8th grade statistics. It’s gonna be an adventure.

8th grade stats standards in the Common Core are pretty skimpy. Scatterplots, lines of best fit, correlation/causation, and two-way frequency tables are basically it. I’m still brainstorming for high-quality stats projects to get kids thinking statistically, while tedious data collection that shouldn’t be the point of a middle school statistics unit. I’m also teaching box plots, histograms, cumulative frequency graphs and an intro to standard deviation as part of my school’s curriculum, which should be exciting.

Anyway, first day of stats on Monday — introducing it with some of the data from this article about Facebook statuses. Idea is to get some investment in the value of data, and the value of representing it in different ways. Curious what students will think.

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