Fortuna, CA (PRWEB) September 7, 2005
A teacher in Northern California has created what he claims is a perfect math curriculum for motivating adolescents: ÂFantasy Football and Mathematics,Â a comprehensive resource guide he used in grades 5-8 to increase student motivation and academic achievement.
Developed as a thesis project for a Masters degree at Humboldt State University, Dan Flockhart spent a decade testing and refining the thesis project that is intended for teachers and parents of adolescents in grades 5-12. The book lists for $19.95 and can be purchased at http://www.fantasyfootballmath.com
ÂFantasy Football and MathematicsÂ was the most successful curriculum I used in the classroom,Â according to Flockhart. ÂEveryday, boys and girls ran into my room wanting to play the game. I believe this resource can help to alter the negative perception of mathematics held by many adolescents in the U.S.,Â the author stated. ÂEighty-three percent of students in eighth grade in large urban areas are not proficient in mathematics (National Center for Educational Statistics, 2003), in large part because the content found in traditional textbooks does not have any relevance to their lives. Fantasy Football is a game based on statistics from professional football games, and students can relate to the real world data.Â
Flockhart also contends the game can be an activity the whole family can enjoy. ÂAccording to a 1999 Harris Poll, thirty million people participate in Fantasy Football. Families are already playing on the Internet; why not bring math into the equation so adolescents can learn important math concepts while they play?Â
The benefits of ÂFantasy Football and MathematicsÂ are numerous:
- Adolescents are given the power and autonomy of managing their own team.
- Interest is maximized because of the hands-on features (technology, graphing activities, and the use of newspapers).
- Participants receive multiple (weekly) exposures to concepts in order to facilitate mastery learning.
- The game emphasizes the use of fractions, decimals, percentages, graphing, and algebraic equations - core concepts for middle school and high school adolescents.
- The game emphasizes the use of visual aids, which facilitates learning for learning-disabled participants.
According to Flockhart, ÂMillions of adolescents perceive math as boring. We need to make math fun for them. ÂFantasy Football and MathematicsÂ aims to do just that.Â
Fantasy Sports and Mathematics develops and publishes math curriculum for teachers and parents. 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