Fortuna, CA (PRWEB) September 28, 2005
A Northern California professor is shocked by the response to ÂFantasy Football and Mathematics,Â a resource guide for teachers and parents of students in grades 5-12. Author Dan Flockhart remarked that he hasnÂt seen anything like it.
ÂItÂs 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.Â
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. ÂIÂm thrilled because this response means that more students will be engaged in math rather than struggling to learn math from a textbook,Â 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. ÂThatÂs why the response has been so validating,Â Flockhart commented, Âbecause ÂFantasy Football and MathematicsÂ 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.Â
Flockhart contends that ÂFantasy Football and MathematicsÂ is a natural fit for the classroom. ÂThe 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,Â the author explained. 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. ÂFantasy Football and MathematicsÂ lists for $24.95 and can be purchased online at http://www.fantasyfootballmath.com