Getting students talking with statistics

Jamie Karnik sent me a great tip after our last get together, about speaking activities. Here’s what she said:

Hey Dave,

I’m attaching a scan I made of the Business Options (Oxford, 1999) book I use sometimes. Protocal Statistics 2It’s an old book, but I still like a lot of parts in it. It’s got good grammar explanation and a lot of white space for students to think and take notes.

The scan is of the front matter of a chapter, as I explained on Friday. What I like to do with these pages is white out one word-like you mentioned- and have them discuss the topic (it also works well with one-to-one’s) and then guess some possible gap fills. Depending on what I want them to learn, I will white out words which fit to the rest of my lesson. Of course a lot of these statistics are outdated, but I just mention which year they are from. So far, they have worked well.

Thanks again for an interesting talk, and best of luck with the rest of your week!

Best
Jamie

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