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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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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During the holiday season my students and I research Christmas and holiday traditions from around the world. This is a great way to explore various cultures and to brush up on our world geography. I created this simple project form as a way for the
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Looking for some help to organize your lesson plans? Look no further than our Easy-to-Use Weekly Elementary Lesson Plan Template! Use this template to plan out your school week in an easy-to-manage format. The two-page design includes space for
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Work Stations, as described by Debbie Diller, are a great way to provide independent practice for your students at their individual levels. While many of us use centers, learning stations, and other versions of the same concept, Diller's work
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To help keep track of my students who are in need of progress monitoring with the DIBELS assessment, I created this easy-to-use spreadsheet. I linked the data to a graph that gives the user a visual representation of the student data. Just save one
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The 100th day of school has arrived! It's time to celebrate those first 100 days of learning with an assortment of six activities/games that your students will love. You can plan a fun-filled day of learning around these activities that your
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'Tis the season for progress monitoring and tracking your students' performance on the DIBELS NEXT assessments. These easy-to-use Excel spreadsheets will help you track individual students' performance on the benchmark and progress monitoring
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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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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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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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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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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
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Making connections to their own family history is a wonderful way for students to appreciate how times have changed. One of my students' favorite holiday activities is this holiday interview. I send it home early in the holiday season to allow
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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
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***Please leave feedback after you try this product!*** I like to keep my lesson plans neat and organized. One way to do this is to keep them in a 3-ring binder. This lesson plan template covers 2 pages to allow plenty of room for each subject. This
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When studying folk and fairy tales with my students, I like to have them create their own version of a popular story. We read books like "The Stinky Cheeseman" and "The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs" to help them get their creative juices flowing.
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*** One of my top-selling products! *** The Dolch Sight Word Lists are a valuable resource for ELA teachers in grades K-3rd. As students master these words, they become more fluent readers. Sometimes keeping up with students' progress with the five
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I love using literacy and math workstations as a way for students to independently practice skills we cover in class. These quick and easy stations provide a multitude of activities from which students can choose, which allows for easy
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If you're like me, you don't have time to flip through multi-page lesson plans while you are teaching. I developed this one-page lesson plan template that fits on one legal-size sheet. It allows me to write clear and concise plans that I can have
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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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