Heather Wolpert-Gawron

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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!

The Carnival is in!

By on August 13, 2008

Welcome to another Carnival of Education hosted this week by Joanne Jacobs.   After taking a writing break for a few weeks, I am back in the party.  Something I love about Le Carnival is that is represents both sides of

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!

Sheridan Blau at the UCIWP

Sheridan Blau at the UCIWP

By on July 14, 2008

OK, normally, I would reflect on one of the presenters at the UCIWP with my own spin-off thoughts and musings. Not so today.  Here are some Golden Lines from today’s presentation with Sheridan Blau, award-winning educator, past president of NCTE,

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.”

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!

Book Review: The Looking Glass Wars

Book Review: The Looking Glass Wars

By on July 1, 2008

Read The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor. It's great for setting, character, and action details.SowahtSo

Too Metacognitive to Think Properly

Too Metacognitive to Think Properly

By on June 27, 2008

Today my colleague and I were almost hit by a car while we talking about thinking with clarity. Sigh.

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.

Surely Shakespeare has a sniglet for it?

Surely Shakespeare has a sniglet for it?

By on June 21, 2008

What's a word for both grateful and frustrated?

UCI Writers Project

UCI Writers Project

By on June 21, 2008

I'm off to my brain gym for the summer - the UCI Writer's Project.

NCLB?  How ’bout B-studentsLB

NCLB? How ’bout B-studentsLB

By on June 21, 2008

NCLB might be losing the highest students, but it is also causing the loss of the middle-of-the-line student's electives.

Computer Literacy Support should not be Conditional: Joanne Jacobs comment

Computer Literacy Support should not be Conditional: Joanne Jacobs comment

By on June 18, 2008

Supporting computer literacy should not be conditional. Joanne Jacobs challenges in her recent article, "Computers Don't Boost Poor Kids' Grades," that computers in many homes are only used to games and not for literacy. I say, it's a start.

How to Drop the Gas Prices Using Math

How to Drop the Gas Prices Using Math

By on June 11, 2008

Using the power of exponents, we just might be able to drop the gas prices. According to the chain email I received anyway.