Nick Erskine

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Nick Erskine
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"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge" -Albert Einstein
 
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This highly interactive game gives students a hands-on, experiential understanding of the differences in between communism and capitalism. Students will learn more about the key components of communism, capitalism, and socialism. Out of all of the
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This Unit I Bundle includes:1. Unit I Video Clips to teach basic concepts (31 total organized video clips from mainly Hollywood movies and TV). 2. Intro to Economics PowerPoint ("American Free Enterprise" PPT). This covers many basic concepts,
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This simulation is one of my favorite activities to run in class. In short, special interest groups will be lobbying politicians for their support in changing legislation. You may, if you would like, make this a competition between the interest
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All of these activities, PowerPoints, and tests were revised Dec. 2012. 1. Introductory "hook" for the unit: Calvin and Hobbes cartoon about supply and demand 2. Supply and demand video clips (12 total, each about 4 min.) 3. PPT: Change in
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This unit includes several activities and lectures pertaining to personal finance lessons. There are PowerPoint lectures for each mini-unit, as well as activities for most of them. Jeopardy review games and tests are also included. Over 30
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The preview includes only 2 of the 8 questions that the students are to fill out while watching the movie. Before watching the movie, students complete the handout titled "Entrepreneurs," which explains a one-page quick write that students are to
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There are many activities and handouts that will surely get students more acquainted with the American political party system! Many of these are web-based, while others do not need a computer. Here are the activities: 1. Web activity: find out
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This Online Stock Market Portfolio Competition is operated by the Wall Street Journal's Virtual Stock Exchange (VSE). Click on this link for this lesson bundled with a discounted comprehensive personal finance unit:
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Click on this link for this lesson bundled with a discounted comprehensive personal finance unit: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Comprehensive-Personal-Finance-Unit This unit includes a lot of good stuff: 1. Credit Card PowerPoint (14
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This simulation has been one of my favorite activities in my freshmen Geography class. Freshmen are typically an energetic bunch, but they really stepped it up with this simulation. They wrote fantastic short essays, presented their resolution
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This has been one of the most impactful lessons I have created, namely because I still periodically hear from former students about how this activity helped them secure their coveted jobs. This activity is a simulation in my book, "You're Gonna
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*NOTE: This activity was updated in 2016, ensuring that all of the links are fully functional. This assignment provides students with a very comprehensive overview of American pop culture during the 1950s and 1960s. The handout includes four
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This is a bundle of numerous Government activities, projects, simulations and video clips -- all for an amazing deal! Bring Government-related topics to life in your classroom! Included with this product are the following: 1. Jaywalking video
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This handout includes over 60 video clips! Virtually every major economic concept is illustrated in this handout, including GDP, opportunity cost, supply and demand, unemployment, taxation, personal finance, and MUCH MORE! Most of the video clips
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This activity involves both candy and a group activity- some of the better learning tools available to us as educators! After experiencing and participating in this activity, students will be able to fully comprehend the concept of opportunity
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This PowerPoint presentation includes the following concepts: Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, unemployment compensation, medical insurance, workers compensation, HMOs, PPOs, the Affordable Care Act, life insurance, auto insurance, and much
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This 2016 article is about the horrors of credit cards and student loans. It is NOT meant to dissuade students from going to college, but it does paint an accurate picture of the potential pitfalls that many students encounter upon their collegiate
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This 16-slide PowerPoint includes four highly relevant graphs/maps. The presentation is accompanied by fill-in-the blank notes for students to take while the instructor is narrating the PPT. The PPT includes the following: Public policy, a list of
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This is a fun project! I even make it a competition to see who can get elected by their class (sometimes I give the winners prizes, which gets the students even more pumped up to work hard!). The Mock Presidential Elections are meant to split
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This activity is simple, yet thought-provoking for students. They are shown a political cartoon via a PowerPoint presentation, then must analyze it and determine which of the Constitution's key principles it is. You can even turn it in to a
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have taught high school social studies for seven years. The subjects I have taught include the following: AP Macroeconomics, AP Microeconomics, Honors Economics, Economics, U.S. History, World History, and World Geography. I have teaching certifications in the states of California and Texas. I have been truly fortunate to have taught in low-income, middle-income, and upper-income school districts throughout my career. The varying demographics that I have instructed between California and Texas have been extremely eclectic and diverse.

MY TEACHING STYLE

My pedagogical philosophy has always been to make learning come alive for my students. Staying in a learning routine, in my opinion, has not been as advantageous as mixing lessons up and keeping the students guessing and engaged. However, a "typical" day in my class (if there is such a thing) might consist of a 1-3 minute video clip (the hook), followed by a brief lecture (10-20 minutes) with interactive notes, followed by a project-based activity or group-oriented critical thinking problem to solve, and concluded by students' oral reflections.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

*Honorary member of the Carmel Valley Rotary Club, 2008: This honor was bestowed upon me as a result of my classes' partnership with Rotarians through a business mentorship program. *W!SE Financial Literacy Gold Star Teacher, Carmel High School, Carmel, CA: In 2009, I received an award in New York City for guiding over 90% of my Economics students to passing the nationwide financial literacy test (W!SE is "Working in Support of Education"). -Teacher of the Year Finalist, Hendrickson High School, Pflugerville, TX, 2011-2012: Out of 150 teachers, I was the runner-up for the Teacher of the Year award. It was not quite first place, but I was very honored and humbled nonetheless!

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

-Texas State University, San Marcos, TX: Master’s in History (in progress); Estimated completion date May 2014. -Master's of Arts in Education from Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA, completed in July 2007. -Bachelor of Arts in Social Science from Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA, completed in May 2004. -Texas Social Studies Composite Certification and California Social Studies Credential

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

In addition to teaching varying subjects throughout my tenure, I have also enjoyed coaching high school basketball, volleyball, and softball. I am AVID trained, certified to teach student financial literacy, and certified to teach advanced placement courses. I have also served as junior and senior class adviser at numerous high schools, as well as an adviser to the Model UN Club, Diversity Club, Young Entrepreneurs Club, and several others.

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