John Blake

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United States - Louisiana - Mandeville
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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:
Activities, Classroom Forms
$2.50
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By John Blake
Keeping up with my students' reading fluency is an easy task when I use this simple, informal assessment tool. Rather than having a standard text that all students read, I can choose any book at an appropriate level, whether it's a cold read or
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Reading
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Assessment, Classroom Forms
$1.50
8
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By John Blake
This is a fun activity I've done with my students for many years. One of my fellow teachers came up with the list of directions that leads students through the process of drawing Santa's face. It's a great way to teach your students about the
Subjects:
Other (ELA), Arts
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Activities, PowerPoint Presentations
$1.50
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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, Classroom Management, Reading
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Excel Spreadsheets, Professional Documents, Classroom Forms
$1.50
36
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By John Blake
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.
Subjects:
Literature, Creative Writing, Reading
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Activities, Printables
$1.50
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By John Blake
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
Subjects:
Math, Applied Math, Economics
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Simulations, Activities, Printables
$3.50
9
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By John Blake
Looking for an easy alternative to weekly spelling assignments? Check out the great activities on my Spelling Homework Contract! It's easy to use and your students will love it. Students get to choose their activities from a varied list that
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Spelling
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Activities, Homework
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By John Blake
Your students will love these fun and easy-to-use activities during your Valentine's Day festivities or centers. Included in this packet are 5 Valentine's Day activities: a word search, a dot-to-dot puzzle, a word hunt, a scrambled word puzzle, and
Subjects:
English Language Arts, For All Subject Areas, Writing
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Centers, Activities
$3.00
6
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By John Blake
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
Subjects:
For All Subjects, Other (Specialty), Specialty
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Printables
$2.50
6
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By John Blake
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
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
For Principals & Administrators, Lesson, Classroom Forms
$3.00
16
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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:
Printables, Classroom Forms
$1.50
6
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By John Blake
Back to School! It's an exciting time. It's a hectic time. It's time you found a little help! Our Back-to-School Bundle is just what you need. Packed with 10 popular products from our store, this bundle will help you get organized for the new school
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management, Back to School
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
For Parents, Printables, Classroom Forms
$22.00
$15.00
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By John Blake
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
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Centers, Activities, Printables
$1.50
10
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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:
For All Subject Areas, Study Skills, Spelling
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Centers, Activities, Homework
$4.00
1
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By John Blake
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
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies - History
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Activities, Research, Printables
$1.50
4
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By John Blake
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
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Handouts, Printables, Classroom Forms
$2.00
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By John Blake
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
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Printables, Classroom Forms, Bulletin Board Ideas
$1.50
13
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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, Professional Documents, Classroom Forms
$1.50
7
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By John Blake
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
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Lesson, Professional Documents, Classroom Forms
$1.50
12
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By John Blake
Every fall we have a pumpkin in our classroom. One of the things my students love to do is decorate and measure our pumpkin. I designed this simple sheet to give my students a place to record their estimates, measurements, and thoughts about our
Subjects:
Math, Measurement, Arts
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Activities, Printables
$1.50
5
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have been teaching for 28 years at the same school in Mandeville, Louisiana. I taught 1st grade for six years, then 2nd grade for 15 years, and I am now back in 1st grade. I was the director of our summer camp for three years and have worked both before and after school programs. I also worked 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 28 years to my wonderful wife, Nancy. We have three awesome kiddos! We also have two very spoiled pups! :)

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