After teaching statistics last year and loving it, I am so glad to see this! I totally agree…and since it was said on TED, it must be true!
It’s about to go down! My stats class has begun working on their final project. They get to choose a topic of local interest and will be required to maintain their own blog tracking their progress. Student blogs must be updated weekly with information about what they have done, and next steps to be taken. I am so excited about this project, and look forward to great things to come.
“Keepin’ it Real: Real Math from Real Life”
Throughout my AP Statistics course, student groups will take turns recording and uploading a bi-weekly webcast in a news report-style format. Students will find real-life data and/or summary statistics and integrate topics discussed the previous 2 weeks in class to analyze or display the data in meaningful ways that are interesting for viewers. Students will be assessed on the inclusion and appropriate use of all of the methods discussed in class during the previous week and proper data collection from reliable, accurate sources using approved protocols. Students will also be assessed on their proper use of the vocabulary of statistics to describe the methods, results, and inferences included in their report. Other areas of assessment for this project will be determined collectively by the students as an introductory activity at the beginning of the school year. Students, parents, teachers, and community members outside of class will be able to view and critique this ongoing project, ensuring a dynamic, interactive project that will mimic the nature of relevant statistical research.