Reflection: Shared Expectations Statistics - Opening Activities and Discussion - Section 2: Formal Definition/Debate


After trying this debate in my statistics class, the conversation became heated between three particular groups:  the COLLECT group, the ANALYZE group, and the DRAW CONCLUSIONS group.  

It was a lot of fun to see the students engaged in serious, but light hearted conversations about which quality of statistics is the most important.  I brought the activity to a close once I noticed that 2 particular students had gained control of the conversation, and everyone else became mere spectators.  With these particular students, things could have quickly gotten out of hand, but I did not allow that to happen.  I appreciated all of the arguments that were made, and I told the class that I was proud of how they professionally handled the debate.  I feel as though commending my students on this effort reminded them of my expectations for this type of dialogue.  The whole post activity conversation went a long way to ensuring a safe and effective learning environment.  It was one of those times as a teacher when I knew that I had the students' attention, and they completely understood where I was coming from.

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Statistics - Opening Activities and Discussion

Unit 4: Statistics: Something for Everyone
Lesson 1 of 21

Objective: Students will be able to compare their own definitions of statistics to a formal “textbook” definition. They will extend and debate aspects under the wide umbrella of statistical thinking.

Big Idea: Statistically speaking, this lesson HOOKS KIDS 100% of the time!

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Math, Statistics, Algebra II, master teacher project, 11th Grade
  40 minutes
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