Starting a project

Writing for the CPM AP Statistics text started with a week at a Homewood Suites in Minneapolis right across the street from the Mall of America. I didn’t get out much, other than when I got to eat dinner with @VeganMathBeagle and @trianglemancsd on my first night and one night out with the whole writing group.Read More

Summer of Statistics

I have not blogged much this summer, partially because I’ve been working. Working hard. On this: Yes. CPM, the creator of the student-centered geometry book that blew my mind, is creating an AP Statistics book. And I’m helping to write it. And, having complete control over the AP Statistics curriculum in my school, I’m also usingRead More

#MTBoS Critical Friends Group

I have been reading about using the Critical Friends Protocol for improving teacher products (lesson plans, products, problem sets, whatever) and it seems really neat. The basic process is this: Critical Friends Process Presentation One person, the presenter, presents a product they would like feedback on. This can be anything. The presenter shows everything they haveRead More

Infinite “Extra Credit”

I teach AP Statistics, which I find to be an incredibly challenging curriculum. I have a very heterogeneous group of math confidence levels (students who took Algebra II as juniors up through students in multi-variable calculus taking this as a second math), we do almost no probability and statistics in our earlier curriculum, and, frankly,Read More

Experimenting with a bit of stick-making (subtitle: freshmen are flexible but seniors are STRESSED)

I am doing a few “Make it Stick” style experiments this semester (even though I’m only one chapter into the book; it’s amazing how things percolate through the PLN…). The biggest one I’m trying is regular low-stakes quizzes, combined with slightly lagged homework and assessment (which may not actually be from Make It Stick). IRead More