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Discussion in 'Behaviour' started by perendis, Mar 31, 2016.

  1. perendis

    perendis New commenter

    Jonathan Agnew is a commentator on cricket on bbc 5 live sports extra.
    Mr Agnew talks about many things whilst covering a cricket match, all of which are probably highly relevant in education.
    For example, in a recent Ashes series - Australia versus England - a test match played at Fremantle, Perth in Australia featured the presence of a prevailing wind, known as "The Fremantle Doctor". That could well be a few minutes of a physical geography, geography /meterology lesson.
    Then, there are the statistics which cricket has recorded, probably more than other sports. Statistics is a branch of Maths. So, lessons built around scoring and summarising a cricket match would be a very valuable source for practising numeracy. Indeed, the bbc takes it so seriously that they employ a statistician to feed the commentators with statistical information.
    Then there is the physics. A lot of it is ballistics and projectiles - the cricket ball - and how the players can affect the flight of the ball.
    "Swing bowlers", such as James Anderson of England, are able to bowl a cricket ball 22 yards so that it swings in the air (aerofoil principle) at speeds approaching 90mph.
    In fact, it seems to me that a intelligent use of some of Mr Agnew's commentaries, combined with some video images could form a very good basis for Maths, Physics, Geography, and Mr Agnew's version of "harmless waffle" as he sets the scene at any ground, wherever it is in the world.
    The art of conversation - constrasting vividly with the abrupt "sound bites" which seem to infest "modern day life".
  2. crezz1

    crezz1 New commenter

    Are you just trying to justify having TMS on in the background??
    SportyK likes this.
  3. sparkleghirl

    sparkleghirl Star commenter

    I'm still waiting for a convincing explanation of why the ball moves more when it's cloudy.
  4. rosievoice

    rosievoice Star commenter

    It's to do with quantums.
  5. hammie

    hammie Lead commenter

    TMS has somehow maintained its standards and ethos through many changes of personnel.
    no doubt the govt will suggest it be privatised at some point.

    Tuffers and Aggers for ever!
  6. SportyK

    SportyK Occasional commenter

    Reverse swing principle.
  7. perendis

    perendis New commenter

    This is for crezz1.
    Well, I'm not trying to justify having cricket on the radio as an "excuse". I'm more trying to justify it from an outstanding educational point of view. World geography via touring sides, The mysteries of projectile spin and swing and 90mph movement, the sheer waffle that Mr Agnew can manage, along with his skills in being a pilot, and being some sort of a horse man, TMS's love of cakes. All of this could, if done at all/properly, provide a light hearted and real world example of geography, personalties, statistics, physics, foreign names, and foreign accents, if not the actual languages.
    Sadly, Sri Lanka, aka Ceylon off the Indian sub continent's coast is currently being battered by UK's foul weather and losing a few test matches.
    Call it sport science, call it sociology call it what you like. It's a lot calmer than people screetching on a football pitch.

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