I teach at a school with great students. My students are creative, hardworking, and helpful.
They love hands on projects and are able to learn about different elements of construction and design in my class.
Students are constantly improving our space by reorganizing, repairing, reconstructing, and even some light demolition. Our classroom is a space that encourages them to take ownership of the spaces they inhabit and think of how to make them better.
The students of our High School come from various and diverse neighborhoods in Oakland. The majority students are African-American and Latino, but there are also a significant percentage Asian, Middle Eastern, Pacific Islander and White.
Our students' academic skills are as diverse as the kids themselves, with many proficient and advanced learners, but also a large number of students for whom English is a second language. We also have a lot students who are successful with the help they receive some from support services.
Overall, our students are a great community. They come together in a beautiful way that resembles like the city they live in.
We are expanding one of our units that focuses on drawing, design, and architecture. We'll be going over a lot core construction planning principles like scale and perspective before moving onto designing elements of residential framing, plumbing, and electrical systems.
With these donated supplies students will be able to make their ideas come off the page and continue the design process by creating model homes using cardboard.
After completing blue prints students use craft knifes to carefully cut out cardboard to size and use glue guns to put it together.
These tools will make it possible to complete some of the projects that we would typically make in the school's wood shop. My students are missing out on learning to use hand tools, power tools, and computer assisted tools such as the laser cutter and CNC router, but this is a great way to explore a lot of the core concepts in the meantime.
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