We've launched the new MiddleWeb site and we think you'll like it.
The new MiddleWeb is "All About the Middle Grades" — with a sharp focus on teaching & learning in grades 4-8. We are featuring lots of original content, organized into four big fat threads:
• Interviews: We're chatting with interesting people who have expertise around middle grades education -- or just do great things for middle grades kids and their teachers, school leaders, and parents. Check out our Five Q Interviews. To celebrate our launch, we are rolling out talks with folks like Bill Ferriter, Donalyn Miller, Larry Ferlazzo, Anne Jolly, Gwyneth Jones, Cossondra George, Jessica Shumway, Cindi Rigsbee, Laurie Wasserman, Heather Wolpert-Gawron, and more.
• Resource Roundups: We've always specialized in finding and sharing resources you can use. At our new site we're posting regular Resource Roundups -- our tag for short link-laden essays built around a theme. Examples, you ask? "Algebra in the Middle Grades." "Avoiding the Summer Learning Slump." "The Best Ways to Keep Up with YA Books." "Helpful Resources for New Middle Grades Teachers." With many more to come. And be sure to follow our Quick Links page to keep up with our daily finds.
• Guest Posts: Just what you might expect...first-person articles from the well-known and unknown. We don't distinguish between middle grades education stars and those teachers and school leaders busy up on the front lines who have stories to tell and good practice to share. That said, our recently launched site includes original pieces by Rick Wormeli, Nancy Flanagan, Jose Vilson, Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach, Anthony Cody, Marsha Ratzel, Elena Aguilar, Bill Ivey and other insightful middle grades minds.
• Book Reviews: 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're recruiting MiddleWeb fans to read (and keep) the books and write the reviews. If you're interested, visit our Book Reviews page, where we're sharing a list of what's available and some basic guidelines for review writing. You pick what you'd like to read.
We're also excited about our new partnership with the SmartBrief education news team. On June 19th, the nation's premier professional newsletter organization launched MiddleWeb SmartBrief. We're advising the SB editors about news & resource selection and also providing our own content in each twice-weekly issue. You can subscribe here.
So, to new friends and old...
If you love upper elementary and middle school kids (and learning), follow us to www.middleweb.com
Susan B. Curtis, Co-Editor
John Norton, Co-Editor & Founder