Mike’s News May 4

3-9 May NZ Immunisation Week www.who.int/campaigns/immunization-week/2017/en/
5 May World Asthma day http://asthmafoundation.org.nz/
6-12 May NZ Sign Language Week http://nzslweek.org.nz/   Postponed
6 May National School Nurses Day
9 May World Migratory Bird Day www.worldmigratorybirdday.org
11-15 May Primary Science Week, focus on sound  http://nzapse.nzase.org.nz/
12 May World Nurses Day www.timeanddate.com/holidays/world/nurses-day
18 May Fascination of Plant Day  www.plantday12.eu
18-22 May Bullying free week https://www.bullyingfree.nz/bullying-free-new-zealand-week/
Moon FM 7 May        3Q 15 May        NM 23 May.       1Q 30 May


  1. Culturally Responsive & Relational Pedagogy:
  2.  Pedagogy:
    • This article reminds us of the key principles of building peer relationships, which we all know, but sometimes forget. https://bit.ly/3caNyrj
    • Convert pdfs, worksheets (& exam questions) into editable worksheets using google slides. Set the question to the background of the slide then students can type /draw diagrams onto it. [Deborah Ward] https://youtu.be/8ROGr_57DhI
  3. Student competitions:
  4. MoE is offering scholarships forfurther study in TESSOL. These awards are for teachers who have successfully done TESSOL scholarship funded courses of a NZ TESSOL qual but have not completed it, or teachers who have completed a TESSOL qualification & wish to do further study. Click here for further info. Apply by 15 May. 


  1. Earth & Space Science
  1. Biology:
  1. Chemistry:
  1. Physics:
  1. Primary

Professional Learning & Development (PLD) Opportunities

  1. Learning Network NZ is hosting a Prof Guy Claxton webinar onThe Learning Power Approach, 14 May, 7.45am – this is now FREE. Spaces are limited to 100, so BOOK NOW 
  2. UK’s National STEM Learning Centre is offering free PLD on science teaching for home learning. The course can take 2 weeks with 3h study/week. Join anytime & proceed at your own pace. https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/teaching-for-home-learning-secondary-science?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=stem_learning&utm_source=marketing&utm_content=JB