Mike’s News Aug 12

14 Aug NZASE workshop, yrs 1-10, Buller High School, Westport. Register here. 
15 Aug Free ESSE workshop, Hagley College, Chch, 9:15 am – 3:15 pm. Book here
16 Aug Centrally Funded PLD Proposal due Auckland, BoP, Hawke’s Bay, Waikato
17 Aug Centrally Funded PLD Proposal due Tai Tokerau
17 Aug Game-based learning workshop Mission Heights Junior College. https://bit.ly/2xYirN7
19 Aug ESS workshop for those teaching science & ESS, 9-3, Kohia, Epsom Ave, Ak. This workshop is free
20 Aug ESS workshop for those teaching full ESS courses, 9-3, Kohia, Epsom Ave, Ak. This workshop is free.
22 Aug NZASE workshop, yrs 1-10, Berkley Normal Middle School, Hamilton. Register here
23 Aug Workshop enabling Pacific Success & Unpacking Tapasā
27 Aug NZASE workshop, yrs 1-10, Nayland College, Nelson. Register here
Moon FM Aug 16           3Q Aug 24        NM Aug 30.       1Q Sep 6.       


  1. Culturally Responsive & Relational Pedagogy:
  2. Professional reading: The latest report from ERO details strategies used in primary schools that have successfully raised student achievement in writing. https://gazette.education.govt.nz/articles/novel-approaches-to-improving-writing-skills/
  3. Te Papa’s new exhibition about the natural world combines cutting-edge science with mātauranga (Māori knowledge). For schools outside Wgtn virtual visits run 9-10 am & cost $50. Using Zoom, students can ask questions of a Te Papa educator walking through with a stedicam, request close-ups & influence the focus of the tour. Booking is essential.
  4. Prof Gary Wilson from GNS will talk about Remote Antarctic surveying on the Ross Ice Shelf on14 Aug, 6-7:30pm BLT 100, Old Bio Bldg, Ak Uni, 5 Symonds St.
  5. ASTA is running a PLD event at the Stardome Observatory 11 Sep. Did you know Stardome now has a few geology resources too? Come & have a nosey. Flyer: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/ASTA-Stardome-Event-11-Sep.pdf
  6. Discovery Camp is a week for current Yr 12 & 13 Māori & Pasifika students with a passion for the sciences. The live-in week involves lab experience with top scientists, completing hands-on investigations into a range of topics including electron microscopy, laser physics and nano-electronics at the MacDiarmid Inst. Info here, Apply here by 26 Aug.


  1. Geology:
  1. Biology:
  1. AgHort:
  1. Astronomy:
  1. Chemistry:
  1. Physics:
    • Phet interactive simulation HTML5 sim,Blackbody Spectrum! teaches about the blackbody spectrum of Sirius A, the sun, a light bulb & the earth. Adjust the temp to see the effect on wavelength and spectrum intensity.
    • Images showing how the Magness effect works and some applications – Flettner Rotors & The Wind Hybrid Coaster
  1. Science:
  1. Primary


  1. A new resource has been developed to support our understanding of progress & achievement in science, with a focus on levels 2 – 4. This resource draws on findings and insights from the National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement 2017 – Science. More info here: http://scienceonline.tki.org.nz/What-do-my-students-need-to-learn/Progress-and-Achievement-in-Science
  2. TeachNZ provides study awards so teachers & principals can complete part- or full-time study in an educational priority area, improve their proficiency in te reo Māori me ōna tikanga or develop their skills as a bilingual or immersion teacher, among others. Deadlines vary, 26 Aug – 17 Sep https://bit.ly/2MSNm6c  

Professional Learning & Development (PLD) Opportunities

  1. PLD for Auckland teachers from Learning Network NZ ph 09 835 0912: Nurturing learner agency thru’ enquiry. Kath Murdoch, Waipuna conference centre, Ak. https://www.learningnetwork.ac.nz/shared/products/productCourse.aspx?id=COUR1946
  2. House of Science branch, Hutt Science is running teacher PLD on climate change. Includes Prof Renwick, hands on activities from HoS climate change kit & enviroschools. Th 8 Aug, 3:45-5:30pm, Dowse Art Museum (James Coe 1 Rm), 45 Laings Rd, Lower Hutt.
  3. NZASE will run a Safety in school labs course in Tauranga 13 Sep. Details: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Safety-in-School-Labs-course-13-Sep-Tauranga.pdf
  4. BEANZ clusters in Auckland this term (4-5:30 pm). Please bring to share a classroom activity that has worked well with students.

Cheers, Mike