Mike’s News Sep 23

1-30 Sep Save our Sight Month www.nzao.co.nz
1-30 Sep Asthma Awareness Month http://www.breathebetterseptember.co.nz/  
22-28 Sep Chinese language week https://www.nzclw.com/
23 Sep Spring Equinox NZ http://www.rasnz.org.nz/in-the-sky/sun-rise-and-set
27 Sep NZQA Biology Best Practice workshop at Macleans College, Ak.  Book a place.
28Sep 1928 Alexander Fleming discovers penicillin. https://www.famousscientists.org/alexander-fleming/
29 Sep  World Rivers day http://worldriversday.com/   
29Sep-5Oct Tuvalu Language week www.mpia.govt.nz
1-31 Oct Health Literacy month www.healthliteracymonth.org/
1-31 Oct Save Kiwi month www.kiwisforkiwi.org/save-kiwi-week/schools
4-10 Oct World Space week www.worldspaceweek.org/
5 Oct World Teachers day www.worldteachersday.org
6-12 Oct Fiji language week www.mpia.govt.nz
7 Oct World Habitat Day https://www.un.org/en/events/habitatday/
Moon NM Sep 29      1Q Oct 6      FM Oct 14      3Q Oct 22        
  1. Some Royal Society events


  1. Culturally Responsive & Relational Pedagogy:
  1. Powering Potential is an opportunity for L2 or L3 students achieving well and aiming for science at uni. They can apply to be part of an event 16-18 Dec where students work in teams of 5 to research a science issue submitted by a scientist (who mentors the team). https://royalsociety.org.nz/what-we-do/funds-and-opportunities/powering-potential/


  1. Geology:
  1. Biology:
  1. AgHort:
  1. Astronomy:
  1. Chemistry:
    • Resource from Ed in Chem – Closing the word gap in chemistry– Help your students grasp chemical concepts by unscrambling chemistry specific terminology.  Ian Torrie
  1. Physics:
  1. Science:
  1. Revision
    • As learners are preparing for exams, use a post-box strategy to find out their strengths & learning needs – having to explain to some-one else is a great test of knowledge. Do a continuum of knowledge of a concept, then fold the line, so those who understand it are teaching others. Or a doughnut strategy – divide the class in half, form 2 concentric circles facing each other, ask a question for the learners on the inside to answer to the best of their ability, then discuss with partner. Outside circle move around 1x to the left. Repeat. Any consistent misunderstandings are clarified by the end. Secondary Literacy.

Professional Learning and Development

  1. An Auckland Library is holding a biology-related activity and talk on Sep 30 as part of their school holiday programme, geared towards primary & intermediate children. Grey Lynn Library, 474 Great North Rd. Secrets of the Plant Hunters starts at 10:30 am.
  1. Science Education Research symposium 30 Sep, AUT, Wellesley St, Auckland. Focus is Post-Normal Science Education – What should be the aims of a future-oriented science education system? What kinds of knowledge, dispositions, capabilities or competencies should it aim to develop? Very important to read the papers sent to you as the meeting will be largely discussion. Register here by Mon 23 Sep ideally or Tues morning latest.
  1. Waikato Science Teachers Association & SciPAD are sponsoring a term 4 Biology moderation workshop, focusing on 91604 Homeostasis, 91607 Biotech as well as L1, L2 & L3 prac investigations: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Waikato-Biology-workshop-2019.pdf

Cheers, Mike