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Topic: Middle School Shop Ideas
Posted: Thursday, May 24, 2012 1:13:26 PM
I actually got an awesome donation from Rockler Lumber in Seattle for cutting boards for next year. I have four classes of 7th/8th graders, who may or may not have taken the class this year (for the 8th graders next year), and one of sixth-graders. They vary between 23 and 31 for numbers. I got a cabinet shop to donate a bunch of plywood, which helped immensely. Just mainly need projects for the sixth-graders. I do NOT have a woodworking background - I taught history and English for 12 years before this lol. Thanks :)

ps yes, I do CO2 cars second semester - LOVE them!! :)
Topic: Middle School Shop Ideas
Posted: Thursday, May 24, 2012 12:12:53 PM
I know there are probably forums for this, and I will look, but I have a specific question. I started the woodworking program back up in my school about five years ago, and it's been changing ever since. I have put together a workbook (thanks to this website!) for my students and used it this semester. However, our admin who does the scheduling makes it a nightmare to try and get a stable program up and running. I am back on our "sixth grade unified arts rotation," which is a great thing, but now I need to come up with a new curriculum for our sixth graders. I have some ideas, but I need some more! We use scroll saws primarily, although I do have a bench-top planer, drill presses, a few bandsaws, and many disc sanders, as well as a spindle sander.

I have $500 for two semesters of classes, and can collect a small fee - but it makes it tough to buy lumber. Ideas????

lbrown@stanwood.wednet.edu

Thanks-

Lara Brown

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