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Topic: Long hair and moving parts
Posted: Monday, September 17, 2012 3:49:29 PM
I have been in those situations. In my opinion, safety is the responsibility of EVERYONE in the class/shop. If you see something wrong and you don’t correct it, you are part of the problem. I have even been told by my students, to put on my own safety glasses. "Yup, busted!" Is my response to them, and "Thanks for looking out for me, I appreciate it" I never yell at them for a safety infraction unless they are really being dangerous about something and I always try to make them feel that I'm not being mean, that I'm looking out for them.

Safety signs should be placed everywhere. I had signs in three different languages in my shop. The Spanish and French teachers were always looking for new ways of teaching vocabulary. They had my students writing the safety rules in their language classes.

However, the bottom rule is that the instructor will always get some blame for accidents in the class, unless it can be proven that all reasonable measures have been taken to prevent accidents. And the only way to 100% prevent any accidents in the shop is to not let the students touch anything. But that is just not realistic.
Topic: shop projects
Posted: Monday, September 17, 2012 3:24:53 PM
If anyone is interested in having their students make musical instruments, let me know. I have been making them with students for years and have had success with them as young as 7th and 8th grade.
Topic: This year's challenge :-)
Posted: Monday, September 17, 2012 3:18:43 PM
When I was studying Industrial Arts at State University at Oswego, we had to work in a classroom with high school students with various “learning needs” prior to our going out student teaching. We had to design our classroom actives for the worst case scenario. In doing so, we needed to make sure that ALL the students experienced a high level of success. More often than not we had to build jigs and fixtures to fit on the power equipment in order for the students to work safely. This enabled me, when I got my first teaching job, to safely have 7th and 8th graders use the table saw (something I didn’t get to touch until the 10th grade) to make more complex projects. These jigs and fixtures were also easy to set up and remove at the beginning and ending of class by either myself or other students wishing to help out.

Now that I am teaching sculpture, I welcome the day when a vision impaired student comes to me and tells me, “I want to learn how to do chainsaw carving.” It will be a challenge, but it will also be wonderful when we show off the sculpture when it is done.

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