MAY/June 2011 | Agriculture Teacher Retention

President's Message:
Mentoring is an Ongoing Process

Greg Curlin, 2010-2011 NAAE President


Greg CurlinMentor is a word we live every day, often not realizing we are either being mentored or we are mentoring others. We mentor our children daily as we teach them to write read, count, and even tie their shoes.  In our profession, we have learned from other teachers and professionals as we ourselves become veteran teachers.  I even consider agricultural educators as mentors to state and federal leaders. They are making decisions about the funding and structure of agricultural education, and we should be there to guide them.
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Oklahoma - Tradition, Smart Programs, Help Retain Agriculture Teachers


Ask a teacher from Oklahoma why he or she is a member of NAAE, and a lot of times they’ll say, “I didn’t have a choice – it was just expected.”  While there’s some tongue-in cheek to that response, it also holds a lot of truth, and is part of why Oklahoma is so effective at mentoring teachers through the early stages of their careers. Read more»

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National Policy Seminar Draws Members from Across U.S.


Thirty NAAE members attended the ACTE National Policy Seminar (NPS), March 7-9 in Washington, D.C.  Besides attending general sessions put on by ACTE about advocating for all of career and technical education, NAAE members also participated in a specialized agricultural education strand that touched on topics specific to the profession.

It’s a great, user friendly crash course in advocacy,” said Russell Plaschka, who has been attending NPS for the last several years. Read more>>

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2011 Regional Conferences


Region IDeadlines for conference registration are approaching. Don't miss this great opportunty to network with ag teachers from your region. Click the link and choose your region to see conference details. Go>>

 

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CASE: A Tool for New Teachers

by Aaron McKim


Aaron McKim The first week of school as a new teacher:

Learn a new school, community and everyone’s name.
… Focus on the students

Attend your first teacher meeting.
… … Focus on the students

Join a committee and be asked to become the chair.
… … … Focus on the students.

Be the “new teacher.”
… … … … Focus on the students.

As a new teacher, I know my job is to provide the best possible education for my students. Through all the work, all the obligations, all the new and different experiences, we as agriculture teachers have to continue to focus on the students. Nothing has helped me to do this more than the Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) professional development course. Read more>>

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Ideas Unlimited

Grade Payment System Motivates Students, Introduces them to World of Work


Josh ChristiansenJosh Christiansen, agricultural educator at Flandreau High School in Flandreau, South Dakota created an innovative way to get students to work efficiently in the classroom and in FFA. Christiansen developed a record keeping system that awards students for classroom effort through points. Essentially, students get paid for hard work in the classroom and FFA.
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Communities of Practice


Use this great free resource to plan your next class activity, chime in about an issue, or just connect with other agricultural educators. Current topics in Communities of Practice:

 

 

 

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