On the Job



14 May



Just added a great new activity to the Police Officer called...


The Story of Fook Shing, colonial Victoria's first Chinese detective - Who was he?

Fook Shing
(Source: SBS)

MiddleMiddle High SchoolSecondary

LiteracyAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Literacy

CriticalAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Critical and creative thinking

Ethical Understanding Australian Curriculum General Capability: Ethical Understanding

Intercultural UnderstandingAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Intercultural Understanding

Cooperative LearningCooperative Learning Activity



This activity involves the Expert Jigsaw Strategy - the whole process can be found here.

3 - 4 x45 mins

English, Media Studies, Australian History (Gold Rush)

This activity is a Rich Task.

Rich Task






24 April

The following 16 characters have been created by Fuzz, our illustrator:

  • Bed & Breakfast Operator
  • Biochemical Engineer
  • Carcinologist - Studies Crustaceans
  • Cetologist – studies the Whale family
  • Ichthyologist – studies Fish
  • Casting Director - completed
  • Customer Service Manager
  • Data Recovery – Digital Forensic
  • eLearning Developer
  • Engine Reconditioner
  • Gastroenterologist
  • Home Economist
  • Soccer Player
  • Special Effects Technician
  • Volunteer Organiser
  • Voiceover Artist - completed

As you can see from the list, there is both traditional jobs and jobs that are emerging. Each job takes around 1 - 2 weeks to complete:

A. the information from the Internet that is condensed into the following headings:

Job Info

Alternative names
Knowledge, skills and attributes
Duties and Tasks
Working conditions
Tools and technologies
Education and training/entrance requirements
Employment Opportunities

The newer jobs usually have no ANZSCO ID so need to be re-checked over and over.

Also, for example, there will be other jobs associated with the broad job - for the Casting Director, there is also the Casting Associate and Casting Assistant. These jobs will also be investigated and have the above headings.

Each page will also have a "Did You Know?" section that might interest students.

Also, if a particular person is relevant to that job, they will be given a "Cameo" - a short version of their life undertaking this job or a fuller - dedicated page on this person with the following headings:

Life on the Job

Summary of her / his life
Employment & Training
Experiences & Opportunities
YouTube Videos
Activities [educational activities]

The purpose of Life on the Job, is to show students the pathway that person has taken in that job. This section is a bit like "Gardening Australia's My Garden Pathway"! It also puts as much information about that person as possible in one place for the students. Eg. Prof. Kingsley Dixon was thrilled to see this collection of sites on his page. [Prof Kingsley Dixon was a great help with the Equity Program in Young NSW that Frances Moore instigated and ran.]

B. The educational activities


Each job has a range of educational activities associated with it. These activities are to engage the students in Critical & Creative Thinking, Numeracy and Literacy skills as well as to challenge them with learning strategies from comprehension to philosophical thinking.

This area of educational activities sets On the Job apart from other information sites.

C. The links


The links page for each job shows a range of associations, and, YouTube videos of people working in this job or explaining what this job is like. 



22 March

Lesson Strategies - The Big Book

Picture Books or Big Books can be a wonderful way to explore topics, a certain aspect, or as I was shown by Prof. Phil Cam years ago - a wealth of Philosophical Topics.

The page on the Big Book shows the educational concept and then an example from the latest Job - The Wig Maker. I'm waiting on the author, Jonathan Hillman, to give me permission to use all the words of his Philosophical rich book - "Big Wig".


20 March

Australasia Children's University

The University of Adelaide requested activities for students for the Easter Holidays for their Children's University project.

On the Job sent through the following activity: Spot the Difference [Student handout]. The activities involved Poetry, Observation, Philosophy, and, Drawing.

The Teacher's Guide can be found here.

While some of the material is repeated from Let's Analyse - this prior activity was and is based around data, statistics and graphing.


18 March

I presented at the Canberra Mathematical Association's Annual Conference held at ADFA on the 16th March. The theme of the Conference was: Mathematicians: Agents of Change.

Here is my PPT for the event.

As Agents of Change, I covered

Each of these jobs has activities for teachers to give to their students. Not all the activities showed the maths involved and any suggestions would be gladly received.


March 2024

I have decided with the encouragement of friends to start writing a blog. I hope that it will be of some help to teachers and parents of students from Years 5 - 12.

If there is a topic that you wish me to research or add to this website, please let me know.

I get a lot of requests from teachers and parents from the USA - I do point out that this website is Australian-centric.



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