Mike’s News Nov 20

18-24 Nov Antibiotic Resistance www.who.int/campaigns/world-antibiotic-awareness-week/en/
23 Nov Te Papa talk on adapting Botanic Gardens for climate change 11am-12:30pm. $30
23 Nov BEANZ workshop Dunedin, Logan Park HS, 74 Butts Rd. 9-3. Register here
23 Nov SCENZ will have its AGM online 8-8:45 pm
24-27 Nov Great Southern Bioblitz Register and upload observations to iNaturalist. Info here.
24 Nov Physics Teacher’s Day LT401 in the Engineering Bldg, 20 Symonds St, Ak.
27 Nov Deadline to apply for South Auckland Participatory Science Platform funding here
30 Nov Deadline to apply to enter for The Earth Prize sustainability project. Info here.
1 Dec World AIDS Day https://www.nzaf.org.nz/ (Red Ribbon)
1 Dec Antarctica day
Moon 1Q Nov 20        FM Nov 27        3Q Dec 5        NM Dec 13
  1. Café Scientifique – uncovering the journey of rubbish and recycling in Tauranga, 20 Nov, 7pm at the Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club at 90 Keith Allen Dr, Tauranga. Info here
  2. Forest and Bird webinar on invasive species in Aotearoa, Wed 22 Nov, 7:30-8:30pm. Info here.
  3. Nano Girl’s touring show is in Wellington 3 Dec, Auckland 2 Dec, and Christchurch 26 Nov. Info here
  4. In-person seminar with Prof Gert Biesta on the relationship between education and democracy, and the public role of education, as well as the current positioning of teaching and teachers within society. Auckland Grammar School, 4pm Mon 4 Dec. Register your interest here.


  1. Culturally Responsive & Relational Pedagogy:
  2. Mātauranga Māori:
  3.  Pedagogy:
  4. Student opportunities:
    • The Sir Peter Blake Trust will bring a virtual reality experience to your school. Annika brings enough VR sets for 40 kids at a time, 4 sessions a day. Not expensive and funding is available. https://www.blakenz.org/programmes/blake-nz-vr/
  5. Digital support:
    • FLIP (used to be called Flipgrid) is useful for students to upload a video clip with music and annotations as an alternative assessment. It uses the same tools as social media platforms that most kids are familiar with so few need teacher instruction. https://info.flip.com/en-us.html
  6. Local curriculum article about Field-Based STEM in the Wairarapa https://times-age.co.nz/midweek/natural-world-enhancing-local-education/
  7. Form class activities:
  8. A webinar for non-teachers having to present to science students. https://courses.outtherelearning.co.nz/kickstart-your-science-communication-free-webinar
  9. Congratulations to Sarah Gaze for her NZIC award for important contribution to chemical education. For over 10 years she has shared quality online resources (ppts, student notes and workbooks) for science and chemistry that were particularly useful during the lockdowns. https://nzic.org.nz/awards-winners-11


  1. Biology:
  2. Agricultural and Horticultural Science:
  3. Earth & Space Science:
  4.  Chemistry:
  5. Physics:
  6. Primary & intermediate:
  7.  Science:
  8. Education for Sustainability (EfS)
  10. Nature of Science
  11. New standards


  1. Resources for teacher-only days on NCEA https://ncea.education.govt.nz/teacher-only-days

Cheers, Mike

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