Coach Nick Edwards - 8th US History/7th Texas History/Tech Apps/Boys Athletics

Phone: 512-943-5090 ext. 6910

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Degrees and Certifications:

B.A. Political Science w/ history-Whittier College Social Studies Composite Grades 7-12 Integrated Technology Applications Grades EC-12

Coach Nick Edwards - 8th US History/7th Texas History/Tech Apps/Boys Athletics

 

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About Me 

Thank you for taking time to visit our class website! As the saying goes: "I wasn't born in Texas, but I got here as quickly as I could"! I am originally from Southern California where I was born and raised. I attended Whittier College (home of the Mighty Poets! I wish I was making this up, but sadly I am not...) where I earned a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in History. I am certified by our great state of Texas to teach all Social Studies courses from grades 7 to 12. After college, I enlisted in the United States Army, which is what brought me to central Texas. I was medically retired from injuries sustained while on a deployment to Afghanistan. I have a very energetic 4 year old daughter, Lorelai who has me wrapped around her little finger and runs the show! This will be my third year teaching and coaching in Georgetown and I could not be any happier to be here. I enjoy playing and watching competitive sports, spending time with my daughter, cheering on my beloved LA Dodgers or Dallas Cowboys, and I am also a very big Harry Potter Fan!

 

Course Information

8th Grade U.S. History

 

This course will continue to build upon the knowledge learned in th grade, however we will go into more detail of this period in American History. We begin the course around what is known as the pre-colonial time, which begins around the early 1600s. We will end the course with the Civil War reconstruction period, which ended around 1877. During this approximate 270 year span, we will learn about major eras in American History such as: The colonial founding of our nation, the Revolutionary War, the establishment of our government and Constitution, our early Presidents from Washington to Jackson, the American Industrial Revolution, key Social Reforms in America, and the American Civil War.

Throughout the course, we will expand our vocabulary through historical terms, events, people, and places that helped shape our country's history. Some of the key people and events to name a few that we will learn about are: The establishment of the Declaration of Independence and US Constitution, The founding of Jamestown, Virginia House of Burgesses, Presidents Washington, Madison, and Monroe, the Mexican American war, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and many others.

As a class, we will learn about the above listed periods, places, people, and events. We will also learn how they affect our history as a country, their importance to life in today's society, as well as the impact it had on future events. 

 

7th Grade Texas History

 

In this course, students will study the history of Texas from early times to the present. Content is presented with more depth and detail than in Grade 4. The focus in each era will be: key individuals, events, and issues and their impact. Students identify regions of Texas and the distribution of population within and among the regions and explain the factors that caused Texas to change from an agrarian to an urban society, while we also examine the rights and responsibilities of Texas citizens. Students use primary and secondary sources to examine the rich and diverse cultural background of Texas that helped build a republic and then a state. Students analyze the impact of scientific discoveries and technological innovations on the development of Texas in various industries such as: agricultural, energy, medical, computer, and aerospace.

 

Integrated Technology Applications

 

 In the Technology Applications class, students will focus on creating, accessing, manipulating, utilizing, communicating, and publishing information during the learning process. In this semester long course, students will be able to: differentiate between appropriate and inappropriate uses of technology for teaching and learning while using electronic resources to design and implement learning activities. Use technology tools and information resources to increase productivity, promote creativity and facilitate academic learning. Use a variety of media and formats, to collaborate, publish and interact with peers, experts, and other audiences. Develop a portfolio of technology-based products from coursework.

 

Schedule (Fall Semester Only)

Period 1: Athletics

Period 2: Conference

Period 3: Advisory

Period 4(A): Tech Apps

Lunch: 12:06-12:36

Period 5(B): U.S. History

Period 6: Planning Period

Period 7: Texas History

Period 8: Athletics

 

Schedule (Spring Semester Only)

Period 1: Athletics

Period 2: Tech Apps

Period 3: Advisory

Period 4(A): Conference

Lunch: 12:06-12:36

Period 5(B): U.S. History

Period 6: Planning Period

Period 7: Texas History

Period 8: Athletics