So I need to blog more about what goes in my classes and I rarely do get around to getting stuff written down, let alone polished and uploaded. Why? Well there are some great bloggers out there that are putting out great blogs and it is intimidating to imagine being asked to write something of a similar level of quality. It’s also hard to sit down and put in the time it takes to reflect when I have to do a million other things for school, family, and
watch cat videos important business matters.
However, I can try, so I’m going to try. Each class blog (clog) will be short, to the point, and as close to daily as possibly.
This unit is looking at statistics and we started off by finding the “one number to summarize” a number of different questions about the people in the class. They got in groups and went table to table looking for their groups data. When they finished all but one of the six groups used the average to calculate the data. It was kind of weird, so I asked them all to write about it and got back responses like:
It’s fascinating that most kids think the average is the most convenient, easiest and best way of finding the answer. Especially when they could have picked the mode which is literally counting. I am going to push students to come up wit different ways to think about the measurements of values by highlighting the differences between the different measurements.