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. 77, No. 6, May/June

Being Friendly.Who Cares?
Pop quiz! Take out a sheet of paper and number 1-5. List 5 ways in which you would describe an agriculture teacher? Got your answers? Chances are, most of the responses are similar in some degree and quite different in others. There are many ways in...
Creative Keys to Unlock Your Classes
The great agricultural scientist George Washington Carver once said, "When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world" (Thinkexist.com, George Washington Carver quotes, n.d.). What an appropriate...
Inviting Students to the Active Learning Process
In his book, The Courage to Teach, Parker Palmer asserts that good teachers share one trait, "they are truly present in the classroom, deeply engaged with their students and their subject" (Palmer, 1998). The same could be said for active learning in...
The Artist in Us
The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards. Anatole FranceHaving grown up on a family sheep and cattle ranch in a small town in northern New Mexico, I never...
The Art of Creating Interest
For many people, art can seem very abstract. To one person a piece of work can be trash... to another, a treasure. No matter how art is interpreted, it is still organized in some kind of fashion. Paintings can be classified by eras-impressionist, baroque,...
The Art of Integrating Technology into Agriscience Programs
Twenty years ago agricultural educators effectively communicated concepts of agriculture using only traditional technologies: welders, cutting torches, table saws, etc. Why does it seem that all the sudden we're being told we need to integrate these...
The Art of Lecture
As we approach the end of our teaching careers we reflect back upon them. What has allowed two graduates from a small college in Missouri to remain in teaching for over thirty years? Was it our formal education, NO-neither one of us began our careers...
The Art of Teacher Reflection
A perennial debate exists among educators as to the nature of teaching. At the same time, many facets of the teaching process are often a result of personal interpretation or "artistic" influence expressed by an individual. These abilities require "nurturing"...
Two Ag Teachers Discuss How to Get Their Students to Learn
(Over coffee at the local diner on a Saturday morning while their students participate in a CDE.)Roy: Hey Earl, I've been teaching my heart out and I cannot get most of my students to want to learn this stuff. Don't they realize how important agriculture...
What Matters Most Is Teaching from the Heart
One short sentence. "A road trip in the ag truck." This sentence has changed the lives of many students, and it has changed this article. Recently, I was traveling home from a FFA Career Development Event (CDE), our State Finals as a matter of fact,...
"Why Are Those Kids in Groups?"
"As educators today we have the unprecedented job of preparing pupils to participate in a world we can only dimly imagine" (Kagan, 1994, p. 2:1). Their world faces changes in social practices, demographics, and a transformed economy. As teachers we have...
You Are the Artist - the Classroom Is Your Canvas!
Teaching, like farming, is a cooperative art which helps nature do what it can do itself - though not as well without some intervention. We have all learned many things without the aid of a teacher. Some exceptional individuals have acquired wide learning...