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Private: Learning Math: Data Analysis, Statistics, and Probability

Classroom Case Studies, Grades 3-5

Explore how the concepts developed in this course can be applied through case studies of a grade 3-5 teacher, Suzanne L'Esperance and grade 6-8 teacher, Paul Snowden, both former course participants who have adapted their new knowledge to their classrooms.

This is the final session of the Data Analysis, Statistics, and Probability course! In this session, we will examine how statistical thinking from the previous nine sessions might look when applied to situations in your own classroom. This session is customized for three grade levels. Select the grade level most relevant to your teaching.

In This Grade Band: 
Part A: Statistics as a Problem-Solving Process
Part B: Developing Statistical Reasoning
Part C: Inferences and Predictions
Part D: Examining Children’s Reasoning

In the previous sessions, we explored statistics as a problem-solving process that seeks answers to questions through data. You put yourself in the position of a mathematics learner, both to analyze your individual approach to solving problems and to get some insights into your own conception of statistical reasoning. It may have been difficult to separate your thinking as a mathematics learner from your thinking as a mathematics teacher. Not surprisingly, this is often the case. In this session, however, we will shift the focus to your own classroom and to the approaches your students might take to mathematical tasks involving statistics. See Note 1 below. 

As in other sessions, you will be prompted to view short video segments throughout the session; you may also choose to watch the full-length video for this session.

In this session, you will do the following:
Explore the development of statistical reasoning at your grade level
Analyze the use of the four-step process for solving statistical problems in a classroom at your grade level
Review mathematical tasks and their connection to the mathematical themes in the course
Examine children’s understanding of statistical concepts


Note 1
This session uses classroom case studies to examine how children at your grade level think about and work with data. If possible, work on this session with another teacher or a group of teachers. A group discussion will allow you to use your own classroom, and the classrooms of fellow teachers, as case studies to make additional observations.

The suggested times for this session allow time for personal reflection and group discussion.

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Private: Learning Math: Data Analysis, Statistics, and Probability


Produced by WGBH Educational Foundation. 2001.
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  • ISBN: 1-57680-481-X