Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

Take Time for That Beginning Agriculture Teacher

Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

Take Time for That Beginning Agriculture Teacher

Article excerpt

"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 must remember where they came from. They were those young, first-year teachers just a few years back.

Mentoring of today's beginning teachers is as simple as taking someone under your wing and showing him or her the ropes. Sometimes it is a hard thing to do - passing along some of your secrets, years of knowledge, and expertise - but to that young teacher it might just be the beginning of a life-long friendship. Over the years each teacher has done this at least a dozen times. You mentor and help develop your agricultural education students, your college observers, and your student teachers, so why not a new teacher who is now the competition? The help that you pass on to them will make you feel good in watching their progress and success.

In Illinois we are in a continually changing era of agriculture teachers. In 1997, there were a large number of openings in the state caused by an early retirement incentive program. In the 1990's, over 300 agriculture education teacher jobs opened, with only approximately 100 new agriculture graduates to fill those positions. Thus there was (and continues to be) a shortage of agriculture teachers. However, some of those that did begin teaching left the profession after only a year or two. …

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