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Stats, Gangnam Style: YouTube, Assessment, Surprises

My school year is  well underway !  I’m teaching three sections of AP Statistics,  two sections of Precalculus, and working on a new  sports research course  “Sports, Stats, and School.”  With nearly 50 students in AP Statistics,  I’m finding it … Continue reading

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“Stats, Sports and School:” A new adventure beyond AP Statistics

I’ve been teaching AP Statistics since the 1996-1997 school year, the first year the exam was offered by the College Board.  If you’ve never seen / experienced the course as a teacher or student, check it out.  I had always … Continue reading

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PCMI 2012: Data Group Results

Well,   It’s been a bit  too long since PCMI Ended:   I promised to follow up on the work that the working group at PCMI did in  Reasoning with Data and Chance . You can find the abstracts of their … Continue reading

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PCMI 2012: Experiments with our Data Group

This will be my seventh and final year with the Secondary School Teachers’ Program (SSTP) at the Park City Mathematics Institute. It has been the most transformative and influential professional development experience of my career. I was a participant for three … Continue reading

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Free Response Questions: 2012 AP Stats, possible answers?

Hi All, The College board recently released the 2012 AP Statistics Free Response questions today.  Possible solutions, 2012 FR questions. Any corrections, comments, and feedback appreciated. Note:  I am not a representative of the College Board, nor a member of any committees … Continue reading

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My Interview with GOOD.is

About 8 weeks ago, I was interviewed via Skype about my views regarding good teaching. I was flattered for being asked based on some perceived “expertise,”  but I’m mindful every day about how challenging the act of teaching is.  There are … Continue reading

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Sept 26th: Why I’m not posting

Hey Blogosphere, I haven’t posted in a while.   The first few weeks are in full swing, and that’s been my top priority.  As much as I love the feedback and sharing that occurs from posting, I haven’t  Why?   … Continue reading

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Update: Dear Santa. I want great online software

So  I was looking up the population of China and India, and I stumbled upon this:   http://www.google.com/publicdata/home.     It looks like Gapminder.org,    but with all of the power / ad-free majesty of Google.   I’m hopeful and … Continue reading

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My Goal this year: Making homework work for seniors.

This year, I  will teach two sections of AP Statistics, as I have since 1997.   I feel confident in providing good activities for kids, setting appropriate standards for the students I teach, modeling the kind of writing/ reading/ thinking … Continue reading

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Response to a NYT editorial (via Patterns in Practice)

I’m so pleased that Al Cuoco crafted a cogent response to a recent NY Times editorial regarding “what needs to happen in math education.” Here’s his post. A recent editorial in the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/25/opinion/how-to-fix-our-math-education.html puts forth a plan … Continue reading

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Responses to the Plinko Applet “From Cool to Useful #1:”

Thanks for the responses to my previous blog post, where responses can be read.   I was  surprised at the diversity  of responses and ideas with the Plinko applet.  I also appreciated the feedback from others who suggested ways that this … Continue reading

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From Cool to Helpful, #1: The Plinko Applet

So I have been reading some of  Dan Meyer‘s  series of “What can you do with this”   posts.  Cool Stuff, to be sure. My efforts will be less ambitious, but still helpful, I hope.  If you don’t live under … Continue reading

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Dear Santa: I want great online data software.

As the final days of the summer wind down for me,   I am starting the “prep time”  that all teachers go through before classes start. I get very ambitious and idealistic, and try to stay that way for as … Continue reading

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PCMI: what is it all about?

You may be hearing a lot about PCMI from me and other bloggers.  What is PCMI?  The Secondary School Teachers program at PCMI  is the deepest, most transformative professional development experience I’ve ever seen for math teachers. Seriously.  Imagine 3 weeks … Continue reading

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August 1: My reflections on Orlando’s NCTM Institute on Reasoning/Sense Making.

Correction:  I referred to Lisa Henry as Lisa Meyer in an earlier version of this post.  My error, and apologies to Lisa!    This is a long post:  hopefully future ones will be briefer! I just returned from Orlando FL, … Continue reading

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Hello world!

Hi Blogosphere! I have finally been persuaded to start a weblog regarding my thoughts and reactions to things I encounter as a teacher and working with other math teachers.  And other stuff too. I teach statistics and math at a … Continue reading

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