Real-world Learning: bring the complex topic of organ and tissue donation into the classroom

Organ and tissue donation and transplantation in Australia is a complex and challenging topic. Despite surveys in Australia showing that over 80% of people think that it’s important to register as an organ and tissue donor, the actual registration rate averages around one in three Australians.

The documentary film Dying to Live, released in 2018, aims to raise awareness of the social, physical and emotional effects of being on the organ donor waiting list and dispel myths about organ and tissue donation. It also gives teachers a unique opportunity to engage with students in a real issue exploring science, mathematics and powers of persuasion. The lessons below include all the video content you need for you and your class to engage with the documentary. If you want to see the film in full, you can purchase a DVD of the film at The Education Shop or you can stream the film on YouTube or Google Play for minimal cost or via DocPlay. 

Engaging with students in real-world topics helps to create a context for skills and knowledge they are gaining in the classroom. We get this might be a challenging topic and so our free curriculum lessons are also supported by two affordable professional development courses to help you consider how to tackle this in the classroom.

 

Science, Maths, English and HPE lessons that challenge students’ understanding of ethics

English: Years 7 to 10

This English 7–10 unit has been designed to assist students in understanding a current social issue and to teach students the importance of language when exploring personal experience.

Students are given opportunities to develop the important literacy skills of analysing and creating persuasive and narrative texts.

Lessons include a Tuning In session using clips from the Dying to Live documentary. Students are able to safely explore the topic and participate in a circle discussion where new knowledge and understanding about organ and tissue donation is shared.

HPE: Years 7 to 10

This unit explores the complex issue of organ and tissue donation and transplantation in Australia using key messages from the documentary film Dying to Live. The film aims to raise awareness of the social, physical and emotional effects of being on the organ donor waiting list and dispel myths about organ and tissue donation.

Students are able to explore community conversations asking, ‘How might we get more people in our community talking about organ and tissue donation?’.

They also get to explore the personal qualities and strategies that can be used when having difficult conversations.

Mathematics: Year 9 to 10

In this unique unit, students are given opportunities to explore the statistics of organ and tissue donation and transplantation and demonstrate their understanding of chance and data representation and interpretation.

Year 9 students investigate real-world probabilities, investigating the issues surrounding kidney transplants and use statistics to develop an infographic poster.

Year 10 lessons use scatterplots to investigate Australia’s organ donation and transplant data. In a second lesson, students prepare and conduct a survey and analyse their data for trends using comparative box and whisker plots. 

Science: Year 9

This Year 9 Science unit has been designed to assist students in understanding a real-world issue through the investigation of body systems and scientific claims.

Students are given opportunities to explore the respiratory and urinary systems and common misconceptions of organ and tissue donation using scientific processes.

Cool Australia Professional Development

Did you realise Cool Australia has affordable, on-demand professional development courses for teachers?

We integrate many of our free curriculum lessons into our professional development courses. This way you have access to quality PD and free lessons and worksheets to help bring your learning back into the classroom. 

These courses were developed to support teachers
in using the Dying to Live curriculum resources.


Exploring General Capabilities: Ethical Understanding

Course Length: 2 hours    Course Cost: $39.95

Discover more about the General Capability, Ethical Understanding and explore strategies to make it part of your everyday teaching.

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Inspire Students to Take Action

Course Length: 2 hours   Course Cost: $39.95

Help your students become change-makers in their community by following these steps for planning and implementing social action.

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Our professional development courses are accredited by NESA and are designed to support teachers in delivering real-world curriculum in the classroom.

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