John Blake

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United States - Louisiana - Mandeville
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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
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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
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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
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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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By John Blake
***Please leave feedback after you try this product out.*** It's always fun to do cooking activities in class with the children, however, it's even better when there's no cooking involved. This easy-to-follow recipe is always a success with children
Subjects:
Reading, Cooking
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Printables
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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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By John Blake
We use the colors of the rainbow for many different projects in our class, including our spelling rainbow words. I teach my students the order of the colors using the mnemonic name, Roy G. Biv (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet). I
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Science, Arts
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Printables
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By John Blake
Lesson plans...you can't live with them, you can't live without them! I love to keep my plans concise and organized, so I developed this one-page form that fits on a legal-size sheet of paper. I have a whole week's worth of plans immediately at my
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Professional Documents, Classroom Forms
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By John Blake
***Please leave feedback to let me know how you like this product.*** Students who are diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, or those who just show characteristics of these conditions, are showing up in my classroom more frequently than before. I try to
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Assessment, Professional Documents, Classroom Forms
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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
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By John Blake
It's the first day of school and you've lost your voice before it's time to line up for lunch! Need a quick and easy activity that will keep your new students engaged? Reach for our Back-to-School Scavenger Hunt! Our scavenger hunt has several
Subjects:
Math, For All Subject Areas, Back to School
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Cooperative Learning
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By John Blake
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
Subjects:
Other (Specialty), For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Printables, Classroom Forms, Cooperative Learning
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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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