Mike’s News Feb 24

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.      


  1. Culturally Responsive & Relational Pedagogy:
  2. Pedagogy:
  3. A list of FaceBook pages useful for us: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Science-on-social-media.docx
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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


  1. Geology:
    • 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.
  2. Biology:
    • 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
  1. AgHort:
    • Wondering why the sports fields are browner and crunchier this year compared to last year? Asoil moisture map will give you an answer.
  1. Chemistry:
  1. Physics:
  1. Science:
  1. Nature of Science
  1. Primary

Professional Learning & Development (PLD) Opportunities

  1. Courses at Kohia Teachers’ Centre, 78 Epsom Ave, Epsom, Auckland.


  1. 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.

Cheers, Mike