Bills’ Mario Addison on chance to add former teammate Cam Newton to career sack list: ‘Hell yeah!’

New Buffalo Bills edge rusher Mario Addison had a pretty normal-feeling zoom press conference on Friday before practice.

He spoke about getting to know his new teammates in Buffalo during a pandemic after seven seasons in Carolina. How each member of the team’s defensive line is motivating each other on the field with every rep. And even shed some light on how coach Sean McDermott aggressively rotating the d-line to get everyone on the same page with less time to prepare for the season.

But when former teammate Cam Newton’s name was mentioned near the end of the session, Addison couldn’t help but smile when he was asked whether he’s looking forward to finally getting a chance to hit the New England Patriots quarterback.

Addison stroked his beard a few times and joked that he wanted to get it just right before he replied.

“To answer that question: hell yeah,”

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Pivot to remote learning creates a chance to reinvent K-12 education

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Many of the nation’s 57 million K-12 students will spend at least part of the 2020-2021 school year either dealing with distance learning or a hybrid model that keeps them out of classrooms several days a week. They’ll spend lots of time using teleconferencing software, with teachers either convening classes live or pre-recording lessons.

Getting children to excel won’t be easy. Zoom and similar programs can be challenging for teachers and boring for “digital natives” accustomed to watching more entertaining stuff on their devices.

Based on my experience both as a writer and a producer of films and TV shows in Hollywood and a lecturer at the University of Pittsburgh – where WQED, the nation’s first educational television station got started – I recommend four creative ways to overcome this problem. While challenging, this disruption in education can be a a unique

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How Schools Missed a Chance to Fix Remote Learning

The Clinton Hill School in New York, July 22, 2020. (Mark Wickens/The New York Times)
The Clinton Hill School in New York, July 22, 2020. (Mark Wickens/The New York Times)

With some combination of optimism, anxiety and wishful thinking, many educators spent their summers planning, in minute detail, how to safely reopen classrooms. Teachers stocked up on sanitation supplies as superintendents took a crash course in epidemiology and studied supply chain logistics for portable air filters.

But with the pandemic now surging across a wide swath of the country, many of those plans have been shelved, and a different reality has emerged for the nation’s exhausted and stir-crazy families: Millions of American children will spend their fall once again learning in front of laptop screens.

In places where schools haven’t already reopened — in some, to just as quickly close again — educators are spending the little time they have left before the new academic year moving to focus more fully on improving online instruction,

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