Mike’s News Feb 10

1-29 Feb Bikewise month https://can.org.nz/article/february-is-bikewise-month
1-29 Feb Heart Awareness Month   www.heartfoundation.org.nz/for-women  
11 Feb Safer Internet Day.  https://www.netsafe.org.nz/safer-internet-day/
11 Feb International Day of Women and Girls in Science.  http://bit.ly/UNESCO2Rp0zpr
12 Feb International Charles Darwin Day   www.darwinday.org/index.php
Moon 3Q 16 Feb      NM 24 Feb        1Q 3 Mar     FM 10 Mar        


  1. Culturally Responsive & Relational Pedagogy:
  2. Literacy
  3. Pedagogy:
    • The EEF Metacognition and Self-regulated Learning guidance report offers practical, evidence-based recommendations to support teachers to develop metacognitive skills and knowledge in their pupils. Cindy Wynn http://li/metacognition
  4. HoD:
  5. Science Careers
  6. eLearning


  1. Geology:
  2. Biology:
  3.  AgHort:
  4. Astronomy:
  5. Chemistry:
  6. Physics:
  7. Science:
  8. EfS:
  9. Primary

Professional Learning & Development (PLD) Opportunities

  1. The American Meteorological Society is offering two teacher PLD workshops this summer. Teacher participants will be required to engage in online learning modules prior to the on-site portion of the workshop. After the on-site portion, participants will be asked to complete work in the course management system with Pennsylvania uni. Apply by March 27.
    • Project Atmosphere (Jul 26-Aug 1) is for K-12 teachers who teach science courses with atmospheric content. The on-site workshop will be in Kansas City, Missouri.
    • Project Ocean (Jul 12-18) is for precollege teachers who teach science courses with oceanography content. The on-site workshop will be in Chestertown, Maryland.
  2. The Lunar & Planetary Institute is giving a presentation Looking Inside the Moon 5 Mar, 7:30 pm in Texas (2:30 pm 6 Mar NZT). The detailed structure of the moon provides many clues about the moon’s history. Dr Walter Kiefer explores our current knowledge and how future exploration can help fill the gaps. View online at theUSRA Ustream Channel.


  1. Experiment to demonstrate geotropism – grow a plant in a test tube, change the orientation of the test tubes plants still grow upwards. What plant is best?
    • Corn seeds https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kzk06EISvUs
    • Wandering Jew  (Tradescantia fluminensis) is readily available and works well
    • Petrie dishes standing side-on, holding sprouting seeds in moist cotton wool (held in place w glue) – mustard seeds. Keep moist.

There will be no Mike’s News next week as I will be out of the country.

Cheers, Mike