'Fantasy Basketball and Mathematics' Dominates the Paint

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A California educator announces the launch of “Fantasy Basketball and Mathematics,” an educational program for teachers and parents of adolescents in grades 5-12. The program aims to reverse the trend of poor test scores in urban districts by engaging students with math curriculum that is relevant, interesting, and fun.

Teacher Dan Flockhart announces the release of “Fantasy Basketball and Mathematics,” a comprehensive 200-page resource guide he used in his classroom to increase student motivation and academic achievement. The resource guide lists for $24.95 and can be purchased at fantasysportsmath.com

The program capitalizes on the success of “Fantasy Football and Mathematics,” which was released last fall and exceeded all expectations. “Fantasy Sports was the most successful curricula I used in the classroom,” Flockhart stated. “That’s what makes the demand for Fantasy Sports curricula so validating.”

“Fantasy Basketball and Mathematics” is a hands-on game in which students draft and manage teams of professional athletes. Each week, students gather data from newspapers or online resources and compute points earned by their players using non-algebraic or algebraic methods. The game addresses adolescent development by including visual aids and providing a forum for each student to independently control his or her own team.

“Fantasy Basketball and Mathematics” contains 138 scoring systems to choose from, which gives teachers the flexibility to customize content to best meet the needs of their students. The program also contains graphs and lesson plans as well as 46 lessons and 46 matching quizzes. Math concepts that are emphasized include percentages, factorials, summations, exponents, roots, linear equations, data depiction, and absolute value, as well as operations with fractions, decimals, and integers.

The author also believes the game can be an activity the whole family can enjoy. “A 1999 Harris Poll found that 30 million people participate in Fantasy Sports. Families are already playing on the Internet; why not bring math into the equation so adolescents can learn important math concepts while they play?”

According to the author, “Many students in inner-cities are not making connections between math at home and math at school, in large part because their life experience is often the farthest from the content found in traditional school textbooks. 'Fantasy Basketball and Mathematics' is based on real-world data that are meaningful to students. Consequently, learning is facilitated.”

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 fantasysportsmath.com


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