On-Line for the 2021-2022 School Year
Teacher: Jen Driscoll
On-Line for the 2021-2022 School Year
"As I contemplated my retirement Jen was the first and only person I considered as my successor for teaching AP Statistics. I have known her personally for more than a dozen years. Jen is a homeschool parent herself, and the only one I would have trusted to educate my own kids. I know your students will be in wonderful hands with Jen"
-- Carole Matheny, AP Statistics Teacher for PA Homeschoolers for 12 years.
Class Tuition: Early Bird Discount: $780 if paid in full before June 30. $825 for the course if paid after June 30.
The class includes 2 full semesters; course materials are additional. We take a one-week fall break, a full week break at Thanksgiving, a two-week break in December and a one-week Spring break.
Dates at a glance:
- August 15 open enrollment deadline (until class fills)
- August 24 classroom opens
- August 26 course begins
- September 6 Labor Day
- October 11-15 fall break
- November 22-26 Thanksgiving break
- December 20-31 winter break
- March 28-April 1 spring break
- May 2022 TBA AP Exam/end of course
- The Practice of Statistics, Daren S. Starnes; Dan Yates; David S. Moore (2010) Fourth Edition. New York: W.H. Freeman and Co. ISBN-10: 1-4292-4559-X or ISBN-13: 978-1-4292-4559-3. (This book does not come with a CD, you certainly may buy a used text or e-book.) The 4th edition is quite different from the 2nd or 3rd edition so do purchase the 4th edition. There is a more recent edition of the text available, however we are continuing with the 4th edition this year as it is far less expensive to acquire used if you purchase it early, and combined with the additional materials provided in the course, has no disadvantage to the more recent edition.
- Computer, internet access, e-mail capability a MUST
- Scanner, cell phone, or camera to submit handwritten test material as a PDF.
- Graphing calculator, Casio fx-9750 GII or TI-84 suggested. There are numerous graphing calculator choices and the decision is yours.
- Some small items will be required throughout the course, such as m&m's and Hershey's Kisses. The costs will vary with your location, but will be minimal.
Prerequisite: Algebra 2
Students must complete Algebra 2 prior to start of class and be in the 9th - 12th grade during the 2021-2022 school year. Exceptions will be on a case-by-case basis. All home-schooled students who pay tuition on or before August 15 will be accepted or until the class fills. A passion for math is not required. If you meet these requirements and wish to join the class, please fill out the application form and email it to me. You will also need to register for the class through PA Homeschoolers.
Who Should take AP Statistics? Everyone!
Statistics is the most widely applicable branch of mathematics and is used by more people than any other kind of math. AP Statistics is a great option for students headed to a math- or science-related major, and who are looking for another math course before graduation. It is also a valuable math course for the non-math-loving student who often finds that for the first time they are enjoying math because they are seeing applications of math/statistics in their life.
For students not headed into a math- or science-related major, statistics is a useful and practical topic in today's society and some argue that these students are better served by taking statistics than calculus. The course does not depend heavily on advanced mathematical computation but rather you are asked to use your critical thinking skills to explain concepts and interpret results. To cement these concepts and assist you with interpreting results hands-on investigations are used throughout the course. Technology, such as the graphing calculator and statistical software, is used to lower the drudgery of computation.
Arthur Benjamin, a Mathematician at Harvey Mudd College, gave a TED talk titled: Teach Statistics before Calculus; a bold proposal on how to make math education relevant. You can hear his talk at ted.com: http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/arthur_benjamin_s_formula_for_changing_math_education.html
This class section will be building on the highly successful format and materials developed by retired PA Homeschooler's popular Carole Matheny, who developed the course at PA Homeschoolers over the past twelve years, yet the course will also be updated with current materials.
AP Statistics is a college level introductory course to statistics in which students will learn to collect, organize, analyze, and interpret data. These broad conceptual themes are:
- Exploring Data
- Producing Models Using Probability and Simulation
- Experimental Design
- Statistical Inference
Students use technology, investigations, problem solving and writing as they build their conceptual understanding of statistics.
Our class day begins with a Daily Message posting which expounds on the day’s statistical concepts. The student will read a few pages from our text and apply these new concepts to problems. Students are able to daily test their knowledge through random multiple choice questions. These questions come from the present and all previous material covered in the course providing the student with a means to constantly review topics. Throughout the course we have hands-on data collection assignments where we apply what we are learning to real data. Students can practice their emerging statistical skills by responding to several free response questions from each chapter which helps the student develop their statistical understanding. Students will be required to take a bi-weekly chapter test with an occasional free response question component similar to the AP Statistics exam.
On most days students will not "meet" at a scheduled time, but will work asynchronously to study within their own schedule. The Daily Message is posted prior to midnight EST for the following school day permitting overseas students to work on today’s assignment in sync with my time zone. Class assignments for the upcoming one to two months are posted online permitting students to work ahead if needed. Travel plans and special events can be accommodated with advance notice.
While this class is neither reading nor writing intensive you will be required to do both. Students of the past instructor report spending 1 - 2 hours per day, on average, on AP Statistics. Some students may require more or less than that, but plan on allocating time for statistics daily.
Students are encouraged to ask questions of their peers and of me on our communication board. Students utilize the online discussion boards to interact with classmates, to post any questions they have from the reading material and homework assignments, to answer classmates questions and most importantly to discuss the interpretation of our results. This class will operate semi-asynchronously, with weekly live sessions available for face-to-face instruction and office hours.
The class will have at least one weekly live session---a one-hour live lecture where the instructor will present concepts which are covered in corresponding chapters; where students will work through statistical problems that they might see on the AP Stats exam or explore the statistical aspects of current studies. In these sessions students will have the opportunity to ask questions and interact with the instructor and discussion is encouraged. Live sessions are presented through the Zoom platform which is easily accessible. Although the live session recordings will be available throughout the year, students are encouraged but not required to participate in the actual live sessions. The live session days and times will be decided during orientation week in August and again in December, after polling students to determine a time that will accommodate the most students.
Office Hours: Several times a week I will announce on our communication board that I am in my *office* permitting students to pop in through our Zoom platform to directly ask questions and discuss statistics. These are live sessions and permit students a similar experience to stopping into their teacher’s office. My virtual office door is always open. Students can communicate with me via email, or through the discussion board. I encourage students to share information about the topics which they are learning and ask questions in order to improve their understanding.
Student assessment will consist of a combination of multiple choice and free response exams, hands-on activities and home-work. Class participation is not required but is encouraged and is rewarded with extra-credit points. The exams are graded using the AP exam scoring guidelines. Frequent use of questions in the same format as the AP Exam is intended to prepare students well for the AP Exam.
Course History: The 2021-2022 year will be my first year teaching AP Statistics! However, the course format and materials for THIS SECTION are built on Carole Matheny's highly successful PA Homeschoolers AP Statistics class, which has a high rate of success at preparing students for the AP exam, college coursework, and statistical knowledge they have applied in other areas after the class has finished. Our goal will be to continue and build on this success story.
Jennette Driscoll, BS Penn State University, BS University of Delaware
I have previously tutored students at the University of Delaware, specializing in statistics, plus mathematics from pre-algebra through calculus. I received a Bachelor’s in Linguistics from Penn State University and a Bachelor’s in Biology from the University of Delaware. After graduating from the University of Delaware, I worked with a dual appointment as a Research Assistant at Nemours/AI duPont Hospital for Children in the Center for Applied Clinical Genomics, Human Genetics Research Lab, and in the Speech Research Lab, where I was part of teams investigating chromosome 15 duplications in autism and chromosome 3 genetic relationships to unexplained speech delays. I left Nemours about twelve years ago, and shortly afterward began homeschooling my two children. As a scientist, giving our kids a foundation in understanding how mathematics and science work has always been a priority in our homeschool. Before long, I was also teaching local co-op classes in the history of science, labs in chemistry, biology, and genetics, and online classes in physics. My kids are veterans of studying AP-level classes with me at home and through PA Homeschoolers, including my youngest son who is studying AP Statistics with Mrs. Matheny in the 2020-2021 school year. The use of statistics is a critical tool in all of the sciences I have researched and taught, but also in correctly interpreting the data we encounter in our everyday world from advertising and sporting events to medical information and political campaigns. AP Statistics has a wonderful history here at PAHS, and I really look forward to continuing that tradition as I work with our next generation of critical thinkers!
Reviews from Prior Students and Parents:
"I am currently majoring in Chemistry in college and it is due to Mrs. Driscoll. She is one of my favorite teachers. I took Bill of Rights, History of Science, and Chemistry (with Lab) with her. She brought these subjects to life for me and instilled a lifelong love for Chemistry, Science, and Equity. I only wish she was teaching my college classes now." --K.J., Chemistry, History of Science, and Bill of Rights student
"Mrs. Driscoll is honestly one of the best teachers I’ve ever experienced. She makes challenging and difficult topics actually fun, and so easy to understand. I enjoy always knowing what is expected of me, because Mrs. Driscoll lays it all out clearly. Her classes are fun and interesting too, I’m never afraid to raise my hand. Even if I get something wrong, she never makes me feel bad about it and I end up learning more because she helps me figure out the right answer. I wish she could teach more of my classes, I really enjoy my time with her." --Ari W., Physics student
"Mrs. Driscoll is a good teacher whose passion for the subject makes the class fun. She tries to make sure everyone is following and presents the material in an organized manner." --R.S & W.S, Physics Students
"This course was very well put together, with detailed planning through every aspect including description, syllabus, lectures, and assignments. Mrs. Driscoll is skilled at fostering an inclusive and supportive environment for her students. Her sense of fun and enjoyment of the subject make her teaching very engaging. She is organized and communicative, so I always feel informed on my child's progress and am confident my child will have a firm grasp of the subject matter. Mrs. Driscoll is an excellent teacher who asks a lot of your student in a gentle way that helps your child achieve their best." --W.S, Physics Parent.
"Jennette Driscoll has taught my youngest for three years. She created wonderful, enriching, and supportive classes for all her students. He thrived in her classes and looked forward to her detailed feedback. She never criticized, but rather critiqued and offered understanding and support." --T.L., Chemistry, History of Science, Bill of Rights parent
"Mrs. Driscoll is an engaging teacher who clearly has a passion for the subjects she teaches. Her courses are well thought out in terms of a balance of learning and skill work and she finds ways for students to learn from each other through workshopping assignments. The class syllabus and weekly assignments are clear and easy to follow. Mrs. Driscoll makes the class fun, helps the students feel comfortable, but also challenges them at the right level. No one would leave class wondering if Mrs. Driscoll cares about the students and the subject matter.She clearly wants to the students to succeed and maybe even feel a bit excited themselves about the course topics." --J.M., Physics Parent
"My child has taken one class so far from Mrs. Driscoll and I am scouring her course offerings to see when we can take another. She is a phenomenal instructor, and it is abundantly clear she wants students to succeed. Her classes are well thought out and implemented realistically so no one is left behind. She sets clear and concise guidelines and holds students accountable, which sounds basic but is actually sorely lacking these days. I appreciate the time and effort she puts in to planning, it’s refreshing and a huge weight off my shoulders. I know that the quality of the education my child receives while Mrs. Driscoll is at the helm is unparalleled. I highly recommend her as an instructor." -- Morgan W., Physics parent
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