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Teacher Brings March Madness To The Classroom

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When you think of March Madness, you might think of taking time off to watch the tournament at home, to even sneakily watching the games at work.

At Robey Elementary in Wayne Township in Indiana they're actually adding it to the curriculum.

In college basketball country it's not hard for Hoosiers to get carried away this time of year.

"I currently have 15 buddies that are downtown at one of my buddy's apartments, that have two TVs," explains 5th grade teacher, Justin Anderson.

Days before spring break Justin Anderson, doesn't have that luxury.

Anderson continues, "a little bit of jealously on that end."

So he thought why not bring the sport to school?

Anderson explains, "I had to figure out how I could watch games during the day and still have a connection with the actual part of the 'education'.

It first started with just filling out brackets but over the years Anderson has morphed March Madness into a lot more.

"I didn't think teachers even know about March Madness," says 5th grader, Eddy Ebanks.

On their laptops students are learning the city and state where each college team is.

Then asked to find it on the map all while watching the games live.

Then the students calculate the mean, median, mode, and range of all the records. Then they calculate the wins and losses from each region to see who will win overall.

"I've got Florida winning on my bracket," says 5th grader, Katie Janson.

It's even converted Katie Janson from student, to a bit of a sports analyst.

She explains, "I kind of thought oh my gosh this is going to be kind of boring but since I like math, it kind of adds math into it."

 Anderson says it is proof that even the most mundane textbook problem could use some educational madness.

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