The NCAA Tournament provides powerful lessons for students

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My 11-year-old son joined an NCAA Tournament bracket pool with his friends. There’s no money involved, but he and his pals can’t resist the thrill of seeing who can pick the most winners in sports’ craziest tournament.
So, are you the kind of teacher who is telling students to put the brackets away? Instead, why not embrace the NCAA Tournament as a teaching tool?
The info graphic above is perfect for teaching angle, rotation, trajectory and far more than an English teacher can come up with. Consider other ways you can connect March Madness to curriculum.
There’s plenty of history behind the tournament. Don’t forget the health and physical education lessons.
So, kick back this weekend; watch some college basketball and plan this week’s lesson at the same time. Then, go tell your principal that you worked all weekend.
 
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