### 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 teenagers since they are so important. But then think about what decisions teenagers actually get […]

### Statistics flowers (data cards)

Inspired by Fisher’s Iris data, this sample of flowers was created through simulation from a carefully designed model. From a student’s perspective, these flowers represent a random sample of flowers from a much bigger population of statistics flowers. The idea is that students get all of the 300 cards and need to measure different features of the flowers […]

### 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. We don’t need to start with questions and problem development right at the beginning, and then […]

### 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 definitely have found that considering these kinds of ways to connect with teenagers in your […]

### 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 to their lives in positive and empowering ways. We also absolutely care about preparing students […]

### Using data challenges to encourage statistical thinking

This post provides the notes for a workshop I ran at the Christchurch Mathematical Association (CMA) and Auckland Mathematical Association (AMA) 2015 Statistics Days about using data challenges to encourage statistical thinking. What is a data challenge? These are just the words I am using to describe a competition that involves (big) data. Some good […]

### Auckland Marathon 2015 runners (population data)

The data for each runner entered in the Auckland Marathon 2015 was obtained from https://www.aucklandmarathon.co.nz/. This data is owned by the organisers of the Auckland Marathon and can not be used for commercial purposes unless by prior written permission from the organisers. For each runner, the following was recorded: bib number name time in hours (this is blank if […]

### Rugby World Cup 2015 players (population data)

The data for each player in the Rugby World Cup 2015 was obtained from http://www.rugbyworldcup.com/. This data is owned by the Rugby World Cup Ltd (RWC) and can not be used for commercial purposes unless by prior written permission from the RWC. Thanks to @cushlat for the idea 🙂 For each player, the following was recorded: team played for […]

### Census at school stick people (data cards)

This population of stick people was created using data from the Census at School 2015 database. For the data cards, rather than put/indicate gender on the card I have used a fictional name, taken from the names of children entered in the 2015 Auckland kids marathon. The relevant questions from the Census at School 2015 survey are […]

### How do we deal with outliers?

This post provides the notes for an Ignite presentation I ran at the Christchurch Mathematical Association (CMA) 2015 Statistics Day on dealing with outliers. If you are not familiar with an Ignite presentation, it is 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds for a total presentation of five minutes! I’ve finally decided to post my […]