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Teaching Statistics

Teaching introductory statistics (Psy 107), was and still is the most difficult thing I’ve ever done. I was told by others in my field that it would be easy because it was simply intro stats, nothing complicated. However, teaching the basics to 50 students from varying backgrounds and little to no formal training in statistics proved a challenge. Especially when approximately half of the class considered themselves to be “bad at math.” I tried interspersing jokes to make it less threatening and giving practical examples to make the usefulness of it more visible, but I still found I couldn’t break past “the wall” many students put up when it comes to learning math and math-related topics. Does anyone have any stories or examples of how they made statistics or math more accessible to students?

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