“What’s Going on in this Graph?” is a new feature from the New York Times that will appear on the second Tuesday monthly for the rest of this school year. Building on the success of a long-running similar activity, “WGOITPicture,” this version posts a graphic that has appeared recently in the NYT, with much of the information removed. Students are encouraged to analyze the image by thinking about these three questions:
- What do you notice?
- What do you wonder?
- What’s going on in this graph?
There is a comment section where students over 13 years old, (or teachers) may post their observations, questions, and extrapolations. A moderator from the American Statistical Association gives online feedback on the day the graphic is posted, and then the actual details are revealed at the end of the week.
The first “What’s Going on in this Graph?” was posted yesterday. According to the caption, it has some connection to Hurricane Harvey – but what, exactly? That is for your students to try to discern. From the comments I have read so far, there are some extremely perceptive students attempting to decipher the graph’s meaning; it will be fun to see the answer on Friday!