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Pre-AP®: Strategies in Mathematics — Analyzing and Describing Data

Expand your math teaching skills, techniques, and knowledge in this workshop

Workshop description

This one-day workshop enriches the data analysis topics taught in the middle and secondary grades by providing examples of activities where students collect data, use graphs and numerical summaries to get information from data, and communicate that information. By assuming the role of the student, participants will learn engaging strategies to discuss data collection and experimental design issues as they work through exercises and share observations and conclusions. Please note that science educators will also find this workshop beneficial.

Workshop goal

This workshop will provide materials and experiences to support mathematics and science teachers as they teach the central elements of statistical analysis.

Learning outcomes

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to

  • Provide problem-solving settings that build on the use of real data and incorporate active learning.
  • Help students use a variety of numerical and graphical tools for organizing and summarizing data.
  • Enhance students’ understanding of statistical concepts and encourage statistical thinking.
  • Leverage strategies for questioning students and guiding discussions as students consider sample selection, data collection, and information revealed by their data.
  • Go “beyond the textbook” in addressing statistical topics.
  • Start to design a curriculum that will promote thinking about, and enhance understanding of, introductory statistical topics.


  1. Activity 1: Is Michael’s Penny Unusually Old?
  2. Activity 2: Do Short- and Long-Rotor Helicopters Differ in Drop Time?
  3. Activity 3: Grocery Store Reach
  4. Activity 4: Using Volume to Predict Mass
  5. Activity 5: The Least Squares Line

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