Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

Student Success through Laboratory Education

Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

Student Success through Laboratory Education

Article excerpt

As agricultural educators we are responsible for helping students be successful in many environments. We are challenged to teach in a multitude of environments through classroom/ laboratory, FFA, and Supervised Agricultural Experience. We need to continually hone our knowledge and skills in a wide array of topic areas. The knowledge and skills that are being enhanced may be related to content or pedagogy. While it is always important to continually learn about our trade, one specific area that must always be considered is safety. No matter the topic or location, teachers must be aware of the learning environment and how to make it as safe as possible for the learner, and others that are in the vicinity.

Agricultural education provides hands-on experiences for our students. Through these active approaches to learning we provide our students great opportunities for learning. These very same activities can also pose safety risks to the very students that we are teaching. Therefore, we must make sure that we are keeping the environment as safe as possible. Just as important, we need to make sure students are properly taught how to work safely in such an environment. Teachers must instill an attitude of safety in their students. Students that understand safe work habits, and have an attitude of working safely, are the type of students that employers will want to hire.

We need to design facilities to be safe. If you "inherit" facilities that are not safe, you must find a way to make them safe, prior to engaging in the teaching and learning process in that facility. As the instructor you can most likely review a facility and determine the safety concerns that may be present. However, another way to confirm (or identify potential problems) the safety of a teaching laboratory and the equipment within those facilities is to have your advisory committee complete a thorough review of all facilities.

In the last issue I mentioned that each new issue of the magazine will provide insight to becoming better in our profession of education. I believe this issue will help us do just that related to safety in our teaching laboratories, if time is taken to read and learn from each article provided. …

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