Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

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**Mickey Kolis** is the author of eight books and a veteran public school teacher; he is currently a university professor. Making learning relevant is his highest professional aspiration.

**Cassandra Meinholz **has taught high school mathematics since 2008. She currently teaches and lives in Fall Creek, Wisconsin with her husband and two sons.

Foreword

Acknowledgements

Introduction

Section 1: Brainball (Math Edition) - Why Social Studies Matter

Chapter 1: Brainball (Math Edition) – The Point of the Game is Learning

Chapter 2: The Big Ideas: Product, Process, and Community aligned with Purpose

Chapter 3: Brainball (Math Edition) Beliefs (Dispositions)

Chapter 4: Brainball (Math Edition) Key Knowledge Categories

Chapter 5: Brainball (Math Edition) Skills

Section 2: Preparing to Coach the Game

Chapter 6: Tip 1: Keep the End-in-Mind

Chapter 7: Tip 2: Play the Game

Chapter 8: Tip 3: Competitions as Evaluations

Chapter 9: Tip 4: Sequences matter

Chapter 10: Tip 5: Explicit Communications

Section 3: Day-to-Day Lesson Plans: Brainball Illuminated

Chapter 11: Algebra:

Lesson 1: Cups challenge

Lesson 2: Observations

Lesson 3: Dependent vs Independent Variables

Lesson 4: Writing Problem Statements

Lesson 5: Picking Problem Statements

Lesson 6: Statistical Investigation

Lesson 7: Gathering Information: Linear Models

Lesson 8: Gathering More Information: Residuals

Lesson 9: Gathering More Information: Go Least Squares Regression Line

Lesson 10: Gathering More Information: Residual Plots

Lesson 11: Gathering More Information: Correlation Coefficient

Lesson 12: Gathering More Information: Association Doesn’t Imply Causation

Lesson 13: Gathering More Information: Correlation Coefficient Squared

Lesson 14: Team Assessment

Lesson 15: Individual Assessment: Barbie Bungee

Chapter 12: A Geometry Example

Conclusion

Appendices

Appendix A: Cups Challenge Team Role Cards

Appendix B: Team Role Cards

Appendix C: Correlation Stations Directions

Appendix D: Association Toolkit

Appendix E: Independent and Dependent Variables Matching Cards

Appendix F: Team Project Scoring Guide

Appendix G: Observations Handout

Appendix H: Idea Evaluator

Appendix I: Colors Activity Data Table

Appendix J: Lines of Best Fit Examples

Appendix K: You are What you Eat

Appendix L: Fortune Cookie Questions

Appendix M: Go Crickets! Handout

Appendix N: Olympics Handout

Appendix O: Scatter Plot and Residual Plot Matching Cards

Appendix P: Correlation Coefficient Matching Cards

Appendix Q: Correlation Coefficient Activity

Appendix R: Arm Span vs Height Activity Handout

Appendix S: The Barbie Bungee Drop Handout

Appendix T: Spaghetti Marshmallow Challenge Role Cards

Appendix U: Quadrilateral Toolkit

With Brainball (Math Edition), the authors have empowered teachers of mathematics with the tools and rationale to change student perceptions and engagement in the classroom. This book is so much more than just another *neat idea*. It is a roadmap with examples and research, a synthesis of human psychology and pedagogy, and a call to action for those of us in the business of teaching mathematics to create self-actualized learners.

Brainball (Math Edition) inspires me to focus on learning as an adventure. With lesson plans, philosophy, and compelling links to research and psychology, I found myself immediately able to make impactful connections to my classroom. Shifting my perspective to students as a community, and learning as a game with goals, has already increased my student engagement as I utilize some of the lesson plans. Brainball (Math Edition) is a fresh take and a useful new tool for any seasoned teacher.

**— ****Jordan Benedict, Head of Middle School Mathematics, Shanghai American School; Creator of VisualizeYourLearning.com**