Tuesday, January 09, 2007

A great day in the woodshop! Rustic furniture maker Greg Mitchell from Fayetteville visited to observe classes. In the 3rd and 4th grades students worked on making toy cars with some work left to finish next week. The students in 1st and 2nd grades made cars, start to finish, but less complicated to make than those started by the older kids. In the high school, some of the students had expressed an interest in doing some hand tool projects taken directly from early Educational Sloyd texts. These old projects are a great way to begin learning about hand tools. So in high school classes, some were working on the lathe while others were busy with marking gauges, hand saws and planes to cut material to size for making objects that could be used as trivets or plant stands. They all got a good start at Sloyd. At one point, I looked up to see 15 students all working independently and safely on projects of their own choice. There are days for all teachers when things don't go just right. There are in fact days in which even the best teacher will be led to question his or her choice of careers. Thankfully, this was not one of those days.

The photo above is of the first and second grade class from Clear Spring School with the toy cars they made.

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