Mike’s News May 17

NZASE president Sam York has uploaded guidelines for science practicals in level 2. Use with your school’s policies & procedures to reduce probability of transmission of COVID-19 : https://nzase.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/2020-05-Keeping-safe-in-school-labs-during-COVID-19-NZASE.pdf

18 May Fascination of Plant Day www.plantday12.eu
18-22 May Bullying free week  https://www.bullyingfree.nz/bullying-free-new-zealand-week/
22 May International Biodiversity Day www.doc.govt.nz      
22 May Pink Shirt Day NZ (bullying). www.pinkshirtday.org.nz/
24-30 May Samoan language week. www.mpia.govt.nz
31 May World Smoke-free Day  www.worldsmokefreeday.org.nz
1 Jun World milk day. https://worldmilkday.org/
Moon NM 23 May      1Q 30 May      FM 6 Jun      3Q 13 Jun


  1. Culturally Responsive & Relational Pedagogy:
  1. Pedagogy:
    • This reading by Tomlinson & Souza applies knowledge in the fields of neuroscience and psychology to give insights on principles of effective instruction. https://bit.ly/2yBwL25
  1. Professional reading:
  1. Help students transition back to school (education research post Chch EQ showed it was important for teachers to not just launch straight back into work, it made a difference). Some ideas:
  1. NZASE members get a monthly newsletter of relevant events with 2-3 longer articles, on scientists, news back-grounders and pedagogy, some here and rest members-only here. Past members please consider re-joining. Register here https://nzase.org.nz/membership/


  1. Biology:
  1. Agricultural and Horticultural Science:
  1. Earth & Space Science
  1. Chemistry:
  1. Physics:
  1. Science of COVID-19
  1. EfS:
  1. Primary
  1. Nature of Science


  1. New timetable for senior exams https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/ncea/ncea-exams-and-portfolios/external/national-secondary-examinations-timetable/

Professional Learning & Development (PLD) Opportunities

  1. Due to postponement, the NZ International Science Festival has been curated and frequently updated as a ‘digital festival’ experience which can be enjoyed at home. https://www.scifest.org.nz
  2. A free recorded webinar on Project-Based Learning from ASCD https://bit.ly/2WPxFA6
  3. ASCD webinar on Authentic Learning through Place-Based Education, May 26 at 3pm (EDT, USA = 7am May 27 NZT) https://bit.ly/2LBKOHK

Cheers, Mike