My 12yr old daughter is taking a shop class in middle school this year. The
entire first week was spent going over rules of the class and writing the
alphabet. I looked at th writing and it's done using graph paper and large
print. Does anyone know why the instructor is spending so much time on
writing? Is he/she trying to get them to draw straight lines in preparation
of marking or something like that?
That's a great question, one that I think the teacher could
answer. I would think that he or she would love to have
some time with a parent who knows something about woodworking.
Call them or arrange to meet her/him.
Several lifetimes ago when I first took WoodShop, the entire first
quarter was really a drafting class. Safety was mentioned at least one
day a week, even while in the drafting portion of the curriculum. Only
after we had completed all of the requisite drawings (including proper
block printing)were we able to choose the first of three required
projects (one was a wastebasket, solid bottom, ring top, with dowels
between, don't remember what the others were). Most of the class wasn't
even done with their first project by Christmas... A few of us that
didn't have any trouble with the concept of creating and reading
drawings were into our second or third project by then. The safety
issue was discussed a considerable number of times, and prior to going
into the actual shop we had to pass a written test on safety... I guess
it stuck, as I still have all my parts oh so many years later.
Especially for today's youth, it may seem to be an archaic and laborious
process to learn how to produce a drawing, but it really is an essential
part of successful woodworking.
If they buy a measured drawing from Norm, they'll be prepared to translate
it to a full sized drawing. Woodworking means making and reading drawings
so I'd guess this is the preliminary.
I'm curious as to why the teacher won't answer you.
Open house at the school is not for a few weeks and I thought that there
might be some former instructors on this group that would know. It's not a
burning issue, I was just curious.
If this question seems inappropriate to you, just hit the little down-arrow
key and move on. Dang, I'm remembering now why it is I stopped visiting
this news group about 10 years ago...
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