You will need copies of the music brain research handout for this section.
Team Work 15 min: I give each team a copy of the music brain research handout and encourage them to look for information that supports or refutes the original statement, with the caution that any evidence they find must be mathematically sound research. We have some iPads available for classroom use which I give to teams as they request them for further research. Our school now uses iPads k-12 so our students are very familiar with them. We also invest time across the curriculum developing student research skills so I don’t have to teach that at this point, but you may need to review finding and citing appropriate sources. I tell my students that they will be choosing to defend or refute the statement using statistics and will be presenting their case to the class. This lesson may seem a bit removed from mathematics, but I believe that in order to understand that statistics are a truly valuable tool for interpreting, evaluating, and making inferences about data my students must first understand what comprises good statistical data/research. I challenge each team to make a decision about whether they accept the statement or not, again based on mathematically appropriate information. As the teams begin to organize their information I walk around the classroom giving support and redirecting as necessary.
There are two activities in this wrap up. For the first, I ask my students to each write a brief (one-two paragraphs) explanation of why they made the choice they did including the statistics that support their choice. Although we've already heard from each team, having each student articulate their thoughts individually helps reinforce their abilities to reason and to communicate. The second activity is both wrap up and homework. I tell my students that for tomorrow they each need to find at least one article or advertisement that makes a statement and includes some sort of statistics to support the statement. For example, "Four out of five dentists surveyed recommend Trident sugarless gum to their patients who chew gum." I ask that they either bring in hard copy of the statement and stats or have a website we can check. The final part of this assignment will be for my students to determine why or why not the stats supporting the statement are sufficient.