In 1994 I wrote an alternative curriculum for our Probability and Statistics students at Chippewa Falls (Wisconsin) High School that employed Monte Carlo simulations. The students’ reactions were so positive that we increased our one section of this course to three sections in just three years. As a consequence, I asked another math teacher at our school to teach a section of this course and over the next nine years, two additional teachers were also teaching sections of this course. One of those teachers and I updated this curriculum in 2006 to reflect current statistical data and he began teaching all the sections of this course. When he moved to another state, I mentored a newly hired math teacher while he taught all the sections of the Probability and Statistics course. All of these teachers shared with me their appreciation of having a curriculum that was specifically written to excite students about such a class. In June of 2014, I retired from the Chippewa Falls school district after 41 years of teaching.
This new instructor continued teaching this course until the 2015-2016 school year with two sections assigned to him during the first semester and a third section assigned during the second semester. After two weeks into the second semester, he was offered a director’s position at the local university that required his immediate acceptance. With his departure, Chippewa Falls High School could not find anyone to teach this course so they contacted me and I agreed to teach this course for the remaining four months of the school year.
Having just taught this course after a hiatus of many years, I know that there are components of this curriculum that are relevant and worthwhile for student investigations. Therefore, I am placing this Probability & Statistics curriculum on the TpT website for free in hopes that interested teachers might find different or unusual ideas that they might apply in their own teaching.