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Topic: Shop fee conundrum
Posted: Friday, June 12, 2015 9:47:08 AM
I was in a similar situation. As for as unpaid for projects, I used to have a sale every year starting the first school day in December, right before Christmas. Lots of teachers would come and buy gifts. Teachers would buy some projects that I thought belonged in the trash.

Most of the funds went in an activity account for my class. I kept some of the cash for quick purchases. Of course that was in violation of school policy and I was risking loosing my job if caught.
Topic: Cleaning a Woodshop
Posted: Friday, March 08, 2013 3:44:23 PM
Are you doing the cleaning yourself? The cleaning should be done by the students. I taught "shop" for 34 years and never cleaned my shop, the students did it. My shop was always clean.

Assign cleanup jobs. I numbered all the jobs. Put numbers on the jobs. Had the students draw numbers each grading period. About 10 to 15 minutes before the end of class, I called "Clean Up!". The students put up their materials and tools. Then cleaned their assigned area. Once they finished, they remained by the job. I or a class foreman went around and checked the work. If a foreman did the job, they reported to me any job not done and I corrected the student, not the foreman. I gave a grade each day.

Actually I gave bonus points which were added to the students grade for the grading period. An acceptable job got no points. An exceptional job got one bonus point. A poor job got a negative point. If a student was absent, another student could volunteer to do the absentees job and get a bonus point. Everything got cleaned every period.

As I said the students remained by their clean up job. This kept the students from gathering by the door, waiting for the bell, and causing problems.

The best part, the shop was clean. The students took better care of everything. Administrators thought I was a great teacher, of course they didn't have a clue if I was teaching or not.

I became a CTE administrator and a clean class told me a lot about the teacher. Sadly, some classes were clean because no teaching was taking place. However, most of my poor teachers had very messy shops.
Topic: Woodworking Magazines
Posted: Friday, March 08, 2013 1:07:02 PM
This reply is a little late. Google books has past issues of American Woodworker. Just google it.
Topic: Do you have a good eye safety demonstration?
Posted: Thursday, March 07, 2013 4:31:55 PM
I am looking for good hands-on eye safety demonstrations.

I have done the following:

1. Take two pair of safety glasses. Cover one eye of each with painters tape. The right side works best since most people are right eye dominant.
2. Get two student volunteers. Have each put on a pair of the glasses.
3. Give one of the students a soft foam ball, about tennis ball or softball size.
4. Have them play underhanded catch. Depth perception is lost and makes catching the ball difficult.
5. Let other volunteers do the same.
6. Follow up with a class discussion about what the loss of an eye would mean to a student. What would they no longer be able to do?

Students experience what the loss of an eye can mean to them.

If you have any other hands-on PPE demonstrations, please pass them on. I would like to reinforce this demonstration.


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