Mike’s News Nov 11

11 Nov Transit of Mercury in front of the sun http://www.rasnz.org.nz/in-the-sky/meteor-showers
12 Nov Biology Moderation Workshop, 9-3, Waikato Dio, 660 River Rd, Chartwell, Hamilton 3210
18-24 Nov Antibiotic Resistance   www.who.int/campaigns/world-antibiotic-awareness-week/en/
14 Nov World Diabetes day www.barnabybee.com/information.htm
15 Nov BEANZ workshop, Wellington Girls, 9-3.  emma.kean@wgc.school.nz
15 Nov L1 Sci PLD, on Biomechanics, Otago uni PE School, Dunedin, pru.casey@gmail.com
15 Nov Science symposium, Waikato uni, Hamilton, 8:30-3:30. Register here
17 Nov Peak of Leonid meteor shower http://www.rasnz.org.nz/in-the-sky/meteor-showers
18 Nov BEANZ workshop 10- 3, Greymouth HS, Library Annex. Contact Ange fox@swas.ac.nz
18 Nov ESS Senior Subject Day, OSTA, held at OBHS, Dunedin justin.zani@obhs.school.nz
19 Nov Whanganui, phy & ch gathering (Vic Uni) link to register
20 Nov BEANZ workshop, Otumoetai College, Tauranga, 12-3. Holly hwilson@otc.school.nz
20 Nov BEANZ workshop, Solway College 9am-3pm. Erica Jar, ar@solwaycollege.school.nz
20 Nov Chemistry Sen Subj Day, from OSTA, at Logan Park HS, Dunedin, mbt@lphs.school.nz
21 Nov IB DP Sciences Cluster Mtg, 1-4 pm, Diocesan School, Clyde St, Epsom, Ak
21 Nov BEANZ workshop, Ak uni, 10-2:45pm. Rsvp to Heidi hrg@northcote.school.nz
21 Nov Ak Chemistry meeting (Vic Uni)  link to register: gabrielle.holmes@vuw.ac.nz
21 Nov Physics Sen Subj Day, Columba College, Dunedin,  bduckett@columbacollege.school.nz
22 Nov BEANZ workshop, 9-3, at Otago Boys, Dunedin, pru.casey@obhs.school.nz
22 Nov Auckland Physics Teachers day link to site and link to rego-form.
22 Nov BEANZ workshop, Northland College, Kaikohe, 10-2:30. Rsvp to mikhal@actrix.co.nz
22 Nov Mark Osborne workshop on Innovative Learning Environments, Learning Network NZ.
22 Nov Deadline to have your say on National Education Learning Priorities
Moon FM Nov 13      3Q Nov 20      NM Nov 27      1Q Dec 4.        


  1. Culturally Responsive & Relational Pedagogy:
    • Aotearoa Land of Voyagers is the story of Polynesian voyagers who first discovered NZ, told through animation. This free tool replicates the journey of revered navigator Tupaia. Other related videos here too. https://www.thevoyage.co.nz/en/landing
  1. Pedagogy:
    • The Education Hub is a NZ site set up to make education research more accessible to teachers so it can better inform practice. Their team includes, ECE, primary & secondary experts and on their home page they have some animations on growth mindset, AfL, feedback & high expectations. Check it out. https://theeducationhub.org.nz/ HoS
  1. Professional reading:
    • Teaching in NZ: findings from international studies (including PISA) on Inquiry-based or teacher-directed science https://bit.ly/2pokDwa
  1. HoD:
    • TKI has 30 online guides with practical strategies, suggestions and resources to help you recognise, plan for & meet the needs of all your learners. Guides illustrate an inclusive approach based on the principles of Universal Design for Learning – planning with the needs of all learners in mind from the outset. https://www.inclusive.tki.org.nz/guides/
  1. eLearning
  2.  A workshop on science careers in primary industries is being organised for 2020. Info: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Science-Career-Opportunities.docx


  1. Geology:
  1. Chemistry:
  1. Physics:
    • PhET’s newest HTML5 sim,Gravity Force Lab: Basics helps students to see and hear the gravitational force between two objects, discover the factors that affect gravitational attraction, and investigate how adjusting these factors change the gravitational force.
  1. Biology:
  1. Science:
  1. Primary
    • UK’s Primary Science Teaching Trust issues a free newsletter called Why and How? for those in primary science. It offers practical support, news & updatesabout PSTT projects & research.  Click here to see a newsletter. Chris Duggan, House of Science.


  1. NZQA is looking for moderators, apply by 18 Nov. Further info on job description, application process & training is availablehere. Queries to ams@nzqa.govt.nz.

Professional Learning & Development (PLD) Opportunities

  1. On Th 28 Nov, Pinehurst School (75 Bush Rd, Albany, Ak) is hosting a day for Technicians of Cambridge courses, covering 2019 practical papers, ConSTANZ19, Lab Manager role, sharing resources. Please carpool if possible as parking will be limited that day. Detailed info attached. Please RSVP pattison@pinehurst.school.nz with dietary requirements.
  2. Sarah Garner has found a provider who can run a certified handler course in Northland for technicians or caretaker/grounds staff. garner@kamohigh.school.nz
  3. Science Learning Hub’s next webinar is about Mātauranga and the Living World 4-4:45pm 21 Nov. Greta explores articles, activities and interactives related to mātai koiora/biology – suitable for all teachers of all levels. Register here
  4. Earth and Space Science Teachers Enrichment Day Tues, 19 Nov, 9am – 3pm, Christ’s College, Rolleston Ave, Chch. Focus on useful practical activities & a range of assessment ideas with a field trip too. Register & enquires to Anna ajohnston@christscollege.com
  5. Repeat workshop offered due to high demand, Mon 2 Dec Auckland: Effective Teaching and Learning to Enable Pacific Success and Unpacking Tapasā. Teachers will look at the research, listen to Pacific young people and unpack Tapasā: the cultural competencies framework. Register your interest here. Flyer: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Workshop-Enabling-Pacific-Success.pdf


Arwen Heyworth’s comments about food in lab were made in her role as an experienced Science Technician and Laboratory Manager rather than as the President of STANZ.

Cheers, Mike