Heather Wolpert-Gawron

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Obama and World of Warcraft

Obama and World of Warcraft

By on November 11, 2008

Where were you when?  It’s a question I asked my readers and my classes the day after the election, and you know what answer I heard the most often?  Ironforge.

“Hit a Jew” Day. Um, er…

“Hit a Jew” Day. Um, er…

By on October 26, 2008

I’m not sure what one can say about this latest story.  AP reports that a number of students at a St Louis middle school are facing suspension for a spirit day gone awry.  But how “Hug a Friend Day” de-evolved

Book Review (sorta): Thoughts on Neal Shusterman’s The Schwa Was Here

Book Review (sorta): Thoughts on Neal Shusterman’s The Schwa Was Here

By on October 26, 2008

So I just finished reading Neal Shusterman’s The Schwa Was Here.  I know, I know.  For all you librarians out there, you’re probably saying: “What?  It took you THIS long to read it?  Jeesh, what kind of tweenteacher are you?” 

Innovative Learning Conference ’08

Innovative Learning Conference ’08

By on October 13, 2008

Well, I’m off to San Jose to present at the ILC.  I’ll be presenting my session, “Podcasting with 50 Middle Schoolers – RU Crazy?!”  It isn’t just about podcasting.  It’s also about the evolution of a tech-tentative Language Arts teacher

When it works, it’s amazing!

When it works, it’s amazing!

By on October 3, 2008

I’m referring, of course, to my new Interactive Whiteboard. I think I’m going to name my second child Promethean.

The Excitement Graph: Plot and Word Choice

The Excitement Graph: Plot and Word Choice

By on October 2, 2008

Every year, I do this activity when teaching Narrative Plot.  I’ve used it from 3rd grade to 12th grade.  I learned a version of it first in 1993 at a UCLA Extension class on “Teaching Reading to Secondary Students” and

The snail wins the race…with RSP

The snail wins the race…with RSP

By on October 1, 2008

Just a brief post of victory to share: At the beginning of Sept 2007, I gave a pre-assessment to my class in order to learn their levels and begin the process of differentiation.  I looked through the results and my

What’s my role in this debate?

What’s my role in this debate?

By on September 28, 2008

Dear Fellow Edubloggers, Many of you have been blogging far longer than I have.  I have many of you on my Google Reader and I admire your wit, your writing, and would now love your advice. Last week, I posted

Should a free education be unconditional?

Should a free education be unconditional?

By on September 6, 2008

So you know when you get your group of kids on the first day, there are those who immediately set off your alarms?  Well, that definitely happened to me on my first day. I have a student who clearly needs

Find the Fib…First Day Activity (UPDATED)

Find the Fib…First Day Activity (UPDATED)

By on September 5, 2008

I learned a version of this activity from Erick Gordon this summer at the UCI institute. Basically, it’s a get-to-know activity where the students get to learn a little about me and then learn a little about each other. It

Oh, the Wells Fargo Wagon is a’comin…

Oh, the Wells Fargo Wagon is a’comin…

By on August 30, 2008

So, in a move reminiscent of a 12-year old girl caught up in the riot mentality of rumors, I believed the whisper I heard about not getting my Whiteboard for 2 months.  But I tell you now: it was false,

The Carnival is in town!

The Carnival is in town!

By on August 27, 2008

Howdy all! The Carnival of Education is in town and tweenteacher has joined the parade.  Interesting host and post. Enjoy!

My new Interactive Whiteboard: Part I

My new Interactive Whiteboard: Part I

By on August 11, 2008

Is the tale of the recent surge of Interactive Whiteboards a grade-B horror flick or a Cinderella story?  Are they the villain or the belle of the ball?  They’ve begun creeping into trendsetting classrooms, taking over precious wall space and

The Carnival of Education Just Rolled Into Town – #180

The Carnival of Education Just Rolled Into Town – #180

By on July 16, 2008

The Carnival of Education #180 is hosted this week by SteveSpangler.com.  Check out my entry if you haven’t already, and enjoy the parade!

Kelly Gallagher’s Golden Line

Kelly Gallagher’s Golden Line

By on July 12, 2008

Kelly Gallagher on the simple concept: "Everyone improves."

The De-Evolution of “To Say” – by Tweenteacher

The De-Evolution of “To Say” – by Tweenteacher

By on July 10, 2008

Is this happening in a school near you? He said, “Let’s go see a movie.” *** He went, “Let’s go see a movie.” *** He was all, “Let’s go see a movie.” *** He’s like, “Let’s go see a movie.”

The Carnival is in Town – #179, that is

The Carnival is in Town – #179, that is

By on July 9, 2008

The Carnival of Education has rolled on in and my article, “Collaboration…Blocked By A Firewall Near You” is an active participant this week.   Thank you to Schiess Weekly for the inclusion. Enjoy!

Joanne Jacobs comment:”Stop facilitating and start teaching”

Joanne Jacobs comment:”Stop facilitating and start teaching”

By on July 6, 2008

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer posts a not-so-intelligent take on teacher vs. student-directed classrooms.

Collaboration…Blocked by a Firewall Near You

Collaboration…Blocked by a Firewall Near You

By on July 2, 2008

I just saw Doug Fisher's presentation on ELL students in the Language Arts classroom. I got me reflective on tech's role in collaboration in the classroom.

The Carnival #178 is in town!

The Carnival #178 is in town!

By on July 2, 2008

The Carnival #178 has come to town!