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Welcome to High School Shop Class

As you know, high school is a completely different world, and we’re often left scratching our heads at the logic and thought processes behind some of the actions and motivations of kids this age. Many first-year shop teachers are amazed at the immaturity and impulsive decisions made by shop students. Instead of walking into a classroom of young adults who treat the table saw and lathe with the respect and caution that you do, you’re met with students full of creativity and somewhat naive about the dangers of woodworking tools.

In the woodworking and shop class, there are potentially dangerous machines and applications, and one simple distraction could result in serious and life-threatening injuries. In any shop or woodworking class, safety measures must be of the utmost importance. As most teachers learn, your classroom management skills are vital for maintaining safety and order in the classroom but are there other methods and tools that you can use to help keep everyone protected, even from themselves? In today’s two-part blog, we’re going to discuss some of the most important safety measures that you can take in your high school shop class.

Have a Detailed Daily Plan

As any teacher will be able to tell you, one of the keys to great classroom management is having a great lesson plan that is specific and detailed so that you leave no downtime or room for goofing around. When you have a clearly thought out plan that takes up the entire class period, not only are you going to be able to give kids the best direction on what is expected of them that day, you’ll avoid frustrating moments in which students have a chance to make impulsive decisions that might result in an injury. Proper planning is key to safety in shop class.

Don’t Budge on Consequences for Improper Ear/Eye Protection

One problem that newer teachers especially seem to encounter is that when you’re trying too hard to be friends with your students, necessary consequences are not always enforced the way that they should be. However, there are policies and precautions that exist in shop class that should absolutely be taken seriously; the use of eye and ear protection should always be enforced with the ultimate amount of severity. When you set a precedent of giving out the harshest consequences for not using ear and eye protection at all times, it doesn’t take long for the consistent habit of using goggles and ear plugs to be adopted by your entire classroom. This is an invaluable shop class safety measure.

We know how tough it can be to be a high school shop teacher. Whether you are in charge of a room full of kids and woodworking tools, metal cutting and welding applications, or anything else, you’ll want to make sure that you’re always making safety your number one priority. Make sure that you stay tuned for part two of our blog series on shop class safety!

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