The Agricultural Education Magazine

The Agricultural Education Magazine publishes articles on instruction leadership, supervision, and curriculum development in agricultural education in the United States and other countries.

Articles from Vol. 83, No. 5, March/April

By Teachers, for Teachers
For over 25 years I've served as a middle school agriculture teacher by choice, not by chance. From experience, I have found that there is a big difference in teaching students that are 10-14 years of age versus high school students. A middle school...
CDE Excitement for Junior High Members
One of the most important aspects of a successful Junior High FFA Chapter is to keep them busy. Sometimes this is easier than your typical high school students because they don't have as many obligations, most of them don't have a job yet, and there...
Computer Modules in Action
Imagine walking in to a classroom and seeing students grouped together in teams, engaged in various projects around the room. One group is busy testing the pH of soil samples while another is comparing monocots and dicots based on slides they observed...
FFA in Middle School
Middle School students are extremely indecisive creatures. We hop from one club to the next, testing each one to see if it is right for us. We try Newspaper Club, Soccer, Bowling, Yearbook, Volleyball, Drama Club, Football, Track, Baseball, Cooking Club,...
Funding Engaging Projects for Middle School Classes
In one unit of my eighth grade Agriscience Natural Resources class, we focus on water and water quality as students learn about water, rivers and watersheds. As a middle school teacher, I realize that students who experience a hands-on approach usually...
Going the Extra Mile: Giving Middle School Students outside the Classroom Experience
Four hundred unpaid hours, no options for flex time, and that is for just one of the many events participated in by North Buncombe Middle School. Why on earth would one teacher dedicate all that time with no benefits to one event? The answer: Students...
Making the Most of a Modular Learning Environment
When we think of what we know to be agricultural education programs, several images come to mind: students interacting with the teacher during hands-on learning experiences, projects in the mechanics shop or on the farm, or students using their creativity...
Middle Schools, Summer Camps, and Ag Education Recruitment
A wise man once said "Nothing is ever accomplished till someone gets excited about it!" Of course, the follow up question would be "How do you get someone excited?" I guess that will always be the hard part. When you're talking about agricultural education,...
Modern Technology in Idaho Agricultural Education Programs
Picture it. You are visiting a student teacher at an agricultural education program in scenic, Southeastern Idaho. You have now seen the high school that inspired the movie Napoleon Dynamite in Preston, Idaho and you are off to visit another student...
Tapping in to the Enthusiasm
Can you imagine walking into a roomful of sixth graders, asking 'who is interested in joining junior high FFA', and having 35 out of 40 students raising and waving their hands to say 'yes'? We can attribute this enthusiastic response in our classroom...
The Makings of a Strong FFA Officer Team
A team is only as good as its leadership. We've all heard this before and can attest to the validity of the statement. As chapter advisors you want the very best for your students. We are always challenging them to think outside the box, to try the Creed...
The Minds in the Middle
I still remember my first day of teaching seventh graders in the middle school agricultural education program in Milaca, Minnesota and how it challenged me. What I learned on that first day was that a lot of what I knew about students and how to work...
What Is the Value of Innovative Middle School Programs in Agricultural Education?
Like the authors in this issue, I believe the middle school classes in my agricultural education program were critical to building and sustaining my high school courses for our small rural community. Located in upstate New York, the school in which I...
Your Duties There?
The officer team is the backbone of any good organization. Without it, there would be no leadership and little, if any, direction of the organization. The FFA is certainly no stranger to this concept and it has taken great pride in preparing our high...