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On this week's edition of WFAA-TV's Inside Texas Politics, I talked with host Jason Whitely and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Bud Kennedy about the campaigns being run by three GOP statewide candidates. Greg Abbott, consistently ahead in the polls, probably won't hit his opponent Wendy Davis with negative TV ads until the very end, if at all. Down the ballot, his fellow front-running Republicans, Dan Patrick who is aiming for lieutenant governor and Ken Paxton who is vying for attorney general, are keeping their campaigns low profile. Patrick has one debate scheduled with Democratic nominee Leticia Van de Putte, while Paxton shows no sign of engaging at all with Democrat Sam Houston. This confidence in the results extends beyond statewide offices: it looks like the Senate will be more conservative than ever, with as many as eight new senators leaning farther right than their predecessors. That signals considerable difficulty for Democrats to get anything done; it might also stymie moderate Republican efforts.

We also talked about Joe Allbaugh, a former FEMA director, chief of staff to George W. Bush when he was governor of Texas and campaign manager for part of Gov. Rick Perry's 2012 run for president. Recently, Allbaugh has been in the news for a different reason: he's an investor and board director of a Colorado-based company that specializes in testing marijuana for potency and quality. While he doesn't condone recreational use of the drug, Allbaugh, whose wife had cancer, acknowledges its purported medicinal value and sees a business opportunity as more states loosen laws around its prescription and use.

Davis' new book, which among other things details an abortion and the termination of an ectopic pregnancy, came up — it may not move the needle much one way or the other in the upcoming election, but it might be setting the stage for contests in 2016 and beyond. And Ted Cruz seemed to have a tough week politically, booed off the stage by an audience of Middle Eastern Christians in Washington, but he might've been making his real case to voters in Iowa and New Hampshire.

Also: A Tea Party activist wonders whether we're asking political candidates the right questions about the border; the import of Wendy Davis' book is discussed from the left and the right; Jason interviews Paul Griffin, Jr. from Phi Beta Sigma about his national fraternity's outreach to young African-American men; and Jason and Bud talk to David Williams, a 13-year-old in Dallas who has emerged as something of a gadfly to the city council there, showing up at City Hall and publicly challenging politicians to do more. His issues: education, domestic violence and poverty. It's not clear yet whether he's eyeing the mayor's job or Jason's, but the kid's clearly a comer.

Original author: Ross Ramsey
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On this week's edition of WFAA-TV's Inside Texas Politics, I talked with host Jason Whitely and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Bud Kennedy about the campaigns being run by three GOP statewide candidates. Greg Abbott, consistently ahead in the polls, probably won't hit his opponent Wendy Davis with negative TV ads until the very end, if at all. Down the ballot, his fellow front-running Republicans, Dan Patrick, who is aiming for lieutenant governor and Ken Paxton, who is vying for attorney general, are keeping their campaigns low profile. Patrick has one debate scheduled with Democratic nominee Leticia Van de Putte, while Paxton shows no sign of engaging at all with Democrat Sam Houston. This confidence in the results extends beyond statewide offices: it looks like the Senate will be more conservative than ever, with as many as eight new senators leaning farther right than their predecessors. That signals considerable difficulty for Democrats to get anything done; it might also stymie moderate Republican efforts.

We also talked about Joe Allbaugh, a former FEMA director, chief of staff to George W. Bush when he was governor of Texas and campaign manager for part of Gov. Rick Perry's 2012 run for president. Recently, Allbaugh has been in the news for a different reason: he's an investor and board director of a Colorado-based company that specializes in testing marijuana for potency and quality. While he doesn't condone recreational use of the drug, Allbaugh, whose wife had cancer, acknowledges its purported medicinal value and sees a business opportunity as more states loosen laws around its prescription and use.

Davis' new book, which among other things details an abortion and the termination of an ectopic pregnancy, came up — it may not move the needle much one way or the other in the upcoming election, but it might be setting the stage for contests in 2016 and beyond. And Ted Cruz seemed to have a tough week politically, booed off the stage by an audience of Middle Eastern Christians in Washington, but he might've been making his real case to voters in Iowa and New Hampshire.

Also: A Tea Party activist wonders whether we're asking political candidates the right questions about the border; the import of Wendy Davis' book is discussed from the left and the right; Jason interviews Paul Griffin, Jr. from Phi Beta Sigma about his national fraternity's outreach to young African-American men; and Jason and Bud talk to David Williams, a 13-year-old in Dallas who has emerged as something of a gadfly to the city council there, showing up at City Hall and publicly challenging politicians to do more. His issues: education, domestic violence and poverty. It's not clear yet whether he's eyeing the mayor's job or Jason's, but the kid's clearly a comer.

Original author: Ross Ramsey
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The most valuable lesson for a student to learn inside the classroom is not science, or math, or communication skills, or artistic inclinations – but how to deal with others and society in general. Children and their emotional development at this time shapes the rest of their lives. Encouraging self-management over their own emotional impulses […]

The post 5 Ways Teachers Can Help Students Learn to Manage Their Emotions appeared first on Edudemic.

Original author: Emily Ko
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Bored student waiting for time to pass (in class)

We see it every day in nearly every class. The students lean way back, eyes drowsy, barely paying attention, sometimes propping their chin up with their fist… we’ll call this ‘the slouch.’ Or they’re leaning forward, spine curled over, head resting on their arm or desk, as if to take a nap… we’ll call this ‘the slump.’ We can walk down the halls of almost any secondary school, peek in the doors or windows, and see numerous kids slouched or slumped while teachers talk, while videos play, while some class peers work quietly on their seat work. Youth are disengaged, unenergized, and apathetic … and we call this normal.

When will we be ready to own that many of (as we move up through the grades, even most of) the learning experiences that we create for students are BORING?

And that it’s not teaching them ‘grit’ or ‘resilience’ to make them suffer through what we’re providing?

Image credit: Waiting for time to pass, Richard Phillip Rücker

Original author: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Scott McLeod)
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It's mid-September, and most schools have barely begun classes, but students at Rosa Parks Elementary School are getting ready for vacation. Fall break for the Portland, Oregon, elementary school starts on Sept. 22 and runs for three weeks.

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