Archive for July, 2015

Fantasy sports have been growing phenomena for the past three decades or so. Recently though, a new form of fantasy sports has been developed and is taking the internet and fantasy sports players by a storm. Daily fantasy leagues are now one of the more popular fantasy sports platforms. Playing in a daily league requires a different set of strategies and skills. Here are three tips for succeeding in a daily fantasy league.

1. Do research on each of the players you are considering to use that day. You should look at their stats, understand the matchups, and compare. You should also read blogs and daily reports. Both these sources are an excellent way to get information that is streamlined and directed at exactly what you are looking for.

2. Don’t take too many risks. You need to take some risks in daily fantasy leagues, but you need to manage your risks and be smart about them. Be even keeled about how many risks you take. Don’t take a risk over something that is guaranteed to give you some positive value.

3. Do some research on some shortcuts that will make you a better fantasy player. It will take you a long time to learn all the tactics, strategy, and language of the fantasy, but if you initially teach yourself some shortcut strategies and tactics, then you have a good chance of succeeding early.

Debra Purcell-Regis is recently retired teacher from Old Brookville, New York. Her son recently introduced her to daily fantasy sports leagues and she has been very successful so far.

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There are many reasons that Community Service is important. And there are many reasons why people choose to become involved in community projects. One of the great things about it is that there are so many opportunities in most neighborhoods, and they are an immediate and effective way to give back, and to contribute something meaningful.

Community Service allows citizens to volunteer their time for something that they really believe in. It could be serving as a volunteer at an elementary school grading papers or tutoring children in arithmetic, or it might be walking dogs at your local animal shelter, or teaching adult literacy. With few exceptions, people who willingly give back to their communities with their time and energy say it is a very rewarding experience, that allows them to do things they might not otherwise have had the chance to do.

But community service is more than just rewarding. Volunteerism is one of those intangibles that looks great on a résumé or a college application. In some cases community service is even a requirement for high school graduation. And for many people it has the effect of deepening their appreciation of what they have, and too often take for granted. The citizens of the United States have many privileges that many people around the world can only dream of. Our communities are protected by dedicated public servants, like police officers and fire fighters, and others who work every day for the safety and betterment of the community.

Debra Purcell-Regis is a retired high school teacher who volunteers her time at a local animal shelter, and also works part-time at a community center where she coordinates a team of volunteers.

Good teaching is not so much about the three R’s as it is about motivating students to want to learn, and teaching them how to learn. And motivating students is mostly about bringing great passion to the job in a way that is meaningful to the lives of young people.

Education should never end just because you’ve earned a degree and are out working in the world. Everyone leads busy lives, but there is always room for improving yourself. And it’s up to the nation’s teachers to impart that message to their students. To be truly effective, teachers must stay on top of developments in their field of expertise. But knowledge in and of itself is never enough. Good teaching is also about bridging the gap between learning, and putting knowledge to good use.

In a classroom setting, good teaching is also about listening to your students and being responsive to them. It means engaging those students who need an incentive, and in those students who show promise, it means pushing them to be their very best. With all students, it’s about being human and showing respect for everyone, while being professional at all times.

Debra Purcell-Regis spent twenty-five years teaching high school students in Old Brookville, New York. She says that at the end of the day, good teaching means having fun and motivating all students to do their best. She says that she never had a school year where there wasn’t a student in the back row who kept quiet and needed to be drawn out, and some of her most gratifying experiences was connecting with such students on a human level and being a positive influence on them.

In all fantasy sports, the teams that get the most value for their picks in the draft are the ones that take the championships. You can create value by finding players that you think are underrated during the draft. Anytime you can find first round talent in the third, fourth, or fifth round, you’ve created value. Every year, the fantasy community overlooks players who turn out to have monster seasons. Every year, fantasy sports pundits give gamers a list of “sleepers,” players who they feel are underrated (hence the fantasy community has slept on them). There are always players who come out of nowhere to dominate fantasy leagues in all sports. The key is finding them before you competition does.

When you’re drafting your team, you should have a list of players you want on your team for the right price. The best way to find players you like is to look at the list of all players going into the draft and view their career histories. Some players have a long list of injuries that have prevented them from playing over their careers; others have sparkling statistics throughout their careers except for the year previous, causing their stock in the fantasy community to fall. Draft injury-prone players at your own risk, but players coming off uncharacteristically bad seasons are where you can create value.

Debra Purcell-Regis is a dedicated fantasy owner in multiple sports. She has already made a name for herself in her own fantasy leagues as a fearsome opponent, and she has started to play daily fantasy leagues as well.