Shop class with Mr. G and Mr Barbercheck

Episode 17 bicycles in the classroom?

An episode of Shop class with Mr. G and Mr Barbercheck

By Ron
Did you ever take shop class in high school? This episode we discuss what it's like to teach shop class in two different schools that are in two different states.
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Season 2 Release Date and Content
Season 2 will be released at the start of the school year and will include episodes highlighting an awesome program helping to provide cars to students in need, shop program pen pals, highlights from the Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Let's Build It Institute, and much more. As always, please reach out with topic ideas:
July 5, 2019
Season 2 coming soon. 
May 10, 2019
Harbor Freight Tools for Schools 2019 Competition Announcement
In this episode, Ron and I get the opportunity to sit down with Tae Kang who is working with an organization that is kicking butt in supporting shop teachers. One of those ways is by annually rewarding a total of one million dollars to a total of 18 shop teachers and shop programs around the country. You have the chance to apply: Open to all U.S. public high school trades teachers. Applications may be started April 17 and must be submitted by June 17. If someone has a technical question, please contact Tae Kang at (424) 363-1783 or . Visit for more information and to apply! Twitter: HFTforSchools  Instagram: hftforschools Instagram: @shopclasspodcast @jack.of.all.learning @mrgsworkshop Twitter: @RonGrosinger @JackOfAllLearnn Facebook: Shop Class Podcast Connect with us on LInked in as well: Matthew Barbercheck and Ron Grosinger. Thanks! Enjoy. 
April 7, 2019
Episode 33, Business vs Education
In episode 33, we get a special chance to talk with Barbercheck's dad who now retired, still pursues work as a business coach. As you know that title gets thrown around, however I really did feel that his questions and approach were helpful to an educator like myself. Hope you enjoy too. If you want more information on Senior (Richard) Barbercheck, follow this link...
March 31, 2019
Episode 32, From special education to shop specialist. Josh Klomp's story.
In Episode 32, Barbercheck interviews fellow shop teacher Josh Klomp about his path to becoming a shop teacher. From special education to shop specialist. Josh Klomp's story. check out Josh's shop class Instagram:
March 27, 2019
Episode 31, Barbercheck reflects on Mr.G Alumni
In episode 31, Mr. Barbercheck reacts to an interview with my Alumni, Chris Ortiz, from episode 30.
March 8, 2019
Episode 30, Alumni recalls teacher impact
Mr. G's alumni and current friend, Chris Ortiz, reflects on what it was like to be in class with Mr.G Here is the link to the song that Chris and I listened to. Wood by Alice in Chains. and here is a link to Chris's YouTube channel where he interviews me about a similar topic.
March 5, 2019
Episode 29, CTE vs Industrial Arts
In Episode 29, we discuss the known differences between CTE vs Industrial Arts. CTE can receive more funding and it might be a more focused vocational training program. Industrial Arts, might have less funding but can cover a much broader range of topics for projects. There are also differences in job training requirements. Feel free to contact us with any feedback.
February 26, 2019
Episode 28, subjective versus objective, project-based learning.
In episode 28, Mr. Barbaracheck and Mister G dissect the competitive and non-competitive projects available to students in shop class. Real-world world projects verse internal competitions. and everything in between. Some of the inspiration for this episode came from Esther Wojcicki. Check out her Ted Talk on project-based learning
February 11, 2019
Episode 27, TCNJ shop teacher college major Harrison D'Amico
In episode 27, we interview Harrison D'Amico, a college senior that will become a shop teacher next year. We asked about his path, and preparation for the future.
January 27, 2019
Episode 26, Shop Class Horror Movie!
In Episode 26, we interview Hart Snider about his film "Shop Class". A horror film animation from an 8th grade point of view of a reluctant boy in Shop Class. Here is the link to the 8 minute movie:
January 22, 2019
Episode 25, Don't be a grease monkey!
In Episode 25, Barbercheck and I discussed his article "The hierarchy of knowledge", which covers career path influence. And Bonus, we interview Tim Zavacki a shop teacher from Northwest New Jersey. Here are some links from the show: Barbercheck's article The movie "shop class" by Hart Snider. Mr.G's project preparation questions: Tim Zavacki Instagram:
January 13, 2019
Episode 24, AP shop class??? and Instagram Shop Teachers
Have you wondered what to call your course? We talk a little about that and more about the stigma of shop knowledge.  Prompted by the observation of a future teacher, Ron and I discuss some of our favorite Instagram shop teachers giving them a shout out and a little love. We ponder ways to improve and accelerate some of the awesome collaboration taking place among ourselves.  We don't cover everybody of course but included below is a list of all the shop teachers I've found on Instagram. If we're missing anyone, let us know! Use this link and view the comments to get active links to all of the Instagram handles below: @mrgsworkshop  @jdietrich76  @desertwestwoodshop  @karennicolejordan  @mr.terpak @jijbenson  @gratuitoussshopteacher  @eclipsetherose  @tncl_weldfab_ltd_  @provohighschoolwelding  @lehman_te_and_stem  @shopclasspodcast  @encurtis  @raulamojukka  @ms.a_theshopteacher  @westholmes_bt  @techedfireman  @projectbuildstuff  @tyson_vo  @zavacki_tech_ed  @hh_tech_ed  @moodyteched  @schsshop @mzseares  @we_build_stuff  @spartanbuilders @jack.of.all.learning @doublej304 @robertallanwhelan @mark.smith.educate @danielkkern @erniemarmalade @jakeofalltrades73 @mr.guckenbergsshop @lockridgedesigns @mrnorthteched @perk_valley_tech_edu @crexcreations @operation_shop_class @driftlessjoinery @ejkleindl
January 8, 2019
Episode 23, Makerspace vs. Industrial Arts
In Episode 23, Mr. Barbaracheck and Mr G, discuss the differences between a Makerspace and an industrial arts class.
December 17, 2018
Episode 22, short versus long student relationships
Episode 22, short versus long student relationships. Barbercheck and Mr. G talk about the dynamic relationships established between a student and a teacher. We start by discussing our different environments, get into staying in touch with students after they graduate, initiating those relationships with fresh faces, remaining authentic, setting boundaries, and managing emotions.
December 10, 2018
Episode 21, Barbercheck when an award from Harbor Freight
Episode 21, A Win Win Barbercheck and Shopteachers This episode, Barber check talks about his recent second-place win in the Harbor Freight Grant challenge. An in-depth application process was beneficial to him and other shop teachers alike. Listen to find out his journey and a triumphant finish.
November 20, 2018
Episode 20!!!, College vs Trade School
In Episode 20!!!, we discuss guiding students on a College vs Trade School "track".
November 4, 2018
Episode 19, Shop Safety
In Episode 19, after a brief intro of Ron's current class project, we discuss the culture of safety in a high school or middle school workshop. Link to Mr. Barbercheck's safety checklists: Virinia Tech Lab safety referenced by Mr. Barbercheck: IG: @shopclasspodcast Facebook: Shop Class Podcast Twitter:shopclasspodcas Fail Safe wiki page as referenced by Ron G: Mr. G IG: @mrgsworkshop Mr. Barbercheck IG: @jack.of.all.learning Shoutouts: @doublej304 @jdietrich76, woodshop teacher from Illinois, who will be on The Green Woodworker podcast discussing involving our youth in making.
October 31, 2018
Episode 18, Social media for teachers?
Episode 18, social media for teachers. In this episode we dive into the different parts of social media and advantages available for teachers.
October 17, 2018
Episode 17 bicycles in the classroom?
In Episode 17, we cover use of bicycles as a learning tool in the shop teacher classroom.
October 12, 2018
Episode 16 - "I hate math"
Episode 16, Mr. Barbercheck and I discuss integrating Math into the STEM or industrial Arts curriculum.... Without the kids knowing it.
October 1, 2018
Episode 15, Mr.G goes to Maker Faire
Episode 15, Mr. G goes to Maker Faire. In this episode I discuss my excitement for Maker Faire and the maker movement.
September 24, 2018
Episode 14, Project Management
Episode 14, project management starts with you.
September 17, 2018
Episode 13, Harbor Freight Tools for Schools
In Episode 13, we talked to Mr Barbercheck about his semi-finalists positions in the Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Grant competition.
September 5, 2018
Episode 12, Overwhelmed by start of new school year?
Episode 12, Overwhelmed by the start of the new school year? Mr. Barbaracheck and I discuss starting the new year.
August 30, 2018
Episode 11, Supplies Ordering Budget
In Episode 11, we cover how each of us handle ordering supplies and managing budgets
August 22, 2018
Episode 10, why and how to make a podcast
Episode 10, why and how to make a podcast. In episode 10, Barbercheck and I discuss the ins and outs and simplicity of running a podcast.
July 25, 2018
Episode 9, training and Industry advisory
Episode 9, teacher training and Industry influence. In this episode, we talk about summer jobs, training classes and Industry influence. Special guest on this episode, is Manny Menna, ofFresh Innovations Co. Manny specializes in automation solutions for the package industry.
July 15, 2018
Episode 8, literacy in the shop
Episode 8, literacy in the shop class. In this episode Mister Barbercheck and I discuss how we handle writing and Publishing.
July 9, 2018
episode 7: first-year shop teacher
In episode 7, we talked with Kevin Witt, a first-year shop teacher. Mr. Barbercheck and I also discuss what it was like to survive our first years. This episode is valuable to anybody considering being a shop teacher or is in their current first year, or maybe to just reminisce about your first year teaching. Thanks for listening and you can also check us out on Instagram. @mrgsworkshop @theimposterteacher
July 1, 2018
Episode 6: small engines
In episode 6, Mr. G and Mr Barbercheck discuss running a small engines project in their classrooms.
June 24, 2018
Shop Class Setup, Layout, and Maintenance
Every wonder what thoughts go into setting up a school shop, maker-space, or STEAM lab? In this episode, Barbercheck and I discuss workshop setup and equipment maintenance. Shoutouts Harbor Freight Tools For Schools IG: New Jersey Institute of Technology SAE Solar Car Team Additional info to references during the show: Barbercheck's first tool wall assignments: A look at how Barbercheck runs the tool holder design unit: KISS Drill Bit Storage System Paint marker set:
June 19, 2018
Episode 4: professional development
In episode 4, we discuss taking Adult Ed classes to improve our craftsmanship and teaching ability
June 10, 2018
Year-end review with Mr G and Mr Barbercheck
Year end review. What works, doesn't work, and what will we improve.
June 3, 2018
Episode 2: Who is Mr.G and Mr Barberchek?
In this episode we talk about our background and how we got to be shop teachers. plus some other stuff
May 29, 2018
Episode 1 What is shop class?
Episode 1 What is shop class? Welcome to "Shop Class" with Mr.G & Mr. Barbercheck
May 20, 2018
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