Feedback is by far the best way to help improve upon any practice but it also provides an opportunity for students to refelct on what they have learned. This space will serve as a catalog of the insights that were gained throughout the year.
Extra Credit:
If you would like to have YOUR insight posted below follow these simple steps: (Completing an insight will also be rewarded with 10 points of Extra Credit) (1 per month)
  1. Spend some time reflecting on something you learned in class by writing at least 1 paragraph.
  2. Compose an email addressed to me ( witht the subject line "Insight/(First and Last name)/(Class Period) ex: Insight.KristopherMacias.6
  3. Add your paragraph to the email and send it off!
Last year, I took a 2-part blacksmithing course in an attempt to understand the finer details of forging my own tools. That is “forging” as in heating until red-hot and beating with a hammer, not violating copyright. After 5 weeks of smashing iron into the shape of hooks, spoons, and forks we were finally ready to create a tool that required a heat-treating process. This meant that we needed to heat the steel to a critical temperature and then quickly cool the blazing steel in oil. This process causes the steel to contract no unlike the your muscles and skin when moving from a warm classroom into the winter air. As the steel contracts, its Rockwell hardness increases which essentials means that its current state is stronger than its previous. In order to test that the method was successful we took the newly hardened punch and used it to mark the stock-steel from which it was forged.