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Mathematics teaching Rockstar – Jo Boaler

July 25, 2016
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Mathematics teaching Rockstar – Jo Boaler

Moving around the education sector My life in education has included being a High School maths teacher, then teaching at university for 20 years. I then made resources and gave professional development workshops for secondary school teachers. It was exciting … Continue reading →

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Teachers and resource providers – uneasy bedfellows

July 18, 2016
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Teachers and resource providers – uneasy bedfellows

Trade stands and cautious teachers It is interesting to provide a trade stand at a teachers’ conference. Some teachers are keen to find out about new things, and come to see how we can help them. Others studiously avoid eye-contact … Continue reading →

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Enriching mathematics with statistics

July 14, 2016
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Enriching mathematics with statistics

Statistics enriches everything! In many school systems in the world, subjects are taught separately. In primary school, children  learn reading and writing, maths and social studies at different times of the day. But more than that, many topics within subjects … Continue reading →

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Teaching sampling with dragon data cards

June 23, 2016
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Teaching sampling with dragon data cards

Data cards for teaching statistics Data cards are a wonderful way for students to get a feel for data. As a University lecturer in the 1990s, I found that students often didn’t understand about the multivariate nature of data. This … Continue reading →

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There’s more to reading graphs than meets the eye

May 9, 2016
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There’s more to reading graphs than meets the eye

There’s more to reading graphs than meets the eye For those of us who know how to read a graph, it can be difficult to imagine what another person could find difficult. But then when I am presented with an … Continue reading →

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Papamoa College statistics excursion to Hamilton Zoo

March 8, 2016
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Papamoa College statistics excursion to Hamilton Zoo

Last week I had a lovely experience. I visited the Hamilton Observatory and Zoo as part of a Statistics excursion with the Year 13 statistics class of Papamoa College. The trip was organised to help students learn about where data … Continue reading →

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Data for teaching – real, fake, fictional

February 15, 2016
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Data for teaching – real, fake, fictional

There is a push for teachers and students to use real data in learning statistics. In this post I am going to address the benefits and drawbacks of different sources of real data, and make a case for the use … Continue reading →

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What does it mean to understand statistics?

February 3, 2016
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What does it mean to understand statistics?

It is possible to get a passing grade in a statistics paper by putting numbers into formulas and words into memorised phrases. In fact I suspect that this is a popular way for students to make their way through a … Continue reading →

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The normal distribution – three tricky bits

January 18, 2016
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The normal distribution – three tricky bits

There are several tricky things about teaching and understanding the normal distribution, and in this post I’m going to talk about three of them. They are the idea of a model, the limitations of the normal distribution, and the idea … Continue reading →

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Understanding Statistical Inference

November 9, 2015
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Understanding Statistical Inference

Inference is THE big idea of statistics. This is where people come unstuck. Most people can accept the use of summary descriptive statistics and graphs. They can understand why data is needed. They can see that the way a sample … Continue reading →

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