Dotty Thinking - Idea for Teaching Statistics

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Created byTES_Maths

This is a video to accompany my article for the TES Magazine ('Dotty Thinking') that offers up a simple, fun idea to get students engaged and making meaningful data comparisons, including mean, median, mode, range and a whole host of statistical diagrams including cumulative frequency, histograms and bar charts. Click the links below to see the article and download the resources (Video tutorial, PowerPoint and Excel). Ideal for KS3 and GCSE students.

  • How many dots - better or worse.pptx
  • Collecting the Data.xls
  • How many dots.pptx
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How many dots - better or worse

pptx, 90 KB

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Collecting the Data

xls, 46 KB

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How many dots

pptx, 47 KB

About this resource
CreatedSep 20, 2012
UpdatedJan 13, 2015

12 Reviews

  • 5Recommended
    user avatardwatson8022 months agoreport

    The best resource I have ever used to bring Averages to life. Students loved it, talked about it and more importantly understood the averages. Thanks for sharing.

  • 5

    Thank you for this. To adapt for KS2, you can set the task up as 'which team are the best guessers'? Children then have a smaller data set to work with when calculating the mean.

  • 5
    user avatarSarahViner4 years agoreport

    Love this - will be excited to use this with my Grade 8s.

  • 4

    Great resource. really looking forward to using it. Thank you!

  • 5
    user avatarvera104 years agoreport

    Great and very versatile.Thamks.