Monday, May 29, 2017

Video: Random Sampling

Pew Research Center has just launched Methods 101, "a new occasional video series dedicated to explaining and educating the public about the basic methods we use to conduct our survey research."

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Total Amount of Skittles: Fixed or Variable?

Today, I read a great post from Dan Meyer talking about a 3-Act lesson he did in an elementary school having students estimate the total number of Skittles in a jar. A statement he made got me thinking about the variability or fixed nature of the total.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Common Core Algebra II: A Truckload of Oranges?

Can someone please explain to me WTH "The Orange" question (#26) from the January 2017 Common Core Algebra II Regents was asking?

This question is... just, wow. Where do I even begin?

Friday, December 2, 2016

MfA Fall Function: Why I Stay

A few weeks ago, I had the honor of being asked to be the teacher keynote speaker at the 10th Annual MƒA Fall Function. Early in writing my speech it became clear that my speech should be about me, about the positive impact MƒA has had on my teaching career, but most importantly about what I feel makes MƒA so meaningful to someone like me.

The following is the speech I gave:

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Thanks to the... Election, Statistics is Cool Again

Way back in 2012, Ellie Terry Vierling and I presented "Thanks to the 2012 Election, Statistics is Cool Again" at the inaugural MƒA MT2: Master Teachers on Teaching. Ellie and I looked at statistically modeling issues related to the election and cowrote an activity that we conducted in our classrooms. Guess what? Despite the fact that the 2016 presidential election is just slightly more bananas, it's still relevant.