My Favourite Lessons

“I think [these sorts of tasks] helped my learning. Because you worked on skills that you already had, but they made you put them all together. So technically it’s a new skill. Putting them together and using all of them at the same time.”


                                      Year 6 student, Darwin, Australia

Kids Doing Homework
 
Image by Kelli Tungay

Primary Lessons

 

The fish n chips task

This article from Carly Sawatzki and Peter Sullivan encourages schools and teachers to consider ways to embed financial literacy tasks in mathematics lessons more often, and includes an authentic task to try with your students.

Designed for teaching Year 5 and 6 students.

Sahm's social enterprise

Mathematics is a powerful tool that can raise awareness of inequity and help young people to make sense of complex social issues. This article presents a task that explores the role of social entrepreneurship in helping people who are experiencing housing and food insecurity.


Designed for teaching Year 5 and 6 students.

Classroom

Secondary Lessons

 

Doing the maths on buy now pay later

This article presents tasks designed to help students to discover the circumstances under which it might be okay to use Afterpay compared with when it might lead to trouble. This is important preparation for considering product disclosure and terms and conditions of use statements.

Designed for teaching Year 7 and 8 students.

Doing the maths on tax and super

This series of tasks teach students about the philosophical and mathematical underpinnings of Australia’s taxation and superannuation systems.


Designed for teaching Years 7-10, students will explore such questions as, "Is paying tax good or bad?" "Can a sugar tax lower rates of obesity?" How does career interruption impact tax and super?" and "How much is enough superannuation?"

Should I tap into my savings in super?

This article argues the importance of teaching students about the philosophical and mathematical underpinnings of Australia’s superannuation system as an example of a real-world problem context. It also provides a rationale for teaching financial modelling and decision-making in ways that respect the diverse nancial realities represented in Australian classrooms.

Designed for teaching Year 9 and 10 students.