This week started a new trimester. This trimester I’m teaching Probability & Statistics. It’s exciting and nerve-racking for many reasons. I really enjoy teaching this class – it’s exhausting, but I love it. I am teaching 9th grade and the lower-level Prob/Stats course. My goals for this class are to (1) introduce students to a different kind of math, (2) engage them with activities as much as possible, (3) foster a collaborative learning environment, (4) give no (or minimal) homework and (5) have fun and get to know these students that I will only have for one trimester.
This week we started day one with some tabletop (twitter thank you for sharing your idea), adding to my Happy Wall, and the game Would You Rather. Students chose a question to ask and collected data – the goal was to try to predict how the entire student population would respond to their chosen questions. (This idea stolen from .) These questions were awesome. Would you rather…
- have Spiderman or Ironman on your Basketball team?
- use duct-tape as toilet paper or superglue as toothpaste?
- never have a zit or never have a headache?
- have your wedding at Chuck E. Cheese or Subway?
I used this as a very informal introduction to samples, populations and sampling methods. Students presented their data to the class in a brief Google presentation.
To continue with our sampling learning target, we used the classic Jelly Blubber activity – modified for my class. And students did awesome work on a Tree Sampling Activity.
Today, plans are to formally discuss some of the vocabulary, do a little sampling card sort, and begin A Case of Muddying the Waters. PS – Card Sort activity was awesome to watch kids discuss different sampling methods.
My Happy Wall