Activity Introduction

Aspire-Thomas2-photoframeQuick summary: Students will consider the entrepreneurial behaviours of people who act to make people’s lives better. They think about their favourite inventions, watch a short explanatory clip about entrepreneurialism and connect their favourite invention to the entrepreneurial behaviours that led to its development. Students then dig deeper into a list of entrepreneurial behaviours, watch a clip about a real-life-example of Orange Sky Laundry, and make connections between the founders and volunteers of the charity to entrepreneurialism so that they better understand the good that entrepreneurialism can do in our world.

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 an entrepreneur? 
  • What is an entrepreneurial mindset/behaviour?
  • What are the benefits of entrepreneurialism?
  • How can entrepreneurialism make a positive difference to society?

21st century skills: 

aspire what does it take to be an entrepreneur skills

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions:

Year 9 Work Studies

  • Identify types of entrepreneurial behaviours and their opportunities for application to 21st century work and enterprise (ACWSCL010)
  • Explain how the application of entrepreneurial behaviours can address a range of work and community challenges and provide benefits personally and to the community (ACWSCL011
  • Practise the skills and attributes underpinning entrepreneurial behaviours (ACWSCL012

Year 10 Work Studies

Assess the benefits of developing an ‘entrepreneurial mindset’ and its relevance to 21st century work and enterprise (ACWSCL029)
Examine the creative and problem-solving techniques used within workplaces to resolve the tensions arising in business and community projects (ACWSCL030
Complete an action project utilising entrepreneurial behaviours to address an identified challenge or opportunity (ACWSCL031

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

Relevant parts of Year 9 achievement standards: Students understand entrepreneurial behaviours and their importance for work and in addressing a range of challenges.

Relevant parts of Year 10 achievement standards: Students explain the importance of developing entrepreneurial skills and a distinct profile to access and manage 21st century work opportunities and challenges. 

Topic: Enterprise Learning

Unit of work: Aspire Generation – Work Studies

Time required: 90 mins

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate class discussion.

Resources required: Student Worksheets – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet. Computer and device capable of showing online clips to the class. Entrepreneurial Behaviours list.

Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities, internet research.

Keywords: Entrepreneur, social enterprise, community service, work preparedness, charity.

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


Teacher Worksheet

Aspire-Thomas3-photoframeTeacher preparation

Overarching learning goal: Students should understand what it means to be an entrepreneur and consider the types of behaviours required to be entrepreneurial. They will understand that entrepreneurial people aren’t always seeking huge profits and that they can create and run a charity for a specific purpose. Students will understand how they can go about developing and applying entrepreneurial skills in their own lives.

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

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: “Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don’t recognise them.” - Ann Landers

1. What is your favourite invention? Describe what it is, how you use it and why it is your favourite invention.

2. Watch the clip below from The School of Life, an organisation focused on answering the great questions in life with a focus on culture:

School of Life: How to be and Entrepreneur (

3. After watching the video, complete a Think-Pair-Share discussion to discuss your thoughts:

  • What is your favourite invention 'fixing' in your life? What problem or unhappiness does it solve?
  • How does your favourite invention make your life better?
Think Pair Share

4. In relation to entrepreneurialism (what an entrepreneur is/does):

I used to think... Now I think...

5. Watch the video below that showcases Orange Sky Laundry. While you’re watching, try to identify

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