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Blog entry by Jeff posted 2561 days ago 812 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to talk to everyone about teaching, as a profession. I am sure that with the talent that I have seen already up to this point that surly there must be a few teachers in the Lj. I recently have become a teacher in high school, teaching my profession, basically Emergency Medicine.

I have been an EMT for way to long (15 years) but found that working in the field for 5 years or more I am able to teach what I do through the ROP (regional occupational program). I guess there are two part to what I want to cover here first of all is there anybody out there that is teaching there profession ie. Woodworking or other things and how do you like it.

And second for our youth around the world, if you have every thought about teaching I would like to say go for it. I can see that there is a lot of knowledge out there in the Lj to be shared. I think that a few of you could give a few young kids an opportunity to see another world that they did not know before. Or at least give them another chance for a career.

Here in the US we need more vocational training, woodworking, electrical work, mechanics, masonry, and on and on. This is a good avenue to travel and a great opportunity to help others along the way. This is just a thought I had that I wanted to share with everyone, what do you think.

-- Jeff B.



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MsDebbieP

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#1 posted 2561 days ago

I agree – it’s very important on a number of levels… one) the trade itself, whatever that might be and two) the mentoring that takes place between the “teacher” and the “student” (whether that is old to young or young to old).

Having worked in children’s mental health for a few years I also know the benefit of such mentoring/teaching to harder-to-serve young people. What a difference in their lives such a class would make. I spoke with Robin Lee about this when we did the Lee Valley interview and he supports the importance. The difficulty lies in finding someone who can connect with and support troubled children AND provide the teaching component as well.
There has to be people out there who have both of these skills. It just takes connecting the right people together.

Thank you Jeff for this topic.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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VTWoody

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#2 posted 2561 days ago

Jeff,

Woot! as my fellow gamers, friends, and high school teachers would say to you. I also am a high school teacher. I teach English, Theory of Knowledge, and am the Student Government teacher. Today is our third day of school and to say that I am exhausted already would be an understatement. Even though I am tired, my throat hurts from all the talking I have had to do over the last two days, and my student government kids are discouraged because our school and their senior steps got tagged yesterday, I am still as fired up as ever to go into my school and do my “Job”. I put parentheses around the word Job because I could not imagine doing anything else. The kids all have some potential in them and it is my quest to find that grail of potential and drag it out of them kicking and screaming. I am looking forward to a great year of teaching, learning, and questing and I certainly hope that I can make leaders of all of them.

Good luck to you and Godspeed.

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MsDebbieP

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#3 posted 2561 days ago

gotta love a good teacher!

my daughter (3rd year of teaching) comes home with stories of teachers who are fed up with students, who label them, treat them with disrespect and are constantly looking for the “bad” in the kids. I’m sure that there are some days that you lose focus and feel a little disheartened. I hope that my daughter never loses her passion to help a student become enthusiastic about something and to feel good about themselves. She loves a challenge of trying to find the light of inspiration for all her students.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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TreeBones

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#4 posted 2560 days ago

Teachers Are Tops! My hats off to all the teachers. Sometimes I have the opportunity to share and teach younger people a few tricks with wood and tools and it is a privilege to find those eager to learn. Love that wood…

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service http://westcoastlands.net/Sawmill.html http://westcoastlands.net/SawBucks2/phpBB3 http://www.portablesawmill.info

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#5 posted 2560 days ago

I’ve thought about it many times. I taught my best friend Autocad almost 20 years ago. He now teaches it at the high school and college level. He’s asked me a number of times to join him but I’ve always hesitated because of what teachers have to put up with these days. The lack of discipline is making it difficult for teachers to actually teach and I think I would have little patience with the system as it is. I have great respect for good teachers….disdain for the poor ones that don’t leave the profession. What they are doing is too important to just go through the motions.

I was commenting on what I would do if I won the lottery in this thread. This would be great fun and very rewarding. http://lumberjocks.com/topics/677#reply-7479

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org

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Karson

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#6 posted 2560 days ago

Great idea. When I moved to Delaware I approached the wood shop teacher in the local High School.

A little about him. There are 500 kids in the high School and he has 280- students in his class every year. He must be doing something right.

I volunteered to assist in his class as needed. He said that he’d call me and we could try it out. We never were able to connect.

I might just try again this year. I’d have a great time even if others didn’t.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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mot

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#7 posted 2560 days ago

My hat goes off to people that have the patience to teach. I have no skill in that field. In my profession it’s “see one, do one, teach one…” I’m more of, “see one, do one, you go teach one…” I have alot of respect for the person that is able to take a concept and teach someone else that concept. Hats off to all of you. Except for my grade 10 chem teacher…I hope he gets a rash that won’t go away.

Cheers!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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VTWoody

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#8 posted 2560 days ago

I think there are days in every profession where you are just so angry at the status quo that you feel that you need to do something else. Last year we were lucky enough to receive a new principal at our school. I’ll admit, at first I was apprehensive that she would not be a good principal. I had been on the hiring committee, and I wasn’t perfectly convinced, but we didn’t have a great pool to choose from. I am a believer now. We have the best administrative team in the county! The four administrators that we have are awesome and have set our school on a path of progress and change that would never have happened under our old principal. The vibe that they throw off is contagious and they have helped to turn a great many teachers from bad to good in our school because we actually feel supported in our endeavors. I can’t tell you how discouraging it is to have to deal with the underfunded bureaucracy that has been created in this realm of high stakes testing that we now live in, but having support is a key to surviving and being passionate. If you have great administrators in your district, applaud them, because they seldom get any recognition for the long hours they work or crap that they deal with on minute by minute basis.

Cheers to all the educators out there!

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Jeff

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#9 posted 2559 days ago

Bob I ready your topics/677#reply-7479 that is a great plan the ultimate in giving back, thank for the replies everyone, I was just thinking that it would be great for some of us to share the talent that we have. What a great way to help others feel good about them selves giving them skills to do something that they can enjoy. My intention here was to first see if anyone out there were teachers. But most of all to see if I could get a few people to think about it. Karson let me know if you get in touch with that shop teacher at the local high school, and get your chance to volunteer in his shop, that would be very rewarding I bet.
Thank you everyone.

-- Jeff B.

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MsDebbieP

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#10 posted 2556 days ago

at my daughter’s school they have a group of kids who struggle for a variety of reasons and are in a special class (not sure what they call it) but they have special classes and don’t really get graded. They attend and they learn.
Last year one of their main classes was woodworking and they built a small boat – it was beautiful. They raffled it off at the end of the year. We didn’t win :(

Next year they will get a music class – my daughter is really looking forward to this. It should be really exciting to capture their interest and then give them skills that they can use the rest of their lives in one way or another.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Jeff

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#11 posted 2556 days ago

That is what it is all about MsDebbieP

-- Jeff B.

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MsDebbieP

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#12 posted 2554 days ago

it sure is, whether you are a preschool teacher, elementary school, high school, college, adult education, parent, club leader, sports coach… LumberJock :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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scottb

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#13 posted 2554 days ago

I’ve thought about teaching, my sister is a HS teacher, I currently don’t think I’d have the patience for it – when I was 20 I sat in for a few hours with a 3rd and 4th grade class. It was exhausting! granted it was during gym, recess and art class (the latter was a piece of cake for me!)

Anyhow as my daughter gets into the school system in the coming years I’m sure I’ll be somewhat involved and perhaps have a bit of the aptitude and patience necc to teach something, or be a TA (paid or unpaid) in one of the programs in danger of being dropped to make room for all the college prep and computer classes.

Our kids still need gym, art, music, shop, home ec…. a well rounded education. We need to educate a new generation of Uomo Universale’s – they’ll be the ones taking care of us in our old age!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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MsDebbieP

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#14 posted 2554 days ago

well said.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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