Sweeten Statistics with some authentic activities.
Statistics and Data can be quite a dry topic for students with many calculation quite repetitive and tedious. However you can sweeten the deal by focusing the calculations around data that is more interesting for students. This can be based around student hobbies like sports, music or celebrities. Cricket is particularly statistical and widely followed by Australians but other sports such as soccer, basketball, baseball and many others also have strong statistics.
I have seen interesting activities on the statistics of Aria winners and here is one on the Melbourne Cup I think works particularly well Melbourne Cup frequency histogram.
Another approach is to use things that are interesting themselves i.e. food. Sweet probability has proved to be a crowd favourite in my class. It has proved engaging to students from years 7 to 10 unanimously. Sweet Probability