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Top Tips for Teaching Woodworking – Student Should Teach Students – (6 of 12)

If there is anything that will turn a group of students into an intelligence consuming cohesive monster of a learning mob then it’s getting students to teach other students. When answering a question or walking around if you see one … Continue reading

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Top Tips for Teaching Woodworking – Don’t Give Answers – (5 of 12)

One of the differences between a demonstrator and a teacher is that a teacher guides a student to discovery because they know an answer given is worth a fraction of one discovered. It’s that ole “give a fish or teach … Continue reading

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Top Tips for Teaching Woodworking – Prepare but be Flixible – (4 of 12)

Broad knowledge is as important as specialized for a teacher. Communication is the main activity of a good teacher and being able to communicate with the broadest background of population means you need a pretty broad background of knowledge. I … Continue reading

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Top Tips for Teaching Woodworking – Complement Intelligently – (3 of 12)

Odds are that most people the majority of us will be teaching will be woodworking beginners, kindergarteners so to speak. And at that level many of us are tempted to slather praise and encouragement on as if it was butter … Continue reading

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Top Tips for Teaching Woodworking – Admit to Limits – (2 of 12)

“I don’t know” is the most powerful thing a teacher can say. Especially when followed up with “Let’s find out.” It’s unrealistic for a teacher to be an expert on everything. And while it isn’t hard to ‘fake it’, why … Continue reading

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Top Tips for Teaching Woodworking (1 of 12)

2017 is going to be a milestone for ‘wortheffort’. First off we are hoping we can shift our retail business to the ‘net so as to spend more time creating content. Working approximately 80 shows a year is murder. Secondly … Continue reading

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The Bleeding Edge of Risk

In the day of helicopter parents, litigious lawyers and cubicle life how is a person going to experiment with a risk vs. reward model with relative safety?  Woodworking gives us an outlet to analyze, and take the risks that can provide great reward while avoiding the … Continue reading

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Taking Woodworking Classes on what You Already Know

*** previously published on Popular Woodworking’s Blog*** Continuing education should be a priority in your life – especially in areas such as favorite hobbies! The longer you travel down the path of a particular subject, however, you gain more knowledge … Continue reading

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Don’t Play the Cards, Play the Person…

  *** previously posted to Popular Woodworking’s Blog *** Scene: Mid-project in a chest-build class. Stage focus, a single bench with a busy student. Commotion all around at other benches just outside the lighted center stage. (Instructor enters from shadow … Continue reading

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1-01b: Chisels & Grain – Part 2 of an Introduction to Woodworking

In concept, this video is day two in our public school woodworking class (double block). We delve into grain direction intricacies and chisels. So grab a piece of wood and a chisel and follow along. You’ll be done by the … Continue reading

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