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    The Latest from Jonathan's Shop (Class)

    So Jonathan (Shively) ... as far as I know you're the only active woodshop teacher in the group. I never had the chance to take a shop class in school (too busy with "college prep" stuff, I guess) so I've been wondering....

    With school starting up and all, what are the plans for this year's class(es)?

    • Do you handle more than one class each term?
    • Are the classes organized by age/grade? Interest/topic? Some other way?
    • Do you have a set schedule for the projects to be tackled in each class?
    • What's the overall participation like? (Dozens of students, hundreds?)


    But mostly ...

    • Is the shop still coming up to speed this year, or is it already humming along?
    • If it's "humming", what are some of the projects that are underway?


    If it's OK with you (and anyone else that cares) I think it would be cool to see you update this thread throughout the school year. You could do separate threads on individual projects, but this thread could be almost like a "blog within a forum" where you keep us up-to-date on the education of today's young woodworkers.

    Dumb idea? Interesting?

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    I like it Kerry
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    Hey, it is a tough job but someone has to do it!!!
    My day starts around 5 am, feed calves, water and check to make sure all livestock are where they should be.
    6:40 am I am pulling my bus out of the driveway. At school with an empty bus by 7:30 (school starts 7:40)
    First hour is a Welding I class. They are still in the classroom, will be for probably another two weeks. Have gone through welding rod ID and types of joints, still have lighting and shutdown of the oxy-acetylene torch and shop safety rules to do.
    Second hour is a Welding II class, have an Independent Study student in there that is cutting metal all hour 3 days a week, then he can use the other 2 days for his own projects. They are in the shop right now. They had to run some beads just to refresh their brains, fingers and eyes. Now they are working on a pad weld and will soon be cutting with the torch and have to build a steel box (generally around 5"x5").
    Third hour is a Woods I class. Anything from special ed (mental as well as physical handicaps), freshman to seniors. We have covered the shop safety rules, they have passed their tests (100%) before allowed to work in the shop. Have two students still studying. We have turned a square piece of wood round with a roughing gouge. Now we are turning eggs which they learn to use a parting tool along with the bull nosed chisel. Then it will be the snowman and the skew comes into play there. After the snowman, we will start on the soldier pens.
    Fourth hour is a Woods II class. They also are in the shop. They turned an egg and a snowman already (gives my Woods I students something to see). They are now working on an angel with wings. The wings are their first time turning air/shadows.
    Fifth and Sixth hours are Woods I classes again.

    Welding classes, I have 7 welding stations, have an average of 15-18 students per class.

    Woods classes, I have 8 JET minis, generally try to keep it under 18 students, would love 16 but first semester is large, remediation classes for state testing really pull the numbers of available students down to near nothing second semester.


    Don't think I am the only woods teacher. John Daughtery, you want to list your day?

    Next Wednesday, going to Hoosier Bat Company in Valparaiso, IN. They make bats for the majors, minors and HS baseball teams. Should be a good trip.

    Oh yeah, start loading elementary students at 2:20, HS at 2:45, back home by 3:40, in the house by 6 if all goes well. See, easy!!!!
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    Thanks for the great "kickoff" write up!

    For your Woods X classes, you only mentioned instruction (& equipment & projects) for woodturning. Is that because you start the term with turning before going onto flatwork, etc ... or is turning all there is?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kerry Burton View Post
    Thanks for the great "kickoff" write up!

    For your Woods X classes, you only mentioned instruction (& equipment & projects) for woodturning. Is that because you start the term with turning before going onto flatwork, etc ... or is turning all there is?
    Our school woodshop had been dismantled for over 4 years before I approached the school board about a turning class. Turning is all we do to an extent. I do teach interested students that are waiting on a lathe how to make a bandsaw box. We do a lot of glue ups of segmented pen blanks. Built a sled last year for a table saw and we are trying to be successful with the celtic knot pen blank.
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    OK - that would explain your references to "projects for my advanced turning students" in the past.

    That's too bad about the shop being dismantled - which sounds familiar now that you mention it. So, no cabinetry or flatwork furniture to speak of ... but I can see some creativity possible with a table saw, a bandsaw, a drill press and a lathe.

    Do you get in trouble if anything "too flat" comes out of the shop?

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    I wish I was a shop teacher, but alas I am a "core" curriculum teacher. I teach seventh and eighth grade science. For anyone interested my day starts at 8 am. I teach 7 periods 45 min each. First, third, and sixth are 8th grade with 31, 32, 32 in each class. Fourth, fifth, and seventh period is seventh grade. This years seventh grade is smaller than normal and I only have 24, 25, 23 in each class. I have a 20 min. advisement period with 12 kids and I have to have 20 min. of "movement" each day because apparently we are all getting fat.

    At the high school that we feed they have machine shop and what they call construction core. The construction core is geared more toward generally carpentry. I don't think we do a very good job of vocational education.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kerry Burton View Post
    OK - that would explain your references to "projects for my advanced turning students" in the past.

    That's too bad about the shop being dismantled - which sounds familiar now that you mention it. So, no cabinetry or flatwork furniture to speak of ... but I can see some creativity possible with a table saw, a bandsaw, a drill press and a lathe.

    Do you get in trouble if anything "too flat" comes out of the shop?

    The shop being dismantled/mothballed was an issue of poor teachers letting students destroy the equipment that was there. It became a safety issue and no positive learning so can't really blame the school with their decision. I actually inherited two drill presses that aren't worth a hoot. Two table saws, one works the other doesn't. A big old ox of a planer and jointer that I have never spent time working on and don't do their job well at all, probably poor blades. And two bandsaws that I retired, new bearings in the one, new switches and they are good.
    No, no concerns whatsoever on the final products from either of my shops. Quality products, safe practices and good student enrollment keep my school board members happy.

    I would have sworn John Daughtery was a middle school ITE instructor. Sorry John. Let's see, Jim Hagar is a retired Ag. teacher. Someone else is a woods teacher, I need to think on this some more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathan Shively View Post
    Hey, it is a tough job but someone has to do it!!!
    My day starts around 5 am...back home by 3:40, in the house by 6 if all goes well. See, easy!!!!
    OK, so what do you do with all your spare time? Probably just hanging out watching Oprah and eating bon-bons, right?

    It's a shame that a lot of the Industrial Education infrastructure (tools, facilities, and teachers) has gotten spread so thin in this country. My hat's off to you and other teachers who continue to carry the torch.
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