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John Blake

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United States - Louisiana - Mandeville
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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
Using money in math problems can be confusing for younger students, so we practice with coins a lot in our math centers. One of our favorite learning centers uses this activity page and a bag of coins. I randomly pack the bags with a variety of
Subjects:
Math, Arithmetic, Basic Operations
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Printables
$1.50
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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:
Printables, Classroom Forms, For Parents
$22.00
$15.00
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Digital Download ZIP (9.47 MB)
By John Blake
Each day my students are responsible to script and film a newscast that we post on our Web site. They rotate through the jobs of newscaster and camera operator throughout the year. I created this template to make their scripting task easier. I also
Subjects:
Visual Arts, For All Subject Areas, Instructional Technology
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Activities, Printables, Classroom Forms
FREE
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Digital Download DOC (0.03 MB)
By John Blake
This form is completed by my students after hearing one of our Super Readers share his/her book with a group. Students are assigned a specific day each week as their "Super Reader" day. They are to prepare a book of their choosing to share with a
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Reading
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Classroom Forms
$1.50
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Digital Download DOC (0.77 MB)
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
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
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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
2
Digital Download DOC (0.03 MB)
By John Blake
Looking for a way to motivate your students to read more fluently? Try this fun, easy-to-use sight word game. You can set it up as an easy center/workstation or play it in small groups; it's also great for independent practice! Your students will
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Vocabulary
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Activities, Flash Cards, Literacy Center Ideas
$3.00
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By John Blake
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
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management, Back to School
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Handouts, Classroom Forms, For Parents
$5.00
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:
Research, Activities, Printables
$1.50
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Digital Download DOC (0.07 MB)
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
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
$12.00
Digital Download ZIP (9.93 MB)
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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Digital Download ZIP (0.36 MB)
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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Digital Download DOC (0.09 MB)
By John Blake
Are you looking for a great end-of-the-year activity for your students? Do you need something that will keep their interest while also allowing them to reflect on their achievements from the year? If so, the check out my EOY Memory Book. This 4-page
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Summer
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Activities, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
$2.00
2
Digital Download PDF (0.19 MB)
By John Blake
Are you looking for a new way to motivate your students to achieve their goals in the classroom? Look no further than our new Punch Happy Incentive Cards! These easy-to-use cards come 10 to a sheet. They are even set to print on Avery's Clean-Edge
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Fun Stuff, Printables, Classroom Forms
$3.50
1
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By John Blake
This is a letter I send home with my students during the first week of school. The document is editable, so you can change any details you need to make it work for your classroom. It explains the Super Reader program that we use in our classroom to
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Reading
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Classroom Forms
FREE
17
Digital Download DOC (0.06 MB)
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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Digital Download DOC (0.11 MB)
By John Blake
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
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management, Character Education
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Other, Assessment, Classroom Forms
FREE
9
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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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