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Postby Leber » Wed Dec 06, 2006 3:46 pm

I was browsing ESPN.com and I came upon this.

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/news/story?id=2680335


Hagen started teaching math at Foothill High School in January. Faced with the challenge of motivating a group of students who face real-life challenges after the final bell, he sought something beyond traditional math textbooks to help him break through. To the surprise of his students, and many of his colleagues, Hagen's solution to real-world problems turned out to be fantasy football.


The idea is strikingly simple. Just as in normal fantasy football leagues, Hagen's math students draft a team at the beginning of the fall semester, make trades with classmates, pick different starting lineups each week and compete against one another for total points. But in order for the students to add up their fantasy points each week, they have to first plug their football statistics into mathematical formulas. They can't figure out their total points, or their classmates' points, until they first do the math.
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Postby Guru13 » Wed Dec 06, 2006 4:07 pm

Brilliant. Bravo! where do I sign up for a teacher like this??!?!?!?!?!
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Postby knapplc » Wed Dec 06, 2006 4:14 pm

If there isn't a medal we can give this guy we need to invent one. We need many more teachers like this. ;-D
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Postby A Fleshner Fantasy » Wed Dec 06, 2006 4:54 pm

Great idea on his part. We need more teachers like this one.
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Postby aaawall91 » Wed Dec 06, 2006 4:56 pm

Yeah I saw the ESPN First Report on it today..or whatever it was called, it seemed semi-interesting.
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Postby mrblitz » Wed Dec 06, 2006 8:07 pm

Very cool, where was that teacher when I was in school. Oh, nevermind, fantasy football wasn't really known about back then. :-b
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Postby beanoX3 » Wed Dec 06, 2006 8:27 pm

I had a high school chemistry teacher who would either blow something up or set something on fire if he thought our attention was wavering. And a physics teacher who would throw things at us if we weren't paying attention.
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Postby roninmedia » Wed Dec 06, 2006 8:43 pm

I had a physics teacher who lets build rockets, work the machine shops and blow up stuff in general. My teachers knew about fantasy sports and i pitched the idea to him but it didn't go over well with the rest of the class. :*)
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Postby lmcjaho » Wed Dec 06, 2006 11:25 pm

My little bro was having trouble with math in elementary school (grade 2? 3? something like that) and my Mom asked me to help him out. I taught him multiplication using D&D...

"Okay, so if you hit the orc with the two-handed sword it does 2d6 points of damage plus your strength bonus - what range is the damage you can inflict?"

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Postby Omaha Red Sox » Thu Dec 07, 2006 8:36 am

Teachers are so binded by what the cirriculum (sp?) has set for them, that it's encouraging to see a teacher take something considered boring and attempt to make it fun.
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