Social Studies and English Teacher
Office: (907) 786-7625 Emergency: (907) 786-7600 ask for ext 33602
I am very much looking forward to this year at Alaska Middle College School, and I strongly believe that every student who has gained admission has the potential to excel academically. In my experience since the founding of our school, intellectual curiosity and the avoidance of procrastination are the two keys to success. A student's initial placement, whether into college classes, high school classes, or a combination of the two, is not as important as the study and work habits the student develops.
To the left, students will find links for my various classes. Because previous students have found the district's Edmodo site to be very useful, I keep course material and assignment descriptions on the Edmodo site rather than here. Students desperately looking for directions for an assignment should check their Edmodo accounts.
If you are looking for current syllabi for my regular high school classes, I expect to have them posted by Monday, August 15th, the first day of high school classes. For students in my advanced seminars in literature, history, economics and political science, we will be following the college syllabi you should receive from your professors.
Students, here are my expectations of you:
1. Be on time.
2. Be focused.
3. Do the work.
4. Ask for help when you need it.
5. Help others when they need it.
If you can consistently perform these five actions, you will not only learn a lot in my classes, you will excel in just about anything you ever try to accomplish. Teaching English, history and government is the just the means by which I intend to do something much more important: help you learn to set priorities, to concentrate your mind, to work hard, and to both seek and give assistance when necessary. My goal is to help you learn how to learn.
If you have any questions, or encounter any difficulties with the course work, please come see me. I am also frequently available through John.Robertson@matsuk12.us. Feel free to email me at any hour of any day. I might not be able to respond immediately, but you can only benefit yourself by trying to contact me.