How to Dominate your Next Draft

Gear up: This will be one of the most fun learning days in your classroom!

As a wise student once said, “If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.”

Quick Reminder: 
Competition sneaks into almost everything you do, from the time you’re weighed as a baby to getting grades, interviewing for a job, and finding a life-mate. Comparison often leads to “stupid” rather than learning, and “stupid” doesn’t exist — Be aware of the difference between those two C-words and let’s have some Fun! If you need a pep talk first, click here for one from the President of Kids or here for one about Miracles. Learn how to compete better in this context and you’ll learn how to compete better in the real-world context. “You were born to be [learners] — every one of you!”

Here are a few Draft tips and strategies for helping you learn more-better-faster and out-research your competition:

1) Know the Game. Win the Game!

Just like pro sports teams draft new players every season, you will draft countries or states. Picture an interactive world or U.S. map on one computer + projector on Draft Day that you’ll come up to and click on to select a country or state for your team.

The Draft system “snakes” through the rounds so if you have the 1st pick in the first round, you’ll get the last pick in the 2nd round.

Once a country is drafted, it cannot be picked again.

Games are won or lost after the first-round’s top-scoring countries are drafted, so research before and during your draft!

You’ll get points when your country or state is mentioned in the news, so pay attention to what’s happening, especially in the New York Times. A lot of any news source’s content comes from the Associated Press, so check out their YouTube channel for today’s top news too:

You might have heard the phrase “if it bleeds it leads” about the news…unfortunately, that’s often true. Contact your favorite news source and let them know you’d rather be inspired than scared if need be!

But given this reality, a few questions to plan around are:

  • Where is conflict happening?
    Pay attention to levels of conflict and/or collaboration! If you’re playing geopolitics, you’ll also lose a points for levels of conflict and gain even more points for levels of collaboration (see “tone” scale here). News “mentions” are still key though!
  • How are natural disasters affecting populations?
    Pay attention to the weather! Big climate changes that affect lots of people are often in the news because of their timing and significance.
  • Is there an election or big event coming up?
    The world cares about elections — You should too! The United Kingdom will get mentioned more if a royal baby is born, South Sudan became the newest country in the world recent, and the Super Bowl this year is in Texas. It helps to know
  • Where will the President be and why?
    It’s probably important if the leader of the free world is there! 
    Check the President and VP’s schedules here.
  • How will it affect the United States? 
    There are lots of important things happening all over the place, but it often doesn’t get featured in the news because journalists might not think it affects you.
  • What’s happening RIGHT NOW?
    “New” is the root of “News” #duh #currentevents 
    (keep reading for current events programming tips so you don’t have to work so hard)
All-Star Player Tip: Research. Prepare. And learn as fast as you can. Use that knowledge to draft strategically!

2) Program or Be Programmed.

Information is everywhere. 
Odds are good you’re on social media. 
Why not like, follow, retweet, and share stuff that’s actually going to help you? #winning

  • Check out our facebook list for some of our favorite sources to like and program into your personal News Feed.
  • Check out our twitter list for some of our favorite sources to follow and see in your Home screen.
  • Snapchat even has some fantastic updates from organizations like Fusion, NPR, and Vice News.
  • The World Next Week” and the “Global Conflict Tracker” might really help you too!

Feel free to download a news app you like and keep programming your technology to bring you updates!

All-Star Player Tip: It’s a lot harder to get in trouble in class when you’re reading your news app, lol. Similarly, your parents might ease up on the “Get off your phone!” nagging if you talk to them about what’s happening in North Dakota or South Sudan. We are what we LIKE and we become who we FOLLOW.

3) Draft Strong. Play Smart!

Keep using the above habits to research the Trends Map, learn more, and adjust your lineups using the League Map:

Game On and Good Work! 
May the draft odds be ever in your favor!

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