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September/October 2010 | Back to School

President's Message:
The Most Important Question
You Can Answer this School Year

Ray Nash, 2009-2010 NAAE President


Every new school year brings new students, new parents, new programs, and always, lots of new questions.  It’s likely you spend at least the first few weeks as a virtual encyclopedia – answering everything from “Does this class count for my biology credit?” to “How can my son get on the dairy judging team,” to “Where is the bathroom?”

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An Ag Teacher's Wishlist

Renee Wangler
NAAE Communications/Marketing Intern


It is hard to believe that summer is over, but a new school year is already upon us. With the sound of new sneakers filling the hallways, it is time to get back to the hustle and bustle of your classroom. However, before you get too busy planning for National FFA Convention, putting the finishing touches on your lesson plans, or ordering last-minute supplies, take a moment to check out these must-haves for agriculture teachers. From new, expensive gadgets to a free website you’ve probably heard of before, these things can make your life easier, more productive, and even more fun. Read more»

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What Do You Wish You had Known?

Check out this interesting discussion on Communities of Practice, where teachers in every stage of their careers chime in on what they wish they'd known when they started teaching agriculture. Add your own two cents - just log in to Communities of Practice and reply! Go to discussion>>

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Ideas Unlimited:
AG-tivities Handbook - Great Ideas for Engaging Your Students


After eight years of teaching in the same region and sharing ideas, Natasha Mortenson of Morris, Minn. and Ellen Thompson of Sauk Centre, Minn. decided to put their best strategies into a single resource, called the Agtivity Handbook. These enthusiastic teachers enjoy finding new and engaging methods to teach their students, while having fun and maintaining a productive classroom, and were excited to share their ideas with others. Read more>>

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NAAE at the FFA Convention

We've got all kinds of great activities planned for the FFA Convention this year, from our Teach Ag booth in the Career Show to our members services booth in Teachers World to on-stage recognition for a few ag teachers during a general session. Be sure to mark your convention schedule so you hit all the attractions!  Read more »

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Teach Ag Campaign
Meet our "Day in the Life of an Ag Teacher" Bloggers


We've recruited eight very special agricultural educators from all over the U.S. to give us a glimpse into their daily lives. Find out more about them, plus keep up with Teach Ag Campaign news. Read more>>

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2010 NAAE Convention


You're not going to want to miss the 2010 NAAE Convention, November 30-December 4 in Las Vegas. Find out about our workshops, housing and more. Read more>>

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NAAE Awards


Congratulations to all our 2010 NAAE Regional Award Winners! Visit our website to see a complete list of all award winners. Go>>

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CASE Update
2010 - A Summer of Intense Development


More than 80 agriculture teachers are returning to their classrooms this fall with a new approach to teaching thanks to an innovation in agriscience professional development.
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Considering Running for NAAE Regional Vice President or Secretary?

If you want to run for a position on the NAAE board, you MUST submit a completed Memorandum of Understanding to NAAE by September 15th. Download a MOU>>

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Read More News & Views


You're just looking at the front page of our newsletter. Check out the table of contents at the top for a full listing of stories in this month's News & Views.

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