Reflection: Problem-based Approaches Mean Absolute Deviation - Why be MAD? - Section 2: Explore


Okay, so mean absolute deviation is definitely in the 6th grade curriculum, however my students insisted they had never seen or heard of it!  It worked out fine since my lesson did sort of start from scratch, but I was a little bummed that none of the kids came to the table with any prior knowledge.  Perhaps it slipped through the cracks in our transition to common core...I am not sure!  The kids really loved the basketball problems with the two kids - where on paper the one child would look like a much better player, but in reality a coach would probably go for consistency - making the other child the best choice! 

  Problem-based Approaches: Hmmmm.....
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Mean Absolute Deviation - Why be MAD?

Unit 10: Statistics
Lesson 2 of 10

Objective: Students will be able to use mean absolute deviation to determine variation and consistency in data sets.

Big Idea: Mean absolute what?! Students will use MAD to look at variation in sets of data.

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Math, making predictions, Statistics, mean absolute deviation, 7th grade, statistics
  60 minutes
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