Teacher Overwhelmed by Response to 'Fantasy Football and Mathematics'

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A California educator is stunned by the reaction to 'Fantasy Football and Mathematics,' a resource guide he developed for teachers and parents. The author sold out of his first print run in five days.

A Northern California professor is shocked by the response to “Fantasy Football and Mathematics,” a resource guide for teachers and parents of students in grades 5-12. Author Dan Flockhart remarked that he hasn’t seen anything like it.

“It’s been crazy. I sold out of my first print run in five days, and the book has been on backorder for two weeks. One teacher in Alaska paid $44 to have the book shipped overnight. Another teacher called me a lifesaver. Teachers want me to ship the book before I even receive a purchase order from their district. The whole thing has mushroomed to the point where I may have to hire someone to keep up with the orders.”

Flockhart has been swamped by orders from teachers at public and private schools as well as charter and alternative schools. Many of his customers are parents who home school their children. The author has also received international orders, including one from a research institute in England who purchased the book to get ideas on how to motivate their students in math. “I’m thrilled because this response means that more students will be engaged in math rather than struggling to learn math from a textbook,” Flockhart explained.

Flockhart has been surprised at the reaction, in large part because No Child Left Behind is leaving teachers little flexibility to include supplemental material in their instruction. “That’s why the response has been so validating,” Flockhart commented, “because “Fantasy Football and Mathematics” had the greatest impact on academic achievement of any curriculum I used in 11 years of teaching. Students enjoyed the game because they got to draft and control their own team. No one could tell them how to manage their team, and they loved that. At the same time, core concepts like fractions, decimals, percentages, and algebraic equations were reinforced.”

Flockhart contends that “Fantasy Football and Mathematics” is a natural fit for the classroom. “The game is based on real world data that are meaningful to students, and studies indicate that learning is facilitated if students can relate to the material,” the author explained. “Fantasy Football and Mathematics” aims to do just that.”

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 Football and Mathematics” lists for $24.95 and can be purchased online at http://www.fantasyfootballmath.com


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