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User Name: jdwykrent
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Topic: A fun way to test
Posted: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 7:14:18 AM
I'm all about technology. I started my career with paper tests etc... but have moved to a paperless classroom(s). I utilize the google drive for a lot of my content. The kids love it. I was still doing paper testing until recently when I found a site called kahoot. This is an online "Game Based" blended learning classroom response system that sucks the kids in and gets them pumped to take the test because it is almost like a competition. The best way I can describe it is think of the bar trivia game... I have created a woodworking quiz just to try it with my students and it was a big hit. I will be giving their final exam using this site.

Here is the link to my woodworking quiz.

By the way, I am not selling anything and I do not get anything for promoting this site. I just thought it was an awesome tool to use in my classroom.
Topic: Collecting Student Growth Data
Posted: Friday, November 22, 2013 2:09:48 PM
How do you show student growth? This year I have to collect data to show student grown. It can't be pictures of projects or authentic assessments that show mastery of a skill... It has to be "pre-test / post-test".

I'm thinking doing an identification test that covers:
- Safety
- Hand Tool ID
- Machine ID
- Wood joint ID
- Finishing ID (application methods, sheen, etc)
- Material ID
- Assorted Vocab Words

The struggle I'm having is showing, on paper, a year's growth in a single test.

How do you do this?
Topic: Cleaning a Woodshop
Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2013 1:19:54 PM
We do a basic sweep and pick up every hour. But the deep cleans that last all day are before conferences and at the end of they year for their final exam (I show mastery of the curriculum through authentic assessments).
Topic: Only In A Shop Class
Posted: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 6:40:11 PM
Topic: Technology in you school...?
Posted: Thursday, March 7, 2013 2:51:35 PM
Hey Guys,

The State of Michigan is requiring that all schools administer the ACT / MME test online starting in the year 2014. Because our computers are 8+ years old, they will be replaced in order to meet the software / browser / system requirements.

We are looking at many different options... Our committee is gathering information about technology that is / can be used in schools.

What HARDWARE (not software) do you find useful in your classroom. What have you seen in your schools out side of the CTE / Trades classes?

Do you see a staff member that has all of their lessons / worksheets stored in file cabinets converting them to PDF's and utilizing the new hardware technology?

Topic: FL teaching jobs?
Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 6:03:29 PM
Does anyone know of any woodworking or construction trades teaching positions opening in FL for the 2013 /2014 school year?

I'm not sure how to even go about searching for open teaching positions... It has been 9 years.
Topic: What projects draw in students?
Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 8:19:36 AM
I teach a traditional high school woodworking course (think 50's style industrial arts). 9th grade is the first chance in the district the students have to take woodworking and can continue through 12th grade. We build small projects in the beginning class to introduce the students to the machining process and safety. Advanced 1 starts with a the class building the same project 1st semester. 2nd semester they are able to build a project with a door drawer or lid. Advanced 2 cabinet making is introduced 1st semester and then second semester the student may design a project or build a project from plans on the internet or from a book (within reason). Advanced 3 the student is required to research a style of furniture and build a piece based on the research.

We build everything... small desk clocks, gun cabinets, hope chests, kitchen cabinets, guitars, and recurve bows. I am looking for projects that attract students to the program that can be made in the beginning class. Any thoughts would be great!

Topic: Lumber supplier needed for guitar body blanks
Posted: Tuesday, January 8, 2013 7:16:09 AM
I am looking for a piece of hard maple (curly or birds eye makes no difference) that is 8/4 x 16" x 24"+

If you know of anyone who may have something like this please e-mail me.

I am located in south west Michigan.
Topic: Need a Miter saw recommendation ASAP
Posted: Tuesday, January 8, 2013 7:08:50 AM
Purchased a new Dewalt 12" slider. The reason I chose the same saw was: 1. the students are familiar with it and trained on it. 2. The miter stop (cam locking plate) is replacable. 3. The old saw lasted 8 years with 100 students using it each day at least once or twice without any problems.

Topic: Need a Miter saw recommendation ASAP
Posted: Sunday, December 16, 2012 8:43:01 AM
We get random width and length rough cut lumber. So I have boards that range from 2" wide to 18" haven't seen anything larger than that yet.

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