Lesson 1.1 – Statistics: The Science and Art of Data

  • Identify the individuals and variables in a data set, then classify the variables as categorical or quantitative.
  • Summarize the distribution of a variable with a frequency table or a relative frequency table. 


Learning TargetsPhoto Sep 10, 10 54 16 AM

We decided to make Learning Targets an important part of the daily routine.  We write them on the white board for each day and students must record them in their notebooks at the start of each lesson.

The learning targets serve two purposes.  (1) Students are aware of what they need to know when they walk out of the room and (2) the teacher knows what the priority of the lesson will be.


Using the Textbook

Most students have never actually read a math textbook.  The textbook is simply dead weight in their backpack that they must have to do their homework problems.  We are trying to change that.  We want students to learn some skills in managing the text that will help them to be successful in college.  So today, I pulled out my old college Physics textbook and showed the class how much highlighting and note taking I had done with the textbook.  Then we went through the text as a class and I modeled my thinking out loud.  I made sure that students knew that I don’t want them to memorize definitions and formulas.  I want them to be able to put them into their own words….to apply them to new contexts….to be flexible in their thinking.

Photo Sep 10, 10 54 21 AM

After we had worked through the text for Lesson 1.1, students worked in groups of four to pick out the main points of the lesson.  Students brought these ideas to the front white board.  Notice that these are not words stolen from the text.  They are the words and ideas of the students.

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