LONG RANGE PLANS FOR GRADES 3-6

Planning a split can be tough. Make it a little bit easier with these detailed long range plans for split classes from grade 3-6. Get your time back and start with a solid plan. 

HOW TO PLAN YOU LANGUAGE ARTS

Stop feeling overwhelmed trying to fit your language arts together and start moving forward with a solid plan for mastering language arts that is easy and engaging for both you are your students. 

INQUIRY 101

Grab this FREE MINI COURSE and get started with implementing inquiry in your classroom.  You will go from uncomfortable to confident as you implement these tried and tested inquiry-based teaching strategies in your classroom! 

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TEACHING WITH INQUIRY PODCAST

HI I’M PATTI,

I am the teacher-author behind Madly Learning. I have been teaching for 10 years and for the last 6 I have taught combined classes and have loved it.

I hold Specialist Qualifications in Reading and English as a Second Language. I share lots here on the blog about my experiences in my classroom both the ups, downs and everything in between.

As a teacher I embrace the importance of differentiated instruction and student-centered inquiry especially for split grade classrooms.

I also currently host a weekly live video on Facebook that supports teachers with using inquiry in their classroom. You can find me everywhere else on social media as @madlylearning.

Let me help you reduce some of the overwhelm that comes with teaching as I help you to make it all fit together!

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There are so many ways to track student learning. But the goal here is that you have to do it. That is true my the hardest part. To get it out of my head and on to paper (even digital paper) where I can manipulate the data and make it make sense to me. If we are using...

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