Department of Statistics

"What was the most valuable part of the day for you?"

Feedback to the 2012 Statistics Teachers' Day.

Gillian Crowe

Gillian Crowe, Westlake Girls' High School

“It’s opened my eyes to how many people were involved in statistics education and the development of the statistics curriculum over time. I’m seeing the big picture today, and that’s reassuring.”

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Pravina Ali, Westlake Girls’ High School

“I absolutely loved the plenary session, where we found out about the history of statistics education – I can use that as a starter for my class. I have used Gapminder, which was discussed in that first session, and my girls loved it – seeing data in picture form is what makes statistics meaningful for them.”

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Simon Webster, ACG New Zealand International College

“What stood out for me was the plenary talk by Sharleen Forbes [Adjunct Professor of Official Statistics, School of Government, Victoria University of Wellington], which gave us pointers to where things are heading [in statistics]. That appeals to the futurist in me.”

Linda Boubee-Hill

Linda Boubee-Hill, Tauranga Girls’ College

“All the stuff I learned at uni [in statistics] has changed – teachers have to get up to speed very quickly [with the new curriculum]. What’s been valuable for me is to see the thinking of the teachers who developed the new curriculum and get an idea of how we can implement it at the chalk face."

Logan Lee

Logan Lee, Botany Downs Secondary College

“I’ve been teaching calculus to NCEA Level 2, but next year will be my first year teaching Year 13 statistics. I feel I have a lot to learn from today’s sessions and from my colleagues. Statistics teaching is shifting from calculating statistics to interpreting them.”

Heral Patel

Heral Patel, Otahuhu College

“I went to a workshop on bootstrapping, which was very hands-on – that’s what the kids need, things they can play around with and practice on. There are 350 maths teachers here – I didn’t know there were so many of us!”

Sylvestre Gahungu

Sylvestre Gahungu, St Pauls College

“What’s been useful is looking at the introduction of technology into the statistics curriculum and getting familiar with the new requirements of NCEA Year 13 statistics. The workshops are very interesting – the presenters know what they’re talking about.”

Lynee Mataele

Lynee Mataele, Manurewa High School

“It’s been very useful because I’m interested in a data analysis programme that has been discussed here – INZight. I’m looking forward to having a play. It will make statistics easier to teach. Having a lot of hands-on activities and relating to real contexts makes things easier for students.”

Malcolm Nuttall, Mt Albert Grammar School

“It’s fantastic for ideas and [to explore] the way students need to be thinking. It’s also encouraging as well – you think ‘I’m on the right track’.”

Josephina Ah Sam, Rutherford College

“I’m teaching Year 13 stats next year, so I’m getting insights into what I need to know. The workshop on bootstrapping was quite cool, and [the] one on probability. It was cool getting to play stats games rather than just someone talking.”