Believing assessment is awesome :-)

Believing assessment is awesome :-)

Assessment is awesome. How great is it when students complete a task and feel success with applying something they have learned? Without feedback on our work, how would we know which areas we need to improve? Assessment is important as it validates

What are our awesome messages?

What are our awesome messages?

For different topics I teach, I try to pull out what the three key aspects are that will be connected and tested to uncover student understanding. This approach is not the same as trying to define what happens at each stage

Not so awesome interpretations …

Not so awesome interpretations …

Being able to communicate an interpretation of a confidence interval is important. The reason why we care so much about students writing good investigative questions is so that when they come to answer these questions as a result of their

Using awesome real data …

Using awesome real data …

There is a lot of real data out there that can be used for learning about statistics. It’s important, though, to choose data with variables students can understand and can connect with. I was really inspired by a talk Rob

Using awesome contexts … and questions!

Using awesome contexts … and questions!

The New Zealand Income Survey SURF data set from Statistics New Zealand is a great resource (as are the many other awesome things available from Statistics New Zealand). I used this context and data set initially with a group of Year

Making awesome connections between standards …

Making awesome connections between standards …

Is there a way to get some great connections happening between standards that could also benefit student learning? Could we use the same set of sample data to explore relationships between different combinations of categorical and numerical variables and as a

Getting the awesome messages heard …

Getting the awesome messages heard …

Learning about statistics is awesome – it helps you to make sense of the world and it helps you to make good decisions when faced with uncertainty. It shouldn’t be that difficult to get these kinds of messages across to

Setting up awesome investigations …

Setting up awesome investigations …

  Statistical investigations are not necessarily the same thing as teaching activities. They can be pretty close but one area where I think we could do things more awesomely is spending more time pulling students into the context for the investigation.

Working with teenagers is awesome …

Working with teenagers is awesome …

  Teaching teenagers statistics is such an awesome job. These 10 ways to easily engage with teenagers by Chris Hudson will not be unknown to any high school teacher and could pretty much serve the foundation of any lesson plan. I

10 ways to embrace the awesomeness that is our statistics curriculum

10 ways to embrace the awesomeness that is our statistics curriculum

I’m pretty sure that none of us became teachers just so that we could teach our students to achieve assessments. We became teachers because we care about students; we care about their learning and we care about making a difference