Mike’s News Jul 1

24Jun-7Jul Matariki  www.matarikifestival.org.nz/  
29Jun-7Jul NZ Garden Bird Survey http://gardenbirdsurvey.landcareresearch.co.nz/
2 Jul Total solar eclipse (not visible from NZ). http://www.rasnz.org.nz/in-the-sky/eclipses-2019
5 July International day of LGBT people in STEM.  https://prideinstem.org/lgbtstemday/
7-10Jul BioLive/ChemEd Dunedin. https://biolivechemed2019.wordpress.com 4pmSun-3pm Wed
8 Jul Deadline for 2019 Tiritiri Fullers 360 Junior Science Award
11July World Population Day www.stats.govt.nz  go to Schools Corner
Moon NM Jul 3       1Q Jul 9      FM Jul 16       3Q Jul 25 

Matariki resources:


  1. Culturally Responsive & Relational Pedagogy:
  1. Pedagogy:
    • SOLO taxonomy provides a way for students to develop & show deeper understanding. On this site there are printables, PD videos, links to books, rubric generators … and so much more! http://pamhook.com/solo-taxonomy/
  1. Tiritiri Matangi Island has spaces in term 3 for school bookings.Tiri school days are on Wed – Fri; there’s no ferry on Mon & Tues.  If your school is decile 1-6 we have funding to be applied for to cover student ferry costs. Contact Barbara] educator@tiritirimatangi.org.nz
  2. BEANZ is looking for biology teachers with NZC/NCEA experience to be a curriculum rep on Exec or for those who would like to be a regional rep & help organize events to support teachers in their area. This is a great way to build leadership skills, further career pathways and give back to the biology community. Please contact biologynz@gmail.com .


  1. Geology:
  1. Biology:
  1. AgHort:
    • The Scoop on Milk: In this lesson students apply their knowledge of physical science to dairy products to determine if the changes that take place when turning milk into cheese, butter, yogurt, ice cream, whip cream and other dairy products, is a physical or chemical change. https://www.agclassroom.org/teacher/matrix/lessonplan.cfm?lpid=246
  1. Astronomy:
    • Explore X-ray astronomy in K–12 classrooms with education resources from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory. Includes classroom activities, printable materials, and interactive games. Also a set of activities exploring the limits and benefits of using models in science. http://chandra.cfa.harvard.edu/edu/
  1. Chemistry:
  1. Physics:
  1. Science:
    • The Science family of journals has created a collection of free annotated research papers. Annotations help students dissect and understand the advanced science in each paper. Each has a teacher’s guide with suggested activities, discussion questions, and resources for further exploration. https://www.scienceintheclassroom.org/
  1. Literacy
    • Thinking and inking is a metacognitive strategy: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Thinking-and-Inking.docx
  1. EfS:
    • Climate Change Lessons – US’s National Centre for Sci Edn Teacher Ambassadors developed and field-tested five lessons that focus on combatting misconceptions. https://ncse.com/teach/sandbox
  1. NoS
    • Ahi Pepe MothNet is a citizen science project aiming to engage teachers, students & whānau with nature and science through moths. The project has run workshops for students and has also produced a series of resources (moth guides, classroom activities, videos & ecological expts), in te reo Māori & in English.
  1. Primary


  1. NZQA is looking for markers and verifiers for this year’s exams. This is great PLD. Info here: https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/about-us/working-at-nzqa/contract-vacancies/markers-and-verifiers/
  2. NCEA review update: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Review-of-Achievement-Standards-summary-190628.docx

Can You Help?

  1. I am one of 2 writers producing a regular newsletter for NZASE members since May. We are looking for ideas on how teachers combat misconceptions in different science topics. If you have any such strategies that you would like to share please forward to nzasecomms@gmail.com

Professional Learning and Development

  1. NZASE is running a workshop in Hamilton Th 22 Aug for all teachers of yrs 1-10 Science. This workshop will be free for all NZASE members (see https://nzase.org.nz/membership/ for details on subscription), else $325 + GST. Details on the content of the course and how to register: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Workshop-flyer-Hamilton-22-August-2019.pdf