Fantasy football math

At a San Jose alternative school, students are learning math by playing fantasy football.

Like many high schoolers, John Hagen’s algebra students worry about passing.

But they also worry about rushing. And receiving. And scoring.

They’ve become miniature NFL coaches, tracking the performance of key players in their own fantasy football league. In the process, Hagen’s previously math-resistant students have joined a growing number of kids who get a kick out of multiplying and dividing points and yards so they can see whose team came out on top.

A former math teacher named Dan Flockhart has written a series of books on teaching math through fantasy sports teams.

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  1. In order to demonstrate statistics and simulations, we used to show students how they could determine the word series winner using Excel. Even the girls thought it was cool. (-: