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Teaching the Middle Grades Data and Probability Standards through Exploratory Tasks

Posted on April 05, 2021 by May Wong

6th - 8th Grade Math Teacher

Goals & Collaborations

What were your big takeaways from your workshop or project?

-Data science should play a larger part in middle and high school mathematics. Only 3% of 7th graders get to 12th grade calculus, yet 60% of adults say they use data in their daily lives. Data science plays a central role in the new math framework coming out later this year.

- Many resources were shared: New York Times' "What's going on in this graph?",, Youcubed data course, and CODAP online graphing app - Rather than just calculate landmarks such as mean, median, mode, students should investigate the shape of data.

How does what you learned connect to your goals this year?

My ongoing goals are to try to connect lessons to the students' lives.

How might this opportunity lead to collaboration with other faculty?

Jess and I would like to use the Dear Data book project with our 6th graders. They will collect data (topic TBA but one that is relevant to their lives) for one week. Using visual cues such as color, shape, frequency, size, etc. they will represent their multivariate data.

Would you recommend this opportunity?


Optionally, offer a one sentence recommendation for the opportunity.

YouCubed is a great resource for math

Interested in collaborating or do you have questions about Teaching Middle Grads Data and Probability Standards Through Exploratory Task?

Reach out to May Wong directly to begin a conversation!


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