Brainstorming session ideas

- Basic understanding
- Math operations
- Comparing numbers on different scales

- More basic math
- Order of operations
- Laws of Exponents

- Context matters
- Units: 5 grams is not the same as 5 pounds
- Be more specific about what we are talking about.

- Numeracy
- Can they put these in order: 0.05, 0.025, 0.10, etc
- Scientific Notation - especially on calculators

- Terminology
- Being able to explain without statistical jargon. What is a p-value? What does "reject the null hypothesis" mean in this problem?
- Frequencies are different from rates
- (We don't fix a problem by making all the samples the same size.)
- Parameters versus statistics
- Reading skills
- Thinking skills
- 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.
- Every time we use a word like "parameter" we slow the students down.
- 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? - Organizational skills
- Association
- We talk about confounding. Then we don't discuss it again.
- We talk about randomness.

But I start early. Ten tosses of a coin. Who has special powers? (Who got a long run?) How could we tell if they had special powers, i.e. if they had an unusually long run? - How to introduce distinguishing reality from noise.