Teaching and learning in grades 4-8

Rigor Helps Kids with Special Needs Succeed

We may believe our students who are struggling – whether they have special needs, are English learners or are otherwise challenged – simply cannot learn at high levels. By exploring the meaning of educational “rigor,” Barbara Blackburn and Bradley Witzel show how they can.

Tracing the Cultures of Hispanic Americans

For over 50 years the United States has commemorated the achievements of Hispanic and Latinx Americans as well as learned about the discrimination they have faced over centuries. MiddleWeb’s resource collection can help students learn more about this rich and complex heritage.

How Our Reading and Writing Lives Impact Kids

In Leading Literate Lives Stephanie Affinito strikes the perfect balance between encouraging reflective pedagogy and sharing fresh teaching ideas for reading and writing so teachers can pass the love they have for literacy on to students, writes ELA teacher Rebecca Crockett.

Realizing the Dream of an Empty Email Inbox

Does email steal your time? Your problem isn’t so much about having too many. It’s that they’re in the wrong places. Use these tips from educator and digital organization expert Frank Buck to unmask your email time bandits and make your inbox tidy and surprisingly sparse.

A GRR Teaching Move: Begin with “You Do”

Teachers can capitalize on what our students already know and can do by purposely choosing to employ the independent “You do” phase of the gradual release of responsibility (GRR) at the start. Sunday Cummins and Julie Webb show how this strategy can build student agency.