Betway 6.00bet365 7.00Pinnacle 4.61 AstralisDanish powerhouse Astralis is another favourite to walk away with first at Marseille and for good reason: The team quickly broke out into the upper-standings after signing 19-year old Danish hopeful, Emil “Magisk” Reif, as their fifth player. Currently ranked fourth in the ESL Pro League Season 7, the Danes have displayed a velocity ahead of Marseille that has established them as a serious threat at this Masters event. Betway 5.00bet365 6.00Pinnacle 4.49 FnaticIn my opinion, Fnatic appears to be the most conditioned for this world-class skirmish. The fearsome five-man squadron has managed to secure two critical tournament wins in the previous months including IEM Katowice 2018 and World Electronic Sports Games (WESC). If Fnatic can perform with as much vigour as in their last two tournaments, they’ll be a sure bet as a top-finisher. Fnatic will face Asian qualifier, Tyloo, first in Group C. Betway 7.00bet365 7.00Pinnacle 10.62 SK GamingHeavily favoured by sportsbooks, SK Gaming is pinned to win DreamHack Marseille; the added bit of firepower that is Stewie2K is presumed to clash well with Marcelo “coldzera” David as an entry unit. The group hasn’t performed so well on LAN this year besides a 3-4th place finish at the Boston Major; with a new rejuvenated and hungry squad, however, I’d anticipate them to come alive at Le Dôme de Marseille. SK Gaming will have their first test against a lively Ninjas in Pyjamas squad in the initial round. Betway 6.00bet365 6.00Pinnacle 7.02 It’s an exciting week for Counter-Strike fans as 16 of the best teams prepare to descend onto Marseille, France for the DreamHack Masters from April 18 to April 22. As the first Masters tournament of 2018, CS:GO enthusiasts can guarantee a fierce and impassioned contest as teams look to secure the larger end of a $250,000 prize pool (£175,650) at Le Dôme de Marseille. With tensions surmounting ahead of next week’s blue-ribbon tournament, we decided to take a detailed look at how the teams will stack up against each other in this week’s ESI Gambling Report.Roster ChangesLeading up to the Marseille DreamHack 2018 there has been a flurry of roster changes that will presumably shake up the fixture a bit; elite teams such as SK Gaming, Team Liquid, FaZe Clan and Cloud9 have all had some significant changes in their lineup prior to the first Masters tournament.Epitacio “TACO” de Melo (Credit: HLTV)One of the most staggering CS:GO releases back in March confirmed Epitacio “TACO” deMelo’s exit from SK Gaming; the 23-year-old Brazilian was instrumental in SK’s success, guiding the team to gold medal in several international tournaments including two Majors. TACO would go on to further diversify the already multinational roster of Team Liquid, comprised of two North American, Canadian, and Brazilian Counter-Strike stars.Jake “Stewie2K” Yip would depart from Cloud9 and go on to fill TACO’s spot at SK Gaming in a similar role – whether the American fragger can fill the gaping void TACO left in the side of SK, is still to be determined.More notable alterations include Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer Gustafsson’s absence from FaZe Clan’s lineup at Dreamhack Marseille due to ‘personal reasons’ – Swedish native, Richard “Xizt” Landström, will substitute in at the tournament. Olofmeister’s unavailability shouldn’t set FaZe back too far, however; Olof’s recent performance has been dicey (probably relevant to his leave) and Xizt is thought to fill that role quite entirely.Richard “Xizt” Landström (Credit: HLTV)All this being said, Cloud9 will presumably be in a less than formidable condition in France; aside from losing Stewie2K, Tyler “Skadoodle” Latham, would send another devastating shockwave through C9 fans as he resigned from the team’s active roster. The current Major Champions have experienced a bit of a downward spell since their ELEAGUE: Boston first place finish; that’s not to say the North American squad can’t shape a configuration that grants them a top finish in Marisellie – however, it would appear somewhat bleak at the moment.The OddsFaZE ClanFaZe Clan would make an interesting stake to win DreamHack Marseille outright; the international troop has attractive odds and the mark of a serious contender for being a finalist. Although recent FaZe transfers may onset some uneasiness, the playing field is generally levelled between the top contenders regarding key player absences from France. While Xizt may not be able to match the same chemistry of Olofmeister – he has quite a bit of champion blood in him. Xzit’s entry into FaZe ended a six-year residency with Ninjas in Pyjamas – including an ESL One Cologne Major victory that solidified him as one of Sweden’s best in-game leaders. FaZe squares up against Team EnVyUs in the first bout of the tournament. Regardless, DreamHack Marseille should deliver on a cutthroat contest between the best CS:GO teams in the world. If you choose to wager on any of the matches over the course of the tournament, Esports Insider reminds you to bet responsibly!
Karen Martin is a 4th grade teacher at Tri-Valley School in Healy. She’s one of the finalists for the 2018 Alaska Teacher of the Year award. (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)This week, we’ve been bringing you the voices of this year’s Alaska Teacher of the Year finalists. There are four candidates and the Department of Education will select the winner in October. Karen Martin teaches 4th grade at Denali borough’s Tri Valley School. Martin has been a teacher for 12 years and was a scientist before she became a teacher. She said educational requirements for younger students have become more strenuous.Listen nowMARTIN:The expectation academically for what children are expected to learn, especially early on, is more rigorous than it was when I was younger. And I think, you know, there’s a shift. It kind of impacts the whole schedule for what a school day might look like for a younger child, or even an older child. I know growing up I had three recesses and now, students in our building generally have one. More is expected of younger children, learning to read earlier, and the rigor of the content. And I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, but I think you have to be careful of a balance for a healthy life.TOWNSEND: So let’s talk about technology a little bit. You’re teaching younger students, so maybe not as challenging as if you were in high school. But still, technology is everywhere. How does that change what you’re doing in a classroom?MARTIN: I think there’s a lot of new skills that we need to be mindful of helping young students develop in this age of technology. And I think there’s a lot of value that comes from integrating technology in the classroom in terms of not only how — the skill set to help them use information on the internet or in other resources wisely or critically. But also, it’s a world that they understand that I don’t necessarily, and things that they learn and things that they communicate through technology that I can’t shy away from just because its not my world. Like, I think it’s important to help them develop them into that because that is their future.TOWNSEND: Is it harder to get young children to pay attention for long periods of time? Do you see a change in attention span with students now?MARTIN: I guess not necessarily, not necessarily because some of our most important work is to help kids engage with whatever content, whatever information, whatever learning that we are designing for them. And that that’s part of our responsibility is to help them be engaged with that and help them take ownership of that learning and be responsible for their learning. And kids, it’s fascinating to me, if you give them a choice sometimes doing something with their hands or doing something with technology, they will choose to do something with their hands.TOWNSEND: One of the things that you said was, “I trust my students to be leaders in their own learning.” What did you mean by that?MARTIN: As a cohort of colleagues, we’ve been looking at how do we really allow students to do their own learning? How do we allow them and when do we recognize that struggle is okay if it’s productive? You know, do we need to sell in and as teachers, we feel like that’s what we do. We need to — we’re nurturers, we come in, we have the answer, we give it to them. But really, what we do is we take away the learning. And so, part of it is being more mindful of when they’re working on their own. When they’re working together, allowing them to do the learning, to do the work of learning. And then the other part is, is I try to — every opportunity I can if there’s a learning experience or a learning intention, to create an opportunity where the students together can find the solution to a problem. I don’t — and like, the converse of that would look like I stand at the board and I show them the algorithm or I show them the solution. Instead, I’ll give them the problem and see if they come up with a strategy, and when they do, because they do, then allow them to come up and teach each other.(From left to right) Kent Fielding, Eric Rush, Ben Walker and Karen Martin are the finalists for the 2018 Alaska Teacher of the Year award. (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)