Mike’s News Nov 4

6 Nov Deadline to apply for PLD in China. Apply here
6 Nov Liggins workshop on human microbiome. Auckland
8 Nov Liggins workshop on human microbiome, Wgtn Learn more and register here.
11 Nov Transit of Mercury (passes in front of the sun) http://www.rasnz.org.nz/in-the-sky/meteor-showers
12 Nov Biology Moderation Workshop, 9-3, Waikato Dio, 660 River Rd, Chartwell, Hamilton 3210
18-24 Nov Antibiotic Resistance   www.who.int/campaigns/world-antibiotic-awareness-week/en/
14 Nov World Diabetes day www.barnabybee.com/information.htm
15 Nov BEANZ workshop, Wellington Girls, 9-3.  emma.kean@wgc.school.nz
15 Nov L1 Sci PLD, on Biomechanics, Otago uni PE School, Dunedin, pru.casey@gmail.com
15 Nov Science symposium, Waikato uni, Hamilton, 8:30-3:30. Register here
17 Nov Peak of Leonid meteor shower http://www.rasnz.org.nz/in-the-sky/meteor-showers
18 Nov BEANZ workshop 10- 3, Greymouth HS, Library Annex. Contact Ange fox@swas.ac.nz
18 Nov ESS Senior Subject Day, OSTA, held at OBHS, Dunedin justin.zani@obhs.school.nz
Moon 1Q Nov 4.      FM Nov 13.      3Q Nov 20.      NM Nov 27.    


  1. Culturally Responsive & Relational Pedagogy:
  1. Pedagogy:
  1. Professional reading:
  1. Science Careers


  1. Biology:
  1. AgHort:
  1. Astronomy:
  1. Chemistry:
  1. Physics:
  1. Science:
  1. EfS:
    • This Water Footprint Calculator shows how activities we do every day impact water use. It’s American so water volume is measured in gallons, but this is still a useful tool as it teaches us more about sustainability.
  1. Primary

Professional Learning & Development

  1. PLD from UK’s STEM learning. All of these are free and take 3h/week online learning
  1. Biology in Context, Unitec 27 Nov. $35. Numbers limited. Info & registration form: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/BIC-2019-info-n-rego.pdf


  1. Don’t want students to eat the M&M’s from their science experiment? “Empty the M&Ms into an old skungy-looking ice cream container. Then find the dustiest dirtiest part of the lab (e.g. your high shelves) & sweep all of the dust, dead bugs & dried leaves into the container. The students have to come up and collect their own M&M’s from the container so they get to see how nasty it looks. It works!” Arwen, Technician, Onehunga
  2. There is some concern from technicians about food consumption in labs becoming more of an issue this term. With the new Health & Safety regulations we need to be much more careful here or we could face hefty fines: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Food-in-Labs.docx

Cheers, Mike