The first day of this class I walked in feeling pretty confident and thought I knew what I was doing, but then Ms. Oropallo started showing us all the tools and I decided to stand in the way back all quiet. I felt the nerves kicking in and I was hoping everyone was on the same page as I was. A couple weeks into school Ms. Oropallo hands us all a piece of wood and showed us examples of students spoons, in my head I was thinking there is no way I will be able to do that, those look so hard to make. Little did I know I soon made one and it wasn’t too bad. Ms. Oropallo would show us all of these tools and tell us horror stories of kids getting hurt and it being very dangerous, so at times I do think of that and get a little scared. Then came the big project of making a chicken coop. I was very excited for this because building a chicken coop is awesome! My group and I are now in the process of building it and I love how much we have done, it looks amazing. Building this chicken coop proves to people that I do know how to work with tools and build even though I was not very aware in the beginning of this class.
Somehow in the middle of the first semester I got titled as “the girl who does nothing”. Not only was it one person saying it as a joke but a majority of the class caught on and soon other MarinSEL teachers got the joke. At first it was a little funny and yes I do admit not doing some work in the very beginning of the year, but then the joke started to get old and was just used in a wrong way. I decided to prove to people that I can do work because yes although I didn’t work for a short period of time now I am showing everyone how far I have come. I really didn’t like being called the one who does nothing because it reflected very poorly of me and my group. They had to deal with everyone saying all of that, but I do believe that it made us stronger as a group because now we have something to show everyone.
A part of the reason I enjoy this class is because of the organizational aspect and the routine we have. Everyday we walk in sit in the desks talk for ten minutes and then go build. We go grab our safety glasses, carry our chicken coop to our working table, figure out a plan for the day, start building, write revisions, and clean up. It is a class where I know what I’m expecting to do for the day which I really like. It helps me because I am a very organized person and having a schedule like this one in my head sticks with me and makes me feel calmer.
This class has taught me so much, I wouldn’t even know where to begin. The amount of tools and techniques I have learned is crazy. I can now help my dad fix things around the house because I know how to work all of these tools and it surprises him and me. Recently I helped construct a part of our new hot tub and it felt really good because I knew exactly what I needed and how to accomplish that goal. This class in my opinion should be required for TL and not just MarinSEL because I think everyone would benefit from this class and take a lot away from it.
I have mentioned several of the reasons I like this class and there are many many more which I can’t wait to share and tell everyone because the experiences I have in this class are unforgettable and will be with me forever.