Last year the woodshop teacher at the school I work at retired. The
principal offered me a part time position (the rest of the day I keep my
old job, teaching foreign language). WHAT A JOB! It is unbelievably
great! I actually look forward to my morning classes. Hectic is not
the word for it, 35 9th and 10th graders all bugging me on how to do
something, AND WANTING TO LEARN! While my kids, in the traditional
academic sense might be deemed as not too bright, they are bright in
their own ways. Most importantly, most, for the first time in their
school careers many are finding success in school. For those of you who
have never taught woodworking to a bunch of HS kids it's a real kick.
I had to gloat. I'm hoping that next year it might be full time.
Great to hear! I was the first female woodshop student back in 1983 at my
school and I believe my country and had the greatest teacher. I guess he
enjoyed the enthusiasm of a female student wanting to create something other
than food and needlework. Two subjects I refused to take part in; the
school ended up giving into my insistance to study woodwork in year 10 and
graphics in year 11. Both subjects I excelled in; and have to admit, even
though the boys had been studying the subjects for years already; I topped
the class. Even though my breadboard is long gone, I still have the box,
stool and coffee table I made 22 years ago. Heavyset men have sat on the
stool and table and both objects still look as new as they did when I made
I've now decided to utilise what I learnt all those years ago and create
objects to sell; hence I am here reading your posts.
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