Mike’s News Oct 14

1-31 Oct Health Literacy month www.healthliteracymonth.org/
1-31 Oct Save Kiwi month www.kiwisforkiwi.org/save-kiwi-week/schools
13-19 Oct Earth Sciences week (USA) http://www.earthsciweek.org/about-esw
13-19 Oct Get Ready Week, marking the International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction
13-19 Oct Niue language week www.mpia.govt.nz
14 Oct Free 20 min informal online PLD about LEARNZ term 4 virtual field trips. Info here.
15 Oct Free lecture, Bill Fry, tsunami risk 7.30 pm, Beachside Conf Centre, 70 Beach Rd, Nelson.
16 Oct       World Food Day www.fao.org/wfd/
17 Oct Free workshop ESS Schol, 9.15-2.30, House of Science, 671 Cameron Rd, Tauranga
18 Oct Free lecture, Bill Fry, tsunami risk, Dunedin erin.todd@otago.ac.nz
20 Oct Deadline to apply for Predator Free NZ support. Info here.
21 Oct Peak of Orionids meteor shower http://www.rasnz.org.nz/in-the-sky/meteor-showers
22 Oct Free lecture, Bill Fry, tsunami risk, 6:30pm, E Rutherford bldg, Ilam campus, UoC, ChCh
23 Oct Mole day http://www.moleday.org/
23 Oct CoreEd online workshop on collaborative teaching 3:30-5pm. $99+GST. Register here
24 Oct World polio day http://wpd.typepad.com/worldpolioday/
24 Oct Free lecture, Bill Fry, tsunami risk, 7.30pm, Room GBLT1, Old Govt Buildings, Vic Uni, Wellington
25 Oct Centrally Funded PLD Proposal due Auckland, BoP, Waikato
26 Oct Centrally Funded PLD Proposal due Tai Tokerau
27 Oct Diwali https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/new-zealand/diwali
27Oct-2Nov Tokelau language week www.mpia.govt.nz
Moon FM Oct 14.       3Q Oct 22.        NM Oct 28.        1Q Nov 4


1.      SciCon, our biennial conference for science teachers, will be held over a term 1 weekend in Auckland next year. Consider approaching your school for funding & getting cheap flights this term. Details see Flyer: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/SciCon-2020-Flier-2.pdf


1.    Funding for Conservation Projects is available if you are interested in engaging students in pest monitoring & control, or restoration of native species & habitats.  Check out the guide


1.     Geology:

2.    AgHort:

3.    Biology:

  • ·      Biozone has 3D models available free to all as digital resources. Human evolution set includes 20 skulls, 4 skeletons & 8 reconstructions. Observe here.
  • ·      Time-lapse: Photosynthesis seen from space In this time-lapse video based on data from a satellite, viewers witness the influence of the sun on the seasonal abundance of plant matter produced on land & in oceans (as C absorption). Scroll down for a lesson based on the video – observation and inference, good Nature of Science. Jessie McKenzie

4.    Physics:

5.    Science:

6.    EfS:

  • ·       Enviroschools is a good place to start if you want to implement sustainability education https://enviroschools.org.nz/
  • ·       Science Learning Hub has 2 resources to help schools wanting to address the wicked problem of plastic: an interactive planning map that groups resources into key science & teaching concepts & a pedagogical article with links to NZC & Science Capabilities.


1.    As part of the NCEA Review, subject expert groups will be formed for work in 2020 and beyond – including AgHort, Agribusiness, Bio, Chem, ESS, EfS, Physics. If you want to be part of this, Expressions of Interest must be submitted by Mon 28 Oct. Info here

2.    If you want some centrally funded PLD next year start thinking about it now and talk to your local PLD providers. Applications close in most regions 25 or 26 Oct.

Professional Learning & Development (PLD) Opportunities

  1. The Liggins Institute is hosting one-day PLD workshops in Auckland (6 Nov) and Wellington (8 Nov) exploring the human microbiome and the highly publicised Gut Bugs trial as in the TV Three “The Good Sh*t” documentary series. Learn from scientists involved in the trial and explore new learning resources associated with the human microbiome. $150 for teachers and $75 for student teachers (GST incl.). Learn more and register here.
  2. Pauline Waiti is funded to set up online support for those teaching science or Pūtaiao in Māori medium, for Māori teachers of these subjects and for science teachers of Māori students. If you would like to be included please contact her at pauline.waiti@gmail.com
  3. An updated list of Term 4 subject-specific PLD, now also sorted by region & by subject. Thanks to Dave Thrasher: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/2019Term-4-PLD.docx

Cheers, Mike