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Heather Wolpert-Gawron
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Heather Wolpert-Gawron is an award-winning middle school teacher, blogger, and author of such books as the new DIY for Project Based Learning for ELA and History, Writing Behind Every Door: Teaching Common Core Writing in the Content Areas, and ˜Tween Crayons and Curfews: Tips for Middle School Teachers. She is a staff blogger for The George Lucas Educational Foundation's and has authored three series of workbooks: Internet Literacy for grades 3-8, Project Based Writing, grades 3-8, and Nonfiction Reading Strategies for the Common Core, grades 1-7. She is currently working on her next PBL-centered book for Routledge Publications, DIY for Project Based Learning for Math and Science. Heather is a fellow of the National Writing Project and has a Masters in Instructional Design and Technology with an online learning emphasis.

Entries by Heather Wolpert-Gawron

How Is Student Testing Related to the Asian Tiger Mosquito

(0) Comments | Posted November 9, 2015 | 5:27 PM

It all started when a small black and white mosquito had landed on my husband's face. I brushed it away to find that the aggressive little bugger soon landed on my leg. I swatted it, annoyed, and found that it had joined some friends mid-flight in dive-bombing my 4-year old...

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Learning from the Community School Model

(0) Comments | Posted November 2, 2015 | 4:36 PM

A few weeks ago, a little girl was tragically hit by a car outside of our school. She remains in the hospital, but according to doctors, will come home eventually. Nevertheless, it will be a long trek ahead. But this isn't what this post is about. This post is about...

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Boy Talk at Recess: Pokemon, Light Sabers, and Things That Go Boom

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2015 | 3:57 PM

As a parent, my heart sank when I got the email at the end of my day. It read, "Re: Son's Bad Choices." It was from my son's classroom teacher and it chronicled my 9-year old's decision to use his parent-led classroom art time to express his recent interest in...

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Why do Some Teachers Take Irresponsible Students so Personally?

(2) Comments | Posted September 9, 2015 | 8:28 AM

You know you've felt it, or at least know someone who has. As you're checking in homework, that same student fesses up that they forgot to do it again. And then it happens. The reddening of the neck, the pulsing of the vein, the steam emanating from the ears. You...

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The Case for Collaboration Days

(1) Comments | Posted August 10, 2015 | 3:29 PM

Collaboration isn't a word du jour; it's a necessary part of teaching. Without targeted collaboration time, teachers are less prepared to help their clientele, and for this reason, more and more schools and districts are adjusting their schedules to allow weekly collaboration days for their teachers. This necessary time isn't...

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Gaming, Ethics, and the Role of Teachers

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 3:08 PM

So recently, Kotaku reported via The Daily Dot that a high level League of Legends player was a hired gun for other account holders. In other words, he would control a player's character to level it up, and for that, the player paid him cash.

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Student Tributes to Steve Jobs

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2011 | 11:59 AM

"What is going to happen to Apple now?" one of my students asked me. I paused. "Well," I said. "It's as if Willy Wonka has died." Their eyes went wide. Now this was something they understood. "Sure, he's passed the factory on to Charlie, but the question is now what...

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A Writer's Writing Process: An Interview With My Father, Jay Wolpert

(3) Comments | Posted June 21, 2011 | 5:08 PM

I try to make a point to get to great book signings in order to ask the author questions for my class. I've had the chance to talk to Neil Gaiman about his writing process as well as Linda Sue Park, just to name a couple....

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Dear President Obama: Save the National Writing Project

(10) Comments | Posted March 12, 2011 | 11:54 AM

Dear President Obama and Secretary Duncan,

It's actually happened. On March 2, all direct funding of the National Writing Project was eliminated. As a result, you have deleted one of the only proven programs to improve teaching quality and student achievement. And with the murder of this program,...

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Pros and Cons of the Seniority List

(129) Comments | Posted March 8, 2011 | 10:46 AM

It's spring 2011, and I am no longer called Heather among my peers. Instead, I am known by my number: 164. That's my place on our district's seniority list. With the pink slip plague rippling out from our district's first-year teachers toward those of us in our 11th, all of...

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Teachers As Publicists

(5) Comments | Posted February 10, 2011 | 5:46 PM

I know we wear a lot of hats already, but I believe that we as teachers need to don a new one, that of publicist. After all, looking at the villainization of teachers in the media, and frankly, the questionable decisions by many who claim to represent our interests, it's...

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A Public School Teacher Shops Around for a Private School

(110) Comments | Posted January 29, 2011 | 11:16 AM

My sister-in-law called me the other day to ask my advice on picking a private school for her 5-year-old son. She's a great public school teacher who teaches with her whole heart, but the decisions of her district make her question what's best for her own child's education.

Recent decisions...

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Google's Top 10 Golden Rules -- What Can We Apply To Education?

(4) Comments | Posted January 3, 2011 | 3:24 PM

Before I came to education, I was in the private sector. And as much as schools would like to think there's nothing to be learned from a business model, the fact is that there are some pluses that education should wake up and listen to. On the flip...

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The Education of Student Success: Top 10 Family Responsibilities to Help Their Student Avoid Failure

(15) Comments | Posted December 3, 2010 | 9:31 AM

I have written before in the past on various blog sites and networks about the vital equation that must exist in order for a student not to fail in our schools:

Family + Student + School + Policy makers/Voters = Student Success

Each variable is co-dependent on the other....

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The Best Way to Recruit Teachers is to Promote Teaching

(5) Comments | Posted November 4, 2010 | 2:24 AM

We can't go anywhere without hearing about the problems that plague education. The biggest problem of all, according to pundits and their sidekick, the media, is the villainous teacher. They claim we need a newer troop of best and brightest, but if attacking the profession is some kind of plan...

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What Is the Purpose of Public Education?

(25) Comments | Posted October 27, 2010 | 5:35 PM

I was having dinner with a dear friend debating current topics in education: 21st century learning in a world of standardized assessments, teacher quality, union reform, life skills vs. subject matter competency, etc... It was a summit over a sundae, light conversational fare for two teachers on a weekend. Anyway,...

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