Heather Wolpert-Gawron

Huffington Post: “Student Tributes to Steve Jobs”

Huffington Post: “Student Tributes to Steve Jobs”

By on October 7, 2011

I just posted “Student Tributes to Steve Jobs” at The Huffington Post. His passing will be a “Where were you when?” moment that I felt my students needed to pause and acknowledge. Wonka has left us with questions about his

5 Nonfiction + Novels Series: The Middle School Edition for Dec. 2015

By on December 22, 2015

My newest post is the first in a series  in which I’m collaborating with Talks with Teachers podcaster and blogger, Brian Sztabnik. Brian not only moderates the #aplitchat on Twitter but also writes the 5 Nonfiction + Novels series for

On the Web

By on October 9, 2015

THE HUFFINGTON POST How is Student Testing Related to the Asian Tiger Mosquito? Learning From the Community School Model Boy Talk at Recess: Pokemon, Light Sabers, and Things That Go Boom Why Do Some Teachers Take Irresponsible Students So Personally?

Do You Remember the Moment When You First Learned “Grit?”

By on April 6, 2014

OK, so here’s my confession: I’m not so sure that grit can be taught.  I know, however, from experience, that it can be learned.   So I think it’s time we all had a frank conversation about the role of school

When Life Turns on a Dime, You Discover Your Family

By on August 14, 2013

I want to tell you a little about what happened to me this summer, but I promise that it will come around and relate to school.  Cruddy hook, I know, but I wanted you to know there was a method

The Parent Portal: The Pros and Cons of Transparent Gradebooks

The Parent Portal: The Pros and Cons of Transparent Gradebooks

By on October 29, 2011

The Parent Portal is now open. No, this isn’t some Dr. Who vortex waiting to suck away all parents who can’t seem to drop their kids off on time. It’s the 24/7 online access to a teacher’s grade book. A

Changing The Teacher Reputation

Changing The Teacher Reputation

By on August 21, 2011

I was at a wedding two weeks ago where someone asked me what I did for a living. “I’m a teacher,” I replied. “Ohhhhh, teeeeeching,” he said knowingly. “Must be nice to have so much time off. Out at 3:00,

Should tenure function like a drivers license?

Should tenure function like a drivers license?

By on February 27, 2011

Surely we all understand the controversy with the existence of tenure. Currently, it is seen as a near-impenetrable armor which protects the supposed hoards of ineffective teachers which abound in our system. But to really talk about tenure, one needs

And My Job Quality is Based on These Tests?! (Updated)

And My Job Quality is Based on These Tests?! (Updated)

By on May 28, 2010

So clearly we’ve all been thinking a lot about the necessity of test scores in making high stakes decisions. I mean, test scores seem to be used in everything these days: teacher evaluations, a student’s college or career readiness, merit

More Details on My Topic for Monday’s Arne Duncan Call: Teachers at the Policy Table

More Details on My Topic for Monday’s Arne Duncan Call: Teachers at the Policy Table

By on May 23, 2010

So, just to continue yesterday’s post on preparing for Monday’s conference call with Arne Duncan, I wanted to cover a little of what we planned to discuss with the Secretary. Our topics, as I said before, were selected from a

LA Times Article: Bailing on Schools Doesn’t Fix Schools

LA Times Article: Bailing on Schools Doesn’t Fix Schools

By on January 7, 2010

So a colleague of mine commented yesterday on my article “Is TFA a Volunteerism Succubus?” David Cohen (fellow member of The Teacher Leaders Network and creator the ACT ning) said the following in response to my article: “…They won’t invest

Top 10: How to Take Control of Your Teaching

Top 10: How to Take Control of Your Teaching

By on February 25, 2009

How can you take control of your teaching, both literally and internally? Read my Top 10 list that advises a teacher on how to get what you need in this demanding job of ours, how to survive it, and how to love it.

Test Prep-Bubbling Power

Test Prep-Bubbling Power

By on February 2, 2009

So I looked at my 8th grade students’ scores after they took the MMA and sighed.  Their scores sucked.  

Marketing Metacognition

Marketing Metacognition

By on January 25, 2009

So I just got the January MindWare catalogue and I realize that here we have a toy catalogue that is solely for metacognitive purchases.  So this got me thinking: how can schools market metacognition?  I realized, of course, that until

Second-Career Teachers…Aren’t we All?

Second-Career Teachers…Aren’t we All?

By on November 22, 2008

The Illinois News-Gazette recently reported an increase in second career teachers.  But, really, aren’t we all second-career teachers?  I mean, unless we bopped from high school to a BA to an education program and landed directly into the teaching field,

The Carnival of Education is in Town!

The Carnival of Education is in Town!

By on June 25, 2008

The Carnival of Education #177 has arrived and my article, "How to Find a Job in Education that You Love" is featured.

How To Get a Job in Education That You Love

How To Get a Job in Education That You Love

By on June 12, 2008

Don't just take the first job handed to you. Here's a step-by-step guide in finding a job in education on your terms.

Ed Tech is the new Home Ec and Shop

Ed Tech is the new Home Ec and Shop

By on May 27, 2008

McCain and Clinton don't mention Ed Tech in their educational policies. Obama merely mentions it in relations to Maths and Sciences. But Ed Tech is not the elite. It is the Home Ec and Shop classes for this generation.

Don’t Knock the Less Experienced Teacher

Don’t Knock the Less Experienced Teacher

By on May 23, 2008

I know the use of new teachers in harder-to-teach classrooms is frowned upon, but maybe they have some pros in the face of so many cons: energy, passion, and flexibility.

Teens at Home vs. the Office: Comment on Joanne Jacobs article

Teens at Home vs. the Office: Comment on Joanne Jacobs article

By on May 2, 2008

I saw this article today, “Middle Class Teens and Leopold II,” by Joanne Jacob.  I always like seeing my Google Reader go bold when she’s got something new on the stove.   Anyway, it pretty much talks about (but with better