Mike’s News Oct 12

1-31 Oct Health Literacy month www.healthliteracymonth.org/
1-31 Oct Save Kiwi month www.kiwisforkiwi.org/save-kiwi-week/schools
1-31 Oct Breast Cancer Awareness month www.nzbcf.org.nz (Pink Ribbon)
11-17 Oct Niue language week www.mpia.govt.nz
11-17 Oct Earth Sciences Week (USA) http://www.earthsciweek.org/about-esw
13 Oct Ada Lovelace day, women in STEM http://findingada.com/
14 Oct NZASE online forum 3:30-4:30 pm for teachers of years 1-8. Register here
15 Oct 9:30 am NZ ShakeOut, (EQ drill & tsunami evacuation)
16 Oct World Food Day www.fao.org/wfd/
20 Oct NZASE online forum 3:30-4:30 pm for teachers of years 7-10. Register here
21 Oct Peak of Orionids meteor shower http://www.rasnz.org.nz/in-the-sky/meteor-showers
23 Oct Mole day http://www.moleday.org/
24 Oct World polio day http://wpd.typepad.com/worldpolioday/
Moon NM 17 Oct 1Q 24 Oct FM 1 Nov 3Q 9 Nov
  1. Ada Lovelace info & activities https://www.science-sparks.com/ada-lovelace-fact-file/
  2. Café Scientifique on Materials: Fact Or Fiction Mon 19 Oct 7-9pm at Tauranga Yacht & Power Boat Club, 90 Keith Allen Drive, Tauranga.


  1. Culturally Responsive & Relational Pedagogy:
  2. Pedagogy:
  3. Professional reading/watching:
    • The EEF report, Improving Secondary Science, can be accessed here: https://evidencebased.education/tag/john-holman/
    • For interventions concerning disengagement, the resources Know Me, Believe in Me report and Book Of Insights may be useful. Stories of Rangatahi and Hoani’s Experience Map provide a rangatahi perspective of how we can support attendance, engagement & wellbeing in mainstream education. https://www.aucklandco-lab.nz/reports


  1. Biology:
  2. Agricultural and Horticultural Science:
  3. Earth & Space Science
  4.  Chemistry:
  5. Physics:
  6. Science of COVID-19:
  7.  EfS:
    • Science Learning Hub has a lot of resources for those wanting to teach about freshwater systems, gathering data & taking action. See a recording of their latest webinar
    • Test your knowledge on our native bird species wwf.org.nz/naturequiz
    • Discussion on Sustainable Energy & Water, a free international panel discussion between 4 women (who work in hydroelectricity, geothermal energy, rivers & wetlands) for Ada Lovelace Day. 1pm NZT Oct 13. Register here.
  8. Primary & Intermediate
  9. Nature of Science

Professional Learning & Development (PLD) Opportunities

  1. Otago uni offers PLD for secondary Science teachers 18-21 Jan 2021. While all can apply, this PLD is aimed at teachers at decile 1–6 rural/provincial schools &/or schools with < 300 students or a high roll of Māori or Pasifika students. $450 + travel. Apply by 13 Nov https://gazette.education.govt.nz/notices/1HACCj-science-academy-teacher-pld-in-dunedin
  2. Otago uni is running a one-day workshop for teachers about learning and exploring science in te reo Māori on Friday 22 January. https://blogs.otago.ac.nz/rauemiputaiao/
  3. National (USA) online Literacy Summit 5 Nov 8:30 am – 5 pm ET (1:30 am – 10am 6 Nov NZT). $99 USD. https://literacysummit.com


  1. Kaikoura High School is looking for a full time Science teacher. Ability to teach phys/ chem a plus but not essential. Small classes in an innovative context-based middle school programme. HPTS allowance, with possibility of school housing & relocation costs. https://gazette.education.govt.nz/vacancies/1HABhy-science-teacher-permanent-full-time/

Cheers, Mike

Kia tūpato, kia haumaru te noho, ā, me tiaki tētahi i tētahi                             Take care, stay safe, and look after each other