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# Journal 1 - Mandi McGaha Monday Today we reviewed our final...

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Mandi McGaha Monday, January 14, 2008 Today we reviewed our final exam from last semester. I made a lot of careless mistakes on the exam, but I really didn’t remember too much about the exam until I saw it again today. I think that it was important that we start off with old stuff on the first day of class this semester. I had not given a second thought to any class since returning home in December, which fortunately provided for a very restful break filled with sleep and skiing. When teaching I feel that it will always be important to review something old on the first day or even the first several days of class. Sometimes it takes students a few days to get back in the swing of things, and I feel that it is important to be comfortable again before moving on to new things. Wednesday, January 16, 2008 Today we talked about two sided p-values. We talked about how the p-value is equal to the probability of the evidence you have, equivalent evidence, or more extreme evidence. We then calculated several p-values for both upper and lower tails just as we had calculated p-values before. We were doing this using a way that the book chooses to find these values, but after finding that Minitab does it differently it was decided that we would go with Minitab’s way of determining the value. To find this value we use the Stat menu, find Basic statistics, and choose 1 proportion. Today I got to see winging it in action, which is something teachers do all the time. I think that sometimes learning to wing it as a young teacher will be very hard to do, because you want everything to go as planned. It may take some time to get use to the fact that things in my classroom may not always work out the way I had anticipated; however, I think that it is important to learn to be flexible in order to benefit the class. Using Minitab is much easier to think through the process and makes more sense to me than the way we were initially talking about these values, so by being flexible and experimenting with what works best, Dr. Kader helped the class as a whole.

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