Heather Wolpert-Gawron

Middle School Classroom Management Tip: Collaboration and Fluid Grouping Trick

By on September 1, 2012

Here’s a little fluid grouping trick I’ve written about in the past.  I thought it might be fun to just record something to make it a little more tangible.  The basic thought is that you can insert a little content

Middle School Nuts and Bolts: Intro to Time Management

Middle School Nuts and Bolts: Intro to Time Management

By on August 28, 2010

A tween is all about distraction. Their brain is just going through so many changes that focus can be an issue under the best of circumstances. They are trying to settle on an identity, their cast of friends changes from

The Work Around

By on August 25, 2013

The image in this post is a metaphor for what this year is all about so far: the Work Around. Let me explain: I know that the ideal way to wear a Nike is to wear a sock that is

Blogging with Middle Schoolers: Frontloading and First Steps

Blogging with Middle Schoolers: Frontloading and First Steps

By on September 8, 2010

So I just finished introducing blogging to my middle school classes. They are hooked, as each year before them was hooked. I use it as a substitute for Reading Logs, that dreaded love-of-reading killer which causes eye rolls in many

Middle School Nuts and Bolts: Start of the Year Routine and Handouts

Middle School Nuts and Bolts: Start of the Year Routine and Handouts

By on August 17, 2010

I’m asked frequently about the nuts and bolts of middle school: classroom management, paperwork, first day rituals, etc…So I wanted to do a series of posts that addresses what I’m doing right now, real time. The start of the year

Are we being set up for mediocrity?

Are we being set up for mediocrity?

By on August 12, 2010

I can’t get into my room at my own convenience. It’s less than two weeks to launch and I can’t even get into Mission Control when I need to. They aren’t handing out keys yet, so I can go during

Part 3 of 3: The Future of Teacher Prep Programs

Part 3 of 3: The Future of Teacher Prep Programs

By on February 26, 2010

Well, what began as mere musings, seems to have become a fully fleshed fantasy for what a teacher prep program of the future may look like. It all began in Part 1 of this series of posts. It continued in

Part I of 3: The Future of Teacher Prep Programs

Part I of 3: The Future of Teacher Prep Programs

By on February 25, 2010

My credential program was more of a necessary hoop than a valuable preparation program. My Ed Psych professor read his screenplay to us all semester long. My Methods of Math professor hadn’t been in a classroom for 30 years, and

How do we “Fix the Schools?”

How do we “Fix the Schools?”

By on January 10, 2010

Ellen Berg, my colleague in The Teacher Leaders asked this very simple question the other day. I had so much fun in answering and I believe so deeply in the power of this simple question that I wanted to share

Teaching From Afar: Using Twitter While Absent

Teaching From Afar: Using Twitter While Absent

By on November 8, 2009

I’ve always been a multi-tasker. It frustrated my own teachers at times in that I always needed to be doing two things at once in order to be fully alert. My brain worked like riding a bicycle: if I only

When you Can’t Talk, You Can Still Teach

When you Can’t Talk, You Can Still Teach

By on September 12, 2009

So in my semi-annual tradition, I’ve already lost my voice. Now, I’m not talking about still whispering here. I’m talking about a totally stripped, honk-when-I-try-to-produce-sound lost voice. It happens to me 2-3 times a year and I’m starting to think

First 3 Days of School: Tips, Lessons, and Reflection for the Start of the Year

First 3 Days of School: Tips, Lessons, and Reflection for the Start of the Year

By on August 29, 2009

So the first three days flew by, and on the justice scale of what went right vs. what went wrong, laughter and learning won out. So I thought I’d share with you a brief run-down of the highlights in a

5 Things Teachers can do to Improve Teaching

5 Things Teachers can do to Improve Teaching

By on April 21, 2009

We all know there are many problems in education and not one bullet to solve any one of them.  We as teachers can’t do a lot about many of the factors that have huge influence on student success: parental involvement,

CUE 2009

CUE 2009

By on November 16, 2008

I have two sessions that I will be presenting at CUE in March this year.  I thought I’d share a little of what I sent to them to give you a little preview of what I’m going to be talking

Credential Programs: Give us your money and we’ll give you a classroom

Credential Programs: Give us your money and we’ll give you a classroom

By on June 9, 2008

I comment on the Education Week's article, Busywork 101.

Dave Saba Comment: “Alternative Programs for Teacher Credentialing”

Dave Saba Comment: “Alternative Programs for Teacher Credentialing”

By on May 24, 2008

Alternative Teacher Credential programs must be entertained, as do new ways to mentor new teachers.

New teacher programs: their plate is already full

New teacher programs: their plate is already full

By on April 18, 2008

New teacher programs are clunky and redundant, asking more from the new teacher then their day-job does.

Bad Teachers are not Tenure’s Fault

Bad Teachers are not Tenure’s Fault

By on March 23, 2008

How do you get rid of a cruddy teacher? The administrator has to do their job.

San Gabriel Valley CUE

San Gabriel Valley CUE

By on March 4, 2008

SGVCUE Conference May 3, 2008 Los Angeles On May 3, I will be presenting my seminar, “Podcasting with 50 Middle Schoolers – Are You Crazy!” at the San Gabriel Valley CUE conference. One of the things that I find important