Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

Continuous Growth through Continuous Development

Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

Continuous Growth through Continuous Development

Article excerpt

No matter your vocation, there is a need for continual improvement. In agricultural education, we have multiple opportunities available to grow as educators. Resources are available to strengthen our knowledge, skills, and dispositions related to pedagogy and technical content in agricultural education. Teachers can apply for scholarships to attend conferences and workshops through their professional organizations, government agencies, industry supporters, and universities. Take advantage of this support to meet your learning needs.

Through teacher certification programs, students receive training that will enable them to enter the profession. However, each student has different needs during the program. Teacher education programs need to structure and identify what should be taught pre-student teaching and what can be better learned during student teaching. Each specific content and pedagogical approach cannot be taught in-depth during the pre-service experience; thus, there must be continual professional development for our teachers when they begin teaching. Whether they are in their first year, or their twenty-first year, teachers need to consider their opportunities for growth, and develop a plan to improve in these areas. While the teacher may be able to identify their needs on their own, a better model is to develop a team to help guide them in their professional development. This team could include peers, mentor teachers, administration, and teacher educators. …

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