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Topic: Simple Lamps
Posted: Monday, April 16, 2018 4:25:42 PM
I have some students who are interested in making lamps. The electronics of lamp making is pretty straight forward and something we can do. However, I am having a bit of difficulty coming up with a good design.
When I search for images of wooden lamps, I get a lot of "artsy" things. I want more of a "utilitarian" lamp. Plus I don't have any lathes so it needs to be square.
Do any of you have any resources/ideas/pictures/whatever that you would be willing to share?
Topic: Board Games
Posted: Friday, April 6, 2018 9:46:19 AM
I made games with a group of kids. Not nearly as fancy as your ideas, but still fun. We built wooden boxes about 12" square and 3" tall. Kids designed game boards and we printed them out and glued them in to the box.

one of the hardest parts of the project was getting kids to be able to design a playable game. I was doing this with younger kids and many tried to create crazy rules or games that would be nearly impossible to win. I ended up steering most of the games to have a board with spaces, roll the dice to move, a some spots to land that make you draw a card that makes you move forward or back a few spots. The kids would make it all themed to something they liked. (the ninja kicked you back 2 spots, the monster spit you out 2 spots forward)
Writing out the rules can be a cool language arts cross over. The technical writing is something that many students don't get a lot of practice with.

I would make sure that kids play a game or two of their game to work out all of the rules before it becomes permanent.
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 1, 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 7, 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 9, 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 2, 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.

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