Welcome to the middle grades!

Welcome to MiddleWeb!

MiddleWeb is all about middle school & the middle grades — with a sharp focus on teaching and learning in grades 4-8.

Since 1996, we’ve been providing resources for teachers, school leaders, parents and others interested in the success of young adolescents. In June of 2012, we launched a new version of our website around five streams of original content:

Resource Roundups: We’ve always specialized in finding and sharing resources you can use. Here at our new site, we feature our growing collection of Resource Roundups — our tag for short, link-laden essays built around a theme. You’ll find everything from New Teacher 911 and the latest on the Common Core….to some secrets of great rubric-making and humor in the classroom. Edited by veteran teacher/librarian Susan B. Curtis, our roundups are regularly updated and enriched with the best resources we can find.

• Themed Blogs: We’ve recruited expert teachers and learning leaders in a variety of areas and asked them to write for us on a regular basis. Our themed blogs cover a variety of subject and specialty areas. See the complete lineup at our Bloggers Page.

Guest Articles: Just what you might expect: first-person articles about teaching and learning! We bring you the voices of middle grades education stars and many lesser known teachers and school leaders up on the front lines who have stories to tell and good practice to share. We also feature articles and excerpts contributed by book authors who write about important middle grades topics. (See a complete list of articles.) If you’d like to write for us, check out our writer guidelines.

Book Reviews: MiddleWeb’s collection of reviews of professional education books is one of the largest on the Internet. We’ve tailored it specifically for educators working with grades 4-8. If you’re interested in becoming a MiddleWeb book reviewer, you can learn all the details here. Basically: we’ll share a list of what’s available and some guidelines for review writing. You pick what you’d like to read, write the review, keep the book. We publish your reviews, make you famous.

Interviews: We’ve talked with some interesting people who have expertise around middle grades education — or just do great things for middle grades kids and schools. Read Larry Ferlazzo’s interview with MiddleWeb founder John Norton

Middleweb SmartBrief

As part of the MiddleWeb experience, we’ve formed a partnership with the SmartBrief Education news team to produce the 3-times-a-week MiddleWeb SmartBrief e-newsletter. You may be familiar with SmartBrief, the nation’s premier professional newsletter organization, which also publishes ASCD SmartBrief, Accomplished Teacher SmartBrief, SmartBrief on Ed Tech, NCLE SmartBrief, NCSS SmartBrief and other education reports.

MiddleWeb SmartBrief specializes in Grades 4-8 news and resources. We work with SmartBrief editors to shape the content and also contribute our own original resources to every issue. Subscriptions are free, your address is kept confidential, and you can unsubscribe anytime with a single click.

MiddleWeb/Routledge EOE partnership

GHG-cvr-sharp-250In 2015 we kicked off a book publishing partnership with Routledge Eye on Education, a subsidiary of the global publisher Taylor & Francis. Six books are currently in the works, two of which have been published (as of May 2016): The Genius Hour Guidebook (Denise Krebs & Gallit Zvi) and History Class Revisited (Jody Passanisi). Coming soon: STEM By Design (Anne Jolly) and The Flexible ELA Classroom (Amber Chandler).

Get Involved with MiddleWeb

From our earliest days we’ve viewed MiddleWeb as as community, and we’d love for you to get involved. Here are several ways you can do that.

1. Sign up for our newsletter. We’ll send occasional updates about interesting new content. (Enter address; press return)

2. Pen a guest post. Share some of what you know, what you believe, what you hope for. Learn more.

3. Write book reviews. Middle grades educators want to grow professionally but they’re very busy people. Help them invest their professional reading time wisely by reviewing and summarizing worthwhile (and not-so-worthwhile) books in the field. Learn more.

4. Recruit student voices. We believe it’s important for the world to hear from students themselves. We rely on educators to help us gather student opinions and stories about their own learning. We look forward to posting selected student articles in our Guest Articles stream. Learn more.

5. Comment on our content. All of our posts are open to comment. We welcome everyone who’s not a spam robot (or human equivalent) to tell us what you think! Our bloggers and article writers love to respond.

Affiliate Disclosure

MiddleWeb does not accept sponsored posts and does not use affiliate links. For example, our book reviews may link to a publisher’s site or to Amazon or B&N, but the links are strictly for the information of the reader. We are not compensated. Publishers provide books for review at no cost to us, but we pay for the mailing of books to reviewers and assure that reviewers provide independent, uncompensated reviews and opinions.

We do accept a limited amount of display advertising for products and services of specific interest to professional educators, including advertising from publishers. This advertising is displayed in our website stories and sidebars in an obvious fashion. MiddleWeb also receives a small percentage of ad revenues produced by MiddleWeb SmartBrief, but those ad sales and placements are managed by the SmartBrief company, not MiddleWeb, and are pertinent to the education field.

Contact Us

We’d like to hear from you!

If you’d like to get in touch with us about getting involved with MiddleWeb in some way, just write us or send us an email at the address below.

MiddleWeb LLC

Susan B. Curtis, Co-editor
John C. Norton, Founder & co-editor
P.O. Box 549, Little Switzerland NC 28749
(828) 766-6522 (fax)
Contact John & Susan at: ask.middleweb@gmail.com


MiddleWeb is all about the middle grades, with great 4-8 resources, book reviews, and guest posts by educators who support the success of young adolescents. And be sure to subscribe to MiddleWeb SmartBrief for the latest middle grades news & commentary from around the USA.

1 Response

  1. Andrea Finkle says:

    My husband does a comic strip “Mr. Fitz” that is all about middle school. He has been writing it for 15 years. Please check it out at http://www.mrfitz.com.

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