John Blake

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By John Blake
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
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Spelling
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Whole Courses, Activities, Assessment
$6.50
36 ratings
4.0
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By John Blake
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
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Spelling
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Activities, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
$1.50
14 ratings
4.0
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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
6 ratings
3.9
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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 ratings
4.0
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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:
Spelling, For All Subject Areas, Study Skills
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Activities, Homework, Literacy Center Ideas
$4.00
1 rating
4.0
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By John Blake
Tired of the same old spelling tests? Looking for something new to assess your students on their weekly spelling words? Look no further... Recently, my grade level buddies and I decided that we needed something new to assess our students' spelling
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Spelling, Writing
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Test Prep, Assessment, Printables
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4 ratings
4.0
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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, Fun Stuff, Homework
FREE
32 ratings
4.0
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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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