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Topic: Scientific Discovery - New Inert Elements... My 6th period class...
Posted: Monday, November 23, 2015 10:40:46 AM
Oh, man...I thought I was going to get credit for discovering that inert element that is 6th hour :)
I don't really have any advice for you, but just the echo of "Keep Trying".

Do your best to try to find projects that might interest them. Some times I have had luck with small crafty projects that have to do with something they do like. (Skate board and video game logos cut on a scroll saw)

Last year I had the ultimate un-motivated kid. I had this student throughout middle school and he always worked really well for me, but something flipped when he got to high school and he made the choice to not do anything. He wouldn't fill out a worksheet, or pick up a tool. I talked to all of the other teachers, called parents, principal talked to him. The last day of the semester he had 23%. I told him that if he helped with clean up I would pass him with a D-, he sat in the classroom with his book.
Topic: Coping Saw Question
Posted: Thursday, October 01, 2015 9:40:59 AM
My classes got doubled in size this year, so I have been using many of the hand tools that sometimes gathered dust in favor of powered tools.
My problem is that I keep striping the screw on my coping saws. Am I doing something wrong or do I just have cheap saws?
Topic: Lathe suggestions?
Posted: Thursday, May 07, 2015 8:48:48 AM
I don't have any suggestions, but am very interested in what you find out.
Topic: MakerSpace?
Posted: Tuesday, April 21, 2015 12:08:31 PM
Do any of you have any experience with MakerSpaces or Maker Education?
The idea seems to be incorporating all of the design and theory and actually make something. It sounds an awful lot like what my classes are doing. My principal forwarded something to me about it in terms of getting grant money for the shop.
Any thoughts?
Topic: Suitable Woodworking Texts for Beginning and Advanced Wood
Posted: Thursday, April 09, 2015 9:23:35 AM
I use the book that Tom linked to in his last post with my high school woods kids. I really like it as far as textbooks go.

I also use the "exploring woodworking and construction technology" book from
The measurement and safety stuff make really good stand alone packets for my middle school kids. There are rules, machine pictures, and the cool stories to make it pretty comprehensive.
Topic: New Project Ideas
Posted: Wednesday, March 25, 2015 9:32:48 AM
Thanks for sharing the pictures of your cell phone guy. I also have a bunch of students working on these little guys right now.
I love the additional base for adding the charging cord. So handy!
Topic: Lessons on project planning
Posted: Monday, February 02, 2015 4:28:17 PM
I struggled a lot with this when I first started (and still do to an extent) Part of my issue was that I am not great at designing furniture. I didn't have the knowledge base to look at a project plan and see the problems a kid would face in building it and creating ways around those potential issues. I also struggle with creating designs that don't look like "shop class projects"

One of the things I did with kids (and myself) was to find a variety of projects that were of the same thing (several bookcases for example) then pick apart the different designs. look at how each design was constructed (joints, support pieces, plywood...) It gave us a chance to really discuss design and how different people like different things. It also gave us references to use when creating our own designs. It also gave kids a good reference of the types of things that I was hoping they would create, I keep struggling with kids wanting to build construction grade projects when I want them to build fine furniture.
Topic: Crash Course In Furniture Styles
Posted: Friday, January 23, 2015 8:47:53 AM
You guys are awesome!!! Thanks so much.
Topic: Crash Course In Furniture Styles
Posted: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 3:05:18 PM
I just found out that I have to teach our woods 3 class next semester. I usually do 1 and 2. the third class focuses on historical furniture styles. We don't have much written curriculum beyond that. The kids study about furniture styles then build something from their favorite style.
I need a crash course in furniture styles, so that I can try to teach about them. Do any of you have any resources you can pass along? Awesome websites, books anything helpful?
Topic: New Project Ideas
Posted: Tuesday, January 06, 2015 12:45:12 PM
Cool shop photos. I love the storage ideas you have, the folding scroll saws are awesome!

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