This post will be short and sweet. I just wanted to post some pictures of what my statistics students and I have been up to lately. Sometimes I wonder what my principal think I am teaching in statistics. The last time he walked in my stats class unannounced, my students had the desks pushed apart, and they were in the floor, catapulting gummi bears. They offered to let him catapult a gummi bear, but he refused.
A couple of weeks before that, my principal's wife (who runs our library) walked down the hall while we were carrying out an experiment on paper air planes and the effect of wingspan on distance traveled. She didn't say anything, but I can only imagine the conversation that probably ensued between her and her husband regarding my unique teaching methods...
I learned so much about my students' current understandings of statistics by eavesdropping on their conversations while working through these data collection activities.

Our Supplies 

We tested the catapult on varying stacks of books to determine if that made a difference in the distance traveled. 

Measuring the gummi bear's distance 

Our Airplanes to Test 

Measuring the Distance Traveled. I try not to post pictures of my actual students. But, I think this one turned out blurry enough that I'm safe! 

Unexpected Results 
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