This week I spent some time coming up with some inquiry based /open-ended tasks for our current math unit on statistics and probability. The first project was designed to replace the formal "unit end test" we have done in previous years, and the others were created as a way to introduce students to brand new outcomes on mean, median and mode. I'm excited to see what the kids can come up with!
In a math class where there are so many students working above grade level expectations, I sometimes struggle to find activities that are appropriately challenging and engaging for all students in the room. I have a small group of students that are working at a high school math level and so they often enjoy the challenge of working together to solve problems.
Here is an example of a project I had two group of students working on during our recent fractions, decimals and percentages unit. I started by collecting the data for them, but next year I think I will see if they can brainstorm ways to collect this data on their own, and perhaps even work in a way for them to meet with the admissions office. I was happy that both groups of students chose to display the data differently!