We talk about authentic problems in mathematics education all the time. Following yesterday’s class vote, we give the kiddos all the data from 8 classes and have them pick the winner several different ways. First, we let them pick their own way of deciding and there are some cool methods, including one group which gives points for people who pick the candidate as their first choice and take away points for people who rank the candidate last.
As it turns out, regardless of which of the methods we use, the same person wins (I need to re-read the article we based this task on, which had several different, more complicated ways to pick a winner).
Picture: The data and an answer sheetWhat do you notice? What do you wonder?