Mike’s News Mar 9

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
10 Mar Talk on indigenous knowledge in climate change. Dalmation Cultural Soc, 10 New North Rd, Ak, 5:30-7:30pm, info@womenz.org.nz
11-17 Mar International Brain Awareness Week www.neurological.org.nz
11 Mar Walk to work day https://www.livingstreets.org.nz/
12 Mar World Kidney Day. https://www.kidneys.co.nz/
17 Mar Deadline for students to apply for international sci events. https://bit.ly/2Pjhrfs   
18-21 Mar Ak ASB Polyfest www.asbpolyfest.co.nz
19 Mar Middle Leaders workshop, Mary-Anne Murphy, Learning Network NZ
20 Mar Autumnal Equinox NZ http://www.rasnz.org.nz/in-the-sky/sun-rise-and-set
20 Mar Workshop for teachers new to ESS, Kohia Teachers Centre, Ak. Register here.
21-22 Mar SciCon, Unitec in Auckland. https://nzase.org.nz/scicon-2020/
21 Mar World Forestry Day. www.fitec.org.nz
21 Mar World Down Syndrome Day   http://www.un.org/en/events/downsyndromeday/
22 Mar World Water Day www.emap.rsnz.org  http://www.worldwaterday.org/
23 Mar World Meteorological Day www.metservice.co.nz   à Learning Centre  
24 Mar World Tuberculosis day www.stoptb.org
24 Mar Dairy NZ Careers Day for yr 13 Science students at Lye Research farm 9-3:30.
Moon FM 10 Mar      3Q 16 Mar        NM 24 Mar       1Q 1 Apr.       


  1. Culturally Responsive & Relational Pedagogy:
    • Ako Aotearoa has developed 2 online cultural resources for tertiary educators that will have some useful ideas for us. These resources contain interactive and multi-sensory activities that enhance educators’ cultural awareness and knowledge of Pacific and Māori learners. https://ako.ac.nz/about-us/our-work/cultural-capability-pathways/
    • In Teaching to the North East Russell Bishop continues to support educators to teach effectively in a culturally responsive way. He shows us how to use students’ prior knowledge, language and ways of making sense of the world to inform teaching practices. $15 ebook. NZCER press. ISBN 978-1-98-854261-4, 2019
  1. Literacy
  1. Pedagogy:
  1. Professional reading:
  1. Science Careers
  1. PPTA has a fund to support teachers PLD, including for subject association conferences: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/PPTAs-PLD-Fund.docx


  1. Biology:
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  1. TKI’s latest Assessment Online resource (http://assessment.tki.org.nz/Assessment-for-learning/Student-progress-and-achievement-across-the-curriculum) aims to support teachers to deepen their understanding of assessment for learning (AfL) principles and practices in their classrooms with a particular emphasis on measuring, responding to, and reporting progress and achievement across the curriculum.

Professional Learning & Development (PLD) Opportunities

  1. PLD for Auckland teachers from Learning Network NZ ph 09 835 0912:
    • Learner Agency & Growth Mindset with James Anderson 25 March Wellington
    • Learner Agency & Growth Mindset with James Anderson 26 March Auckland
  2. Schol Bio workshop on Critical thinking. There was a mistake in the email address (the s. was missed off). Should be s.williamson@sanctamaria.school.nz
  3. Paul Lowe, science facilitator, is back in the country living in the Bay of Plenty with a second base in Auckland. If you would like to work with him, details: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Paul-Lowe-facilitator.docx
  4. ESSE is running a workshop for teachers new to ESS. Fri 20 Mar in Auckland and its free. You could combine it with SciCon and stay for the weekend: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/ESS-workshop-Kohia
  5. Primary teachers at SciCon: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/SciCon-for-Primary-Teachers-Mar-20.pdf

Cheers, Mike