Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

An Inspiration Letter from a Mother

Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

An Inspiration Letter from a Mother

Article excerpt

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 does the student/teacher relationship develop?

As an agriculture teacher, I typically have students for more than one term and sometimes I will have students for all four years of their high school career. The time spent with these students is helpful. Additionally, I get to know them and their families. With this level of familiarity, I can gauge a student's progress and convey to the parents if there is a problem. Furthermore, parents feel more at ease and are more likely to talk about their concerns.

When a student witnesses his parents' positive and even comfortable relationship with a teacher, he may become more likely to express concerns and realize he is speaking to someone who genuinely cares about his success. Moreover, the student is more open to accepting advice or an honest critique of his work. Over the years, parents and students have thanked me for pushing them to do their best.

The Future Farmers of America (FFA) is also an integral part of agricultural education. How can you teach agriculture without FFA? In my opinion, you cannot. FFA gives students an opportunity to realize their potential and it opens new doors for them. FFA provides students an opportunity to belong to a respected group within their school community and be recognized for their achievements. Because of the unique student/teacher/parent relationship, parents trust agriculture teachers to take their children on the road to FFA sponsored competitions, camps, and conventions. …

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