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. 77, No. 5, March/April

A Survival Memo for New Agricultural Teachers
INTERNAL MEMOTo: "The New Ag Teacher"From: "Your Predecessor"RE: Recommendations for SurvivalCongratulations on your new position as the high school agricultural instructor. Since I have been in the position for several years and have learned a great...
Before We Teach: Considerations for Managing the Modern Agri-Science Classroom
How did he/she learn to teach that well?To the uninformed observer, teachers direct students to a particular lesson and the students go to work. In reality, successful instruction often requires considerable preparation before the teacher even enters...
Constructivist Teaching: Developing Constructivist Approaches to the Agricultural Education Class
As practicing teachers, we often don't take time to reflect on our teaching. As a result we often keep doing the same old thing year after year unless something goes wrong. For those who graduated from college more than 15 years ago, you may not be aware...
Effective Teaching: The Deliberate Act of Planning, Organizing, and Managing a Comprehensive Agriculture Program
I am a teacher at heart and there are moments in the classroom when I can hardly hold the joy...teaching is the finest work I know...But at other moments, the classroom is so lifeless, or painful, or confused...that my claim to be a teacher seems a transparent...
Evaluating "Doing to Learn" Activities: Using Performance-Based Assessments
Scenario: Mr. Smith, an agricultural educator with 15 years experience, crafted a very effective integrated activity in his agricultural mechanics class that required students to design and build a project out of wood. The objective of his lesson was...
Great Opportunities in Urban Agriculture: Planning for Teaching in Non-Traditional Programs
I attended a regional suburban agricultural education program in Connecticut during high school that changed my life. Prior to that enrollment, I had always liked to work with animals and thought that veterinary medicine would be my chosen career. My...
Incorporating Science, Math, and Reading into the Agriculture Classroom: The Role of the Laboratory
What is the difference between an "Ag Shop" and an "Agricultural Mechanics Laboratory?" Is the "School Farm" the same as the "Agriculture Land Laboratory?" I would suggest that the difference between these is greater than just semantics. It is even more...
Preparing for Success in the Classroom
Have you ever walked out of a classroom after the bell only to think of all the things you meant to communicate but didn't? Or better yet, have you ever been in front of a group of students wanting to make an important point, only to become distracted...
The Infusion of Reading Grows Ancillary Literacy: How Good of a Teacher Are You?
Too often as teachers we are consumed with the mastery of our content and we forget that we are to be effective deliverers of information. The most knowledgeable expert in a content area is truly impotent in the classroom if some basic concepts of effective...
The Teacher as a Rain Dancer
Teaching seemed to have to much magic, mystery. I always felt nervous, even afraid. If I got the steps right for the rain dance, rain came, but I never knew till I was wet whether I was close. I never seemed to have any sense of what a good rain dance...
Three Circles: Circus Side Show or a Modern Agricultural Science Program?
Some say agriculture is fading from society. The number of farms decreases every year and urban encroachment continually challenges many farmers (USDA, 2002). Yet, the world's population continues to rise at an alarming rate. Who will feed all of these...
Writing Objectives in Secondary Agriculture Courses That Challenge Students to Think
Imagine embarking on a road trip across the United States to a specified, but unknown to you destination. To further complicate the situation, you are forbidden to take a map or to stop to ask for directions. Obviously, the frustration would quickly...
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