RocketsDWM wrote:Like others have said, emphasize the fun part of playing fantasy football. Fantasy sports can teach some basic math skills and skills of running an organization. It can also possibly teach dedication to a project and other management skills. I think it could be a good route that doesnt follow the norm - great idea in my opinion. Just no money involved.
If they have net access (for research ability)----
Don't actually run a league with all your students. Assign each of them a position within 1 organization. Owner, GM, Coach, Specialists within each area (QB, WR, RB, etc.). Then work with them on how to use math to figure out past performance, statistical methods, and such. Let each one do their research and then draft a team in a league and do the math by hand to figure out the scores.
I know in my field there is alot of interaction between people that work different places. If this is the case in what you do, get 9 other math teachers in youth corrections to do the same thing.
You could think of government workers like teenagers. You pay them an allowance, but do you get any work out them? They eat the food, put their feet on the furniture and complain loudly whenever they are unhappy.