Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Because the Information is Confusing

The instructions for the first blog-borne assignment states that it is supposed to be typed and brought to class tonight. The Blog Manifesto says that the assignments given via blog must be posted by the next class period.

So, in an attempt to save my own arse, I present to you my welder descriptions. And, I'll faithfully bring in a hard copy of them. But, god help me, if we do not have to have the physical copy in class, I will not be a happy camper.


8 –Year Old Child

Welders do an important job. Can you think of an object made with metal? A car, building, and jungle gyms are all made with metal. Welders put metal together to make these things. At the beginning of the job they learn what they are to make. Then they figure out how they need to make it by looking at blueprints, or detailed drawings, of the object. They use special tools and skills to put two pieces of metal together. Before they finish any project, welders have to recheck their work and make sure it’s okay. This is why cars don’t fall apart or jungle gyms topple.

To be a welder you have to be strong and tough. Welders spend most of their day standing outside. They also have to lift heavy pieces of metal and keep a steady arm when they are putting two metal pieces together.

Things I thought about:
Kids this age aren’t dumb. They know the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus aren’t real and they’re beginning to think that they don’t want to play with Tinker Toys or Barbies anymore.

They can be bogged down by too much detail. Their attention span is probably pretty short.

Female, College-aged Student

Welders are highly skilled laborers. To become a welder you have to learn about different types of metals, techniques, and trade practices. In this field there are opportunities to work on many different kinds of jobs. Welders work on everything from playground equipment to fire trucks. They get directions by interpreting blueprints, sketches, and oral instructions. A welder has to be willing to work in all kinds of weather from rain to sunshine. The job takes physical strength. It requires being able to lift heavy objects, standing for extended periods of time, working in small areas or at heights or depths of more than ten feet, and climbing ladders or stairs. Responsibility is important for welders. They are responsible for following operating and safety standards, as well as producing quality work. The ability to work cooperatively to get a job done with efficiency and quality is equally important.

Things I thought about:
This student wants to know right away what the occupation is about—she’s looking through a lot of descriptions.

She wants to know what is involved with the occupation, the skill level that is needed and what kind of work is done.

Broad Audience

Imagine the world without welders. Imagine life without cars. Or light poles, buildings, playgrounds, fire trucks, airplane hangars, and airplanes. It would be a rough life, wouldn’t it? That’s what life would be like without welders because they are responsible for assembling and working on all things made with metal. Not everyone can be a welder. Putting two pieces of metal together isn’t like whipping out a bottle of Elmer’s to glue the handle back onto the mug you just dropped. Welders have to know about the different types of metals and they have to know about all the different ways to put pieces of metal together. They aren’t wimps, either. They have to be able to do heavy lifting, climbing, standing—in all kinds of weather—work with small objects, all while keeping a steady arm. To top it off, they have to follow safety standards, because welding isn’t a low-risk occupation.

Things I thought about:
These people don’t really care.

Why not be a little more colloquial with it?


At 9:19 PM, Blogger Bezzie said...

8 Year Old Blog Commenter:

Cool post. I don't wanna be a welder tho.

Female, Late Twenty-Something Aged Blog Commenter:

Welding is a dying art. There are hundreds of unemployed welders being replaced by machines.

Broad Audience Blog Commenter:

*no comment--the apathy will be illustrated by me clicking away from this blog entry*

At 4:16 PM, Blogger Kendra_B said...

oops. yeah. that confusion is totally my fault. (comes from a bad memory and me not re-reading my own syllabus.) To clarify: some things will be turned in via the blog, but only if specified. Most stuff we're gonna read in class.


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