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AMATYC Starts Tomorrow 

AMATYC Starts Tomorrow 

Looking forward to attending sessions! With AB 705, I am looking at all of the different acceleration models. As always, I will also focus on student motivation, innovative classroom strategies, technology in the classroom, and statistics.  I will be using Twitter to report out as I go.  Also looking forward to catching up with some old friends and making some new friends. My college will have 9 instructors in attendance (home-field advantage) so this should be a fun, educational experience. 

AMATYC Starts Tomorrow 

AMATYC Starts Tomorrow 

Looking forward to attending sessions! With AB 705, I am looking at all of the different acceleration models. As always, I will also focus on student motivation, innovative classroom strategies, technology in the classroom, and statistics.  I will be using Twitter to report out as I go.  Also looking forward to catching up with some old friends and making some new friends. My college will have 9 instructors in attendance (home-field advantage) so this should be a fun, educational experience. 

Learning Catalytics at #AMATYC

Learning Catalytics at #AMATYC

It’s AMATYC week! This Thursday I will be co-presenting a commercial session (C4 – 1:40-2:55pm in Marina 3) with Diane Hollister. We will give an overview of how Learning Catalytics works, as well as how we use it in our classes. If you would like to start using student response systems in your class, this is the tool for you! I hope to see you there – George

Introducing Hypothesis Testing Through Confidence Intervals

Introducing Hypothesis Testing Through Confidence Intervals

(Sorry for the lack of blogging here … I have two texts in production and it has really slowed me down …) Last week in my Statistics classes we learned to construct confidence intervals for a population proportion and a population mean. On the last day of the week I had students work on a project that contained a mixture of these types of confidence intervals, and then students had to extend their knowledge to use the interval to perform…

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One Proportion Tests w/ Binomial P-Values

One Proportion Tests w/ Binomial P-Values

Last fall I began using an approach to incorporate inferential techniques into my Intro Stats course much earlier than I used to. (Hat tip to Matt Davis from Chabot College in CA for the inspiration to do this.) I began using simulations, randomization, and bootstrapping to start exploring statistical inference. I introduced my students to the concept of confidence intervals and evaluating claims about population parameters based on sample evidence. I first formalize the hypothesis testing language and procedure with…

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Flipped Friday – Intro Stats

Flipped Friday – Intro Stats

Last fall I started teaching my intro stats class using the flipped classroom model. I have found many benefits to this approach: My students are more active and engaged in class. I am able to cover much more material than I ever covered before – including simulations, bootstrapping, and non parametric tests. My students level of understanding when it comes to inferential statistics and the “big picture” is higher than ever. I am currently blogging each day, documenting my progress…

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TBT – Encourage Creativity

TBT – Encourage Creativity

Unfortunately, many of today’s students view mathematics as a non-creative field. They’ve been told that there is only one way to solve a problem. Rather than search for solutions, they have become conditioned to waiting on their instructor to tell them what to do and how to do it. First, students need to dispel that myth that there is only one way to solve a problem. This week I was introducing the general addition formula for finding the probability of…

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MyLab Monday – How Many Questions?

MyLab Monday – How Many Questions?

One of the most frequent questions I get about MyLab homework and quizzes is “How many problems do you put in an assignment?” My most frequent answer … It Depends. When I first started my homework assignments had somewhere between 15 and 20 questions. My chapter quizzes, which became semi-chapter quizzes, also had between 15 and 20 questions. As I have aged, I apparently have become a minimalist! I have drastically cut down the length of my assignments, and I…

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Reusing Flip Materials In Online Class

Reusing Flip Materials In Online Class

Last Spring I flipped my elementary algebra class. For each section I used a cycle of three assignments in MyMathLab to make it all work. FLIP Assignment This was a media assignment that incorporated concept videos, example videos, and homework exercises. Students completed these assignments before class. Reflect Quiz This was a 5-question quiz, focused on the problem types I felt were the most important in that section. The first attempt loaded a personalized homework, and students could take the…

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