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tbockman
Posted: Saturday, January 16, 2021 8:36:52 AM
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We began this semester mostly distance learning with a few students coming on campus for their assignments. With much spare time between lessons, I was able to cycle small groups through the wood shop. Mostly we played around with the laser engraver and wood burner, but this 7th grader was motivated to get multiple projects done. Among them is a cutting board and this heart box. I'm sorry I wasn't carrying a better camera so the picture had the contrast adjusted so you can hopefully see the engraving on the top.


I'm so glad I was able to do this. Sitting for long periods of time is not in my nature. This was a fun break for all of us. I even had a few come through who had never been in wood shop before. Everyone who is able, returns to our normal schedule next week.

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tbockman
Posted: Tuesday, January 26, 2021 6:45:00 PM
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The New 3rd quarter Assignment

The assignment is a video of making the phone buddy and a fairly easy quiz afterward.


Some students haven't checked in for assignments yet, so 4 are currently on the list. 2 more on-line students are new to the class and will start from the beginning and work through the first quarter assignments.

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tbockman
Posted: Monday, February 8, 2021 8:34:39 AM
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The Cannon & Cutting Board

I missed getting these out. The assignments are videos of making the cannon and the cutting board.




Some students still haven't checked in for assignments yet, and 9 are currently on the list.

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tbockman
Posted: Friday, February 19, 2021 8:02:04 AM
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Add lettering to the laser engraver.


Students learn how to add lettering into a laser design.

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tbockman
Posted: Sunday, March 7, 2021 11:30:11 AM
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Curved lettering on the laser engraver.


Students learn how to add curved lettering into a laser design.

It has been a very busy two weeks and I haven't kept up with the posts, but there is good news. Our Governor has told the schools that they should all be open to in person learning.

We already stayed open as much as we could, but now more of our students are expected to return. I could still have a few on-line learners, but I don't expect it from what our Principal has said on the topic.

However, I have made a few extra assignments just in case. I have been exploring how trees can not only communicate, but many times have their own Internet of sorts. Hopefully I will be able to use this material in the future.

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tbockman
Posted: Sunday, March 7, 2021 11:34:43 AM
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Manually focus the laser engraver.


Students learn how to manually focus the laser to save time and to make multiples faster.

I will start posting more about our projects as more students come back and on-line fades leaving me more time.

The student have gone crazy with making cutting boards, for their own profit. Yep, I let them keep what they earn and now that the cabinet shop has slowed down, the materials have slowed down. I may have to limit how many cutting boards a student can make during the final quarter, so I don't run out of material.

It has really driven the students workload as money motivates even the hardest to reach rascals. I love watching them get so excited about woodworking. And the parents have jumped in as they post on their Facebook pages and a few students have really been raking in the dough.

They can get double the amount if they laser engrave the cutting board. I think I am seeing just about every major sports team on some of these boards. We have also done them for colleges and universities.

The ones not motivated to make cutting boards are still working frantically on the other projects, so it is a win all around. If you can believe it, even some of the tougher cases are really liking these projects. Some days I have to literally kick some of them out so they will go to their next class.

One last thing, I'm sorry that Google Classroom doesn't allow the sharing of materials like quizzes. I am stunned by this fact. I'm not sure the rational behind it, but no matter what I've tried, I can't share more than the Google Drive and You Tube materials. I hope I have at least helped as many of you as I can.

While my focus is mostly towards the on-line learners here, the reality is there are way more on campus students. I should have been taking more photos to post.

There has been a change in e-mail as cableone discontinues that part of the service. I've tried to catch all of these and made changes throughout the pages of the posts. As usual, remove the red.

woodshopNOSPAMteacherprivate@gmail.com

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tbockman
Posted: Wednesday, March 31, 2021 9:08:30 AM
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Printing to the laser engraver.

For all the 4th quarter students, they will finish up the laser series. It's too bad they can't be here to actually use this equipment.


For the new students who are in the 4th quarter classes, this copied and reused assignment starts them back at the beginning. I wish I had done this last quarter, but then most of the 3rd quarter students did them anyway without being asked, so it all worked out in the end.


While it isn't the most fun to teach wood shop over the Internet, I have found it is possible to do it with the abundance of materials I had already created. I'm glad I have been able to share my google drive with many of you. It's too bad I can't share the quizzes, although you might be disappointed in how simple they really are. For the most part, it was to make it obvious when someone skips right to the quiz without learning at least some of the material.

Anyway, that is mostly what I was trying to determine with these simple quizzes. With no clear standards at this level, there is no road map for where they are suppose to end up. I have always had one simple goal... make them love wood shop and want to continue using these skills their whole life. Make cool projects they have trouble resisting. That is harder to achieve when they can't be here for the in class experience that really hooks them.

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tbockman
Posted: Thursday, April 8, 2021 12:48:52 AM
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What's happening in 4th quarter?

It's one of my morning classes with four students. As I look around this class, I see everyone totally engaged in making their projects. It is a delight to see the students working so intently. I don't have to step in to help much once they have been in the shop for so many years. It's the way it should be.








I just renewed my teaching certificate which may well be my last. This is the first time they are extending them out 12 years. By then I'll be well into my 70's. It makes me wonder how much more I will be able to do. I seem to be fighting physical problems one after another, so I'm not sure I can last much longer. However, when that last day for me eventually arrives, it will be a sad day indeed. I have loved what I do and can't think of a better way to spend my time. I get older and the kids don't seem to... especially when they filter in and out each year... ageless.

The on-line learners are in two groups... the returning students and the 4 new ones for the 4th quarter, so I am past the safety and up to the measuring lesson (you have already seen) for the new students and the ping pong ball shooter for the returning 4 students but I also let the new students do this one to make it more fun. Then last week was a "print to the engraver" also for the returning students. A simple quiz keeps them honest... I hope. That's a huge problem with distance learning... in my opinion.

Let me know if there is anything I can do to be of help. Here is my new e-mail address that is also linked to my school account. As always, remove the red.

woodshopteacherprivate@NOSPAMg-mail.com

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tbockman
Posted: Tuesday, April 27, 2021 10:11:08 AM
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Better late than never!

I got a little behind in posting with outside projects like restoring a 1955 Chevy Shortbed.


While that is a fun project, it's also a little above my take home pay, but it's something I've always wanted to do. Of course my real dream would be something older, but I got this for a decent price.

It's the constant challenges that make it a little harder for me to keep up with posting. Using junkyard parts (U-bolt), I recently had to fabricate (with a little neighborly help from up the street) my own Offset rod for the clutch linkage. Don't you just love these vintage drawings.


The best part is how my mind is completely engrossed in these tasks and not on the problems of the world.

Back to wood shop.

With only a few weeks left to go, I'm getting close to wrapping it up and I am cramming in as many as I have missed posting. I have these assignments already out there with a couple more waiting in the wings I will post when they come out next week. First, for those students who have been hanging in there for the duration...


View the Ping Pong Ball Shooter video


View the Airplane video.


View the Wiener Dog Bank video.


And for the new students who are in the 4th quarter classes, these copied and reused assignments are keeping them on track.


I gave them extra time and so far only one of them has completed measuring.





AND, I have one on campus 8th grader who has managed with dad's facebook help, to sell almost $500 worth of her cutting boards made in class. At one point I had to tell everyone that we were running out of the free materials... that is all but this one very dedicated young lady. I just couldn't cut that experiment off. I really wanted to see how far she could take it and I can't believe how hard she worked, and of course how much she learned along the way. She began paying other students to help glue them up. She managed to make mostly sports related images on each one and made about 24 at $20 a piece.

She is on her last one this week. So the experiment paid off for her and a few others managed to do pretty well too. If only I could bring in that many free materials all the time, we could let everyone do that same thing. The only reason we could let it go this long was the on-line learning kept my materials overflowing and I did need to get some of that out of the shop as it was literally beginning to take over.

Good job Mia! I hope all my students will continue being interested in some form of woodworking in the future.

View the on-line cutting board video.

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tbockman
Posted: Thursday, May 6, 2021 9:02:41 AM
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The Last On-line Assignments (at least hopefully)
For the year long more advanced students...


And for the quarterly students...


It's hard to believe another school year is almost over. I literally don't have many more left before my career is wrapped up, one of the reasons to share everything I have. I know it is helping the new teachers and even the more experienced teachers.

I've offered to simply copy everything I have onto flash drives sent to me from all over the world. Some teachers prefer only the less complete Google drive material. Either way I hope the on-line materials never go away. The flash drives can also fail I'm sure. Make your back up copies if you have them. I prefer to be the one sharing, but I'm sure others have shared the materials and that is OK with me. It's a life's work and I wish someone had done this for me.

Here is hoping we don't have social distancing much longer (like next year). In the beginning days of on-campus learning everyone was on edge. Now this may almost be unbelievable, but we experienced very few interruptions once we were back in classes. The few who stayed away have missed out.

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