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Subjects Taught
Woods I, Woods II, Woods III


I am graduate of Central Michigan University with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Industrial Education. 


Mr. Smith’s

Woods II Syllabus


Wood Technology II is an extension of Wood Technology I where students will increase skills, knowledge, procedures and materials in woodworking. The large majority of this class will be hands-on while there will be lectures, a few research papers and book work directly related to the topics in class. Good attendance, efficient work habits and cooperative attitude are extremely important in this course. Students will need a tape measure, notebook, safety glasses, pencil, and long pants. Students will need to come up with a project of there choice to complete in class as well as money to pay for the project. This can range from a couple of smaller ones to a larger project.

Instructional Delivery: 

Students in this course will be taught through a wide variety of methods such as lectures, questions, demonstrations, hands on lab activities, projects, and real life situations.  All students are required to participate in every aspect of the course.



International Baccalaureate (IB) offers high quality programs of international education to a worldwide community of schools. There are more than 700,000 IB students in more than 130 countries throughout the world. In essence, IB is a different way of approaching education. It is employed to organize cross-curricular units to give students a broader perspective of course content. Its main goal is to increase student awareness of global issues and better prepare them for the challenges of the 21st century. This course will still follow the Michigan Merit Curriculum based on the State of MI High School Content Expectations, but will be organized into IB units.


The aim of IB programs is to develop students who strive to be inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced and reflective. The traits of IB Learner Profile are embedded into every learning opportunity so students will develop their awareness of, and sensitivity to, the experiences of others beyond the local or national community


Grading Policy

Your grade will be evaluated on the following criteria…

  1. Tests, quizzes, book work and papers 1/3 of total grade
  2. Work ethic and class participation (which does involve cleaning) 1/3 of total grade
  3. Projects 1/3 of total grade

Classroom participation and lab activities will be a major part of the students/your grade. Arriving to class with everything you need to work, (safety glasses, proper clothes, books, etc.) and on time, are essential to receive a high grade. If you are absent and it is excused you will have an opportunity to make up those points. If the absence is unexcused, the points that were missed will not be able to be made up and will negatively affect your grade.


Grading Scale           

The total number of points earned in class will be divided by the total possible points to calculate your percentage grade. The percentage will be placed on the following scale:          


A 100-94


A- 93-90 C- 73-70
B+ 89-87 D+ 69-67
B 86-84 D 66-64
B- 83-80 D- 63-60
C+ 79-77 E 59-0


Semester Grades                                                                                          Total %

                     2- Nine Week Grading Terms (40% Each)                         80

                     1- Final Exam                                                                       20                                                                                                     Total                 100    

In order to pass the course you must be passing both terms or term and the final exam.  You may not fail two of the three areas and get a passing grade for the semester. 

Term Grades                                                                                                                                               Grades each term will be determined by 1/3 participation, 1/3 project, and 1/3 quizzes, tests and papers.

Participation Grades 1/3 of total grade                                                                                        

Woodworking Technology II is basically a lab course; you must be present and active to receive the points.  Therefore, 1/3 of each terms grades will be based on class participation.  Students will be awarded up to 10 points on each week.

The following will be areas used to determine class participation:

1.            Coming to class prepared and ready to go to work

2.            Working well with other students and not disrupting class

3.            Being on time for class

4.            Following classroom and all school rules     

5.            Listening to the instructor

Class requirements:

1.      Students will bring a pair of safety glasses to class everyday; these glasses may be supplied to the students for a cost of $3.00

2.      Students will bring a notebook and a pencil to class everyday    

3.      Students will bring a tape measure to class (must be longer then 10 foot)     

4.      Students will wear shoes (something that covers their feet) and long pants for class 

5.      A good attitude and willingness to learn

6.      Money to buy wood and supplies for any project that you will be building for yourself (The amount will depend on the project you choose to build)

 Good work ethic includes:

1.            Staying on task with your own project

2.            Being a self-motivated worker

3.            Asking questions

4.            Putting forth your best effort

5.            Ability to figure out the next step (on the spot thinker)

         6.      Safety on the tools

If a student does forget safety glasses, hair tie, long pants or shoes he or she will have to do book work during the class period to receive partial credit for that day. 

Completed Projects: 1/3 of total grade

What a Good Project Is:   

1.            Sanded well so sanding marks or glue spots are not noticeable

2.            Nice tight joints on the project especially in lamination

3.            The project is square

4.            Stained properly and has a nice even finish

Quizzes, Papers and Speeches (1/3 of total grade)

1.      Quizzes will be worth 10-30 points

2.      Papers will be ½ - 3 pages long, they will pertain to topics discussed or studied in the classroom Some will be completed with a partner

3.      Speeches will be based on papers assigned

Sawstop (New Tool)

            In the wood shop we have just bought a new tablesaw that is the safest on the market. This tool is still very dangerous but there is a safety feature on it when it is turned on will automatically stop if it touches a finger. When this happens I have to buy a new part for the machine as well as a new blade. If your student is caught setting or trying to set it off they will be removed from class and will have to pay for the piece to fix the saw.

Rules: Violations of the following will not be accepted

1.      Destruction of property

2.      Theft of tools, machines, projects, other student’s personal belongings and school property

3.      Construction of any weapon or anything which may be used as a weapon (besides bows)

4.      Blatant disregard and violation of safety rules

5.      Acts that put either yourself and or others in danger of being injured

6.      Not using safety glasses while machines are in operation

7.      Not using proper safety clothing (shirts not tucked in, no long sleeves, no shorts, jewelry, sandals etc.)

8.      Talking while the teacher is talking, during times when we are reading chapters in the classroom and/or yelling

9.      Not listening to the teacher when he gives a verbal warning

10.  Vulgarity or inappropriate talking


 Consequences that may happen in class after a warning is given: 

1.      Written assignments for failure to bring safety clothing and a lose of points for the weekly participation

2.      Written assignments if most of the class is not working hard, cleaning or excessive talking.  Everyday the students must earn the right to be working in the shop.

3.      Added assignments from the book if students continue talking while reading from the book

4.      A 30 minute detention, which will be served with me within 24 hours of the day it was issued.  Failure to serve a detention will result in the original length of time will be doubled.  Failure to serve a second time will result in an 4 hour Saturday detention and a phone call to the students parents or guardians.    (Special arrangements for serving detentions can be made with instructor agreement only.)

5.      Removal from class a minimum of one class period, parents will be contacted

6.      Removal from class for 3 days; parents will be contacted

7.      Removal for 3 days without credit; parents will be contacted

8.      Removal from course


To be involved in the Industrial Arts program atOwossoHigh Schoolshould be considered both a pleasure and a privilege. A well maintained and safe shop for both students and instructor require the following of defined rules and expectations. Certain behavior will not and can not be tolerated to ensure safety for the student, his/her project and in order to keep the shop and the equipment running efficiently.

Any student removed from class for the period will automatically lose participation for that day. The district reserves the right to skip steps in the process including resorting to immediate removal from class, with or without re-assignment, for acts deemed blatant or dangerous enough to warrant the response. Furthermore the district may provide additional consequences above and beyond those levied for the class in response to the above behaviors.  Consistent violation of safety rules can also cause you to lose the opportunity to participate in the lab. You may still be allowed to be a part of the course but will complete tasks such as project design portfolios and assignments that do not involve entering the lab.  If you have any questions please feel free to call me at the high school 729-5593. I will be more than willing to meet with you to discuss any questions.




Student: I have read this classroom discipline plan and understand it.

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Parents/Guardians: My child has discussed the classroom syllabus/discipline plan with me. I understand and will support it.

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Thank you,

Ben Smith,OwossoHigh SchoolIndustrial Arts Instructor