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. 3, November/December

AgriCULTURAL History in the Classroom
A man without history is like a tree without roots. (Marcus Garvey, founder of the Universal Negro Improvement Association, 1917).From the First Morrill Act of 1862 to the founding of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) in 1928, historical events have...
An Inspiration Letter from a Mother
As an agriculture teacher, I can influence a student's success in many ways. My attitude in the classroom and the attention I show students goes a long way toward building a positive relationship and helping students learn and interact in class. How...
Get to Know Your Students
Webster defines the word teach as "to show or help to learn how to do something, to give lessons in or to provide with knowledge". He further states "Teaching is the basic, inclusive word for the imparting of knowledge or skills and usually connotes...
Making a Difference
Years ago, a gentleman looking something like a thin Ben Franklin using a walker, knocked on our front door. He asked for my Mother. He wanted to take her to lunch. She shrieked in delight when she saw Earl Fisher. Some fifty years prior to that day,...
Mentoring Can Be a Win, Win, Win Experience
Mentoring agricultural education student teachers has become an annual tradition ever since I completed the requirements for my graduate degree at Utah State University. I have been privileged to serve as a cooperating teacher for twenty-seven student...
Our FFA Advisors Made a Difference in Our Lives
The Theme Editor asked the Pennsylvania State FFA Officers to share a quote or two about how they believed that their FFA Advsor had made a difference in their lives. The following is the response from the 2004-2005 Pennsylvania State Officer Team. The...
Strategic Planning during Times of Uncertainties and Opportunities
Some years ago, America possessed a budget surplus of more than $300 billion, and the stock market was at an all time high. Recently, Goldberg stated that "from March 24, 2000 through October 9, 2002, Standard & Poor's 500-stock index plunged 49%....
Take Time for That Beginning Agriculture Teacher
"Put aside some of your competitiveness and be a little more helpful." That was my theme as President of the Illinois Association of Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association back in 1997. You know, it has not changed to this day. Agriculture teachers...
The Highway to Success
Making a difference in the lives of students is one of the most important aspects of teaching. However, some teachers view this process as challenging, does it need to be? Reflecting back on teaching, we've struggled to come up with creative and innovative...
The Influence of One
The Ohio State University student teachers have just returned from their quarter-long field experience. One of the assignments the student teachers complete is an interview with their cooperating teacher. In reading through the interview, one of the...
The Magic of Unobtrusive Measures
Get other people to count your beans. Or make your own bean-counting work double. It involves less work than you may think. The procedure is called "using unobtrusive measures" (King, Morris, & Fitz-Gibbons, 1987, p. 60). It is a well-regarded method...
The Real Tom Sawyer
I do not recall the first moment that I met Mr. Tom Sawyer, agriculture teacher at East Carteret. You see, after all, I went to West Carteret, on the other side of the Intercoastal waterway, in Eastern North Carolina. However, I do remember all of life's...
The Role of the Mentor
"Mentors are guides. They lead us along the journey of our lives. We trust them because they have been there before. They embody our hopes, cast light on the way ahead, interpret arcane signs, warn us of lurking dangers, and point out unexpected delights...
Web-Based Learning and Its Role in Preparing Agricultural Education Teachers
In recent years computers have become an important, almost every day, aspect of our lives. Even more recently has been the onset of college and universities using online course delivery systems for some or all of their offered classes. The issue that...
What Are You Doing for Your Students?
The goal of all educators, not just those in agricultural education, is to make a positive impact in the lives of our students. But do we ever really recognize our successes? Sure, we might find out today, tomorrow, or next week. Of course, we could...
What Teacher Influenced You the Most?
What teacher most influenced you? Why? The aforementioned questions were posed to the theme editor's two classes during the fall 2004 semester. Responses follow below in no specific order.Cameron Lowe, Extension Agent4-H & Youth Development AgentGraduate...