John Blake

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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
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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
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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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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
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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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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
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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
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When studying folk and fairy tales with my students, I like to have them create their own version of a popular story. We read books like "The Stinky Cheeseman" and "The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs" to help them get their creative juices flowing.
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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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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.
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We start every day the same way with the same routine from day one to the last day; children need this kind of consistency to feel secure and comfortable. At the beginning of the year I walk my students through the routine, but after a while they
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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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Our faculty has studied Debbie Miller's wonderful book, "Reading with Meaning," for a while now. It's a wonderful way to think about the reading process and it develops a consistent vocabulary with which we can discuss our reading at all grade
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Need a simple way to keep your students' families up to date with what's going on in your classroom? Use this easy-to-edit Word document to create a weekly newsletter that you can not only send home with your students each week, but you can also
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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
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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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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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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
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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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