Rx for Tired Classrooms ~ Voc Ed to the Rescue
Overview How can Voc Ed students make lasting impressions throughout a school? When they refresh and redo classroom display and storage areas. Students, who are just beginning to investigate building and carpentry careers, advertise their shop know-how. They enhance classrooms by installing white boards and bulletin boards along with rehabbing chalkboards and creating storage areas throughout the campus. They recycle materials commonly labeled unusable, manage their time, and analyze and solve problems while actively improving the learning environment. Seizing the moment to explain their project, these fixer uppers document it with oral presentations in the restored classrooms. Here's a prescription that not only revitalizes tired classrooms but also endows Voc Ed participants with confidence and skills that last a lifetime.
Assessment SNAP Exploratory focuses on student investigation of various career choices. Participants are informally assessed on a daily basis and are tested periodically. Students also evaluate their own performances by following the daily grade sheet rubrics. During final student oral presentations that describe process, materials, requisite tools and skills for completed project, teacher and student audience evaluate and provide feedback.
Software or Materials Used For research and documentation: Internet, Digital Camera, Microsoft Office; For materials: 3/8" Cordless Drill; Concrete Drill Bits; 4'x 8' Sheets Whiteboard and Corkboard; 4'x 8' Sheets Homosote; 10" Compound Miter Saw; Router Table; Hanging Screws and Anchors.
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Keywords Career Education, Carpentry, School to Career, Service Learning, Shop, Vocational Exploration
Final Words Voc Ed to the Rescue allows students to explore career avenues while providing an important service to the community. Students feel invested in the school as they create a lasting legacy for classrooms they have improved.
Teacher Tip It's important that students create a work and parts list before venturing into classrooms. Each student should be aware of their role in the project so that they understand time management skills.
E-mail contact John Enright email@example.com
Teacher Bio John Enright teaches Vocational Education in the SNAP program at Madison Park Technical Vocational High. For the past eight years he has been an active member of his school's Instructional Leadership Team and represents this School to Career School on the BPS Teachers Advisory Council. Project-based learning, vocational tours, and career mentoring are his way of introducing students to the development of related work skills. With his extensive computer background, John's goal is to show students how to combine twenty-first century technology with traditional crafts.
Subject Areas Vocational Education
Grade Levels Grade 9
Students Students with special needs explore vocational careers. Adaptable for any middle or high school student enrolled in shop or carpentry class