Mike’s News 14 Jun

14 Jun World Blood Donor Day www.nzblood.co.nz
14 Jun Matariki 1st appears at dawn https://www.rasnz.org.nz/news-item/matariki-finder-2021
14-18 Jun Gaming! Online events for Yr 7-9 students & their teachers https://getintogaming.nz/
15 Jun Global Wind Day www.windenergy.org.nz/resources/for-teachers
16 Jun Deadline for survey on ERO evaluating PLD
17 Jun Science Learning Hub PLD, Science through picture books, 4 pm.
19 Jun World Albatross Day Link to RNZ
21 Jun Winter solstice NZ http://www.rasnz.org.nz/in-the-sky/sun-rise-and-set
21 Jun MWC free PLD on COVID-19 at Wakatipu High School, Queenstown
21 Jun Cafe Scientifique Tauranga, Matariki, Mātauranga Māori & Modern Science, 7 pm.
21 Jun Deadline to apply to virtually attend the London International Youth Science Forum.
25-27 Jun 40hr Famine weekend www.famine.org.nz
26Jun-4Jul NZ Garden Bird Survey https://gardenbirdsurvey.landcareresearch.co.nz/
Moon 1Q 18 Jun    FM 25 Jun    3Q 2 Jul    NM 10 Jul
  1. Matariki resources & events:
    • Science Learning Hub article [House of Science Newsletter]
    • Dr Rangi Matamua & CoreEd co-host a FREE online seminar, Matariki Te Whetū o te Tau on Tues 29 June, 6:00-7:30 pm. To register go to the Facebook page and hit ‘going’.
  2. Garden Bird Survey 26 Jun – 4 Jul https://gardenbirdsurvey.landcareresearch.co.nz/


  1. Culturally Responsive & Relational Pedagogy:
  2. Mātauranga Māori:
    • Hawkes Bay’s Ātea Trust runs educational programmes, events & tours for schools and the community based on traditional Māori and environmental kaupapa.
    • Article and interview with Matua Rereata Makiha. a leading authority on the maramataka, traditional food planting and harvesting practices
  3. Pedagogy:
  4. Literacy:
  5. Before any animal can be used in teaching, ethics approval is required. This process is easy for both teachers and students. The approvals process is here: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Animal-Ethics-Approval.pdf Committee meets 28 June and 23 August.


  1. Biology:
    • Activity to demonstrate natural selection. http://www.nabt.org/sub/htdi/v62n01p042.asp
    • View human cells: press small bit of cellotape to the back of their hand, student removes, makes a wet mount cell-side up. Slowly draws methylene blue under coverslip. View. [Pru Casey]
  2. Earth & Space Science:
    • NASA’s video on a long history of the moon.
    • A free paper on the physical processes of the seas over our continental shelves
    • Microscopic images of sedimentary, igneous & metamorphic rocks
  3. Chemistry:
  4. Physics:
  5.  EfS:
    • Charlie Mitchell’s article got an award for clearly explaining nitrogen pollution in water.
    • Fight for the Wild doco and podcast series highlights the efforts to protect it as part of Predator Free 2050. Already screened episodes available here.
  6. STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths):
  7.  Maths:
    • Kohia Centre sells practice assessments for NCEA Maths externals (including MCAT). More info here. Please forward to your maths colleagues.


  1.  During terms 2 & 3 MoE is running a webinar series to help teachers better understand the PLD priorities and educational change and to support PLD proposals from schools or kura. More info https://pld.education.govt.nz/news/webinars-pld-priorities

Professional Learning & Development (PLD) Opportunities

  1. ESSENZ is running PLD 25 June at New Plymouth BHS, 2 July at Antarctic centre, Chch & 8 Jul at SHGC, Hamilton. Register at earthspacenz@gmail.com Workshops are free & financial assistance is available for those who are rural, isolated, or new to ESS.

Cheers, Mike

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