Why sit on the sidelines when you can get your classes in the game? The annual March college basketball tournament has transformed a once-passive sea of spectators into a passionate generation of superfans, creating unprecedented levels of engagement and sparking in-depth familiarity with player performance data, scoring statistics, and next-generation sabermetrics. So what happens when you pit Jay Gatsby against Huck Finn? Square off in a battle of historical significance between the Battle of Hastings and the Battle of Yorktown? Or who would you pick in a head-to-head showdown between Aaron Burr and Hester Prynne?
Learn how you can put the power of bracketology to work in your liberal arts classroom, driving engagement through the roof with a college basketball-inspired tournament that turns everyday classrooms into cheering crowds of student-centered learning (no joke- students actually stand up and CHEER for their favorites). This high-energy activity will offer teachers detailed lesson planning tools, complete planning resources, and MP3 recordings from two sample "games," and is perfect for teachers of any course in the humanities. In the past, I’ve used an adapted version of this activity to support teachers working in history classes, religion classes, science classes, world language classes, and English classes -- from co-taught special ed inclusion classrooms for students reading at a middle school level all the way through high school students studying AP Language and rhetoric.
DIGITAL DOWNLOAD CONTAINS:
+ General Notes for Teacher Planning
+ MP3 of Unit Methodology and Sample Class Demonstration
+ Suggestions for activity variants, assessment design, and scaffolding supports
+ Questions / Technical Support
+ Sample Bracketology Assignment for Close Reading of 1-2 Texts in Any Content Area
+ Sample Bracketology Graphic Organizer for Any Content Area
+ Editable 8 Character Bracketology Tournament
+ Sample Scoring Rubric for Close Reading of 1-2 Texts
+ Editable 64 Character Bracketology Tournament
Get in the game! Rather than reading through pages and pages of pedagogical approaches, teaching technique, and methodology (though that's all here if you want it): why not listen to a quick inside look at the rationale behind the bracketology activity plan and then be a digital fly on the wall for two sample student discussions to hear how it plays out in an actual classroom setting? Use this .MP3 resource as if you were listening to a written planning document!
As a teacher, this is an awesome resource to revisit year after year. Best part? It’s easily adapted to any content area! Fun, practical, and completely customizable -- this high-energy review activity can be used again and again by teachers in any content area and grade level. Be a student-centered classroom all star (and the envy of your teacher friends) and get your classes in the game!
(Prefer NFL action? Check out my Fantasy Football Inspired Review Activity!)
Go team! Go YOU! And happy bracketology!
Awesome Teacher Feedback on Fantasy Sports Lesson Plans
"Thank you! This is my ninth year teaching special education, and I continually try to find new ways to reach my students. Use of fantasy sports gives my students another tool to understand material. I was amazed at the endless uses of fantasy sports -- you opened up a whole new world of possibilities. It was also great to see your energy and enthusiasm for education. I hope to follow in your footsteps and provide the energy and tools for my students!"
- Matthew G., Virginia
"I loved this! I know that I will be applying your ideas to my classroom as soon as I get back. (I might even do a "March Radness" in my AP Lang class). You got me thinking about gamification in my classroom and I am totally willing to give up my 'precious class time' to try it out. Thank you for that!"
- Amber L., Virginia