Stepping into Statistical Thinking

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  • 1 Montana State University, Bozeman, MT
  • | 2 Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
  • | 3 Gallatin High School, Bozeman, MT

We used the Footprint problem to engage middle school students in statistical thinking.

Mathematics Teacher: Learning and Teaching PK-12
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