4million.org.nz       www.mfe.govt.nz
5 Jun         Arbour Day   www.treesforsurvival.org
8 Jun        World Oceans day   www.theoceanproject.org/wod/wod_ideas.php
7 – 9 Jun 40hr Famine weekend   www.famine.org.nz
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  
Moon NM Jun 3       1Q Jun 10       FM Jun 17          3Q Jun 25.       
  1. OSTA is holding a year 13 Science Quiz at Columba College term 2 week 9.
  2. Save this day in your diary – Auckland physics teacher day Nov 22.
  3. Matariki resources for Matariki (24 Jun – 7 Jul):


  1. Culturally Responsive & Relational Pedagogy:
  2. Pedagogy:
    • Buck Institute for Education (BIE) videos showcase project-based learning from K–12 schools, including several STEM-themed projects, from a range of grade levels, settings, and subject areas, including STEM. https://my.pblworks.org/resources
  3. Article on formative assessment in science  https://bit.ly/2NsRlmp
  4. Reading:
  5. eLearning
    • Project Learning Tree presents 12 free science apps focusing on topics such as climate change, trees, conservation, and weather. The apps in this list include stand-alone games, interactive teaching tools, and reference guides. https://bit.ly/2wgPfzX


  1. Geology:
    • AGI has released its award-winning “Faces of Earth” series on YouTube in full High Definition allowing wider use in K-12 classrooms. From the explosion that formed Earth 4.6 billion years ago to the changes that shape it today, this video series explores the natural processes of planet Earth – and humans’ relation to those processes.
  2. Biology:
  3. AgHort:
    • Cornell University site on composting for schools – how to begin a school composting program, solid waste lesson plans, ideas for student inquiries and labs for all levels to the nitty gritty science of composting. http://compost.css.cornell.edu/schools.html
  4. Astronomy:
  5. Chemistry:
  6. Physics:
  7. Science:
    • Dino Doom is an immersive virtual field trip and accompanying lesson for grades 9–12 that engages students in exploring fossil and rock evidence relating to the mass extinction of the dinosaurs, otherwise known as the Cretaceous–Paleogene (K-Pg) extinction event. https://infiniscope.org/lesson/dino-doom/
  8. EfS:
    • Nanomaterials: to use or not to use is a learning module for biology & environmental educators that presents 4 lessons exploring nanomaterials, their life cycle, their possible impacts on the ecosystem, and research methods. https://www.rit.edu/gis/nanomaterials-use-or-not-use
  9. NoS
  10. Robotics
    • Portland State University’s online repository for robotics educational materials for K–12. Includes complete curricula (with lessons, assessments & instructor guides) & individual resources (e.g., videos, lectures). https://stemrobotics.cs.pdx.edu/

Professional Learning & Development (PLD) Opportunities

  1. Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s BioInteractive’s professional learning course on evolution. The self-paced course features 3 units covering evolutionary mechanisms, sources of evidence for evolution, and patterns of evolution. The course provides classroom resources from BioInteractive for teaching about evolution.  https://bit.ly/2K2WMuj
  2. BEANZ is wanting to support biology teachers who are in remote or isolated circumstances. If you are the only teacher of biology in your school please contact mikhal@actrix.co.nz if you are in the North Island or kate.rice@otago.ac.nz if you are in the South.

Cheers, Mike