Showing posts with label Basketball. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Basketball. Show all posts

Thursday, March 15, 2012

NCAA Geography Game

This is an idea that I got from listening to the Dan Patrick Show today (I love radio on the Internet). Today on the show the host (wasn't Dan today) quizzed the producers on their knowledge of where some of the schools in the NCAA Men's Basketball tournament are located. Quick, where is Murray State? Where is Lehigh? As I listened to this I thought that it could be turned into a quick, fun classroom geography activity. Ask your students to find out where some of the lesser-known schools are located (city and state). Take it a step further and ask your students to research a few important facts about that school. If you need a list of all of the school participating in this year's tournament, Team Rankings has a free printable bracket (PDF). After the classroom activity is completed you can show students this Google Map of all of the schools.

View 2012 College Basketball Tournament in a larger map

Here's an NCAA math activity that I proposed last year.

Here's a TED Talk from the greatest men's college basketball coach ever, John Wooden. (Apologies to fans of Dean Smith, Bobby Knight, Mike Krzyzewski, and Jim Calhoun).

Saturday, April 2, 2011

John Wooden Gives a TED Talk

This afternoon while waiting for the start of the Butler vs. VCU NCAA basketball game CBS aired a segment about legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden. Wooden's teams won more national championships than any other men's basketball team in history. The segment on CBS featured clips of Wooden (who passed away in December) talking about what he tried to teach and his former players Bill Walton and Kareem Abdul Jabbar sharing the lessons they learned from Wooden.

The CBS segment about Coach John Wooden reminded me of a TED Talk I watched a couple of years ago. In his TED Talk from 2001 Coach Wooden explains the difference between winning and success. If you have 18 minutes, watch and listen to this video. What strikes me most about Coach Wooden's talk is his emphasis on teaching and developing character over winning. One of his three most important rules, "no criticizing of teammates, I'm paid to do that," is a great rule that translates well to the classroom and the workplace.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Maps, Math, and Basketball

The NCAA National Basketball Championship starts tonight if you count the play-in games. Google has created a couple of sites to help you keep up with tournament news. One of those sites is a college basketball tournament map. On the map you will find all of tournament venues and all of the locations of the colleges whose teams are playing in the tournament. Google has included a measuring tool in the map that you can use to measure how far each team had to travel to play in the tournament.

Applications for Education
Have students measure how far each team had to travel in order to play in the tournament. Then have them track the performance of each team throughout the tournament to see if teams that traveled 1000 miles or more performed better or worse than teams that did not have to travel as far.

Monday, February 7, 2011

The Science & Math of Basketball's 3 Point Shot

I've previously shared resources about the science and math of baseball, football, and soccer. This morning I'd like to share with you the science and math of basketball's three point shot. In the video below Sport Science evaluates why Ray Allen is one of the most consistent three point shooters in the history of the NBA. The video demonstrates the roles of angles, velocity, and rotation in making a three point shot in basketball.
Update: the original video hosted by ESPN has gone offline, but the same video was found on YouTube.

Applications for Education
This video could be a good introduction to a simple geometry lesson for students who aren't interested in math, but are interested in sports. You might even take students down to the school gym and have them measure and test the angles of shots from different distances on the court.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Free Technology For Teachers: NCAA Basketball and Math Education

The Apple is great place for teachers to search for lesson plans and resources.

Today as I was watching ESPN's College Game Day I thought to myself, there must be a way to capitalize on the popularity of the NCAA tournament to teach math. Not being a math a teacher, I wasn't sure how to do it, but I was sure it could be done. So I headed over to The Apple and poked around for the math and the technology lesson plan sections. With a little searching I found this lesson plan appropriate for middle school math students. If you're looking for some lesson plans, videos, or professional development information The Apple is worth checking out.