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Calculations Aren't Enough!

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
Unlike mathematics, statistics comes with a context. The author reminds teachers that data analysis involves using the context to make sense of the numbers. The article stresses good communication skills by highlighting the scoring...
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Teaching Students How to Write AP Statistics Exam Responses

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
But this is math—we don't need to know how to write! The article makes a point that class members in AP® Statistics should be comfortable writing as the exams require it. Individuals quickly realize that quality writing is crucial to a...
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Don't Forget the Differential Equations: Finishing 2005 BC4

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Not explaining reasoning falls short of perfect. The article covers problem number four on the 2005 AP® Calculus BC exam. Using a similar problem, the author discusses the Euler Method procedure to answer the question. With the...
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AP® English Language and Composition Special Focus: Writing Persuasively

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
It's not always easy to persuade others. However, it may even be harder to teach others how to be persuasive. Educators get personal insight from Brent Staples, an influential commentator, as well as gain ideas and activities on teaching...
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The Satterthwaite Formula for Degrees of Freedom in the Two-Sample t-Test

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Sample some statistics with Satterthwaite. Instructors of AP® Statistics read up on the Satterthwaite formula for degrees of freedom in the two-sample t-test. They see where it comes from and learn about the mathematics underpinning the...
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Three Calculator Simulation Activities

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Calculators sure come in handy. An AP® Statistics instructional resource provides suggestions for using calculator simulations. It gives activities for adding variances, normal probability plots, and t distributions.
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Planning and Conducting a Study

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
Plan to use the activities on planning studies and experiments. A curriculum module for AP® Statistics gives instructors some useful information on how to conduct studies, sample surveys, and experiments. It also has some ideas for...
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Random Variables vs. Algebraic Variables

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
Variables can vary in meaning. A reference material for AP® Statistics explains the difference between random and algebraic variables. It provides a hypothetical situation involving dice—great for use in a classroom situation.
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Is That an Assumption or a Condition?

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Don't assume your pupils understand assumptions. A teacher resource provides valuable information on inferences, assumptions, and conditions, and how scholars tend to overlook these aspects. It focuses on regression analysis, statistical...
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Power in Tests of Significance

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Test your knowledge of tests of significance. A curriculum model for AP® Statistics describes and defines power in terms of tests of significance. It also provides two classroom activities designed to investigate power and how it relates...
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Computer Science Carnival

For Students 10th - 12th
Take a ride and have some fun with computer science. Scholars set up and conduct a carnival with a computer science theme. It has activities involving binary numbers, computer hardware, decryption, conditional statements, loops,...
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An Introduction to Polymorphism in Java

For Students 10th - 12th
Run a lesson on run-time polymorphism. An AP® curriculum module introduces polymorphism in Java. It identifies the five major types of run-time polymorphism and provides a brief description and example for each type.
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Sampling Distributions

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
The validity of data depends on the strength of the sample. A collection of instruction and activities focuses on sampling distributions and the analysis of that data. Scholars learn about distribution tests such and Central Limit...
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So Much Data, So Little Time

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Organizing data in a statistics class is often a challenge. A veteran statistics teacher shares data organization tips in a lesson resource. The instructor shows how to group data to link to individual calculators in a more efficient...
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Coke® Versus Pepsi®: An Introductory Activity for Test of Significance

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
Most people claim they can tell the difference between Coke and Pepsi. Scholars conduct a fun experiment to test that claim! Once learners collect their data, they analyze the results and determine if the statistics are significant.
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Special Focus: Inference

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
Statistics is all about making inferences! A lesson guide explains the meaning of inferences and how to use statistics to make them. The resource provides instruction as well as information about the topic on the AP® Statistics exam. 
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Why Variances Add - And Why It Matters

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Why is adding variance important? A lesson outline defines a variance theorem and how it affects the data statistics. The instruction shows scholars the importance of considering the variance of data and why it requires independence.
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GridWorld: A Curriculum Module for Computer Science

For Students 10th - 12th
Stretch out the grid. Teaching modules provide suggestions on how to use the case study, GridWorld, throughout the year as opposed to only right before the exam. The instructional units provide suggestions for presentations, assignments,...
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Team Problems in Computer Science

For Students 10th - 12th
There is no I in team. Seven team problems provide classmates the opportunity to work with a partner on a task. Projects span the course and require pupils to apply their knowledge. Tasks range from writing the algorithm in English to...
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Strategies for Teaching AP Computer Science

For Students 10th - 12th
Implement strategies from the beginning to the end. A collection of strategies and lessons span from the first day of school to after the exam. Resources cover basic information such as computer ethics and top 10 tips to a instructional...
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GridWorld Case Study

For Students 10th - 12th
The gridline is not just for Friday. Created for the first year, the GridWorld case study was part of the Computer Science course, the resource provides suggestions for integrating it throughout the course. Four instructional components...
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Using the Java Collections Hierarchy

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Collect a set of collections. Professional development material provides teachers with information about collections that are in AP Computer Science. Materials include teaching strategies, sample labs, and worksheets. Educators use the...
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Object-Oriented Design

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Just jump in with both feet. To better teach Java, one must think Java. The College Board built document immerses teachers in object-oriented design by providing several resources for use. Resources include teaching strategies, design...
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Advanced Object-Oriented Concepts

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Advance inheritance in the classroom. The resource is a professional development module with sections great to use in the classroom. Sections cover ideas of inheritance in Java along with abstract classes. Each section includes a...