## Reflection: Real World Applications Graphing Meaningful Data - Section 5: Closure: What does your graph tell you about your progress?

I was so happy to see that students enjoyed this standard approached in a different manner than they had before. One student told me that it was fun to see their own data graphed. I asked if it bothered him that other students would see his graph and his progress. When we use personal relevant data for our students to study, I have noticed that the math work is successful! There is something about wanting to know what the numbers say about us that drives us to learn how to use them to tell the story.

"No! As long as I made progress, it doesn't matter if I got 100 because I will get 100 someday."

The cool part about this ap is that I can set it for higher goals once that 100% is met. Students who had theirs adjusted could see the jump downward and the progress upward after it was set to something more challenging. They could see that their hard work pays off.

Even though I have been emphasizing personal growth and progress, he has his sights set on 100%. He is secure enough in his learning environment to think that it doesn't matter that on October 14 he had 2%. Now he is up in the 55% range. I think that is how learning and goals should work.

This gives students a chance to appreciate their efforts. Bar graphs are pretty. They just are. While the line graph would show the ups and downs, I chose to stick with what the standard required of them. They will make line graphs later. The mathematical practices that were covered were pretty extensive in this lesson. They did a lot of thinking as the lesson progressed! They used tools ( technology, graph paper, their online data) to support their analyzing of data.

My next step will occur later when more data is graphed and there will be a writing component to improve their abilities to write interpretations about their graphs.

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Real World Applications: Meaningful data

# Graphing Meaningful Data

Unit 3: Graphing and Data
Lesson 1 of 5

## Big Idea: Students use their timed test scores to create a bar graph that compares their progress in learning math facts.

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### Mary Ellen Kanthack

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