Class Openers Statistics

Class Opener – Day 43 – Statistics as Art

Big Stats test tomorrow – students are getting antsy, lots of movement happening with review and reflection.  Today was a good day to step back, think about the role of numbers in society and appreciate some intriguing artwork.

Chris Jordan is a photographic artist whose works “Running the Numbers – an American Self-Portrait” cause you think of the largeness of our world, and the amount of waste we create. His website contains a number of fascinating pieces which zoom to reveal a statistic about our society’s wastefullness.  It’s an awesome experience, and we started class today by discussing a number of the pieces and the large numbers they represent.  There were a number of “whoa” moments as the composition of each picture was revealed, and I read the helpful statistic attached to each work.  Based on the size of each piece, there are some great estimation discussions to be had here as well.  It’s statistics – it’s art – world are colliding in a cool way!

Chris’s TED Talk “Turning Powerful Statistics Into Art” can also be shared with classes to learn more about the message of these pieces.


By Bob Lochel

HS Math Teacher. Hatboro-Horsham School District, Horsham, PA.

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