Imagine using textbook provided statistics to solve data problems with which you have no connection. How can we expect students not to be bored with math when it is taught this way?
Providing my students with hands-on manipulatives will allow them to collect real world data, which can be used for research and statistical analysis while making predictions and learning basic statistics.
Our high school is located in a rural community and has 1050 students, with over half of our school population receiving free or reduced price lunch. The students who will be served range from 10th to 12th grade and are in an advanced level statistics course. They need to be challenged to make mathematics connections beyond the basic level. Students in this school setting are well behaved, but it becomes a constant struggle to keep them fully engaged. Statistical manipulatives will give them the opportunity to become involved in and connected to the math they are learning.
The resources I have chosen for this project will impact students at every level of statistics. A large portion of the class will be spent on probability. Items that I have included that will enhance learning probability include dice, playing cards and spinners. Students will use these to simulate chance events and collect data. Students will use tape measures as well to help collect data and test hypotheses about distance and height. The last item on my resource list is the TI-SmartView. This software is a giant calculator that can be projected on the wall or SMART Board for students to use and demonstrate how statistics can be calculated on a calculator. All the resources I have listed are important to the hands-on approach to statistical learning for my students.
The goal of today's classroom is to prepare students who are career and college ready.
By helping to fund this project, you are allowing students time away from the everyday use of their textbook and experience statistics firsthand. The students may not realize how much their world and yours is affected by data and statistics, but their increased engagement through use of these materials can change that. By supporting this project you can help shape and prepare the future leaders in our society.
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