|2 Dec||Workshop on enabling Pasifika success, 83 Selwyn St, Onehunga, Ak. 9:15-3. Book here.|
|3 Dec||Phys & chem meeting (Vic-Uni): link to register Questions to email@example.com|
|4 Dec||Auckland NCEA Exam-feedback evening. https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/ASTA-Exam-Discussions-2019.pdf|
|5 Dec||World Soil Day www.nzsoils.org.nz|
|11 Dec||International Mountains day www.fao.org/mnts/intl_mountain_day_en.asp|
|14 Dec||Peak Geminid meteor shower http://www.rasnz.org.nz/in-the-sky/meteor-showers|
|Moon||1Q Dec 4 FM Dec 12 3Q Dec 19. NM Dec 26|
- Culturally Responsive & Relational Pedagogy:
- Russell Bishop’s latest book, Teaching to the North-East: Relationship-based learning in practice, asks how can we be inclusive of indigenous, migrant, refugee, faith- based students, students with learning difficulties, & students of difference. https://www.nzcer.org.nz/nzcerpress/books/teaching-north-east
- Professional reading:
- How do we know that what we do really works? In this collection of Gold Papers, John Hattie and Arran Hamilton discuss the critical questions and critiques of the Visible Learning™ research and provide a compass for finding “education gold” in student learning. https://www.visiblelearningplus.com/content/gold-papers
- New info about landslides that occur on the seafloor off NZ’s east coast will help scientists better understand why & where they happen, & the types of threats they pose. https://niwa.co.nz/news/scientist-pieces-together-details-of-underwater-landslides?fbclid=IwAR0nEO17W7udHXJLmAyhqk2pxX21M0fM0suk3l3wmxHuhOQ4wK5vCiEk170
- For those wanting some creative inspiration, astronomical beadwork from Margaret Nazon https://www.brainpickings.org/2019/10/08/margaret-nazon-celestial-beadwork/
- Doco The Planets narrated by Prof Brian Cox starts on Sun Dec 8 on BBC Earth (Sky).
- Working with data collected in the Greek islands, students discover the influence of predation on lizards living on islands compared to those living on the mainland. https://bit.ly/2qJq9dS
- Two apps developed to help younger students explore the invisible particle world of chemistry. In the Particle Modeler and the Thermonator students explore the behaviour of particles in the different states of matter. They change variables to change state, experimenting with cause and effect. https://bit.ly/33lc3fS
- Response to a request on unbiased info on climate change: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Climate-change-Q.docx
- Can your students design a water-sensitive city? For older students, or for your own background learning, listen to the short podcast on RNZ: https://bit.ly/2Qui9YI . Keen to know more, or let your students explore? Have a fossick around the case studies on this Australian website – complete with the interactive version of the image below. https://bit.ly/2r1kaB4
- In Oct MoE sought nominations for subject expert groups (SEGs) – experts in NZC subjects who will work with MoE as part of the Review of Ach Stds. While there were many expressions of interest MoE want to ensure a diversity of members in the SEGS – representation for Māori and Pacific peoples & a range of backgrounds across teaching, academia & industry. For that reason, they have re-opened applications for the SEGs to 31 Jan 2020. If you were interested but did not get around to applying now is your chance.
Can you help?
- The NZASE newsletter is wanting to write articles on mentoring Teach 1st teachers, preparing for innovative learning environments & integrated cross-curricular courses. If you have any relevant experience and would be happy to have a phone conversation about it this month or next please contact me. 027 8771 664 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Please complete a Science Learning Hub survey to help improve their webinars https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfHHEqw9_SP_DJWEi0HKwOk_BzVVgmI4oi9Gkumc_dhGxSavA/viewform
- PPTA is re-advertising for a new professional advisory officer. The role would suit teachers with particular interest & experience in professional areas such as curriculum development, assessment & student pastoral care. Ad & contact details: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/PPTA-Advisory-Officer-Advertisement.docx For more info contact Kirsty Farrant KFarrant@ppta.org.nz
Professional Learning & Development
- A Kohia course (Ak) introducing the New Zealand Curriculum for overseas trained teachers (& open to other interested parties) Feb 26 2020. https://tinyurl.com/ucffpj2
- Please consider presenting at SciCon next year. Flier: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/SciCon-Flier-V3.pdf
Looking for some science-themed gifts?
- Kiwico has kits for science-based projects. https://bit.ly/2R9XM38
- Mighty Ape specializes in kits for kids (NZ) https://www.mightyape.co.nz/toys/educational?gclid=Cj0KCQiAoIPvBRDgARIsAHsCw0-hAxkkOTsH9ZboxpD-VbqXZXwshgD0Ea9T4l-Yle8RJh3p1ao_ONwaAiA2EALw_wcB
- https://www.etsy.com/nz/market/science_gifts (NZ)
- Café Press has mostly Tshirts & mugs (AUS) https://www.cafepress.com.au/+science-nerd+gifts?gclid=Cj0KCQiAoIPvBRDgARIsAHsCw09E09W6K9XoE84VKBY5cTCrtnrozjPuekF0kI_sjJis1s40gJDpeOQaAstsEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds
- https://www.madaboutscience.com.au/shop/gift-finder/top-gifts-adults.html (AUS)
- https://www.curiousminds.co.uk/ (UK)
- My modern Met – an arty approach, lovely images, quirky (US) https://mymodernmet.com/science-gifts/
- At LiveScience e.g. caffeine beaker mug, cytosis game, galaxy towel etc. (US) https://www.livescience.com/63961-gifts-for-science-nerds-geeks.html
- Home Science Tools targets kids (US) https://www.homesciencetools.com/science-gifts/
- https://www.geekwrapped.com/ (US)
- My Science Shop allows you to select which science you want to focus on! (US) https://myscienceshop.com/?utm_source=Direct&utm_medium=Editorial&utm_campaign=DSCgiftarticle
- A focus on chemistry https://giftlab.co/chemistry-gifts/ (?)
This will be the last Mike’s News for the year. Wishing you all a refreshing and relaxing break.