Mike’s News Sep 6

6-12 SepTongan Language week  www.mpia.govt.nz
7 SepDeadline to  apply for Science Teaching Leadership Program
7-13 SepKeep NZ Beautiful Week (= Clean Up Wk)  www.knzb.org.nz/ 
8 SepInternational Literacy day  https://en.unesco.org/themes/literacy-all
9 SepNZASE online forum 3:30-4:30 pm for teachers of years 1-8. Register here
11 SepDeadline for students to apply for chem Olympiad. More info here.
14-18 SepNew Primary science week. Science of sound. Ideas here. Unit here.
14-21 SepMaori Language week  www.tetaurawhiri.govt.nz
15 SepNZASE online forum 3:30-4:30 pm for teachers of years 7-10. Register here
16 SepInternational Day to Preserve O3           www.uneptie.org/ozonaction/events/ozoneday
18 SepDeadline for shirt design celebrating women in science
20-26 SepChinese language week
Moon3Q 10 Sep      NM 17 Sep      1Q 24 Sep        FM 2 Oct      
  1. Whau River Catchment Trust (Ak) have another biodiversity survey event on Sat 12 Sep. If you would like to help out please contact justine@whauriver.org.nz


  1. Resources for Māori language week 14-21 Sep:
  1. Pedagogy:
  1. Professional reading/watching:
    • Blogpost by Carly Fiorina on workplace culture and walking the talk
    • John Hattie has a new book The Distance Learning Playbook, Grades K-12: Teaching for Engagement and Impact in Any Setting. Podcast + link to get it http://bit.ly/HattieDL
  1. Student competitions:
  1. Literacy:
  1. Revision:
  1. Digital support
    • Open Polytechnic is offering support for remote online teaching that is assessed with 80+ NCEA science stds (incl ESS):
    • Biozone is offering free eBook access for the rest of 2020 to all bio teachers and 3D models of skulls, skeletons and cultural artifacts.

The refreshed Dyslexia and Learning and Technology Tools for Learning guides are now available on the Inclusive Education website.

In Dec & Jan EcoQuest will run programs providing senior students with practical ecology & conservation experiences. Each 4-day course gives students a chance to experience real time practical research while providing a taste of uni. EcoQuest is alsoavailable for school trips. They are happy to collaborate with teachers to deliver material catered to ach stds.

  1. Zealandia eco-sanctuary in Wgtn is reviewing what they provide & how they engage, with secondary schools. They are seeking input from teachers. education@visitzelandia.com


  1. Biology:
  1. Agricultural and Horticultural Science:
  1. Earth & Space Science
  1. Chemistry:
  1. Physics:
    • Amazon has made a movie on the life and work of Marie Curie. The video and lesson suggestions available to Share My Lesson members (its free to join).
    • Schol exam walk-through videos from Andrew Sargent now have a new home.
  1. EfS:
    • On Sep 28 Earth Project launches the Climate Action Project – a free6 week program where students explore, discuss, create & share their findings online – learn from peers globally. Teachers will be supported by facilitators. https://www.climate-action.info/about
  1. Primary & Intermediate
    • A remote learning unit for years 5-10 How to Fight Microscopic Beasts – expts, videos, games and activities. Here and here.
    • teaching through stories to different age groups from STEM UK (free to join).
  1. Nature of Science
  1. Science


  1. Schools and wharekura are invited to submit Expressions of Interest to take part in a mini-pilot in 2021, when the draft achievement standards and resources for science will be piloted in a small number of schools. Deadline is on 22 Sep.

Professional Learning & Development (PLD) Opportunities

  1. Auckland’s Sustainable schools PLD:

Cheers, Mike

Kia tūpato, kia haumaru te noho ā me tiaki tētahi i tētahi

Take care, stay safe and look after each other