My lesson plans included showing three videos to the students. The first two videos, NBC's science of NFL football, integrated math and science into the sport. For the third video, I showed Richard Sherman's infamous interview after his amazing play at the end of the Seahawks-49ers game, which secured Seattle's spot in this year's Super Bowl game. The students have been already talking about this interview on and off over the past two weeks anyway, so I thought I might as well make a writing assignment out of the controversy and hopefully challenge the students to think differently. After the videos, I had them answer several questions in their journals:
- What are your thoughts about American football?
- What did you learn about using science and math with the sport?
- Are you going to watch the Super Bowl on Sunday? Are you a fan?
- Have you heard of any traditions people do for the Super Bowl?
- After watching Richard Sherman's interview, how do you think Jesus would have responded if He was interviewing him?
- Do you think Sherman has a right to talk that way?
My hope is that watching videos and having discussions like these will inspire these students to do what they know to be right as they grow up. Their character is something that we often neglect as teachers and thankfully at a Christian school we can use this environment to have a safe discussion of what we see around us.