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Topic: Scientific Discovery - New Inert Elements... My 6th period class...
Posted: Wednesday, November 25, 2015 8:28:52 PM
Ahhhh, the memories.

Going on my third year of retirement after 30 years in the shop. Highly recommend it! :-)

My very first year, at the first inservice, new staff were introduced to the veterans.

My principal called me up to the front and presented me with a "welcome gift." It was a piece of sanded maple, 1/4"x2"x3", and had a name on it in beautiful calligraphy. There was a 1/4" hole drilled in it, dead center.

Principal says to me, for everyone to hear; "Mr. Giz, this student is a senior who will be in your shop. This gift represents the sum total of all of the work he will do for you this semester."

That got a good laugh from the crowd, who all knew this kid. Damned if he wasn't right.

I kept that gift on the wall in my office all the years I taught, as a reminder that sometimes you cain't reach 'em all. That little piece of wood saved my sanity more than once through the years.

It now hangs on the wall in my shop at home. I still look at it and smile.

Good luck, and hang in there!
Topic: Table saw suggestions
Posted: Saturday, May 3, 2014 2:57:22 PM
FYI, here's some more info on the accident referred to above. This is from Sister's newspaper. Warning: graphic images.

The suit alleges negligence in "failing to warn (Ward) of the dangers of the table saw and safety guard" and lack of proper supervision. The suit further alleges "inadequate safety training to (Ward) and similarly situated high school students" and negligence "in allowing an instructor inadequately trained in the safe operation of the table saw to instruct and train (Ward) and other ... high school students."

The suit names woodshop teacher Tony Cosby, which attorney D'Amore said is legally necessary.

Be careful out there boys and girls.

Topic: Roll Call
Posted: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 12:30:48 PM
I retired last July (highly recommend!). Still check in to the site from time to time.
Topic: table saw ASAP
Posted: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 11:27:56 AM

Contractors model starting at $1600.
Topic: Dust Collection Trouble - Query
Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 5:13:10 PM
I would assume you have a problem downstream from where the dust is exiting to atmosphere.

Somebody's gonna have to get up there and take a look.

Does your district have a "maintenance department"? If so, as in my district,it should fall to them.

Good luck!
Topic: How much of what do you buy?
Posted: Thursday, October 4, 2012 10:32:17 PM
Buckiteacher wrote:
Just another reply.
High school approx 100 students per day.
Budget for class 1700 shared between wood and Drafting ENG.
Students do pay for the lumber they use though.

Sand paper
usually a 50 count box of 80, 120 and 220.
2 boxes of 150.
I use Klingspor lately and buy a couple bargain boxes of random grit cut offs also it is usually heavy cloth backed. I also use their belts sander stuff.

2 to 3 gallons of glue. I go with Titebond 2 and if they need something more water resistant they are on their own.

Also around 3 gallons of polyurethane
2 gallons of paint thinner( I blend My poly to a wipe on finish)

Just a couple cans of stain I keep about 4 colors. They want something different it on them. I prefer they just clear coat.

Brushes for the finish

I usually pick up a couple tape measures.

Screws we use a lot of Kreg Pocket screws.

So Just another 2 cents.

Buckiteacher is about where I am. I have a district budget with $1500 to split between Drafting and Woodshop. The Drafting portion consists of a couple hundred bucks for ink, and that's it. The rest is spent in the woodshop. Additionally, I have a "student account" that is strictly from my school. It's funds are comprised of anything students purchase from the shop in the way of lumber. I use both accounts to resupply the shop (and Drafting lab).

In addition to general supplies listed above, I use these accounts to purchase lumber for the students. Maybe 3 times per year, as needed.

I normally purchase 50 to 100 bd/ft of any lumber species that need replenished in my rack. Red Oak, Walnut, Alder, Ash, Mahogany, Cherry, etc. Our least expensive lumber is #2 grade pine, in 1x10 size. I normally order 300 linear feet of this at a time.

Hope this helps ya!
Topic: Teachers using Moodle
Posted: Saturday, August 18, 2012 11:45:43 PM
Details on Moodle?

I'm not a fan of canned curriculums.

A LOT more detail needed here,INMHO....
Topic: One Week and vacation is over
Posted: Wednesday, August 1, 2012 11:58:24 PM

Here in Oregon, in my district, we get out mid-June, and return late August for inservice. Kids return after the Labor Day Holiday.

Topic: Please do something
Posted: Thursday, March 1, 2012 10:00:53 PM
Roger that!

Paging Jack Grube......
Topic: teaching burnout?
Posted: Tuesday, February 28, 2012 10:25:49 PM
I think we need more info, brah!

How long have you been teaching?

What are the external pressures?

For me, there are many external concerns that frustrate me.

But when the tardy bell rings, most of those go away, and I'm able to lead the students in my shop the way I think I should.

Certainly, there are challenges within the classroom, but they pale before the other stuff that rains down upon us from the outside.

I do my best to let that stuff roll off my back and focus on what's in front of me.

Mostly, with the students in my shop, I can win the battles. The stuff that comes from outside, I can't.

Share more, please.

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