We love to involve folks in creating content for MiddleWeb.. It’s our way of building a social space and adding more middle grades voices to the blogosphere. Here’s how to join in the fun. If you have trouble with a mail link below, contact us here.
Pen a guest post
Share some of what you know, what you believe, what you hope for. We welcome submissions of 800-1200 words. You might want to query us first about possible topics. We’re especially interested in how-to articles and reflections on both teaching and leading in the middle grades. And we think you can do both, by the way! MiddleWeb founder and co-author John Norton has been a professional education editor/writer for 30 years and will work with you to produce a good finished article. (See our writer’s guidelines.)
Share middle grades photos
We’re eager to expand our collection of photographs portraying student learning and middle grades life. Send us images (300 dpi or less) from your classroom or school and we’ll highlight them here at the MiddleWeb site. Be sure to include captions! Before we publish them, we’ll ask you to confirm that you have permission to share pictures of students.
Back in MiddleWeb’s early days, we featured reviews of professional books of particular interest to educators working in the middle. We’re reviving that tradition and we’ve made arrangements with many of the major education publishers to share review copies with us. We’ll be looking for MiddleWeb fans to read (and keep) the books and write the reviews. If you’re interested, send us an email and let us know. We’ll share a list of what’s available, you can choose a book you’d like to review, and we’ll send it out to you. We’ll also share some basic guidelines for writing MiddleWeb reviews. Most important: tell our readers what YOU would want to know if you were reading the review.
Help us raise 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. Each month we’ll select several student articles for our Guest Articles stream. If you’d like to share student work with us, please get in touch. We’re looking for non-fiction, first-person narratives of 500 words or less.
We might never think to ask you for a Five Q Interview. So here’s what we suggest. Ask yourself five questions. Answer them. Send us the interview! If we’re intrigued by what you have to say and how you say it (we love humor, inspiration, well-founded opinions and good ideas about practice), we’ll use your self-interview in our Interviews stream. Don’t forget to send a photo!
Be a Tattletale
Here’s an idea from Anne Jolly, long-time friend of MiddleWeb and interviewee: Ask a teacher to catch another teacher in the act of doing something “good” – using a new teaching strategy, helping a student in a special way, trying a new way of working with other teachers, etc. Interview that teacher – then send it to MW. Sometimes it’s easier to do that than to interview yourself. Excellent idea. The first reader to take us up on this idea will initiate a new MiddleWeb feature. Send us a draft. Keep it to five questions or less. That’s it!
Become a regular contributor at MiddleWeb by commenting on articles and resource roundups. All of our posts are open to comment. We welcome everyone who’s not a spam robot (or the biological equivalent) to tell us what you think and share what you know. Please include your name with your comment, and use a civil tone. That’s all we ask!