Reasoning from Data and Chance Summary

Monday - Friday, July 16 - 20, 2012

During week 3, Gail Burrill joined the working group to show us how some applications on the TI-Inspire could help bring statistical thinking to the surface. They learned about ways to make ideas like skewness, resistance, and confidence intervals more clear.

Participants also completed their projects, which can be found on the project abstracts page.

Finally, participants shared what they took away from working with each other in the group. Here are some excerpts:

"Working on my project with Leonard has helped me really figure out what the essential statistical concepts need to be covered at the high school level, which will prepare me to go back to my school and walk my colleagues through teaching statistical concepts they are unfamiliar and uncomfortable with. I am pleased with our project because I think it will be very useful to me and my colleagues in introducing out students to some of the statistical ideas they have not previously been exposed to."
-Marina

"When I taught statistics before, I could not get away from teaching simply the mechanics of creating different types of graphs, computing different measures and so on. It went terribly and I was not sure why. Now I feel confident in my ability to make statistics beneficial and interesting to my students by imparting to them the feeling that statistics is something that they can use to explore ideas that are interesting to them."
-Leonard

I am now more aware of statistical literacy, especially in the middle school and look forward to using our project to show the middle school teachers how to organize a data collection project. I will take away a better knowledge of analyzing and interpreting data and liked gaining beginner knowledge of Fathom.
-Barb

I liked getting to work with Fathom, as I feel it can be very useful in class. I also liked the discussions we had with during the first couple days about the experiment. You can have conversations like this in any class, and doing this deepens students conceptual understanding. I am glad that we were able to collaborate on a project--I feel that I will be able to use this lesson and tweak it for future use if I am to teach a statistics class.
-George

I liked getting to work with Fathom, as I feel it can be very useful in class. I also liked the discussions we had with during the first couple days about the experiment. You can have conversations like this in any class, and doing this deepens students conceptual understanding. I am glad that we were able to collaborate on a project--I feel that I will be able to use this lesson and tweak it for future use if I am to teach a statistics class.
-Kathy

I'm going to have a project I can execute no matter what my school offers me next year (which will most likely be Algebra II). I'm also much stronger at Fathom this year, which is wonderful!
-Jason

The one thing I will take away from this afternoon session is the importance of engaging and discussing on the multiple levels of a question with others, and how complex and entertaining it is to explore the different questions we can ask and then investigate the approaches we can take to answer our own questions.
-Dave

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