Activity Introduction

Aspire-Ehtanb-lab2-photoframeQuick summary: Students consider what learning is by working together to create a structure using limited materials and then reflect on what and how they learned throughout the process. They complete an online version of an adapted Myers-Briggs personality test and consider their results in relation to their own approach to learning. Students then apply their new understanding of their individual learning approaches to reflect how they can best tackle challenges they may face in the future.

Latrobe Logo 150This lesson supports La Trobe University’s Aspire Generation initiative, which empowers students to drive change through community engagement, volunteerism and leadership opportunities.

Essential questions:

  • What is learning? 
  • Why is learning important?
  • What is my approach to learning?
  • What does learning have to do with work?

21st century skills: 

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Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions:

Year 9 Work Studies

  • Describe the implications of individual learning preferences for learning at home, school, work and in the community (ACWSCL002
  • Identify the attitudes and skills required for self-directed and lifelong learning (ACWSCL003
  • Explain the importance of active and lifelong learning for personal and community development (ACWSCL004
  • Plan and implement strategies and processes to improve their learning and enhance the potential to realise their aspirations and personal wellbeing (ACWSCL005

Year 10 Work Studies

  • Assess the value of self-directed and lifelong learning in responding to changes and challenges in circumstances (ACWSCL022
  • Explain the relationship between lifelong learning and work in the 21st century and its importance for future work opportunities (ACWSCL023
  • Focus their learning strategies on personal and work-related aspirations (ACWSCL024

General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability.

Relevant parts of Year 9 achievement standards: Students understand the importance and components of self-directed and lifelong learning. They explain the importance of teamwork and collaboration and plan and implement strategies to improve their learning and strengthen their individual learning skills.

Relevant parts of Year 10 achievement standards: Students understand the importance of growing self-awareness in improving learning, accessing work opportunities and developing appropriate skills and making more-informed subject and career choices. 

Topic: Enterprise Learning

Unit of work: Aspire Generation – Work Studies

Time required: 120 mins

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate class discussion.

Resources required: Student Worksheets – one copy per student (also accessible online), computers/tablets to access the online worksheet and online personality test, device capable of presenting an online video to the class. A copy of The Marshmallow Challenge – one per group. 1 packet dry spaghetti, 1 packet marshmallows, 1 roll of masking tape (split into 1 metre per group), tape-measure (or a piece of string at least 1.5 metres long) to measure student’s towers.

Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities, web research.

Keywords: Work, learning, pathways, Aspire Generation, self-improvement, lifelong-learning.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.


Teacher Worksheet

Aspire-Holly4-photoframeTeacher preparation

Overarching learning goal: Students will better understand their own approach to learning and will apply their understanding to their own experiences. They will critically consider their own strengths and weaknesses and decide on some strategies as to how best to achieve their learning goals.

Teacher content information: This Work Studies unit has been developed in partnership with La Trobe University Aspire Generation. The Aspire Generation connects a community of young people who aspire to make a difference through community service and leadership. They are the givers, the dreamers, the doers and the leaders who passionately pursue opportunities to address the big issues of their time. They think boldly and act responsibly and strive to leave a lasting impact on the world.

Through classroom-based experiences students will learn about the world of work, as well as to trust themselves and feel confident enough to independently seek their own answers around their

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: “Question everything. Learn something. Answer nothing.” -Euripides

1. After completing the Marshmallow Challenge in your teams, think about the questions below and respond in a couple of sentences:

What did you learn during this activity?



What can learning look like? Does it always have to involve completing a school-based assessment, such as a test?



What is the purpose of learning? What can it help you to do?



2. After completing the personality test online, use the following questions to help you summarise your new understanding:

What did your personality test results say about your approach to learning? 



According to the results, what are the strengths of your personality type? 



Would you agree that this sounds like you? 



According to the results, what are the weaknesses of your personality type? 



Would you agree that this sounds like you? 


What are three things that you can do to capitalise of your strengths? 

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