Teaching and learning in grades 4-8

Stop Boring Nonfiction Writing. Save the World.

Writing interesting nonfiction is a valuable student skill. So why is most of it so boring? A focus on content and conventions isn’t sufficient, says teacher Angie Miller. See her strategies to help kids read like writers and engage audiences with writing that fascinates.

MiddleWeb’s Latest Back to School Posts

At MiddleWeb central in North Carolina, late summer means fresh back-to-school ideas from our bloggers and guest writers. 2017 and 2018 have overflowed with teacher wisdom we want to highlight in one, easy-to-access post. We’ll add more posts as they arrive.

25 of MiddleWeb’s Best New Teacher Resources

MiddleWeb is filled to the brim with resources and helpful ideas that new teachers will find valuable. We’ve selected 25 articles that might be especially useful to newbies before (and after) they greet their students at the classroom door for the first time.

The Art of Reaching and Engaging Every Reader

Igniting passion in someone, especially an adolescent, is no small task. Throughout Passionate Readers Pernille Ripp takes on the task of describing how we might create conditions in which students feel a deep interest and desire to read, writes educator Claire Stein.

Techniques and Tools to Teach Vocabulary

When it comes to vocabulary instruction, teachers have many, many questions, for example: “How can I fit vocabulary in? How should I pick the words? What should my quizzes look like?” Literacy consultant Sarah Tantillo provides answers to these questions and more.

Tread Carefully Into the Rocky Realm of Rubrics

Rubrics should clarify both teacher and student thinking, writes classroom assessment expert Rick Wormeli. They can help mentor students as they analyze and reflect on their work, but there are cautions in their use that effective teachers will take time to investigate.