My Classroom Website

My name is James Hawkins, World History teacher and I am really glad to welcome you and your child to my classroom this year. I graduated from the McMurry University with major in history. I am interested in reading and have my blog which I see as a window to express my opinions. Apart from that, I am always on a quest to meet new people and learn about their language and culture.

I am looking forward to meeting as well as knowing each student of my class and their parents too. This year will be a challenging one for your children as compared to last year, however, I will try to make the classes more interesting as well as easier, so that each child understands as well as enjoys them. Moreover, I do not just want to stick to academics. Rather, I am planning activities to develop the creative skills and interests of students. I hope to make this academic year, an educational as well as a fun-filled year for the students.

If you would like to meet me to discuss your child's performance or any other problems that he/she is facing in class, you can feel free to meet me during lunch break hours, between 9.15 to 10.00. It will be appreciated if you tell me a day before to fix the meeting. Apart from this, you can also e-mail me at to discuss any concern you have about your child.

Yours Sincerely,
James Hawkins

My Class Room:

Mr. Hawkins Discipline Plan



  1. No talking out of turn.  This helps a teacher control the amount of talking in a classroom.
  2. Come to class on time.  This will help the teacher start their lesson on time without any distractions.
  3. Remain in your assigned seat unless told otherwise.  This eliminates distractions.
  4. Bring required materials every day unless you are otherwise directed. You will need the proper material to complete work assigned.
  5. Keep hands and feet to oneself.  Eliminates any contact with students or teachers.  Every student should respect oneself and others.


  1. Verbal warning
  2. Phone call/ Note sent to parents.
  3. Referral to the office



  1.  Teachers Praise
  2. Free time
  3. Special seats in the classroom

James Ray Hawkins
404 Jamison
Devine Texas,

I am a young driven and motivated individual, who enjoys a challenge.  I served in The United  States

Marine Corps, where I learned how to work with a team.  I have a strong passion in teaching and helping others develop. 


As an entry level, my aim would be to learn new and old strategies of teaching. I would like to explore and share my little knowledge between students and other teaching staff. Would also like to learn how to motivate, improve on leadership quality, improve creativity, and establish oneself as the most competent educator.

Devine High School, Devine Texas High School (2002 - 2005 )  

McMurry University, Abilene Texas

Bachelors Degree in History, Minor in Business. (2009-2011)

Work Experience

Sears:  Salesman.  Corpus Christi, Texas (September 2008 –December 2009)

United States Marine Corps: 0311 Infantry (October 2006 - March 2008)

Long And Associates:  Tire Technician.  Lytle, Texas.  (January 2009- January 2010)

Lucky Mule Saloon:  Bouncer.  Abilene, Texas.  (July 2011-December 2011)

Universal Pressure Pumping:  Cotulla, Texas.  (April 2012-Present)



All-Conference. Shot Put. 

Deans list. (2011)


Barbara Crousen-  McMurry University Head track Coach    325-793-4646

Greg Harrod- McMurry University Throwers Coach              325-793-4640

Myra Waters- Devine High School Teacher                           210-542-4656

Edy Lea- Pearsall High School                                               830-334-2030

Matthew Marzak- United States Marine Corps                      361-739-7667

Matthew Saenz- Crystal City High School                           830-267-0435

Brian Long- Long and Associates                                        210-274-0470


James Hawkins



  1. TEKS:  113.40 c. 4 c


  1. Big Understanding:  The rise of nationalism within Europe led to the breakup of some former empires and the formation of new nations.

-one revolution in Russia toppled an empire, and another gave rise to a new Communist government that eventually would challenge world peace and stability.


  1. Objective: Compare the foreign policy goals of the major European powers and their allies.

-Discuss how Balkan aspirations and conflicts involved other European nations.


  1. Assessment: The class will be divided into seven groups representing each of the following countries: Germany, Austria-Hungary, Italy, France, Great Britain, Russia, and Serbia.  Then each group will identify its countries foreign policy goal.  After, one representative of each group announces the goal to the rest of the class. 
  • The groups then will compare their foreign policy goals with those of other nations to determine which other nations might become their allies and which their enemies. 
  • Then have each group decide whether or not it would e willing to got to war to achieve its foreign policy objectives.


  1. Opening hook:  Ask two questions to get the class thinking.


  1. Materials/ Resources: Pen and paper to write down ideas, notes and thoughts.


  1. Grouping patterns:  Students will get into groups of threes.


  1. Ending/ Summary:  What questions do you have on the road to WWI?


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Students  Assign1 Assign 2 Assign 3 Assign4 Assign 5 Assign 6 Total points Grade Avg
Mary Mack 45 23 87 15 50 89 309 51.5  
Sam Ham 47 21 89 13 43 93 306 51  
Adam Sandler 42 20 97 9 50 82 300 50  
Don Farmboy 38 15 78 13 25 94 263 43.83333  
Kirsti Alli 48 19 79 14 43 87 290 48.33333  
Tbone Lawson 35 20 72 14 35 94 270 45  
Gabby Greedy 42 24 81 12 48 72 279 46.5  
Randy Candy 32 18 70 8 45 65 238 39.66667  
Sallie Omallt 40 12 94 15 39 79 279 46.5  
Tessa Geewhiz 37 23 73 14 48 83 278 46.33333  
Possible Points 50 25 100 15 50 100 340 56.66667  
Teachers name                
Mr.  Hawkins                


Bulletin Board Ideas:

1.  One idea of a bulletin board is to make one with every students name keeping track of their attendence and grades.

2.  Every month have a theme and the bulletin board represents that theme. 

Seven Things Students Want to Know

Am I in the right room?
•    Have  your name and the subject you teach on the door
•    Be at the door to  smile and greet students as they enter the room
•    Start talk with—”Hi, I ‘m Ms Jones and this is Art Class.”
Where Am I supposed to sit?
•    Have assigned seats the first day. Assign seats by giving students a number as they enter the room that matches a desk number.
•    Assigned seating saves time and trouble and includes everyone.
What are the RULES of the classroom?
•    Let them know early what your expectations are.
•    Speak with colleagues if you are having trouble determining a set of rules.
•    Five positively stated rules that can be viewed from all parts of the room.
What will I be doing this year?
•    Give them the big picture of the class.
•    Tell them about content and the processes.
•    Let them see your enthusiasm for the subject and teaching.
How will I be graded?
•    Let them know how they will be successful
•    Let them see that you are fair and consistent
•    Show them everyone has the opportunity to succeed
Who is this teacher as a person?
•    Tell them about your goals for them
•    Without giving your personal details, introduce yourself to them
•    Students will get a picture of you by how you act, by what you say, and how you look. It will be a lasting impression.
•    Even if you are only three years older than they are, let them see you are the ADULT in charge.
Will the teacher treat me like a human being?
•    Let them see from the beginning that you are a person of integrity.
•    Show them and assure them it will be safe to learn in your room
•    Let them know you have high expectations for everyone


Ice Breakers

1. For an icebreaker to be used with any grade. Throw out a role of toilet paper and tell the students to take as much as they need. (Don't tell them what it's for). After everyone has taken some, have them tear the toilet paper at the perforations. For each square of paper in their possession, they have to share one fact about themselves.

2.Students will need construction paper and markers or crayons. Students are told to imagine that the piece of paper in an island. The island is theirs and they can have anything on the island that they want. Encourage the students to draw images of anything that they'd like to have on their "Fantasy Island"... After drawings are finished, students are paired off with a buddy. They share with each other about their island. After 5-10 minutes, the pairs are invited to share with the class what they've discovered about their buddies' similarities and differences.


9 Types of Mods & Accommodations

1. Size

2. Time

3. Input

4. Output

5. Level of Support

6. Difficulty

7. Participation

8. Alternate Goal

9. Substitute Curriculum

Instructional Routines

Here are the key elements in my everyday routine to help promote a good learning enviroment.

  1. Creating the Right Classroom Climate
  2. Your Classroom Plan
  3. Organizing your Classroom
  4. Developing Routines and Procedures
  5. Assigning and Managing Work Assignments
  6. Preparing for Instruction
  7. Managing Behavior
  8. Keeping it all Going

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