I would like some input from some of you who teach wood shop (or have
any good insight into the field)in the public schools. I have taught
academic classes for about 30 years (current chair of the foreign
language dep't), but I have never taught a shop class of any kind. Our
wood shop teacher is about to retire and they cannot find anyone to
replace him. If a replacement cannot be found, the program dies. It
seems nobody wants to do that anymore in this area (just outside LA)
While I have never taught shop, I have been a hobbiest for most of my
adult life, and, if I dare say so myself, I am not that bad a wood
butcher. I am not, however, a true expert or professional. My principal
knows me, my work, and my interest in wood and asked if next year I
would like to take over the wood shop. The present wood teacher, and all
other shop teachers for that matter, and I have been friends for many
years and he has offered me all the help I need or want, as well as all
of his plans and jigs. I have until February to decide.
Since I know several of you are experienced in this area, I am sure I
could benefit on hearing your perspective. I am most interested in
hearing the plusses and minuses of teaching HS wood classes from those
who have been there.
Well the dream job would be the one at our HS, where the "shop" teacher also
teaches science. As I used to say, that's all you need in life - science
If you have the support of the principal and administration, you may avoid
the biggest problem, that of classes overloaded with goof-offs. Span of
control is critical in a shop, where things are sharp and or mechanically
dangerous. If you have the power to keep 'em out or kick 'em out and the
principal to back you up, you'll have a class where you can put your head
down and help. The four corners theory of malcontents doesn't work if they
have to move around to accomplish a task.
I liked the upper class assistant program to put a junior or senior of my
choice in class with the young ones. The extra eyes and hands made the
class much more worthwhile. Your most experienced class is also responsible
for most machinery adjustment and cleaning - part of their grade is
"maintenance" - for which I used to repay by "open shop" after hours once or
twice a week. Since they were not bus-dependant, it gave them a couple
hours of uninterrupted work, and me sharpening time. It could get you in
Dutch with the rest of the faculty, so be careful as you read your contract.
The smaller group of motivated individuals can really turn out some work.
My pet project is a "survival" course in how water gets into a house and
out the drain, electricity, and generally how to take care of things at
home, where an increasingly clueless generation is being taught by one
nearly as inexperienced.
The high school girls I see sitting in front of me at the hockey arena
certainly don't seem embarrassed. I was under the impression that the
visible thong straps were on purpose. Kind of like the garter straps
that are longer than the skirt that we saw in past style fads.
I have yet to see a plumber in a lace thong. <G>
You just don't know the right class of plumbers. :)
I attended a grandson's graduation ceremony last June, held at Liberty
University. The woman in front of me, and her daughter (maybe 15) appeared to
be a nearly matched pair, except that Mama had a large butterfly tattoed just
above one cheek, and the youngster had a Maltese cross (Gothic, today, I guess)
in a similar spot. Both were up and down a lot, so their waistlines and thong
tops were visible often, if not constantly.
Almost enough to make me wish I were young again--at least young enough to
"Man is the only animal that blushes. Or needs to." Mark Twain
On 11 Dec 2004 14:53:22 GMT, email@example.com (Charlie Self)
No, but I'm sure we all wished we could. <domg>
P.S: Make that "18" just so we's legal and all that, huh?
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|>If you have the support of the principal and administration, you may avoid
|the biggest problem, that of classes overloaded with goof-offs.
|The typical guidance dept considers all such "electives" as a dumping ground
|for the marginal student.
No kidding. And if the whole school is marginal.....
A former coworker has been teaching electronics courses part time at
the local community college for years. (I did the same a number of
years ago) When he retired he became more of a full-timer but was
never a tenured type.
When the electronics instructor of a local high school was called up
from the Army reserves a number of other high school teachers tried to
fill the slot. They went through several of them before approaching
the community college for an instructor.
After several weeks of bureaucratic bumbling, trying to determine
whether a white guy was qualified to teach in this "magnet school", my
friend reported for duty.
Always one with a sense of humor, he sent me an email a few days later
and said that he would probably be leaving soon because of a murder---
either his or one that he committed.
Fortunately, he quit before that happened.
He can't have that power no matter how much support he has. The IDEA
(Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) clearly requires mainstreaming
Special Education students into the regular classroom and many attend shop
classes. You simply cannot remove such students from your classes, you must
find ways to teach them. Being a Shop teacher is not simply enjoying your hobby
while showing some interested kids how to use tools. It is an educational
program that requires at least as much ability to develop educational
approaches and strategies as any academic program and teachers there are no
more able to throw away the hard to reach students than academic teachers are.
I would assume that you will have to get your appropriate certification in
Technology Education (or whatever they call the shop, CAD and other such
curricular areas in California). I hope that the education process will help
provide the strategies for teaching in that environment.
Isnt it the truth. Its amazing how many of my friends cant seem to fix the
simplest things or even try.
Ie - my buddys soap dispenser by his sink just stopped working - what does
he do - calls a plummer.
To top is off he was pissed b/c the plummer quoted him $125 to change it out
and he paid him.
Just kills me
That "survival" course should be a required course!
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