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Mid-South teacher uses #MEMGrizz stats to teach math

Miller uses real Grizz game statistics to teach math to his students. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) Miller uses real Grizz game statistics to teach math to his students. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
Students enjoy working as groups to solve the problems. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) Students enjoy working as groups to solve the problems. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Students at Barrett's Chapel Elementary are taking care of Grizzness using real math problems to get in the game.

From the Grindhouse to the schoolhouse, Blake Miller's second graders are scoring high in math.

"I know they probably get tired of counting apples or balls of yarn, so I think talking about the Grizzlies is a little more fun than that," said Miller, a second generation teacher at BCS.

Miller loves all sports, but is especially fond of the Memphis Grizzlies and decided to bring that passion into his classroom.

Using real statistics from the Grizz roster, students get a triple-double learning experience with numbers.

Miller's tweet about his Memphis style math lessons was even picked up by USA Today Sports and retweeted by the official Grizzlies Twitter account.

"I guess it went viral. I don't know what that means," he laughed.

Students use white boards as part of class participation, which makes solving word problems a team effort.

"It's like super fun because we get to all learn as groups," said second grader, Waylon Pickett.

It is a concept Miller learned early. Not only is the teacher a former student of Barret's Chapel, his mom taught at BCS for nearly two decades, and his wife is also a teacher at the school.

"You have to be a team to get through life and it's very important to teach that teamwork concept," said Miller.

Miller believes each minute with his students is a teachable moment.

"Every kids that walks into your classroom has to be your favorite and you have to teach every single one of them," said Miller, "that's what we try to do here and everyone helps each other out."

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