John Blake
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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,
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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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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
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Howdy Pardners! It's time to bring the Old West to your classroom with our Western Behavior Charts. Based on the popular positive-reinforcement charts, our Western Behavior Charts have seven sections. Students start in the middle of the chart and
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Mixing up student groups is always a challenge, no matter what grade you teach. Kagan strategies help facilitate mixed groupings and these labels will further help you select your groups. You can group by number, letter, or position (I use "knee" in
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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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