Brainstorming session ideas

1. Basic understanding
• Math operations
• Comparing numbers on different scales
2. More basic math
• Order of operations
• Laws of Exponents
3. Context matters
• Units: 5 grams is not the same as 5 pounds
4. Numeracy
• Can they put these in order: 0.05, 0.025, 0.10, etc
• Scientific Notation - especially on calculators
5. Terminology
• Being able to explain without statistical jargon. What is a p-value? What does "reject the null hypothesis" mean in this problem?
6. Frequencies are different from rates
• (We don't fix a problem by making all the samples the same size.)
7. Parameters versus statistics
9. Thinking skills
10. Study Skills
• Show students how to create a practice test. Tell them to take the sample problems and work them without looking at the solutions.
11. Every time we use a word like "parameter" we slow the students down.
12. Words matter:
• 60 + 70 = ?
60% + 70% = ?
If we have 60% market share on the East Coast and 70% market share on the West Coast, what is our overall market share?
13. Organizational skills
14. Association
• We talk about confounding. Then we don't discuss it again.