John Blake

United States - Louisiana - Mandeville
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'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
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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
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***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
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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
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Many of you are familiar with some of my other lesson plan templates, including the Versatile Elementary Grades Lesson Plans, which consolidates as much information as possible into the smallest amount of space. For 18 years this has been the type
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If you're like me, you don't have time to flip through multi-page lesson plans while you are teaching. I developed this one-page lesson plan template that fits on one legal-size sheet. It allows me to write clear and concise plans that I can have
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Are you looking for a great activity that combines math skills, social studies concepts, and a fun learning experience? Well, look no further! My Market Day Starter Pack for Classroom Communities provides everything you need to begin this awesome
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***Please leave feedback to let me know what you think of this product.*** I use many different rewards in my classroom to encourage student participation and good behavior. One of the rewards that is most popular with my students is the "Sit with a
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Reading and analyzing non-fiction news articles is an important skill for learners of all ages. I developed this simple form to help students organize their thoughts and synthesize the information they gather from reading news articles. These work
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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
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One thing I have learned during my 18 years of teaching is that I am never satisfied with my classroom layout. Every year I change a little bit here or there, trying to find that perfect placement for every piece of furniture in my room. Since I am
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Want to keep yourself and your students accountable? Try these convenient behavior tickets. Based on the 3 basic rules of respect, responsibility, and control, these handy tickets will remind you and your students of specific behavior incidents. In
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The first days of the school year are always an exciting and hectic time for everyone. My Back to School Packet will help you get organized and establish good home-school communication with the families of your students. The six items in my packet
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***Please leave feedback after you try this product!*** Most teachers send home Scholastic book orders each month so their students can enjoy a wonderful selection of books at a great price! While the book order forms are wonderfully detailed and
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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
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***Please leave feedback to let me know how you like this product.*** Students who are diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, or those who just show characteristics of these conditions, are showing up in my classroom more frequently than before. I try to
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Mixing up student groups is always a challenge, no matter what grade you teach. Kagan strategies help facilitate mixed groupings and these labels will further help you select your groups. You can group by number, letter, or position (I use "knee" in
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First days are hectic enough without wondering how little Billy Bob is getting home or whether or not Sally Sue can eat the el-cheapo snack you brought in for the class. That's where the First Day Student Information Sheet comes in handy. Most
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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.


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.


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.)


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


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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