Mike’s News March 18

19 Mar Teacher Council’s Tapasā PLD workshop Central Auckland 6:30 – 8:45pm.
20 Mar Deadline to apply for the term 3 intake of the Science Teaching Leadership Program
21 Mar World Down Syndrome Day   http://www.un.org/en/events/downsyndromeday/
21 Mar Autumnal Equinox NZ                 
21 Mar World Forestry Day                            www.fitec.org.nz
22 Mar World Water Day                    www.emap.rsnz.org  http://www.worldwaterday.org/
22 Mar Teacher Council’s Tapasā PLD workshop South Auckland 3:30 – 5:45pm.
23 Mar       World Meteorological Day.   www.metservice.co.nz  then to Learning Centre
24 Mar World Tuberculosis day                      www.stoptb.org
25 Mar BEANZ workshop 9am-1pm, Karamu, tchg ethical thinking sgunn@karamu.school.nz
30 Mar Earth hour 8:30 – 9:30 pm                 www.wwf.org.nz   www.earthhour.org.nz
30 Mar Free Ak Schol Bio workshop for tchrs & sts. s.williamson@sanctamaria.school.nz
2 Apr World Autism day. www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism/world-autism-awareness-day
Moon FM Mar 21         3Q Mar 28          NM Apr 5         1Q Apr 13    


  1. Culturally Responsive & Relational Pedagogy:
  2. The 2018 updated Tiritiri Matangi student Activity Resources are now in place. http://www.tiritirimatangi.org.nz/school-resource-tiritiri-matangi-project
  3. Onslow College student Finnegan Messerli created a way of testing the properties of grains such as sand or salt without expensive equipment to win the Prime Minister’s Future Scientist award.
  4. The winner of the Prime Minister’s Science Teacher Prize is Carol Brieseman, a primary school teacher at Hampton Hill School, Wellington.
  5. Attached is a poster about bullying. https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Bullying-defn-1.png
  6. Lisa Allcott asked is there any difference between reading in print & reading on screen. She has collated research and written about her findings in her blog post. Reading on-screen vs reading in print: What’s the difference for learning?  


  1. Geology:
  2. Biology:
  3. Chemistry
    • A Science magazine review of the Periodic Table comprising 119 science haiku, that talk about the history and uses of each element.
    • Periodic table scavenger hunt was missed off last week.
  4. Physics
  5. Revision
    • Attached is a revision board game – a freebie from TES. https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Making-a-board-game-1.ppt
  6. Astronomy
    • A description of our Autumn night sky is attached. https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Autumn-Night-Sky-1.docx


I see centrally funded PLD is now referred to as locally focussed PLD http://services.education.govt.nz/pld/information-for-principals-and-school-leaders/how-to-apply-for-locally-focussed-pld/

Can You Help?

Alison Baatjies is trying to find a context for a L3 Bi Socio scientific issue that is relevant to her Maori and Pasifika boys. A socio-scientific issue is one that scientists argue about. Diabetes may be an option – there is no disagreement that there is a diabetes epidemic, but there may be some argument about causes and prevention. Has anyone got other ideas?  alison@asdah.onmicrosoft.com

Professional Learning & Development (PLD) Opportunities

Cheers, Mike