Mike’s News Aug 26

26 Aug NZASE Safety in school labs workshop, Nayland College. Book here.
27 Aug NZASE workshop, yrs 1-10, Nayland College, Nelson. Register here
29 Aug International Day Against Nuclear tests  www.un.org/en/events/againstnucleartestsday/
29 Aug Talk on Aurora Australis, 6-7:30pm. BLT100, Old Bio building, Ak uni, 5 Symonds St
29-31 Aug NIWA Ak City Science and Technology Fair, Mt Roskill Grammar School Hall
30 Aug Daffodil Day www.daffodilday.org.nz/
30 Aug 1871 Earnest Rutherford was born http://www.rutherford.org.nz/
1-30 Sep Save our Sight Month www.nzao.co.nz
1-30 Sep Asthma Awareness Month http://www.breathebetterseptember.co.nz/  
1 – 7 Sep Tongan Language week www.mpia.govt.nz
4 Sep BEANZ cluster, Sancta Maria College, 4-5:30 pm. NCEA changes.
8 Sep International Literacy day http://goo.gl/bJdXp
9-15 Sep Maori Language week www.tetaurawhiri.govt.nz
9-15 Sep Keep NZ Beautiful Week https://www.knzb.org.nz/
9 Sep NZASE Safety in School Labs workshop, Whangarei Girls’. Book here.
Moon NM Aug 30    1Q Sep 6     FM Sep 14     3Q Sep 22      
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  1. Culturally Responsive & Relational Pedagogy:
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  4. AnyQuestions responses to student’s research questions give us good sources to use about


  1. Geology:
    • A sequence of strata formation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLBzMvsiYq8
    • AGI’s award-winning “Why Earth Science” video is an exciting intro including great cinematography & computer-animations. It shows the importance of Earth science to not only students, but also local education decision makers who may be weighing the subject’s place in your curriculum. View the clip on YouTube or on TeacherTube.
  2. Biology:
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  7. Digital
    • The Google Science Journal app accesses any mobile device’s sensors so you can gather data. Here’s a brief taste of how this app might be useful in chemistry learning: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sfu1UUmF2jA
  8. Primary


  1. Have you checked the exam specs for your externals? They seem to be quite detailed this year, e.g. 91606 skeletal trends including scapula! See FaceBook for Michal Denny’s resource suggestion here. Faulty image? Image comparing 4 scapula here https://lawnchairanthropology.com/category/scapula/

Professional Learning & Development (PLD) Opportunities

  1. Apply for the 2020 Science Teaching Leadership Programme Applications close 11 Sep.

Cheers, Mike