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April 24, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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April’s Best Posts From This Blog

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I regularly highlight my picks for the most useful posts for each month — not including “The Best…” lists. I also use some of them in a more extensive monthly newsletter I send-out. You can see older Best Posts of the Month at Websites Of The Month (more recent lists can be found here).

Here are some of the posts I personally think are the best, and most helpful, ones I’ve written during this past month (not in any order of preference):

Getty Museum Adds 77,000 Images To Public Domain

My New Radio Program: “How Can Administrators Help Support an Engaging Curriculum in the Classroom?”

Another Big Surprise: Reflection Helps Learning

Another Shocker – NOT! Students Respond Better To Support Than Threats

“Sentence Navigator” Is Jason Renshaw’s Gift To ESL/EFL/ELL Teachers Everywhere!

Differentiating Lessons By “Content, Process or Product”

British Pathé Makes 85,000 Historical Clips Available On YouTube

Ideas For Finishing The School Year Strong & Beginning The Summer Even Stronger

“Dissecting Grades: What Do They Mean, What Are They Worth?” Is My New BAM! Radio Program

Study: Gratitude Increases Self-Control

Who’s To Blame For The SAT’s Existence? Thanks A Lot, Tom Edison…

Amazing Video: “Watch as 1000 years of European borders change (timelapse map)”

Surprise, Surprise — Study Finds Shouting At Children “creates further discipline problems”

“Spacehopper” Is One Of The Best Geography Games I’ve Seen

ELL Teachers & Students Will Love MusiXmatch – It Provides Karaoke-Style Lyrics To Most YouTube Music Videos

‘Simply Putting Tech In Front Of Students Won’t Engage Them’

Grit, Failure & Stuff Like That

“One-To-One Technology ‘Is Really About Building Effective Relationships’”

How Adam Grant Just Made Teaching More Complicated

LBJ As A Teacher In Texas

“What Is This Animal Thinking or Saying (If It Could Talk)?” Is A Fun Language Development Exercise

Big News! Sacramento Withdraws From NCLB Waiver Granted CORE Districts

“Booktrack” Lets You Read Books With Soundtracks & Make Your Own

My New BAM! Podcast Is Tragically Timely: “How Can We Help Students Handle Loss and Grief?”

“Poverty-related Challenges Sap Instructional Time in High Schools”

Another Nail In VAM’s Coffin?

My New British Council Post: “Creating The Conditions For Self-Motivated Students”

My Latest NY Times Post Is On Lying As A Language-Learning Activity

“Scarlet Letter” Comes To The UK: Get Good Test Results & You Can Wear Your Own Clothes, While Bad Results Means You Wear School Uniform

Ways To Cultivate ‘Whole-Class Engagement’

Wow! The NY Times’ “Time Machine” Is One Wild “This Day In History” Site

One Of The Worst Tweets I Read This Week Came From The Gates Foundation

Here Is The Simple Outline I’m Having My TOK Students Use For Their Oral Presentation

Free Resources From All My Books

I Am Tired Of “School Reformers” Using The Civil Rights Movement Legacy To Support Their Agenda

My Latest NY Times Post For ELLs Is About Nouns, Soccer In China & More!

 

 

 

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March 29, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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March’s Best Posts From This Blog

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I regularly highlight my picks for the most useful posts for each month — not including “The Best…” lists. I also use some of them in a more extensive monthly newsletter I send-out. You can see older Best Posts of the Month at Websites Of The Month (more recent lists can be found here).

Here are some of the posts I personally think are the best, and most helpful, ones I’ve written during this past month (not in any order of preference):

‘Best Practices’ Are Practices That Work Best For Your Students

“Knowledge Motivates Preschoolers More Than Stickers, Study Says”

My New BAM! Podcast: What Are The Benefits & Challenges Of A One-To-One Program?

Origami & The Language Experience Approach

“Unknown Unknowns” & The Potential Of An Exceptional Theory Of Knowledge Lesson

“Scrawlar” Will Certainly Be One Of The Top Web 2.0 Tools Of The Year…

“Great Teachers Focus On Connections & Relationships”

Students Learn About Antonyms & Write About Their Perfect School In My Latest NY Times Post For ELLs

English Language Learners Design Their Own “Ideal” Neighborhoods

Different Teachers, Different Classrooms, “but the thinking & learning going on inside students’ heads is the same”

This Is The Best Piece I’ve Seen On The Role Of Social Media In Making Social Change

I’m Interviewed In Podcast “Parent Involvement Versus Parent Engagement: Is There Really a Difference?”

My New Podcast: “How Can We Get All Students in Our Classes Thinking & Learning All the Time?

I’m Not Sure How Effective It Will Be, But Sugata Mitra’s New Online Tool Definitely Looks Interesting

Here’s One More Small Thing I’m Doing To Help Students See The Importance Of Social Emotional Learning

Learn English By Reading About Eating Bugs At My Latest NY Times Post

Excellent (& I Mean EXCELLENT!) Post On Asking Questions

Will It Ever Be Possible For A Teacher To Trust Bill Gates?

‘Respecting Assets That ELLs Bring To A School Community’

Bookmark “Teach UNICEF” For Excellent Lesson Materials

Our Latest Response From A Sister Class — This Time From South Africa!

Recent Student Projects From My Theory Of Knowledge Class

Using Art For Language-Learning Is Focus Of My Latest NY Times Post For ELLs

We’re In The Middle Of My Favorite Unit Of The Year — Comparing Neighborhoods

This Has Me Concerned: “Study Links Teacher ‘Grit’ with Effectiveness, Retention”

Reducing Attrition In Urban Schools ‘By Listening To Our Teachers’

Wash. Post Republishes My Piece On SEL: “The manipulation of Social Emotional Learning”

Several Excellent New Posts & Articles On Assessment

My Slide Presentation For Education Writers Association: “Connecting Educators & Education Journalists”

Khan Academy To Do SAT Prep Not Just For Math, But For Reading & Writing, Too

“Four questions to ask before using an Ed Tech tool” Is My New British Council Post

Excellent Post: “This Brilliant Math Teacher Has a Formula to Save Kids’ Lives”

Getty Images Has Just Become The Number One Source For Images In Social Media — Choose From 40 MILLION!

“TED Talks” Unveils Redesigned Website With New Useful Tools

The Problem With Including Standardized Test Results As Part Of “Multiple Measures” For Teacher Evaluation

Practice Pronunciation With Tongue-Twisters AND Learn About Dinosaurs!

Infographic: “How the Brain Benefits from Being Bilingual”

Wash. Post Does It Again With “25 maps and charts that explain America today”

‘Reading Is Intensely Social’: An Interview With Jeffrey Wilhelm & Michael Smith

Video: Though It Seems Like A Parody, It’s A Real Professional Development Event

Check Out Our New Article: “English-Language Learners and Academic Language”

 

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February 26, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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February’s Best Posts From This Blog

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I regularly highlight my picks for the most useful posts for each month — not including “The Best…” lists. I also use some of them in a more extensive monthly newsletter I send-out. You can see older Best Posts of the Month at Websites Of The Month (more recent lists can be found here).

Here are some of the posts I personally think are the best, and most helpful, ones I’ve written during this past month (not in any order of preference):

Another Study Demonstrates The Ineffectiveness Of Extrinsic Motivation, But Also Something More….

Using “Dvolver Moviemaker” With English Language Learners

Learn About Comparatives & Superlatives At My Latest NY Times Post For ELLs

Quote Of The Day: Have You Ever Wondered How Many Decisions We Teachers Need To Make Each Day?

Excellent Wash. Post Piece: “You think you know what teachers do. Right? Wrong.”

This Looks Interesting, Though I Have Some Concerns: Angela Duckworth Creates “Grit” Organization

How My ELL Students Evaluated Me At The End Of First Semester

“Reading Is a ‘Means to Bigger and Better Things’”

My New BAM! Podcast: “How Can We Reduce Teacher Attrition at High-Poverty Schools?”

“Sea Of Liberty” Looks Like An Excellent U.S. History Site

Let Them Eat Character

“Ways To Develop Life-Long Readers”

Great Chart: “the differences between teaching writing and teaching writers”

Tweets From My “Integrating Social Emotional & Brain-Based Learning Into Instructional Strategies” Workshop

If You Weren’t Able To Attend Our Workshop On “Developing A Self-Motivated Student Culture,” These Tweets Have It Covered

An Olympics Performance Perfect For A Lesson On “Grit”

Some Very Interesting Info On Self-Control Research

“Thinglink” Announces Free Virtual Classrooms

“Why Do Teachers Leave High-Poverty Schools?” Is My Latest Nine-Minute Podcast

I Began This Blog Seven Years Ago: Here Are My All-Time Most Popular Posts

“The Maker Movement Can Give Students ‘A Story To Tell’”

The New “Connect With English” Site Has Got To Be One Of This Year’s Best New Sites For ELLs

Here’s My NY Times Post On Valentine’s Day, PLUS A “Video Bingo” That Didn’t Get Included!

Very, Very Impressive New Interactive Site On Climate Change

I Doubt Teachers Will Find A More Useful Resource On The Olympics Than This: “How Olympians Stay Motivated”

“How Do We Help Our Students Become Better Readers?” Is My New Podcast — With Donalyn Miller!

“Assessing English language learners” Is My New Post At TeachingEnglish

School Sets Dance For Straight-A Students – Some Others Can Come Later & Hundreds Not At All

A Collection Of #EvaluateThat Tweets

‘Character Is Not Compliance Out Of Fear’

Quote Of The Day: “We Must Always Take Sides”

Creating Instagram Video “Book Trailers” With English Language Learners

How To Turn A Negative Consequence Into A Positive Classroom Management Strategy

My Latest NY Times Post For ELLs: Learn The Progressive Tense & Create A Future Family Tree

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January 27, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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January’s Best Posts From This Blog

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I regularly highlight my picks for the most useful posts for each month — not including “The Best…” lists. I also use some of them in a more extensive monthly newsletter I send-out. You can see older Best Posts of the Month at Websites Of The Month (more recent lists can be found here).

Here are some of the posts I personally think are the best, and most helpful, ones I’ve written during this past month (not in any order of preference):

I’ll Be Presenting At San Francisco “Learning & The Brain” Conference — Here Are Supporting Resources

‘Character Should Be An Integrated Element Of Education’

Here’s My Teacher Model For Instagram Video “Book Trailers” Students Will Be Making

It’s That Time Of Year Again: Here’s How My Ninth-Graders Evaluated The Class & Me

The Power Of A Phone Call Home

Testing On The Brain

From The Archives: “Five ways to get kids to want to read and write”

BBC Launches Exhaustive Interactive World War I Resource

“The Education Department’s strange new report on teaching”

Funny Video: Do We Teach Like Dogs Or Like Cats?

Home Culture Presentations With English Language Learners

New US Dept. of Ed Finds That “Less Effective Teaching” Responsible For 2-4 Percent Of Achievement Gap

“Keys To Parent Engagement – Relationships, Climate, Communication”

You Can Read About An Excellent ELL Speaking Activity At My New British Council Blog

Two Must-Visit Resources: 40 More Maps AND 40 Charts “That Explain The World”

From The Archives: “Positive, Not Punitive, Classroom Management Tips”

More “What If?” History Projects — Plus, What Students Thought Of Them….

NEA Announces Online Lesson Project

“Parents Can Teach Educators ‘Lessons About Learning and Life’”

TED Talks Unveils TED-Ed Clubs For Students

My New BAM! Radio Show Is On The Air & First Episode Is On “Flipping” Classrooms

My Latest NY Times Post: Learning Prepositions & Using Badly Translated Signs For Language Learning

Resources From All My Blogs

This Translator Map Is A Cool Way To Teach European Geography & More

From The Archives: “Cultivating Student Leadership”

“Parent Engagement Requires ‘Trust, Not Blame’”

Gates Foundation Makes Its Move In California — And It Looks Like Somebody Is Giving Them Good Advice

From The Archives: “Five Questions That Will Improve Your Teaching”

“Listening To Parents With Our Heads And Hearts”

Must-Read Article About A Must-Read Study: “Can Upward Mobility Cost You Your Health?”

earning About Tamales, Holiday Food Traditions & Three Kings Day

Interesting Infographic: “The Most Important Developments In Human History”

From The Archives: “Eight Things Skilled Teachers Think, Say, and Do”

Here’s What I’m Having My ELL Geography Students Do As Their Semester “Final”

From The Archives: The Best Post I’ve Ever Written…

“Gibbon” Is An Easy Tool For Creating Internet Scavenger Hunts

“Simon’s Cat” Videos Are Perfect For English Language Learners

Yay! PBS Unveils Third In Series Of Best Online U.S. History Games Out There

‘Flipped Learning Makes Teachers More Valuable’

My “Nine educated education predictions for 2014!” Published At Wash. Post — Here Are Some Additions

“What school reformers can learn from Pope Francis”

From The Archives: “The best kind of teacher evaluation”

 

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December 27, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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December’s Best Posts From This Blog

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I regularly highlight my picks for the most useful posts for each month — not including “The Best…” lists. I also use some of them in a more extensive monthly newsletter I send-out. You can see older Best Posts of the Month at Websites Of The Month (more recent lists can be found here).

Here are some of the posts I personally think are the best, and most helpful, ones I’ve written during this past month (not in any order of preference):

Classroom Management Advice From Pope Francis

“The 10 Most Popular ‘Classroom Q & A Posts’ of 2013″

What “School Reformers” — And All Of Us — Can Learn From Pope Francis About Creating Change

Cartoon: “Try To See Things From The Other Person’s Perspective”

Must-Read Column By Joseph Stiglitz In NY Times: “In No One We Trust”

“Education Innovation Is Like A ‘Stradivarius Violin’”

‘Educators Are Suffering From Innovation Fatigue’

“Stoodle” Could Be The Best “Virtual Corkboard” Site Out There

Using “PixiClip” With English Language Learners

Using Current Events As A Language-Learning Activity

Free Resources From All My Books

“Teachers Must Help Determine New Ideas Being Implemented”

“Flowchart For When A Day Goes Bad In Classroom Management”

“Male Teachers ‘Walking A Tight Rope’”

Excellent Pie Chart On What Influences Student Test Scores

Telling Jokes As A Language-Learning Activity

Wondering ‘How Gender Influences a Teacher’s Struggles & Successes’

This Is Exactly What I Mean By Connecting Social Emotional Learning & Literacy Instruction….

Slate’s Podcast Asked Me, ” Does Class Size Matter?”; Guess What My Answer Was…

Students Creating Quizzes On Videos For Their Classmates

“Best and worst education news of 2013″

 

 

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November 27, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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November’s Best Posts From This Blog

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I regularly highlight my picks for the most useful posts for each month — not including “The Best…” lists. I also use some of them in a more extensive monthly newsletter I send-out. You can see older Best Posts of the Month at Websites Of The Month (more recent lists can be found here).

Here are some of the posts I personally think are the best, and most helpful, ones I’ve written during this past month (not in any order of preference):

Using Protest Movements & Historical Photos For English Language Development

Here’s What My IB Theory Of Knowledge Students Did For Their “Ways Of Knowing Final Project”

‘Listen, Empathize, Connect’ For Student Motivation

A Simple & Effective Classroom Lesson On Gratitude

“Collection Of Tweets From Second Week’s Chat On Classroom Management”

‘Good News & Bad News’ About Student Motivation

Geography Students Use “Stay.com” To Create Virtual Trips

Create Collaborative Online Documents Using “Notepad” With Audio Chat

“Choice Equals Power: How to Motivate Students to Learn”

Lesson On John F. Kennedy

“Teachers Should Be Friendly With Students But Not Friends”

‘There Is No Such Thing As An Unmotivated Student’

Professor James Heckman Publishes New Paper On “Non-Cognitive Traits”

Microsoft Eliminates Its Own Destructive VAM Rankings; However, Gates Still Seems Focused On Using It For Us

“Collection Of Tweets From First Week’s Chat On Classroom Management”

Supporting English Language Learners In Content Classes

Teaching English With Lucha Libre

Having English Language Learners Use Cellphones To Identify High-Interest Vocabulary

No, L.A. School Reformers, Grit Does Not Equal Giving Students Rewards & Being Data-Driven

Finding Similar Images To Use For Compare/Contrast Prompts

Ways To Support Students Setting Goals

Student-Created Prompts As A Differentiation Strategy

English Language Learners Using Screencast-o-matic For Folktale Presentations

Literably Is An Excellent Reading Site — If Used With Caution

Getting A Special Wristband Is Not The Best Road To Greater Student Motivation

“Response: A Bad Day In The Classroom ‘Will Pass’”

Google Unveils Great Resource For Virtual Field Trips

My NY Times Post On Using Music With ELLs

This Year’s Shipment Of Stress Balls For Students Has Arrived!

“My Most Popular Parent Engagement Posts In 2013″

“Recover From Bad Days by Seeing ‘Disasters as Opportunities’”

Three Useful Common Core “Cheat Sheets”

EDpuzzle Is An Innovative Video Site

Education Books In One Sentence — Part One

It Might Be Hard To Find A Better Short Video Than This One To Portray “Grit”

Using Freire & Fotobabble With English Language Learners

“Student Contest | 15-Second Vocabulary Videos”

New Link For My Article, “Developing Teacher Leadership For The Long Haul”

“Five key strategies to get/keep kids engaged at school”

 

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October 27, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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October’s Best Posts From This Blog

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I regularly highlight my picks for the most useful posts for each month — not including “The Best…” lists. I also use some of them in a more extensive monthly newsletter I send-out. You can see older Best Posts of the Month at Websites Of The Month (more recent lists can be found here).

Here are some of the posts I personally think are the best, and most helpful, ones I’ve written during this past month (not in any order of preference):

The Role Of Technology In Progressive Social Change

Hypocrisy & Eli Broad

“Using the “Fun Factor” To Encourage Student Reading at Home”

Photo: What Should A Professional Learning Community Discussion Look Like, Sound Like, Feel Like?

Terrific New Videos: Using English “Sister Classes” From Throughout The World In Our ELL Geography Class

Wide Angle’s “Video Bank” Is An Excellent Social Studies Resource

“Response: Getting Students to Read at Home by ‘Building a Daily Habit’”

Making Instagram Videos With English Language Learners

Student Interactive On The Importance Of Learning From Mistakes

“Response: Helping Students Develop a Desire To Read At Home”

If You Want To Write A Book, Or If You Are Teaching Writing, Then “Writer’s Success Academy” Is A Must-See Site

Resources From All My Blogs

Excellent Infographic On The UN Universal Declaration Of Human Rights

Trust Can Have A Pretty Powerful Impact In The Classroom

Excellent Education Week Feature: “Inside Classroom Management”

“Response: The Best Advice On Doing Project-Based Learning”

Voice Of America Redesigns & Enhances Their “Learning English” Site — Again!

“‘Teacherpreneurs Can Lead Reforms’: An Interview With Barnett Berry” (plus Video!)

New Study Says That Half Of “Evidence-Based Practices” In Writing Instruction Not “Signaled” By Common Core

This “Waiting Game” Video From Sesame Street Is PERFECT Follow-Up To Learning About The Marshmallow Test

Google To Start Using Our Words & Faces In Ads — Here’s How To Opt Out

“LSO Play” Is A Mind-Blowing Way For Students To Learn About Orchestras & Musical Instruments

Fun Theory Of Knowledge Lesson To Examine The Role Of Gestures In Language

Create “Playlists” Of Educational Videos, Websites & Google Docs With HippoCampus (Plus Explore English Interactives)

Learn About Punctuation Through Soccer

Supporting Resources For My 2013 K-12 Online Conference Keynote

“Writing Instruction & the Common Core – Part Three”

Infographic: “Twitter For Teachers”

Excellent Video On Having A “Growth Mindset”

“Trippin” Is An Innovative Site For Learning English

Education Week Releases My Newest Book

“Preparing Students To Write Is ‘About Our Own Collaboration’”

Easily Create A “Portrait” Of Your Twitter Connections

U.S. Dept. Of Ed Announces Not One, Not Two, But Three Studies Show NY Performance Pay Generally Makes Things Worse

My Latest NY Times Post Is On Cultural Significance Of Colors

New Kindle Edition Of “Helping Students Motivate Themselves” Is Available

Great Graphic: “The Ed Tech Troubleshooter”

“Developing Student Writers By Letting Them Talk…”

Jimmy Fallon Comes Up With A Great Game For English Language Learners

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September 26, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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September’s Best Posts From This Blog

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I regularly highlight my picks for the most useful posts for each month — not including “The Best…” lists. I also use some of them in a more extensive monthly newsletter I send-out. You can see older Best Posts of the Month at Websites Of The Month (more recent lists can be found here).

Here are some of the posts I personally think are the best, and most helpful, ones I’ve written during this past month (not in any order of preference):

“Constitute” Is A New “Must-Use” Site For Any Social Studies Teacher

An Extremely Important “Take” On “Wait Time” — One That I Hadn’t Thought About Before….

Using Magic To Teach Academic Language

Where I Post What In Social Media

“Advice For Aspiring Principals: ‘Shadow, Connect & Dream’”

Tennessee Using Portfolios To Evaluate Teachers In Non-Tested Subjects – Why Not In ALL Subjects?

“So, You Want To Be A Principal?”

Washington Post Republishes My Most Popular Blog Post Of The Year

My Newest Lesson At The NY Times Is On Teaching “Grit”

Another Study Shows The Benefits Of Reading For Pleasure

I’ll Take 90% Student Engagement Over 100% “Compliance” — Any Day

CTA Magazine Runs Interview With Me On Student Motivation

Video: “Kid President’s Pep Talk to Teachers and Students!”

New Kindle Version Of My Book, Self-Driven Learning, Now Available

Study: Young People Respond Better To The Positive Than They Do To Threats

My NY Times Post On Teaching 9/11

“Teachers Need To Behave Like Johnny Appleseeds”: An Interview With Daniel Coyle

Quote Of The Day: “A Sandy Hook Parent’s Letter to Teachers”

These May Be Some Of The Most Important Passages About Self-Control That I’ve Ever Read

A Little Respect Can Go A Long Way In The Classroom

New Study: “Using harsh verbal discipline with teens found to be harmful”

The “Broken Picture Telephone” Online Game Is Back!

Interview: “Self-Driven Learning and Student Motivation”

Extremely Positive Review Of Our ESL/ELL Book

“There Are No Shortcuts”: An Interview With Rafe Esquith”

Video: New Version Of “Blooms According to Andy Griffith (Edited Version)”

 

 

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