John Blake

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By John Blake
This is my most popular lesson plan template. I like that this one has the basic framework of each period listed on the left and then blank space for each day to allow for notes & reminders. My completed version comes out to two landscape pages,
Subjects:
Other (Specialty), For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Other, Classroom Forms
$2.50
149 ratings
4.0
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By John Blake
Over 2,600 copies of my lesson plan templates have been downloaded! Check out my latest lesson plan template that provides space for literacy and math work stations. This three-page document also includes planning space for Benchmark, Strategic, and
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Classroom Forms, Literacy Center Ideas, Math Centers
$2.50
174 ratings
4.0
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By John Blake
During the holiday season my students and I research Christmas and holiday traditions from around the world. This is a great way to explore various cultures and to brush up on our world geography. I created this simple project form as a way for the
Subjects:
Geography, For All Subject Areas, Instructional Technology
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Internet Activities
$2.00
61 ratings
3.9
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By John Blake
'Tis the season for progress monitoring and tracking your students' performance on the DIBELS NEXT assessments. These easy-to-use Excel spreadsheets will help you track individual students' performance on the benchmark and progress monitoring
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Assessment, Excel Spreadsheets, Classroom Forms
$4.00
46 ratings
4.0
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By John Blake
To help keep track of my students who are in need of progress monitoring with the DIBELS assessment, I created this easy-to-use spreadsheet. I linked the data to a graph that gives the user a visual representation of the student data. Just save one
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Other (ELA)
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Assessment, Excel Spreadsheets, Classroom Forms
$2.00
42 ratings
3.9
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By John Blake
Looking for some help to organize your lesson plans? Look no further than our Easy-to-Use Weekly Elementary Lesson Plan Template! Use this template to plan out your school week in an easy-to-manage format. The two-page design includes space for
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Unit Plans, Classroom Forms
$2.00
38 ratings
4.0
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By John Blake
Work Stations, as described by Debbie Diller, are a great way to provide independent practice for your students at their individual levels. While many of us use centers, learning stations, and other versions of the same concept, Diller's work
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Classroom Management
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Excel Spreadsheets, Professional Documents, Classroom Forms
$1.50
35 ratings
3.9
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By John Blake
*** One of my top-selling products! *** The Dolch Sight Word Lists are a valuable resource for ELA teachers in grades K-3rd. As students master these words, they become more fluent readers. Sometimes keeping up with students' progress with the five
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Vocabulary, Other (ELA)
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Assessment, Printables, Classroom Forms
$6.00
30 ratings
4.0
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By John Blake
The 100th day of school has arrived! It's time to celebrate those first 100 days of learning with an assortment of six activities/games that your students will love. You can plan a fun-filled day of learning around these activities that your
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Applied Math, Basic Operations
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Games
$3.50
36 ratings
4.0
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By John Blake
At our open school/house nights I like to involve the parents in our learning, so one of the activities I give them is a pop quiz about their child's interests. The morning of our open house night I have each student complete the answer key page
Subjects:
Other (Specialty), For All Subject Areas
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Printables
$1.50
18 ratings
3.9
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By John Blake
Debbie Diller's "work station" concept is one of the best ways to balance small groups and independent learning in the elementary classroom. Based on the ideas from her book, I designed several components to help me manage work stations in my room.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Reading
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Activities, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
$5.00
22 ratings
3.8
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By John Blake
Working with small groups for reading instruction is a great way to reach every student at his/her level of instruction. Planning and organizing small groups can be a challenge, but it is worth it to see your students progress at their own pace. I
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Reading
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Assessment, Classroom Forms
$1.50
21 ratings
4.0
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By John Blake
After 20 years of teaching spelling to my students, I have finally found the system that works perfectly for my students! I've paired an individualized spelling program with the word lists found in the Treasures Reading Series (2nd grade) to create
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Spelling
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Whole Courses, Activities, Assessment
$6.50
36 ratings
4.0
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By John Blake
We all have those students who need a little extra attention to help keep them on task. One of our primary goals with these students is getting them to the point where they are monitoring their own behavior, releasing us from the responsibility.
Subjects:
Life Skills, For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Assessment, Classroom Forms, For Parents
$2.00
18 ratings
4.0
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By John Blake
Making connections to their own family history is a wonderful way for students to appreciate how times have changed. One of my students' favorite holiday activities is this holiday interview. I send it home early in the holiday season to allow
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Social Studies - History, Life Skills
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Projects, Activities, Homework
$1.50
21 ratings
3.9
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By John Blake
I love using literacy and math workstations as a way for students to independently practice skills we cover in class. These quick and easy stations provide a multitude of activities from which students can choose, which allows for easy
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Math, Classroom Management
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Classroom Forms, Literacy Center Ideas, Math Centers
$1.50
22 ratings
4.0
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By John Blake
***Please leave feedback after you try this product!*** I like to keep my lesson plans neat and organized. One way to do this is to keep them in a 3-ring binder. This lesson plan template covers 2 pages to allow plenty of room for each subject. This
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Professional Documents, Classroom Forms
$1.50
7 ratings
3.9
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By John Blake
Using money in math problems can be confusing for younger students, so we practice with coins a lot in our math centers. One of our favorite learning centers uses this activity page and a bag of coins. I randomly pack the bags with a variety of
Subjects:
Math, Arithmetic, Basic Operations
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Printables
$1.50
8 ratings
4.0
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By John Blake
My students love to practice their weekly spelling words in a variety of ways. One of our favorite activities is writing our words in a secret code. For this activity I use a simple number substitution code (A=1, B=2, etc.). There is space for 10
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Spelling
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Activities, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
$1.50
14 ratings
4.0
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By John Blake
Everyone loves the old shoebox dioramas that we all grew up making in elementary school, but now it's time to go beyond that. Check out my new triorama template that allows your students to create a 3-dimensional representation of their learning and
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Special Education, For All Subject Areas
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Activities, Literacy Center Ideas, Math Centers
$3.00
12 ratings
4.0
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have been teaching for 21 years at the same school in Mandeville, Louisiana. I taught 1st grade for six years, then 2nd grade for 15 years, and now I am going back to 1st grade. I was the director of our summer camp for three years and have worked both before and after school programs. I also work as the web manager and technology point person for our school.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I run a disciplined classroom, but I also believe that students must be given responsibilities in order to learn how to be responsible. I use a mini-society in my classroom to help build a community of learners. I would much rather use hands-on center activities to teach my students, instead of JUST a textbook. I differentiate instruction for both low and high performing students.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Leonard P. Monteleone Technology Award

Tech4Learning's Innovative Educator Award

Numerous website awards

15 Donors Choose grants awarded

Who's Who Among America's Teachers

Think Ink Essay Contest Winner

PTA Honorary Life Service award

3rd place Lakeshore Learning's Great Ideas contest (My "Writing Center Caddy" is still sold in their catalog today.)

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

B.S., Elementary Education, Louisiana State University

M.Ed., Education with an emphasis in Educational Technology, Northwestern State University

Ed.S., Educational Leadership and Instruction with a concentration in Educational Technology, Northwestern State University

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I have been married 21 years to my wonderful wife, Nancy. We have three awesome kiddos! We also have one very spoiled Schnoodle! :)

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