"Gelman's and Nolan's class demonstrations sound so fun and instructive they make me want to build a stats course around them. Why are students in larger than average families? Why are there fewer baby girls in China? After students secretly put sequences of real and made-up random coin tosses on the board, how can Gelman and Nolan tell which are which? How could students who have worked together on such problems not be fascinated with the explanations?" -- Frank Morgan, Williams College
"Teaching Statistics: A Bag of Tricks by Gelman and Nolan could have also been appropriately named 'Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Teaching Statistics, but were Afraid to Ask'! Much more than just a collection of engaging activities and examples, it also includes informative discussions of pedagogy and practical tips on everything from course organization to effectively integrating activities into the classroom to maintaining interest and motivating students. Both new and experienced teachers of statistics will find this book to be a valuable resource." -- Roxy Peck, Cal Poly
"Gelman and Nolan have constructed a tour de force of clever demonstrations that will permit all who use them to communicate more effectively many of the deepest ideas of statisitical thinking." -- Howard Wainer, Distinguished Research Scientist, National Board of Medical Examiners
"With this book, Andrew Gelman and Deborah Nolan have taken an excellent step toward inspiring statistics teachers to do more. In a simple and easy to reference volume, they have collected a variety of real world data examples and classroom demonstrations that serve as supplements or alternatives to lectures. . . . The outstanding feature of this book is the way in which it details how the applications provided can be carried out in class." -- Richard Cleary, Bentley College
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