John Blake

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United States - Louisiana - Mandeville
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By John Blake
There are so many things you want to share with your students and their families each year, but how to do it in a clear and concise manner? Try my Classroom A to Z handout! Each year I send a copy of this home with my new students and I post it on
Subjects:
Specialty, Classroom Management, For All Subjects
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Handouts, Classroom Forms, For Parents
$2.00
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By John Blake
Tired of the same old spelling tests? Looking for something new to assess your students on their weekly spelling words? Look no further... Recently, my grade level buddies and I decided that we needed something new to assess our students' spelling
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Spelling, Writing
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Test Prep, Assessment, Printables
FREE
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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
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By John Blake
This set includes... 7 checkerboards with Dolch Sight words for PP through 3rd grade Promethean ActivInspire flipchart with all 7 checkerboards in an interactive game format
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Vocabulary
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Games, Literacy Center Ideas, Activboard Activities
$5.00
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By John Blake
It's time to start planning those back-to-school activities and icebreakers. This bingo game is a great way for students to share about themselves and get to know their classmates (and teacher) a little better. This is a Word document, so you can
Subjects:
Specialty, For All Subject Areas
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Printables
$1.50
1
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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
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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
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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
***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
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Assessment, Professional Documents, Classroom Forms
FREE
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By John Blake
One of my students' favorite math center activities is the measurement walk. We use pedometers and a trundle wheel that measures in meters (you can adjust the form to feet or have students calculate distance if needed). My students walk in pairs and
Subjects:
Math, Basic Operations, Measurement
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Printables
$1.50
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By John Blake
***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
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management, Character Education
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Fun Stuff, Printables, Classroom Forms
$1.50
6
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By John Blake
One of our weekly math activities is an estimation center. Each student completes a copy of this form during the week and then we announce the person who came closest to the actual amount on Friday; that person wins the prize for the week. I try to
Subjects:
Math, Applied Math, Basic Operations
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Computation
$1.50
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By John Blake
***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
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Other, Handouts, Classroom Forms
FREE
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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
155
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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
183
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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
71
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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
52
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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
49
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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
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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
22
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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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