Tag Archives: Data and Statistics

Statistics For All

In my daily search for math news, I found this great clip from TED from 2009 by Arthur Benjamin. The overall message from Professor Benjamin is that calculus shouldn't be the pinnacle of high school math courses that we push all students to strive for, but rather statistics and probability should be the 'mecca' of high … Continue Reading ››

Deadly Blooms and the Intimidating Box-and-Whisker Plot

Last Thursday at The Marine Mammal Center, where I do volunteer care for sick animals, I attended a scientific presentation called “Not All Blooms Are Beautiful—Some Are Downright Deadly!” Much to my surprise, I arrived at an “aha” math moment, but not before learning about how sea lions may lose their sense of smell … Continue Reading ››

Issuing a Recall

I was recently in a school where an Algebra 2 teacher was lamenting how painful it was to allow his students to use calculators in class and on tests. His diatribe reminded me of my stand on calculators in the classroom when NCTM first recommended their use in the late 1980s. I questioned why I … Continue Reading ››

Data and Statistics: A Way of Thinking

One word comes to mind when I think about data and statistics: FEAR. My own educational experience with data and statistics is not exactly stellar. I don’t remember learning it in high school (apart from mean-median-mode), and in college I took calculus-based statistics before finishing calculus. When I did come across statistics in school, it was … Continue Reading ››