D.C. teacher spins basketball on pen while grading papers — video

The power of video:  David Hovan, a physics teacher at St. John’s College High School in Washington D.C., starred in the video below in which he literally spins a basketball on a pen while he grades papers.

The Harlem Globetrotters were somehow alerted to the video, and on Thursday, team star Handles Franklin is scheduled to visit Hovan during an AP physics class, where Hovan will talk about physics involved in spinning a basketball on the end of a pen. In return, Hovan will demonstrate his basketball spinning prowess at the Verizon Center on March 15, 2014, when the Globetrotters appear there for a game, according to an e-mail from the Globetrotters.

Here’s the video that started it all:

Valerie Strauss covers education and runs The Answer Sheet blog.

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Valerie Strauss · November 6, 2013