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## Classroom Activity: Let’s Talk Safety

As simple as it sounds, safety is a matter of communicating with one another. In many cases, both at school and in the real world, if we speak out and let someone know when we see someone doing something wrong, we’re labeled a tattletale. As a class,  discuss how a...

## Rewards to Being Injury Free – Why Safety Matters

By Matt Firestone We hear time and time again about companies who are given awards for their safety performance. The awards come from various sources, associations, insurance companies, owners and so on.  These awards should be shared with employees and celebrated....

## Workplace Communication is Key

By Linda Potter There’s a time and a place for every type of communication at work – from texting to email and phone call to face to face. Linda Potter, Architectural Sales Representative at Watkins Concrete Block & Reimers Kaufman, has extensive experience...

## Classroom Activity: Building Math Skills Answer Key

1a: 12 SQ 1b: 48 bundles 2a: 780 CF = 28.89 CY 2b: 115.55 CF = 4.28 CY 2c: 895.55 CF = 33.17 CY 2d: 33.17 + (10%) 3.32 = 36.49 CY Download »

## Classroom Activity: Building Math Skills Sample Equations

Question #1 In measuring most areas, we have two measurements we use, known as SF & SQ units: 1 SF = square foot which is equal to 12”x 12” = 1 SF 1 SQ = 10’ x 10’= 100 SF which = 1 SQ We have a gable roof to order shingles for and it has two sides to be done....

## Math for Real Life

By Benjamin Carey Today, I am part-owner of a custom design/build company, Build DCB, working with people who want to build their dream home. Our job starts by talking through a concept with our clients, then drawing and designing the plans, followed by estimating the...

## Classroom Activity: Communication Skills Game

Materials and Preparation Two matching sets of LEGO building blocks with ten blocks and one base board in each set; using one set of blocks, build a random object using the ten blocks onto the base board Time 45 mins Group Size Minimum of four people, up to seven...

## Communication Skills: Active Listening

Communication is everywhere and appears in many forms and formats. Verbal, nonverbal, written and images such as emojis and signage. Messages are conveyed face-to-face, on paper pages, over phone lines and on screens. All these forms of communication are how we give...