Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

The Summertime Blues: Do They Really Exist?

Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

The Summertime Blues: Do They Really Exist?

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What are the Summertime Blues and do they exist were two thoughts that kept running through my mind, as I prepared this issue. Beyond the song (written in 1958) and then made popular in country music circles by Alan Jackson about 40 years later, how are the Summertime Blues defined. Well, the Summertime Blues is that point of realization that summer is winding down, and it will soon be time to start back to school for both teachers and students. Wait, summer is over? Where did it go? I didn't even realize that summer "vacation" had started. I believe that these are questions that all agricultural education teachers have asked themselves over the years. This is the point in the summer where you are thinking that you have so much more to do, and very little time to get it done. While it may be too late for you to finish this summer's to-do list, there is still time to take the advice in the following pages to have a great academic year. Additionally, this is the perfect time to think about how you can be ready to "beat" the Summertime Blues in the future! As you read the articles in this issue, I believe you will see that much of beating, or even avoiding the Summertime Blues, is all about planning. Planning what matters to make you a better teacher, mentor, and leader is critical to your success in conquering the Summertime Blues.

Too Busy for the Summertime Blues

This issue is has been a fun issue to edit; as it gave me an opportunity to reflect on what it is that agricultural education teachers engage in that sets them apart from other education professionals, during this time of the annual cycle of the school year. Yes, all teachers look for ways to enjoy and grow during that "down time" from daily teaching. …

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