First week of class - 2/2


All of the kids in the classes have issues....? I'm learning that I am going
to have to modify my instructional methods - short attention spans, lack of
ability or desire to read and study.... kinda scary in a way to think of
where they will be in 10 years.? I am trying work in other instructional
elements when I talk about how to do something, and there are some glimmers
there... One young gal, very headstrong - knew everything, but not the NAME
of things? (WTF??).... she didn't know which machine was the drill press, or
the jointer, but she could use them and her skills seem competent - anyway,
I told her the history of the circular saw, and how a shaker seamstress
invented the circular saw blade in the early 1800's - and that most modern
saws all owe something to the lady - She *really* liked that story...
Another kid made a sword (THERE's the pointy stick connection) and I had to
explain, in some detail, why I wasn't going to let him take a 4 1/2" long
oak spear out of the classroom.? The "kid" is about 6'2" over 200" Aryan as
all get out with a Mohawk, tats and a large inverted red star tattooed at the
back of the base of his neck.? By the time his senior year comes around, he
will have to turn sideways to make it through the door.? I'll bet he already
has plans for a Trebuchet!
Apparently, I am also "righting the ship" in terms of keeping things
woodworking related - things seem to have been quite lax under the earlier
instructor.? One of the kids asked me where the weight bench was - I guess
they had a weight bench in one corner - that explains the EZ Curl Bar that I
found behind the Shop Bot and the chart showing bench press results.? Gone
also, I guess, is a "project car"(?)....? I'll be getting rid of the carved
mushrooms and marijuana leaves that were done on the shop-bot.? If any of
y'all need some of these carved on 6/4 clear pine let me know.? You don't
have to worry about finish, either - they've already been burned with a
propane torch, wire brushed and covered in polyurethane.? Some of the
marijuana leaves have had the incised portions painted in green.? This is
okay, but in my opinion, the oeuvre of these examples lacks the depth that
the purple and read highlights that only Northern California KGB is *known*
for.? If I can find a student's name on these lesser examples, I will inform
the local 215 Compassion Centers and I will grade accordingly!
All said, I'm going to go back next week, hehe...? The class prep work takes
more time than I thought!
We don't need no education....
John Moorhead
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keep them coming John - it's just getting interesting.
Let's see - when I was a kid the Mohawk was in, removable tats, Billy Eckstine roll collars, Beatle continental jackets, cramming into telephone booths and/or beetles. I'm sure our teachers wondered as to the state of the country in the coming years.
Hmmm - after thinking about the current state of the country - perhaps they were right after all. :)
Great info - Thank you
Vic

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Don't forget - a few pull themselves up by their bootstraps. Some sooner, some later. A few go into the Marines and come out just fine. Some never get it, but manage to find their spot in the world.
Almost all of us can relate a story about a very special teacher that made a difference in our life.
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Seems to me that teachers that were the strict ones were the ones most visited or the ones most wanted to visit with several years out of HS.
On Tue, 22 Mar 2005 00:37:27 GMT, "patrick conroy"

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