Clay Watkins

Clay Watkins History and Science

Clay Watkins is a migrant who has lived in five states, but calls Texas home. He moved to Illinois in 1991 and has been here ever since. Clay began his career as a professional educator in 1999 at Gregory Middle School and he moved to Scullen Middle School when it opened in 2001. He teaches 8th grade U.S. History and science, but prefers, simply, to teach kids. He is married and has two children - a sophomore in high school and a son serving in the United States Marine Corps. Clay is an avid reader and enjoys reading Young Adult fiction and non-fiction when he has time.
“Those who cannot remember the past, are condemned to repeat it.” 
― George SantayanaThe Life of Reason: Five Volumes in One
GENERAL INFORMATION:
US History Syllabus
U. S. History covers the time period from colonization (1750) to present (2016). Our content will focus on reinforcing 21st Century Critical Thinking skills as well as social studies skills of reading for meaning, sequencing, cause and effect analysis.
Curriculum Night Presentation - History
8th grade science focuses on inquiry - the 'why' of our world. Topics covered include - 
  • physics: forces and motion
  • environmental science: 
    • water and land, 
    • plate tectonics, 
    • Weather 
Curriculum Night Presentation - Science .  


CLASS MATERIALS:
U. S. History
I use Google Classroom to post assignments and reminders. Students need a spiral notebook dedicated to social studies, pen and pencil, and their Chromebook daily.
Science
I use Google Classroom to post assignments and reminders. Each unit has a workbook for students to make notes and observations. Students need a science notebook dedicated to science, pen and pencil - preferably sharpened before class.
CONTACT:
I can be reached via e-mail or phone
clayton_watkins@ipsd.org
630.428.7000 - ext. 5916
TWITTER @ScullenWatkins


Mr. Watkins's classes