The Agricultural Education Magazine

The Agricultural Education Magazine publishes articles on instruction leadership, supervision, and curriculum development in agricultural education in the United States and other countries.

Articles from Vol. 79, No. 5, March/April

Ffa Legacy
They stood before me as I was signing books in my booth at the National FFA Convention this fall in Indianapolis. The man showed his age but was still holding up. "This is gonna be my last," he said.I looked at him more attentively, "How long have you...
Here, by the Owl
A while back I was asked who has had the greatest influence on my live. I hadn't ever given it much thought, like most folks, I guess. After considerin' for a while I came up with five people that I could say actually affected the direction of my thinkin'....
Inclusion Corner
In 1982 I was pregnant with our second son, Chase. Having always loved hisotry and reading, I came across a historical novel on the life of Quanna Parker, Ride the Wind. For those of you that don't know who Quanna Parker was, he was the son of Cynthia...
My Job, My Joy, My Purpose, My Life!
As I sat poised behind the wheel of Bus 11, waiting the arrival of my 5th and 6th grade passengers, the hot summer sun of late August engulfed me; the air thick and inescapable. I never envisioned driving a bus to supplement my income as a first year...
Teaching-Why We Love It
Why do I teach? I'll bet I've asked myself that question at least 1000 times over the past twenty nine years. I haven't actually taught 29 years, only about 26 (time out for children and other things), but I've asked the question anyway. I remember being...
The Trail
In December of 1966, Dyslexic Don and two of his buddies sat at the front of Mr. K's Algebra I classroom in Rogers, Texas trying desperately to make-up enough points to pass the first semester. Classmates with higher grades played board games at the...
Were You A Master Teacher Today?
Wether or not you've ever visited the Statue of Liberty at Ellis Island, you have likely heard the words inscribed at the base of the statue that welcomes our country's visitors:"Give me your tired, yourpoor,Your huddled masses yearningto breathe free,The...
We Teach Agriculture Because We Can
Growing up I had the benefit of a large extended family, all living nearby. It was not out of the ordinary to have forty or fifty people at a family gathering such as a birthday or holiday. Among this group there were a large number of farmers and teachers....
What Agricultural Education's Fledglings Have to Say!
The la joie de faire of Teaching-Why We Do What We Do!The following article is composed of responses from student teachers in agricultural education from across the nation. Each were asked the following questions:1) Why do you want to be an agricultural...
Why Did I Stay So Long?
Twenty-four years. Why did I stay so long? When I first started teaching, I thought I would teach for a few years then go into the world of agribusiness. I told myself, I would not stay in the classroom long enough to teach my own children. All three...
Why Do Agricultural Educators Do What They Do?-I Believe You Know the Answer
When asked to serve as a theme editor for the Agricultural Education Magazine, I was, admittedly, intimidated to say the least. However, when told about the theme, I was excited about the opportunity before me. The experience of conversing with agricultural...
Why Do We Do What We Do?
A reflective agriculture teacher once wrote this synopsis of a typical day in the profession:A Day in the Life of an Agriculture Teacher(author unknown)6:30am - Got up, took shower. Can't find right shoe, dogs got it somewhere. Did feeding and tore hole...
Why I Choose to Be an Agricultural Educator
The responses I received from my parents when I made the big announcement that I wanted to major in Agricultural Education did little to encourage my decision. "Why would you want to teach agriculture?" followed by, "Why couldn't you teach another subject?...

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