I am also new to the group and was thrilled to return from spring break to discover 32 pieces of correspondence. I enjoyed the discussion regarding calculators and computers and feel blessed that I have access to a computer lab with Minitab for my AP Stat classes.
In one of his messages, Robert Hayden briefly mentioned textbooks. This is my third year teaching statistics at the high school level. The first two, I used a book that is not on the AP list and my students did reasonably well (although they did not cover all the AP objectives). This year I am piloting the Moore and McCabe book at the recommendation of people at an AP workshop and am distressed at how poorly my students are doing and also the drop-out rate I'm experiencing. I'm afraid part of the problem seems to be the textbook--the lack of examples Robert Hayden mentioned plus generally obtuse explanations. Now my question--can I please hear from all of you who have used books on the AP Stat recommended textbook list as to successes (or lack of them) you have experienced. I understand that, because the couse is new, no book meets all of the objectives well but we still have to select a book for next year.
One other thought, can those of us attending the NCTM conference in San Diego get together?
Thanks for your help.
Lee Kucera Capistrano Valley High School 26301 Via Escolar Mission Viejo, CA 92692 firstname.lastname@example.org