National Academic League Team (NAL)
A team of 15 to 40 students under the direction of a coach play a four-quarter game focusing on questions that span 22 subjects grouped under the basic curriculum areas of math, English/language arts, science and social studies. Each question has been correlated to National Curriculum Standards. Players use strategies to keep possession of a question sequence, learn teamwork as they huddle to answer a complex question, learn to problem-solve by preparing and presenting a solution to real-world problems, and engage in a fast-paced, quick-answer contest. In this academic sport, each NAL® league participates in a regular season of play to determine a champion. Each league's champion plays in the National Tournament using video conference technologies. Participants from across the nation compete with one another and build networks. The National Conference follows the National Tournament.
The Games - Four Quarters of Academic Play
- First Quarter - Players use strategy to keep possession of a sequence of short-answer questions.
- Second Quarter - Players learn teamwork as they huddle to answer a complex question in one minute.
- Third Quarter - Players tackle complex, real-world problems, and then present their solutions. They score points for organization, content, critical thinking, and presentation.
- Fourth Quarter - Players join in a fast-paced one-on-one speed contest that can result in a free-for-all.
Coleman Middle School N.A.L. Coach: Jennifer Laflamme 6th and 8th Grade Math Teacher
Coleman Middle School Third Qtr coach: Liz Karp Coleman Parent