With three sections of 32, 34 and 35 in AP Stats I am trying something different this year with teaching calculator skills. Instead of teaching the skills as I go like I did in previous years I switched it up and burned a day. It was not wasted though, it was highly productive. I have learners with Nspire’s, TI-83’s, TI-84’s, TI-89 Titaniums, and Casio’s in my class. This variety is killer with a large class. If I had to teach how to do a 1 variable stats on all platforms as I go, class would grind to a halt pretty quickly.
With that in mind, I decided to do something radically different. I burned the day of content, and instead focused on “can you find these commands on your calculator don’t worry about what it means just find them.”
Calculator fill in blank instructions DOCX format
Calculator fill in blank instructions PDF format
I am okay with burning the day because I promised the class when one of them said, “But wait, I forgot how to do a 1 var stats!” my response would be, “Then I am here at lunch for you to show you.” I will not spend any time in class teaching how to use the calculator, we will spend time in class USING the calculator.
In addition, I added some materials to my site for AP Stats: http://www.mrwaddell.net/apstats/ for calculator help: http://www.mrwaddell.net/apstats/learner-resources/calculator-instructions
There are links to video playlists, video searching, as well as some good resources for using the different calculators.
Will it work? Only some time will tell.
I know that I will be busy updating calcs over the next few weeks. That is super important.