Author Archives: Robert Lochel

About Robert Lochel

Robert Lochel (RLochel@hatboro-horsham.org) teaches Mathematics at
Hatboro-Horsham High School in Philidelphia (http://mathcoachblog.com/)

Facilitating AP Statistics student projects

Robert Lochel, Hatboro-Horsham High School

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The Advanced Placement Statistics curriculum contains many natural opportunities for students to demonstrate their understanding through projects. In my course, students complete three major projects during the year: an “old wives’ tale” experimental design project, a casino game design project, and a final comprehensive project after the AP exam in May.  Balancing my desire to have students think critically and creatively about a research question, while providing some structure to help students reach clear assessment targets, isn’t always easy. Here are some suggestions for helping teachers design project-based learning experiences.

 … this was a “what if” we could have avoided by clearly defining each stage of the project before collecting data.

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