Mike’s News Nov 25

27 Nov Wellington Physics PLD (Vic-Uni) link to register gabrielle.holmes@vuw.ac.nz
27 Nov Biology in Context Day at Unitec, organized by Mel Galbraith.
28 Nov CIE technicians course, Pinehurst School. RSVP michelle.pattison@pinehurst.school.nz 
29 Nov Physics teacher day: Napier Girls Site here – with draft agenda
29 Nov Wellington Chemistry meeting (Vic-Uni)link to register  gabrielle.holmes@vuw.ac.nz
29 Nov Adelaide Botanic High School is hosting a STEM conference. Info here.
1Dec      World AIDS Day www.nzaf.org.nz (Red Ribbon)
2 Dec Workshop on enabling Pasifika success, 83 Selwyn St, Onehunga, Ak. 9:15-3. Book here.
3 Dec Phys & chem meeting (Vic-Uni): link to register gabrielle.holmes@vuw.ac.nz
4 Dec Exam-feedback evening (NCEA) run by ASTA at Epsom campus of UoA. 
5 Dec World Soil Day www.nzsoils.org.nz
Moon NM Nov 27        1Q Dec 4         FM Dec 12        3Q Dec 19.      


  1. Culturally Responsive & Relational Pedagogy:
    • Kauwhata Reo is a new central online hub for te reo Māori resources to support the growth of teaching and learning te reo Māori. The hub can be viewed in te reo Māori or English. https://kauwhatareo.govt.nz/
  2. Pedagogy:
  3. Science Careers
  4. Practical information for schools on 3D printing in the classroom – considerations when purchasing, software, innovative ways to use it.    TKI newsletter about:http://elearning.tki.org.nz/Technologies/Software-for-learning/3D-printing
  5. Planning and preparation for successful transition between primary and secondary schools https://www.education.vic.gov.au/school/teachers/studentmanagement/transitions/Pages/planning.aspx


  1. Geology:
  1. Biology:
  1. Astronomy:
    • In this TED talk, astronaut Cady Coleman tells us what it’s like to live on board the ISS. https://bit.ly/35eF3Y0
  1. Chemistry:
  1. Physics:
    • PhET’s latest simulations are Vector Additionand Vector Addition: Equations. These help students explain a method to add vectors, decompose a vector into components, describe what happens to a vector when it is multiplied by a scalar and arrange vectors graphically to represent vector addition or subtraction.
  1. Science:
  1. Primary
    • House of Science offers themed kits of practical science activities for use in primary schools. 11 regions have libraries of bilingual resources that are delivered and collected from your school weekly. https://houseofscience.nz/resources/
    • The International Commission for Acoustics has declared 2020 as the International Year of Sound. NZAPSE will be providing activities and resources to support the teaching of sound and hearing over National Primary Science Week 11-15 2020.

Can you help?

  1. Two teacher educators from Otago uni are conducting research about Teaching and learning about fake news. If you are interested in their survey, info is attached: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Fake-News-Survey.docx


  1. Technicians are being asked for ideas for end of year activities. Here’s some suggestions:  https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/End-of-Year-Activities.docx What do you do?

Professional Learning & Development (PLD) Opportunities

  1. Rachel Heeney tells us there is no Biology PLD from Maurice Wilkins Centre this term, but it is being planned for term 1 2020. If you have any specific topics or speakers please request this on Maurice Wilkins Centre FaceBook page.

Cheers, Mike