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Topic: Introductions
Posted: Thursday, May 09, 2019 4:05:01 PM
I'm supposed to remove the NOSPAM, right? I emailed you yesterday from my personal email account. I emailed you just now using my school email account.
Topic: Introductions
Posted: Thursday, May 09, 2019 2:23:18 PM
Check your email. That's where I sent you the private message.
Topic: Introductions
Posted: Wednesday, May 08, 2019 9:54:53 PM
Thanks for your response, TBockman! I sent you a PM about the curriculum.

I have been quite fortunate in having found a district that values the trades. I have also been lucky in terms of timing. Here in California, there is a big resurgence in CTE funding by the state. I have benefited from the CTE Incentive Grant, which has allowed me to rebuild and modernize my shop. I have a solid budget for materials as well that's not tied to grants.

With the exception of getting RIFfed last year, my experience has been 100% positive. That said, I have certainly heard stories like yours, even from folks in my own school. It wasn't always this good. I think there's growing recognition of the skills gap in the USA. I hope conditions stay strong for us in trades education and that we can retain and revitalize the remaining programs.

I am very interested in your curriculum. When I started teaching, all they gave me was a 16 year old textbook and best wishes. I have developed my own curriculum as I believe most shop teachers before me have done. One of the things I was most hoping to find here on the internet was a database or pool of knowledge accumulated by the hundreds or thousands of shop teachers out there. It's daunting to come into a shop, never having taught before, and invent your curriculum out of whole cloth.

If we are going to preserve these programs, we need more than just teachers for these shops (which is a tall order in itself). We are going to need to help them succeed by providing them with as much support as possible. I want to help others have an easier start than I did by sharing what I have come up with and by collecting as much content from others that I can and disseminating it.
Topic: Introductions
Posted: Tuesday, May 07, 2019 11:54:56 AM
Hello Fellow Woodshop Teachers!

My name is Jordan Clarke. I am a fourth year shop teacher in Bellflower, California. I came to this profession after many years owning my own cabinet shop, but seeking a lower stress and more stable cash flow way of life (including retirement). I love being a shop teacher. It's the best job I've ever had!

I joined this forum hoping to find others like me and share experiences and learning. I am always looking for ways to improve my craft both as a woodworker and as a teacher. As fun as the job is, like everything, it has its ups and downs; its challenges. I've never met a piece of wood that I didn't get along with, but kids, that's a different story.

I hope to get to know you all and that we can all learn and grow together. I also hope that others on here will respond and introduce themselves so I can get to know you all as well.

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