In the lesson, “Alphabet Statistics,” described by Marilyn Burns in her 1987 book, A Collection of Math Lessons (from grades 3 through 6), students explore letter-of-the-alphabet frequency of usage in print material. Over the years, Shelly Sheats Harkness used an adaptation of this lesson several times with middle-school students, high-school students, and preservice teachers. She shares it here with a technology twist.
Natasha Gerstenschlager re-envisions the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics' mathematics teaching practices (MTPs) as statistics teaching practices (STPs) and highlights the differences and similarities between them.
Today, computing power is cheap and accessible, so past models are not the only option for introducing students to these ideas. We want to make the case that randomization techniques could replace the mathematical models we have relied upon for so long–at least in introductory statistics. Randomization techniques are pedagogically superior, easy to understand, and easily transferable.
As a former associate editor for the Statistics Teacher Network— the predecessor of Statistics Teacher (ST)—new ST editor Jessica Cohen may be new to the role, but not the journal. Cohen will take over for outgoing editor Angela Walmsley with the journal's spring issue.
What’s Going On in This Graph?, a new monthly activity from the ASA and The New York Times Learning Network, will help teachers and students explore the quantitative aspects of reporting.
A team funded by the National Science Foundation is building STATS4STEM.ORG, a statistics-learning website with cutting-edge data, computing, and statistical learning resources. Project lead Eric Simoneau shows the current functionality of the site and shares the timeline for enhancements.