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Spreadsheets, statistics, mathematics and computational thinking

May 14, 2018
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We need to teach all our students how to design, create, test, debug and use spreadsheets. We need to teach this integrated with mathematics, statistics and computational thinking. Spreadsheets can be a valuable tool in many other subject areas including … Continue reading →

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Why decimals are difficult

May 2, 2018
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Why decimals are difficult

Why decimals are difficult Recently a couple of primary teachers admitted a little furtively to me that they “never got decimals”. It got me wondering about what was difficult about decimals. For people who “get” decimals, they are just another … Continue reading →

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Statistical software for worried students

April 5, 2018
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Statistical software for worried students

Statistical software for worried students: Appearances matter Let’s be honest. Most students of statistics are taking statistics because they have to. I asked my class of 100 business students who choose to take the quantitative methods course if they did not … Continue reading →

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Improvisation in the Mathematics Classroom

March 19, 2018
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Improvisation in the Mathematics Classroom

The following is a guest post by Andrea Young, requested by Dr Nic Petty. Improvisation comedy Improvisation comedy, or improv for short, is theater that is unscripted.  Performers create characters, stories, and jokes on the spot, much to the delight … Continue reading →

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There are many good ways to teach mathematics

March 5, 2018
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There are many good ways to teach mathematics and statistics Hiding in the bookshelves in the University of Otago Library, I wept as I read the sentence, “There are many good ways to raise children.”  As a mother of a … Continue reading →

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The problem with videos for teaching maths and stats

February 14, 2018
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The problem with videos for teaching maths and stats

The message of many popular mathematics and statistics videos is harming people’s perceptions of the nature of these disciplines. I acknowledge the potential for conflict of interest in this post –  critically examining the role of video in learning and … Continue reading →

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The Central Limit Theorem – with Dragons

February 5, 2018
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The Central Limit Theorem – with Dragons

To quote Willy Wonka, “A little magic now and then is relished by the best of men [and women].” Any frequent reader of this blog will know that I am of a pragmatic nature when it comes to using statistics. … Continue reading →

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Dr Nic, Suzy and Gina talk about feelings about Maths

January 10, 2018
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Dr Nic, Suzy and Gina talk about feelings about Maths

This hour long conversation gives insights into how three high achieving women feel about mathematics. Nicola, the host, is the author of this blog, and has always had strong affection for mathematics, though this has changed in nature lately. Gina … Continue reading →

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Videos for teaching and learning statistics

January 9, 2018
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It delights me that several of my statistics videos have been viewed over half a million times each. As well there is a stream of lovely comments (with the odd weird one) from happy viewers, who have found in the … Continue reading →

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Lessons for a budding Social Enterprise from Elevate

December 14, 2017
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Statistics Learning Centre is a social enterprise set up by Dr Nic Petty and Dr Shane Dye after leaving the University of Canterbury. Our aim is to help the world to feel better about mathematics and statistics, by inventing, creating … Continue reading →

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