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For example, the Ag Foundations class was to be learning about the major breeds of the beef industry. I left instructions for them to create their own flash cards with a picture of the breed on one side and then information about the breed as well as the name on the other side. While writing out the directions for the activity, I realized how hard it is to write out instructions that are clear and concise enough for someone else to explain it. It was easy for me to map out what the steps were in completing this task, but having to write them out made me think through how to write them so that anyone could follow what my thoughts were.
The second day that I had to leave sub plans, I knew that both Mrs. Fry and Mr. Swineford would be coving my content. I still had to leave detailed plans and go over with them what I wanted to occur while I was gone, but it did seem easier that they knew my teaching style and knew me a little to know how I would go through the lesson if I was there. It was much harder leaving a lesson for someone I had never met or knowing how they teach or their background knowledge.
|Selinsgrove Ag Mechanics team at the SUN area contest.|
Selinsgrove Small Gas Engines team, first place!
Saying all that, this was a very fun week for me as a teacher. We had several activities in class where I got to see students push themselves and ask some great "Why" questions. We also had the state officers come visit all of our classes this past week. I was able to see several students step outside their comfort zones and really step up as leaders within their classes and help their teams rise to victory in the activities the state officers had them perform. I was also able to travel with the FFA members to the SUN area CDE day. We had a team compete in each of the CDEs that day; milk quality and products, ag mechanics and small gas engines. Our teams did a great job in each of their contests and it was a great feeling watching them succeed and the pride they had in the work they had done. I rounded out the week by heading back to State College to spend some well needed, quality time with the rest of #PSUAGED18 and my Penn State Teach Ag Family! It was great to finally get to see my cohort members and hear about their experiences in the past 6 weeks.
|Selinsgrove Milk Quality and Products Team.|
Students getting the "Toxic Popcorn" from one bucket to the other
without touching it or reaching in the circle. This was just one of
the great team building activities the State Officers did!