John Blake

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United States - Louisiana - Mandeville
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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By John Blake
One of the goals I have for my students is for them to work independently, making good use of their time. Isn't this true for all of us? I developed this "Things to Do" list to help my students track their progress on weekly assignments during our
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Reading
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Other, Activities, Classroom Forms
$2.50
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By John Blake
Tired of the same old book reports, but you still want your students to analyze what they read? Try my new Book Blog response sheet. Designed to capture students' interest by incorporating tech terminology, your students will enjoy completing their
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Reading
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Fun Stuff, Bulletin Board Ideas, Literacy Center Ideas
$1.50
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By John Blake
Tired of your students forgetting to capitalize words in a sentence? Call in the CSI team...well, almost. CSI: Capital Sentence Investigation is a fun literacy center activity your students can complete to sharpen their capitalization skills. There
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, Spelling
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Printables
$2.50
6
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By John Blake
A wonderful part of Debbie Diller's Work Station concept is to create "I can" lists with your students. These charts list acceptable activities for each work station and provide the children with a sense of ownership because they have taken part in
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Reading, Spelling
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Activities, Printables, Classroom Forms
$1.50
3
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By John Blake
You're going to love these simple, child-friendly literacy activities. They are made to fit perfectly on a standard clipboard, giving your students the freedom to roam as they learn. There are 10 different activities that cover skills ranging from
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Grammar, Classroom Management
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Activities, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
$3.00
3
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By John Blake
Are you looking for a little variety to spice up your homework assignments? Tired of giving the same old assignments every week? Our Versatile Homework Packet is what you need! The packet contains 23 pages of information that you can use to put
Subjects:
Spelling, For All Subject Areas, Study Skills
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Activities, Homework, Literacy Center Ideas
$4.00
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By John Blake
What better way to end the school year with your students than by using these 15 awesome products in your classroom? The products are some of our favorites and have been classroom-tested. Here's what you'll find in the bundle: DIBELS NEXT Progress
Subjects:
English Language Arts, For All Subject Areas, End of Year
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Assessment
$40.00
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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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