Teaching Probability- some thoughts…

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Recently I have been teaching probability and I have had some thoughts about why some pupils may struggle to remember to write probabilities as fractions (or decimals/percentages in certain contexts) and then to apply ideas about probability outside of normal contexts.
The first thought I had was that we often don't distinguish between what probability is, and how we communicate that probability to other people. If we take some typical activities from early probability lessons we might well see questions or examples like these:

Now there is nothing necessarily wrong with these questions, but…
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