|1-28 Feb||Bikewise month https://can.org.nz/article/february-is-bikewise-month|
|1-29 Feb||Heart Awareness Month www.heartfoundation.org.nz/for-women|
|29Feb-8Mar||Sea week http://seaweek.org.nz/|
|1-31 Mar||Melanoma March www.melanoma.org.nz/news-events/recent-news|
|1-31 Mar||Hearing Awareness Month. https://www.nfd.org.nz/hearing-awareness-month2020|
|3 Mar||World wildlife Day. http://wildlifeday.org/|
|6 Mar||Talk Looking Inside the Moon 2:30 pm 6 Mar NZT (7:30 pm in Texas 5 March)|
|Moon||NM 24 Feb 1Q 3 Mar FM 10 Mar 1Q 3 Mar.|
- Culturally Responsive & Relational Pedagogy:
- How Mātauranga Māori can help fight the world’s biodiversity crisis https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/117822567/mtauranga-mori-needed-to-help-fight-the-worlds-biodiversity-crisis
- A strategy for helping upset students to calm down. https://www.edutopia.org/article/de-escalation-exercise-upset-students
- A list of FaceBook pages useful for us: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Science-on-social-media.docx
- Summary of the comments at ASTA’s NCEA exam review in Auckland Dec 2019: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/2019-ASTA-exam-feedback.pdf
- A template for you to write your feedback on the proposed achievement standards before entering online: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Survey-questions-for-L1Sci-NCEA-review-Jan-2020.docx Remember this is due March 1. Please make the time to have your say
- MoE sent out a press release Th 20 March. The provisional list of subjects to be assessed at L1 included general science and AgHort only for the sciences. You can give feedback on this until 20 April. https://consultation.education.govt.nz/ncea/ras-provisional-subject-list
- The Science Roadshow is a science discovery centre that travels NZ in a 15 m truck, bringing a range interactive science & technology exhibits to you. Itinerary, program & booking form here https://scienceroadshow.nz/content/scienceRoadshow/programme.php
- ELI resource on the carbon cycle. http://earthlearningidea.blogspot.com/2020/01/the-carbon-cycle.html
- TheUSGS education website includes lesson plans & other resources for K-12 students & educators. E.g., grade 6-8 resources include “Life Cycle of a Mineral Deposit,” a teacher’s guide to 10 activities on basic geologic concepts; the processes of finding, identifying, & extracting the resources from a mineral deposit; and the uses of minerals.
- The United Nations is using 2020 to raise awareness of plant protection. Science Learning Hub presentsNew Zealand native trees as a rich topic for cross-curricular learning. Their planning pathway groups resources into key concepts. If you want to get out near the bush, they have had great feedback on this life-size leaf activity.
- Proteins in migrating birds’ eyes detect the earth’s magnetic field! https://bit.ly/2v2pxBP
- Wondering why the sports fields are browner and crunchier this year compared to last year? Asoil moisture map will give you an answer.
- Chemists created a new form of elemental carbon: a ring consisting solely of 18 carbon atoms.
- The chemistry of curries https://www.chemistryworld.com/features/the-chemistry-of-a-curry/4010617.article
- Dr Karl on the Australian Science Chanel provides an interesting perspective on the climate change Sandy Jackson, Kings School https://education.australiascience.tv/dr-karl-do-you…/
- Science Learning Hub on planning to teach climate change https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/2639-climate-change-resources-planning-pathways
- Nature of Science
- A BBC podcast on conspiracy theories – can we convince the most hard-core believers with the power of evidence and critical thinking? https://podcasts.apple.com/nz/podcast/the-infinite-monkey-cage/id343580439?i=1000463166956&fbclid=IwAR0pvqZlinwOEnLLz-8tSBTAdgS3wVnO7I1jq648C_N2lCP_rqwTMV16llo
- Some chemistry activities to get students making observations and inferences & asking questions http://resources.schoolscience.co.uk/Salters/chemclub2_3.html
Professional Learning & Development (PLD) Opportunities
- Courses at Kohia Teachers’ Centre, 78 Epsom Ave, Epsom, Auckland.
- Strengthening self-efficacy in the classroom for both teachers and students (Primary, Secondary) 03 March, 12:30 – 3:30pm
- Science and STEM: An integrated approach in primary and intermediate classrooms (Primary) 05 March, 12:30 – 3:30pm
- Safety Glasses holder for a class set –
- Living & Co ’24 Pocket Over Door Storage’ pack 138cm x 51cm, The Warehouse, $8
- Can also use a shoe hanging rack.