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User Name: dtrenholm
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Topic: Flavour of the year....Skill Centres
Posted: Thursday, April 16, 2009 6:58:28 PM
Hello :

I'm looking for feedback before I go up against my Board again.

Our school system plans on eliminating our 4 vocational high schools. Mine was closed 3 years ago. While I am not heart broken about the demise of these schools because they became unsupported dumping grounds for students with behavior and attendance issues, I am concerned that they are being resurrected as "skill centres". There certainly weren't any viable alternative put in place for difficult to serve students. The initial plan ,that failed miserably, was integratings these students back into mainstream programs. The kids just quit coming to school.

New schools are no longer being built with shops, junior high schools continue to close or offer a limited program. So this is the boards latest "fix" for addressing the lack of programs offered to students who will not be going on to university or college (the other 70%).

Two questions:

1. Can someone tell me about their experiences with skill centres?
2. Am I crazy in thinking that students will not pursue career and technology programs without easy access and exposure?

Most students will take a "shop" class if it is accessible, but they won't drive/bus/ or be streamed into a "stand alone" program. Further, the less exposure to construction/ complementary courses in JUnior high means less interest is generated for Senior high programs...Just my thoughts.
Topic: Safety Glasses Required
Posted: Wednesday, February 25, 2009 12:37:52 PM
Tell stories. My brother in law lost an eye because he wasn't using safety glasses while nailing down a sub floor. The nail ricocheted and pierced his eye. Try being a one eyed calf roping carpenter. Not easy.
Topic: World Skills Competition
Posted: Friday, January 09, 2009 12:00:05 PM
World Skills is a competition where the best young people in skilled trades and technology training showcase their talents in various skill catagories. Students and their coaches from countries allover the world come to this. I'm assuming it is connected with Skills USA at some level.
Topic: World Skills Competition
Posted: Wednesday, January 07, 2009 5:22:20 PM
Hello You awl:)

WE are hosting the World Skills competition in September. Is anyone coming up to this? Does anyone have any experience of this magnitude? I'm more than concerned about the system managing thousands of students coming to watch the competition and participate in demonstrations.

Topic: Teaching Rulers
Posted: Friday, December 12, 2008 1:49:06 AM
In ancient times people used marking sticks. I actually use this process with students who can't understand a "lick" of english or are special ed.

I have ALL the elves make their own rulers that serve as a "passport/permission" for using equipment. They have to sand the piece "baby butt smooth" before placing metric and imperial measures on it. Most can use a steel rule...usually for the original purpose haa.

Its like the students are fetal alcohol syndrome and dump all measure skills at the end of the semester.
Topic: Conferences
Posted: Sunday, November 30, 2008 11:57:27 PM
My professional development account is building up. ARe there any conferences, workshops, where teacher meet?
Topic: Looking for some curriculum help
Posted: Monday, November 24, 2008 1:14:30 AM
What Jeff says.

Be patient...the kids will struggle with you...which is natural. Don't take risks to make yourself look good.

Bottom line. ..Administration are clueless but can be managed with "due diligence". That is..If kids are acting give them back to admin.

Essential Statements:::"This student is placing himself and his peers at risk". "This student is affecting the learning opportunities of others". "How would you suggest I create a safe learning environment given the conditions (budget, behavior, ) you have set.
Topic: AutoDesk Design Kids
Posted: Thursday, November 20, 2008 5:28:02 PM
Our School board is jumping on board with this auto design program. I doubt they know how much it costs per seat (195$ x 2 canadian dollars haa haa)
Is this a worthwhile programme / venture for junior high ?
Topic: colleges with woodworking programs?
Posted: Thursday, November 20, 2008 3:35:53 PM
Being an ele4ctrician and an elementary generalist... on the job training was what I received. Lots of mistakes, lots of patience. Steep learning curve, reading and practice.

I started out teaching a warehousing program and was given a "sub trades program"... All else is history...I just a little bit smarter that the students.

Bottom line...yah gotta get your foot in the door... In Canada, that requires an education degree.
Topic: i need a little help
Posted: Friday, November 14, 2008 1:31:24 PM
Katie: if you are in Canada, you need a teaching degree ... unless there is a shortage and you have a trade and experience in instruction. (which occured in the 60's)I have a trade and two degrees. My suggestion: Work in the field first(get your apprenticeship) then decide. As my dad always said "you got something to fall back on"


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