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Profile: RoyBoom
User Name: RoyBoom
Forum Rank: Newbie
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Location Mechanicsburg, OH
Occupation: retired if I don't find a job
Gender: None Specified
Joined: Saturday, March 3, 2007
Last Visit: Saturday, March 7, 2015 12:08:58 AM
Number of Posts: 0
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Last 10 Posts
Topic: Student Exhibitions
Posted: Friday, March 6, 2015 11:53:36 PM
I'm in Springfield now, need to update my profile. I'm working with kids in a residential treatment facility mostly aged 13 to 17. This is my first year working with them and a new program for the facility. Some of the kids are starting to do some decent work and some are really getting into it. I've got equipment to move into graphic arts too with t-shirts and offset printing, hope to get that going this summer. I'm probably getting started too late this year to get into this exhibition but it's something I'd like to think about for the future.
Topic: Student Exhibitions
Posted: Wednesday, February 25, 2015 12:23:02 AM
I know about the MITES program and exhibition in Michigan, but is there a similar program in Ohio?
Topic: Roll Call
Posted: Sunday, January 12, 2014 10:35:56 AM
I'm retired now too, but I check in at least once a week to see what's happening. The SawStop story is great, happy to hear of it. I was trying to get a SawStop when they shut me down.
Topic: Woodworking Skill List
Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2013 7:07:16 AM
Thanks Joe, that's pretty much what I was looking for but I guess I wasn't picking the right words to use in my search. I may need to simplify the list a little for space, but it gives me something to work from.
Topic: Woodworking Skill List
Posted: Sunday, August 18, 2013 5:29:41 PM
I am starting on a new venture and looking for some help. I'm setting up shop in Springfield, Ohio, and will be working with at risk youth in basic woodworking skills and GED coaching. I'm looking for a list of basic woodworking skills that I can attach to a certificate of completion that would show the level of competence a student has reached: introduced, completes with help, proficient, able to teach others. Something like that.

I could build a list on my own, but when I started doing that I started wondering why? I know there must be lists out there like that so why try to reinvent. The few google searches I've done haven't gotten it for me, so I thought you guys might have one just laying around.

I've got my shop set up. I've been working with a summer jobs program with a group of kids doing some rehab work on some repo houses to get them ready for rental. The program ends at the end of the month then I'll be hitting my project and trying to get that rolling.
Topic: Class size query
Posted: Saturday, July 27, 2013 11:38:32 PM
bob itnyre wrote:
...For these students their niche of diversity does not include becoming a philosopher or brain surgeon. They love construction or plumbing or maybe even laying bricks. I have a number of former students who are plumbers, heating and air conditioning mechanics, and even a blacksmith. He is actually a ferrier and he told me so. My point is diversity is not being observed when we fail to offer classes to students who are vocationally oriented. By the way these students I just mentioned are very busy, earn excellent pay, and are welcomed with open arms by the homeowner who need their services. ...

Something that always bothered me is how we are told that students are individuals, and we need to adapt to their different learning styles. Then at the same time all students are put together in the same class, taught the same thing and tested on standardized tests. How is this helping the "hands on" type of learners? Some of my best students were from the special ed department, but since they shut down the industrial arts program these guys are sitting in academic classes preparing them to go college. I just don't get it.
Topic: Spam on the forum
Posted: Saturday, July 27, 2013 11:22:09 PM
Although I'm not teaching any more I do still come here and find the topics interesting. The spam is a bit annoying, but it's fairly easy to recognize easy to skip over. If things continue as they are it's fine with me. Perhaps if a few more users would be given administrator access they could just delete the unwanted stuff as it shows up rather just leaving it to a couple doing it.
Topic: Finally told the truth? Maybe! or not!
Posted: Sunday, June 2, 2013 5:31:52 PM
Right now I'm reading the book "Shop Class as Soulcraft". I just read a part which stated that it may take a team of architects to design a building, but hundreds to actually build it. Where are all the brick layers, concrete guys, carpenters, carpet layers, electricians and plumbers supposed to come from?
Topic: Changing the name of my woodworking class to some type of Engineering
Posted: Saturday, December 15, 2012 7:51:18 PM
I think Woodworking and Metalworking are excellent course names, they leave no doubt as to what the class is about. Woodworking and Metalworking can use many of the new technologies, but the end product is basically the same, it's just the steps to get there that are different. If you look into what the "Technology" class is at most schools you'll find that it is a computer class. Administration gets all fuzzy anytime they can claim to have more "technology" and I feel that the basic skills are being missed because everyone wants you to be teaching the latest and great (and most expensive). Once you get on the technology wheel it's a never ending upgrading and trying to keep up with every new thing to come along. I feel that if students are firmly grounded in basics then moving on and learning the technology part, whether at school or on the job, they will understand better what they are trying to do and adapt to it easily. How many kids do you have in class that can't do simple math without their calculators? There was a day when a hammer was the lastest and greatest technology.
Topic: Long hair and moving parts
Posted: Sunday, September 16, 2012 9:24:22 AM

Just a reminder to everyone that you've got to be watching everything all the time. Even though I never considered the drill press to be one of my more dangerous pieces, I was holding a piece for a kid and it got away from me and smacked both my hands pretty good. Initially I the doctor thought I'd broken a bone, but it turned out ok, just sore for a week. Lathes like drill presses can wind up the hair in an instant. When I was in college a girl with long hair leaned over the printing press and immediately had her hair pulled in and her face pushed into the inky rollers. I'd always tell my guys "if it can move it can bite you".

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