[Editor’s Note: This article was written by the CTL’s Laurie Hansen.]
One day, my daughter came home from elementary school excited about math. Why? Her teacher, (shout out to Mr. Swanson!) assigned the kids a task: Fantasy Football. Following in the footsteps of a University of Mississippi study which “[i]n 2009, …surveyed 342 middle school and high school students who used fantasy sports in math class” and found that Fantasy Football definitely has an impact on what kids think and feel about math.
So teachers, how would you like to participate in some groundbreaking research? Dr. Kim Beason from the University of Mississippi will lead a study that investigates…
“basic fantasy sport consumer behaviors of youth in grades 5-12 and collect data from youth and teachers on the effectiveness of using fantasy sport in the classroom to teach mathematics and determine the efficacy of the Fantasy Sport and Mathematics system….”
Dr. Beason is “recruiting teachers and students in grades 7-12 (age 12-18) that attend public or private schools that use the Fantasy Sport and Mathematics curriculum from school districts across the U.S. Teachers from the nine U.S. Census Bureau geographic regions will be sent surveys their students should complete during class. The questionnaire should only take 10-15 minutes of your time and your participation is voluntary.” Sound good? The open call for participation will continue through 2011.
- NFL Fantasy Football FAQs for beginners
- Find out more about the OleMiss study here!
- Take it to the next level – Tips from MIT grad students
- Bring language arts into the mix and have your kids write a Fantasy Football poem, uh, rap?
Let the math begin!