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  • What could this data represent?

    Posted by Shawn Hershey on May 24, 2019 at 11:59 am

    I am looking for some feed back on a real life scenario that this data could represent.  I am working on making box and whiskers plots visual and would like to put some context to the data.  Thought I would throw it out to all of you.

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    Shawn Hershey replied 3 years, 8 months ago 3 Members · 4 Replies
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  • Kyle Pearce

    May 25, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    Hi Shawn – are you set on this specific set of data or could it be open to “any set” of data that might be worthwhile for a box and whisker plot to help organize the data?

  • Shawn Hershey

    May 26, 2019 at 5:44 am

    I was hoping to use it because of the way it works out to help kids build an understanding of box and whiskers, but I am not steadfast to it.  As long as the data works out nicely for the understanding piece.  I plan to share it with everyone once I complete it to get feedback.

  • Rachel Rohan

    July 8, 2019 at 11:21 pm

    Hi Shawn, I have had success using my students’ test/quiz data for box and whisker plots (I used Microsoft to create it for me). Seeing data they understood was a helpful introduction for this often least-comfortable statistics topics (even in 9th grade). Using personal and relevant data also held their attention when I compared two box plots simultaneously – a sudden class competition presented through box and whisker!  Lastly, the topical data helped me assess what they already could interpret and compare before my dreaded pre-teaching (e.g. asking students which class had a greater maximum grade, are there any outliers..). Presenting a visual helped the the 5-number summary stick in their minds, and they can now consider reasonable answers.


    You could use your data from your post after practicing with box and whiskers and ask kids what they think the data could represent (you will likely get answers like number of snapchats, number of hits in a video game, etc.). 

    P.S. to assess their understanding about when to use a single value (odd number of elements) vs. when they need to average two values (even number of elements), you could try a Would You Rather? style question. Kids will always prefer an odd-element list if they actually know how to find the median, for example. That type of question will save you (and them) time to address whether trouble spots are associated with how to find the 5 number summary, or if students are having calculation errors.

    • Shawn Hershey

      July 9, 2019 at 5:12 am

      Awesome Rachel.  Thanks.  I love the would you rather idea too.  Will definitely use that.