Fortuna, CA (PRWEB) August 23, 2005
The author developed this book as part of a thesis project for a Masters degree at Humboldt State University by combining 20 years participation in Fantasy Football with 11 years experience teaching mathematics to students in grades 5Â8. The book can be found at http://www.fantasyfootballmath.com and lists for $19.95.
The author used this resource in his classroom for several years and observed the positive impact it had on studentsÂ attitudes toward mathematics. ÂFantasy Football and MathematicsÂ was the most successful curriculum I used in the classroom,Â Flockhart stated. ÂMany students who were afraid of math began to gain confidence. I was initially concerned that the game would marginalize girls, but girls were as successful and had as much fun as boys. In fact, both boys and girls ran into my room every day wanting to play the game.Â
ÂFantasy Football and MathematicsÂ addresses the social and cognitive needs of students in several ways:
- Students are given the power and autonomy of managing their own team.
- Student interest is maximized because of the hands-on features (technology, graphing activities, and the use of newspapers).
- Students receive multiple (weekly) exposures to concepts in order to facilitate mastery learning.
- The game emphasizes the use of fractions, decimals, percentages, and algebraic equations - core concepts for middle school and high school students.
- The game emphasizes the use of visual aids, which facilitates learning for learning-disabled students.
According to Flockhart, ÂMillions of students in the U.S. are not proficient in mathematics because the subject matter does not interest them, and they do not see the relationship between math at school and math in their personal lives. ÂFantasy Football and MathematicsÂ makes connections between math in the classroom and math in the real world. These connections are especially important for students in urban environments, because their life experience is often the farthest from the content found in traditional school textbooks.Â
Fantasy Sports and Mathematics develops and publishes math curriculum for middle school and high school teachers. Dan Flockhart launched the company in 2004 and is currently teaching at College of the Redwoods, in Eureka, California. Fantasy Sports and Mathematics can be located online at: http://www.fantasyfootballmath.com
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