Mike’s News 13 May

13-17 May Bullying free week https://www.bullyingfree.nz/bullying-free-new-zealand-week/
13-17 May Primary Science Week Term 2 week 3  http://nzapse.nzase.org.nz/
16 May International Support Staff day
16 May RS Matariki talk, 6pm, Millenium Hotel, 1270 Hinemaru St, Rotorua
16 May Centrally Funded PLD Proposals due Hawke’s Bay
17 May Pink Shirt Day (bullying) www.pinkshirtday.org.nz/
17 May sCentrally Funded PLD Proposal due Auckland, BoP, Waikato
18 May Fascination of Plant Day www.plantday12.eu
20 May World Metrology Day
22 May       International Biodiversity Day www.doc.govt.nz      
23 May RS Matariki talk, 6pm, Southwell School, 200 Peachgrove Rd, Hamilton
24 May RS Matariki talk, 6pm, 81 Truman Lane, Tauranga
24 May Deadline to email t-shirt designs to Royal Society comp.
25 May RS Matariki talk, 5pm, Raumanga Campus, 51 Raumanga Va Rd, Whangarei
25 May Centrally Funded PLD Proposals due Tai Tokerau
26May-1Jun Samoan language week    www.mpia.govt.nz
Moon FM May 19       3Q May 27.       NM Jun 3.             1Q Jun 10


  1. Pedagogy:
  2. How can we include citizen science in our teaching program? Science Learning Hub’s article Planning for students to be citizen scientists provides pedagogical advice to get you started. It shows 2 NZ teachers’ experiences of how citizen science added breadth to student learning. It also features a growing list of online citizen science projects, with wrap-around resources including curriculum information and related articles and activities.


  1. Geology:
  2. Biology:
    • The GLOBE Observer website Mosquito Habitat Mapper page provides materials on mosquito prevention and control, e.g. a guide to retrieving precipitation data, an educational activity, and lists of resources to learn more about properly identifying and eliminating potential mosquito breeding sites.
  3. Astronomy:
  4. Chemistry:
  5. Physics:

Professional Learning & Development (PLD) Opportunities

  1. PLD from Learning Network NZ ph 09 835 0912:
    • Creating More Resilient Students – Nathan Wallis gives us strategies for helping anxious & avoidant students and Andrew Fuller discusses the science of differentiation with a focus on learning strengths. 28 Jun Chch – book here. 29 Jun Ak – book here.
    • Complex Behaviours – Simple Interventions – Kathryn Berkett and Pio Terei  Rotorua Hawkes Bay
  2. The Geological Society of America (GSA) offers K-12 PD opportunities through its GeoTeachers Program with resources and programming to support K-12 teachers and other educators. Look for events at the September 2019 GSA Annual Meeting and GSA Section Meetings throughout the year. To stay up to date, check out the GeoTeachers Blog.
  3. Flier for Waikato BEANZ workshop: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/BEANZ-Waikato-1.docx
  4. Some 2019 NZIP conference presentations will be available via the NZIP website “soon”.
  5. CoreEd is running a webinar that may be of interest to chemists. Interdisciplinary product design, materials technology, and applied chemistry runs Wed 15 May 3:45-4:45pm. Julie Clement (HOD Technology) and Paul Holmes (Assistant HOD Science / Chemistry) from Wellington Girls College talk about a programme of learning they have developed together that integrates materials technology and applied chemistry. Register here.
  6. Safety in School Labs course for Lab Managers, Science HODs, Teachers & Technicians to learn more about developing a culture of safety and meeting the requirements of the new Health & Safety Regs.  9-3:30 Tues 11 Jun Taikura Rudolf Steiner School, Hastings: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Safety-in-School-Labs-course-190611-1.pdf

Cheers, Mike