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June 22, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Reminder: Google Reader Shuts Down Soon & You Can Subscribe To This Blog By Many Other Ways

Many readers subscribe to this blog using Google Reader, which is being shut-down on July 1st.

There are plenty of alternatives to Google Reader if you still want to subscribe using an RSS Reader (see The Best Alternatives To Google Reader Now That It’s Being Shut Down).

In addition, you can always subscribe for free by email. You can quickly sign-up here. If there are multiple posts in one day you will still only receive one email containing all of them.

Of course, I also publish links to post on Twitter, Google Plus and Facebook (and sometimes Pinterest), so those are other ways to access this blog’s content, too.

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June 13, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video: “So Many Ways to Die”

Here’s a great music video that not only has accessible lyrics for English Language Learners, but also very engaging images for them to describe. I’ve pasted the lyrics below the video.

So Many Ways To Die

so many ways to die
so many ways to stay alive
but if you wouldn’t mind to wait a while
you could give another day a try

you tell me all that you cherished is through
well that’s not true it isn’t true
it isn’t true
i read it in the news it is but really isn’t you
you are exactly who you choose
you’re only lying to you

so many ways to think
how differently we interpret the brink
between the side of life worth living
and the point at which you’re better off to sink

so many ways to laugh
chortle chuckle giggle cachinnate guffaw like william howard taft
science has proven it’s correlated
with the number of days your life will pass

so many ways to die
so many different ways to lie
should a community allow
or should society continue to deny

what could i say where do you go
what could i do what could i know

so many different lives
so many different ways to hide
but if you open your shutters
you might find the joy that only lives outside

so many ways to dance
so many different meanings for glance
but you only get a few if you keep staring at your shoes
you will miss every single chance

three thousand different ways
they could’ve rearranged your dna
but I believe just for today that
you can conquer your affliction of the brain

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June 7, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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A Few Nice Infographics

Here are a few useful infographics I’ve found recently:

Why Students Are Not Finishing School is an interactive infographic from GOOD.

How Much Do Americans Spend on Unhealthy Living? is from MINT.

I’m adding this next infographic to The Best Resources For Learning About Tornadoes:

June 2, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Reminder: You Can Always Subscribe To This Blog By Email

Many readers subscribe to this blog using Google Reader, which is being shut-down on July 1st.

There are plenty of alternatives to Google Reader if you still want to subscribe using an RSS Reader (see The Best Alternatives To Google Reader Now That It’s Being Shut Down).

In addition, you can always subscribe for free by email. You can quickly sign-up here. If there are multiple posts in one day you will still only receive one email containing all of them.

Of course, I also publish links to post on Twitter, Google Plus and Facebook (and sometimes Pinterest), so those are other ways to access this blog’s content, too.

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May 14, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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You Can Subscribe To My Other Blog, “Engaging Parents In School,” By RSS Or By Email

Readers of this blog might, or might not, know that I also write another blog called Engaging Parents In School.

I just noticed that the widget that allows people to subscribe by email was missing and put it back. So, especially in light of Google Reader’s imminent closure, more and more people are choosing the email subscription route to blogs and I wanted to let people know that option is available (as it is for this blog).

And, of course, there are also plenty of alternatives to Google Reader if you want to continue using an RSS Reader.

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May 11, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Reminder: You Can Always Subscribe To This Blog By Email

Many readers subscribe to this blog using Google Reader, which is being shut-down on July 1st.

There are plenty of alternatives to Google Reader if you still want to subscribe using an RSS Reader (see The Best Alternatives To Google Reader Now That It’s Being Shut Down).

In addition, you can always subscribe for free by email. You can quickly sign-up here. If there are multiple posts in one day you will still only receive one email containing all of them.

Of course, I also publish links to post on Twitter, Google Plus and Facebook (and sometimes Pinterest), so those are other ways to access this blog’s content, too.

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May 5, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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President Obama On Perseverance

President Obama gave the commencement address at Ohio State University this weekend. Here’s what he said about perseverance. I’m adding it to The Best Resources About learning The Importance Of Grit:

Which brings me to the second thing I ask of all of you — I ask that you persevere. Whether you start a business, or run for office, or devote yourself to alleviating poverty or hunger, please remember that nothing worth doing happens overnight. A British inventor named Dyson went through more than 5,000 prototypes before getting that first really fancy vacuum cleaner just right. We remember Michael Jordan’s six championships; we don’t remember his nearly 15,000 missed shots. As for me, I lost my first race for Congress, and look at me now — I’m an honorary graduate of The Ohio State University. (Applause.)

The point is, if you are living your life to the fullest, you will fail, you will stumble, you will screw up, you will fall down. But it will make you stronger, and you’ll get it right the next time, or the time after that, or the time after that. And that is not only true for your personal pursuits, but it’s also true for the broader causes that you believe in as well.

So you can’t give up your passion if things don’t work right away. You can’t lose heart, or grow cynical if there are twists and turns on your journey. The cynics may be the loudest voices — but I promise you, they will accomplish the least. It’s those folks who stay at it, those who do the long, hard, committed work of change that gradually push this country in the right direction, and make the most lasting difference.

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March 24, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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What Should Be The Fate Of The Zillion Starred Posts On My Google Reader?

The upcoming demise of Google Reader has left me with a decision to make — What do I do about the untold zillions of backlogged posts I’ve “starred” and saved? Do I just export them to another RSS Reader, or should I take this opportunity go through them?

I’ve chosen the latter option.

So between now and the summer shutdown of Google Reader, I’ll be doing one of three things:

1) “Unstarring” the ones that I think are of no interest to me or to anyone else, and letting them drift into the oblivion of the RSS netherworld.

2) Since it’s so easy to share content to Google Plus with Google Reader (an aspect I wonder if Google gave as much consideration to in their decision — I suspect there may very well be less content shared in Google Plus with Reader’s demise), I’ll be sharing posts there that are useful, but probably not useful to me enough to add to some “The Best…” list. So expect a blizzard of Google Plus posts from me over the coming months (you can follow me on Google Plus here).

3) I’ll be sharing the “cream of the crop” on Twitter (so expect even more tweets from me than usual over the next few months), and create a series of collections of those tweets on Storify. Eventually, I’ll post about them on the blog and add them to various “The Best…” lists, but who knows when that day will come. In the meantime, if you want, you can subscribe to my Storify posts here. I may also post them on this blog.

At least, this is my intention. Let’s see how well I do in my follow-through….

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