AS Use of Maths students do a unit on data analysis. A lot of it is ‘have some pseudo context data, work some stuff out and then talk about it formulaically’ Balls to that. Boooring.
Now I am not the biggest stats fan in the world, but at least make it a bit interesting? Which is why I love Dan Meyer’s mini Feltron idea. It gives students the opportunity to collect data that is relevant to them, analyse it a s they see fit, and extract mathematical ideas and meaning from what comes out.
I didn’t want it to be a massive project, just a boost into extracting meaning from data, and comparing and contrasting data sets. With this in mind, I set them fist the task of collecting information about how many text messages they sent over the course of a few days, and then jumped into the idea of recording more about yourself over the Christmas holidays. I got on board as well (That’s mine in the top right)
Over the next two or three lessons I had planned to get the class to make graphs of their choice, then find people with the same variables and compare.
I anticipated some students would not have collected the data (and was unfortunately not proven wrong) so they get use my super boring data. What I did not anticipate was this:
So now I have to come up with something for that student to do. AWESOME.