Mike’s News Apr 29

1 May Deadline for students to register for Crisis Lab Challenge. Info here
5 May Peak of Eta Aquariids meteor shower (dust from Halley’s Comet) visible from NZ
8 May National School Nurses Day (wed in week of world nurse’s day)
9 May Science Fair PLD 4-5:30 ftf in Remuera, Ak or online. Register here to get address / link.
9-15 May NZ Sign Language Week http://nzslweek.org.nz/
11 May World Migratory Bird Day www.worldmigratorybirdday.org (2nd Sat In May)
12 May World Nurses Day www.timeanddate.com/holidays/world/nurses-day
12-18 May Rotuman Language week www.mpia.govt.nz/programmes
13 May Deadline for teachers to enter Blake Inspire Teacher Program. Apply here
13-17 May Primary Science Week (Term 2 week 3) http://nzapse.nzase.org.nz/
Moon 3Q May 1      NM May 8      1Q May 15      FM May 24
  1. Talk: that may be relevant for us
    • Dr Ian Griffin speaks on aurora australis Wed 8 May 6pm at Royal Society Te Apārangi, 11 Turnbull St, Thorndon Wgtn.
  2. NZIP has a contact database of physics teachers and another for L1 PES. Anyone can be on this database. To be added to one or both of these lists, please email Helen at pldsupport@nzip.org.nz
  3. The NIFs team who were supporting teachers in the transition to the new NCEA stds at L1 all lost their jobs last week and finish at the end of June. Subject Associations are waiting to hear if their PLD funding will be renewed – some pressure may be helpful. Iona.holsted@education.govt.nz ?
  4. Paid union meetings 13-24 May https://www.ppta.org.nz/events/paid-union-meeting-schedule


  1. Mātauranga Māori:
  2.  Pedagogy:
  3. Professional reading/watching/listening:
    • This website gives teachers info, resources & strategies to deal with different needs in the classroom – brain injury, ADHD, autism, dyslexia, Downs, … https://inclusive.tki.org.nz/guides/
  4. HoD:
  5. Digital tools:
  6. Science Careers:
  7. Apply for a Westpac Water Care Project grant to fund env’al projects – planting trees, monitoring water quality, restoring habitats, … https://landcare.org.nz/project/westpac-water-care-project/


  1. Biology:
    • PPT with images for rat dissection
    • Activity about evidence for evolution in the context of whales
  2. Agricultural and Horticultural Science:
  3. Earth & Space Science:
    • Activity matching evidence with different theories about moon formation
    • This module engages students with real-time NOAA data to investigate how El Niño affects organisms that live in the ocean. Includes teachers guide, student worksheets & answer keys.
    • Bruce Hayward explains the Waitematā Sandstone rocks that the Auckland volcanoes erupted through. These sedimentary rocks make for a perfect introduction to some geology basics.
  4. Chemistry:
  5. Physics:
    • It’s a Drag is an interactive resource where students measure the effect of vehicle type, tyres, road surface & weather conditions on stopping distance.
    • Activity to explore how the design of a solar oven affects the transformation of radiant energy to thermal energy?
  6. Primary & intermediate:
  7. Middle School:
  8. Education for Sustainability (EfS)
  9. New standards

Professional Learning & Development (PLD) Opportunities

  1. Education Hub Webinar: Teaching & Leading to the NW: Prof Russell Bishop discusses his research into how leaders and teachers can structure their practice to create quality and equitable learning for ākonga Māori and other marginalised students. 7:30pm Tues May 7. $9.95. Info here.
  2. ASTA is hosting a Science Learning Hub PLD session for teachers of years 1-10 science. Come explore their physical resources, popular contexts & learn how to increase literacy and/or numeracy in your science classes. Wed 8 May 4-6pm, Mission Heights Junior College. Register here.
  3. A new round of the free online workshops, Making Assessor Judgements, Transforming Assessment Praxis, and Assessment Approaches, are now available. https://lms.nzqa.govt.nz/
  4. Rourou Leadership Lab is running 3 workshops on systems change – free, online. 4-5pm 7 May, 4 Jun, 25 Jun. More info & register here

Cheers, Mike

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