Teacher: Haley Rauch, AP Statistics
Project Goal(s): Students work in small groups to create short plays that illustrate the human stories behind statistics.
DESCRIPTION OF ACTIVITIES
Through a residency with Epic Theatre Ensemble, students work in small groups to create short plays that illustrate the stories behind statistics. They research a moral issue of interest, present the statistics they find on their topic, and write short scenes to show what each statistic means in context, and what details it may conceal. In this way students get to engage with statistical research, applying the theories learned in class to real situations, and using statistics and theater to create an informed dialogue about their chosen issue.
ETA funds were used for teaching artist fees.
The statistics teacher and Epic teaching artist co-developed a rubric that equally weighted the math content and the theatre lens. Students had to research relevant statistics, integrate them into the script seamlessly, and then make a compelling story (so that it would more than factual recitation).
They turned out great!