I spent the first seventeen years of my teaching career as a grade seven and eight Technology Teacher and the last twenty years as a grade four, five or six elementary classroom teacher.
When I had to make the move from being a shop teacher to a classroom teacher, I was apprehensive. I thoroughly enjoyed being a tech teacher. But as I spent more time in the classroom and developed my classroom teaching skills, the new experience was gratifying .
I was pleased to see the progress my students made because, as a tech teacher I taught my students once a week. I taught my classroom students everyday.
The grade seven and eight tech students I taught enjoyed the shop. They appreciated what I taught because, for the most part, they thought it was both interesting and important to their future.
Most young people like using tools. Learning about and using tools in my new classroom setting became an objective of mine. The introduction of tools to my students was a practical transition for me and it made the move to my classroom much easier.
My new teaching assignment was to teach grade four, five or six. I wanted to create an interesting classroom. I grew up on a farm and I learned how to use tools when I was young.
I was confident. When I started in my new classroom, I knew my students would find it interesting and useful to learn how to use tools. If you are interested in developing a technology program in your elementary classroom, I have some tips and recommendations for you.
Start Small. It is far better to get kids involved in what I refer to as basic construction projects. These projects are relatively easy to make. The tools to make the projects are easy to attain and safe to use. The materials we use are readily available.
Do not use your own money to supply your classroom with tools and materials. If you want to get involved with technology, you will need to set up a school budget to buy supplies.
The first curriculum integrated project that I am recommending to you uses mostly recycled materials. You will be surprised how the recycled materials I recommend work so well.
It should not be a problem for your school to supply you with a modest budget to cover your cost. Because I integrated all projects into the curriculum, your administrators will be highly motivated from a monetary and curriculum point of view to support your effort.
Take the time to buy good quality tools and organizational materials for your classroom.
Here is the example of a project that I am recommending. It is the construction of a cubic decimeter. How to Make a Cubic Decimeter.
The project has a list of tools and materials you will need. It also has valuable tips on how to organize your class and make the project. Try making the project. I think you will see its value.