Welcome to John Muir Language Academy! My name is Michael W. Jean and I will be teaching history/social science and physical education for grades six, seven, and eight. I have worked at Muir for about 9 years teaching various classes in grades five through ten. Prior to Muir, I worked at Zamorano elementary teaching 5th graders. I earned my B.A. in History at Saint Anselm College, in Manchester, NH, my teaching credential at San Diego State University, and my master's from University of San Diego. I consider myself a “life-long learner” and continue to try and educate myself as much as I can.
The growth and engagement of all students in their education is very important to us at Muir. It is reflected in the Paideia philosophy of our school (similar to Socratic seminars centered around texts), cross-curricular activities, and project-based learning. While learning the content and curriculum (the academic standards), we will emphasize developing independent thinkers, global and human perspective, and perseverance. In addition, I encourage families to take an active role in our students’ education… the learning shouldn’t stop once the bell rings.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. E-mailing is the best way (email@example.com), but you can also send a note, come see me in room 19, or leave a message at the school number: 858-268-1954
Additional information about our courses can be found on google classroom https://classroom.google.com/u/1/h .
Period 1 - PE 7 Course Syllabus
Period 2 - World History 7 Course Syllabus
Period 3 - US History 8 Course Syllabus
Period 4 - Prep
Period 5 - Social Studies 6 Course Syllabus
Period 6 - PE 6 Course Syllabus
Contact: I believe parent-teacher communication is extremely important, and I am willing to do whatever it takes to help your child be successful in the classroom. Please feel free to contact me whenever you have any questions about your child's progress, the instruction, projects, deadlines, or any other
concerns. The best way to reach me is through email as it is difficult to answer phone calls during instructional time. I am available to meet in person (face to face) before and after school on most days; however, Wednesdays are often more challenging due to staff meetings.
Policies: Instruction begins the first five minutes of class. Students are expected to be present and seated at this time. It is critical that students are present for the first 10-15 minutes of class as these are the times when direct instruction and checking for understanding take place. Passes from class for personal and school needs will be limited to the workshop time that falls in the middle of the class period. tardies are strictly recorded and will result in consequences, but not limited to, lowered citizenship grades. Parents are respectfully asked to minimize the times requsting that students be excused from class.
Late work will be accepted based on individual needs and are subject to approval by the teacher. Opportunities for making up work and retaking of tests will be made available at the discretion of the teacher. No late work or test make ups will be accepted the last week of each marking period.
Recommended Materials: Students should be ready to learn every day they enter the classroom. Suggested materials to help your child be successful include notebooks, one folder for each subject, pencils, pens, and highlighters. If you need assistance retrieving these items, please don't hesitate to contact me.
- Arrive to school on time and be ready to learn
- Listen carefully and ask questions if you do not understand
- Do your very best
- We learn from our successes and our failures, so don’t be afraid to make mistakes
- Work quietly so we don’t disturb others working quietly around us
- Work and play safely at all times
- Have fun while learning
World History: Students will closely examine the beginnings of world civilizations beginning in 7000 BC, exploring cultures such as the Kush, Egyptians, and Romans to name a few, and conclude in the second century AD. Sixth graders in the past have loved this text, the curriculum, and corresponding tasks and projects. Our biggest project of the year is our living museum, which will involve a book review of a famous figure from history, a written essay, and then students will portray or play the role of his/her subject.
Homework Frequency: Homework is a crucial part of students’ learning as it reinforces what is taught in the classroom. In sixth grade, students are expected to complete between 60 and 90 minutes of homework per night. We promote helping your children with their homework. If your child does not understand part of an assignment, they should ask a classmate or me before the end of the day. Do not allow your child or yourself to be frustrated with the homework.
We recommend a minimum of 30 minutes of sustained silent reading at home per day, and also invite parents and family to actively participate in their child’s reading. This is by far, the most important thing you can do to help your child succeed in the classroom and life.