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!!!!
Last edited by Jonathan Shively; 09-08-2011 at 11:26 PM.
God and family, the rest is icing on the cake.
I'm so far behind, I think I'm in first place.
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