Day 2: In Stats, It’s All About the Chocolate
My goal this year is to use a lot more activities to engage my students in conversations about what we’re trying to learn. But I want those activities to have long-term impact and yet enjoyable – so they must include toys or food! So I have been blatantly “stealing” ideas that other selfless teachers have shared over the years in their blogs and on Pinterest. I found a perfect introduction activity around data collection and displaying data that includes using M & M’s at Teaching Statistics blog. I was so impressed with my APS students! They collected and displayed the data in record time, yet still enjoyed the activity while offering awesome observations about the resulting data displays including “typical” values and the idea of “variability” when two data sets had approximately the same center. I plan to use this image to recap how to “CUSS and BS” about data displays next week. Maybe when we talk about measures of spread, we’ll revisit these displays. How do you use previous activity results to connect to new learning?