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User Name: Roger Peterson
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Topic: mini lathe chuck
Posted: Wednesday, December 23, 2009 1:04:21 PM
I had a Barracuda 2 at my last school, worked well if it was kept clean. Loses smooth operation and gets "jerky" when moving jaws if not taken good care of.
Topic: Masters Degree
Posted: Wednesday, December 23, 2009 1:00:03 PM
I am finishing up a 2 year online masters in general ed. through Walden University. I enjoyed it, weekly work kept me in a routine, but there were some weeks that I just wanted to take a month off and relax. But only 8 weeks left and it is all behind me. I've learned a lot and it will definitely help me professionally.
Topic: paying for material
Posted: Friday, December 04, 2009 12:49:51 PM
I try to give the students an opportunity to "make" money for their projects by using school materials to create projects that can be sold (small tables, pens, nick-nacks). I have individual student accounts in a spreadsheet that allows students to deposit profit from their sale and use later at their own descretion. I give the students a percentage of the sale: 10-15% labor, 10% sales commission, the remaining $$ goes to the shop to reimburse supplies/materials and cash for new tools that the students want.

For raw materials I pretty much beg and pick up anything I can find to keep a shop supply on hand. Some of the larger projects students have to pay for sheet goods and higher quality solid wood/veneer.
Topic: N1/H1 3 week lesson plans
Posted: Thursday, November 12, 2009 12:43:41 PM
We had a few days shutdown in northern WI/Western UP Mich a couple weeks ago. We were not asked to do anything out of the ordinary for our lessons, much of what my classes were doing at the time was lab oriented and there was flexibility for absences.
Topic: Needing textbooks
Posted: Thursday, November 12, 2009 12:40:26 PM
I too, have old texts and rely on them for only basic, timeless concepts and relying on independent research to develop the rest of my lessons.
If I were able to get new textbooks, one of the things that I would consider to be very beneficial would be safety tests that are directed towards high school students and equipment generally used in high school shops. At my last school I had a fairly new version of the Modern Cabinetmaking text and much of what we needed was included, but I still feel the safety component could have been more thoroughly.
Topic: Needing textbooks
Posted: Friday, November 06, 2009 12:43:20 PM
Similar situation here, only I moved from small school I had established a good program in to a larger school that had old everything. I know its not fun but I try to use only fundamentals from the old books (More on the wood side) and develop much my own curriculum through research and exploration of ideas from students. Time consuming, but necessary when you aren't provided the resources to stay updated.
Topic: safety tests / liability
Posted: Wednesday, October 14, 2009 4:31:58 PM
As creighta suggested, the virginia tech stuff is pretty good. I used it as kind of a stepping stone and adapted to my own needs. The nice thing about these resources is that they include compentencies, notes, illustrations (need to adapt to your specific tools), written test, and performance tests that the student has to sign off on.

I have not kept past tests, usually toss them at the end of the year. Right or wrong? This concerns me as different risk management personnel or admin could have varying thoughts on this. What may be acceptable in one area may not be in another, as much as I'm thankful there is not standardized testing for safety we do need to be diligent in constantly reinforcing this issue with our students.

Topic: We Are Not Alone
Posted: Friday, October 09, 2009 12:37:01 PM
Hopefully the students don't beat you to it and glue them shut! The teacher I replaced had this happen a few times
Topic: Safety Glasses Required
Posted: Monday, March 02, 2009 9:39:12 AM
Safety glasses are required at all times once student enter the shop. If one student has them off for any reason, the entire class wears safety glasses the rest of the day in their remaining classes. I like to let the students police themselves, if I can train them as eighth graders there usually is no problem through their high school years.
Topic: Teaching Autocad to Middle School Students
Posted: Wednesday, February 18, 2009 1:32:23 PM
I use AutoCAD LT at the freshman level but not jr. high. A couple of years ago I received copies of ProDesktop (3D modeling) free just for taking a Saturday course for $200. Basically get unlimited copies for school computers and student can take copy home if they are enrolled in class. I like to start the jr. high kids with ProD because it keeps them very engaged in the design process while teaching them how to navigate design software. Once they get hooked on the design process, the transition to ACAD seems to be easier as far as keeping them interested.
We also have a CNC router with Partworks that I use to coax younger kids into ACAD, as ACAD is very useful for creating vectors to transfer to CNC software.

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