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Wood shavings flutter about as students use quite a few saws and similar tools.
Before they build something they have to make careful drawings and make precise measurements.
I think that’s a credit to Mr. Really fun right after you get used to it, It’s really scary. Just think for a moment. It also has to mesh with space problems, it’s wellreceived by our students and mostly there’s some value to that set of skills. They enjoy being in there. It actually challenges you a lot, said Komarek seventh grader Joevann McCottry. Basically the hands on nature of it. Remember, they can take it for one, two or three years. It is one of our most requested electives, said Gross School Principal Ryan Evans. At Gross School, the cramped shop work room is in the part of the building that shall be a new cafetorium, a combination lunchroom and auditorium, part of the addition and renovation that voters approved in a April 4 referendum. District 95 administrators say that while they value the current traditional shop program they know it must be modernized to include more technology. We’ve had initial conversations about whether industrial technology would get reshaped to something more STEM related, said District 95 Superintendent Mark Kuzniewski.
It’s an incredibly popular class for students.
They work with fractions. It’s pretty much instant application of all that stuff they’re learning in the other classes, especially with the math, Rost said. At Komarek sixth graders build a bird feeder and ‘eighthgraders’ build small bookcase.
Lots of those skills are still needed in the students’ real world. The future for the programs at Gross and Komarek is uncertain.
You get to actually do stuff. Komarek eighth grader Carli Delmonico agreed. It’s a fun class, Delmonico said while taking a break from planing down the wood for the bookshelf she is making. Then, it’s better than doing paperwork all day. They utilize their math skills. Some info can be found easily online. At Gross, the sixth graders build a napkin holder and eighthgraders design a house and after that build a small scale model of their design. About half of students at Gross elect to take the shop class, choosing it among electives like home ec, Music, band, and foreign language. Nonetheless, while being able to know what I’m doing, being able to control the different tools, like getting freedom, I like getting to do what I need. Administrators are tempted to invest in areas that can yield returns in the standardized test results that schools are often judged on, in an era where technology and computers are all the rage in education, some see old fashioned woodworking as a quaint anachronism. No standardized tests measure how well you can build a bird feeder.
Plenty of districts have eliminated old fashioned wood working and home economics classes.
At Hauser Junior High School in Riverside, those classes were last offered in the 200506″ school year.
Lyons Township High School offers automotive, aeronautical, and furniture making classes.as a thriving program, very traditional, very similar to probably what I ok in the 1970s when I was in high school, Rost said. Both Rost and Kartje came to teaching after woodworking for some time. I certainly reckon that the longer we can hold on to the program, the better Surely it’s could be for the kids.Note.
Especially at this age group, I reckon it’s good to get kids being creative as I think it’s much easier for them to tear things down than to build them up.
Finding new industrial arts and home ec teachers can be difficult since as the programs die off loads of us know that there are fewer universities offering teacher certification in the fields. I’ve never had a student teacher, said Rost, who is The college programs just don’t produce that many industrial arts teachers anymore. Rost hopes that woodworking can survive even as schools and kids are seduced by technology and gadgets. It’s just fun to create things, Rost said.
No traditional wood working classes, now this year. Technology. Art and math. ‘RiversideBrookfield’ High School offers a few industrial technology sequences just like an engineering, architectural and automotive sequences that are heavy on technology and ‘computer aided’ design. Therefore this page requires you to login with Facebook to comment. My son is an electrician now and had Mr. Now regarding the aforementioned fact… I saw in my district how Industrial Arts disappeared years ago and while I was against it, the majority wins.