Ack, Not Another Bar Chart! Helping Students with Graphing

Kristin Hunter-Thomson
Presenter(s): Kristin Hunter-Thomson

Do your students struggle with making graphs? Do they plot everything in a bar chart? Have no fear, you are not alone! Join us as we think through the multiple different ways our students can be visualizing their data, beyond just bar charts. We will dive into how the kind of data we have and the questions we are asking determine what kind of graph we should use to visually represent our data. Finally, we will consider how to incorporate graphs differently into our current teaching either by making graphs by hand or using common graphing software (e.g., Excel, Google Sheets, Calc, Tuva, CODAP, plot.ly).

Instructional tool provided: Graph Type Matrix with Questions & Describing Words activity materials for K-5, 6-8, 9-12, AP/IB/College

Learning Intention(s):
  1. Participants will explore the most common graph types we are exposed to today in the world around us, and where each of those come in through the K-12 sequence of learning.
  2. Participants will practice developing a resource key for graph types by the kind of question we are asking of the data, which they can use with their students.

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