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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Debbie Diller's "work station" concept is one of the best ways to balance small groups and independent learning in the elementary classroom. Based on the ideas from her book, I designed several components to help me manage work stations in my room.
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Working with small groups for reading instruction is a great way to reach every student at his/her level of instruction. Planning and organizing small groups can be a challenge, but it is worth it to see your students progress at their own pace. I
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After 20 years of teaching spelling to my students, I have finally found the system that works perfectly for my students! I've paired an individualized spelling program with the word lists found in the Treasures Reading Series (2nd grade) to create
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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
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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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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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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
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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
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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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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
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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
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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
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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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