The 2011 National Football League draft of players is tomorrow, and I was inspired by a really interesting post over on Mr. Honner's blog regarding the NFL Draft Pick Trade Value chart and exponential decay. The gist is this: somewhere, sometime, someone came up with a chart that assigned a numerical value to every pick … Continue reading Do NFL teams actually use that draft pick chart when trading draft picks?

## ‘What is it your students really do well?’ What “The Three Amigos” can teach us about Project Based Learning

What is it your students really do well? For those that aren’t intimately familiar with the classic ¡The Three Amigos!, as I am, this scene takes place as the villainous (and infamous) El Guapo and his henchmen are riding horseback to destroy the village of Santa Poco. Outmanned and outgunned, the people of Santa Poco … Continue reading ‘What is it your students really do well?’ What “The Three Amigos” can teach us about Project Based Learning

## The Dallas Mavericks are 2-16 in playoff games officiated by Danny Crawford. Is this statistically significant?

Artifact. This shocked me. The Mavs have a 2-16 record in playoff games officiated by Crawford, including 16 losses in the last 17 games. Dallas is 48-41 in the rest of their playoff games during the ownership tenure of Mark Cuban, who has been fined millions of dollars in the last 11 years for publicly … Continue reading The Dallas Mavericks are 2-16 in playoff games officiated by Danny Crawford. Is this statistically significant?

## Can someone help me improve this problem? (U-Haul rental rates ; systems of linear functions)

So the Emergent Math family moved houses this weekend (editor's note: they didn't actually move the houses, they moved the furniture inside the houses). We were given basically three different options for U-Haul rentals of increasing size and increasing price. This led me to believe that a nice systems problem could be constructed from this. I … Continue reading Can someone help me improve this problem? (U-Haul rental rates ; systems of linear functions)