This past Tuesday high school students from all across the state came to Purdue for a special visit to the annual AgEd Recruitment Day. Students were able to speak one-on-one with Ag Education students and really see what it is like to be a college student within this major. Later several AgEd students spoke on a discussion panel where parents and high schoolers were able to ask questions about all aspects of Purdue. For lunch, students were able to experience campus life and go eat with a college student at Pappy's, Five Guys, and other delicious restaurants on campus. This allowed students to really develop a relationship with the AgEd student and get to know their story and life at Purdue. Finally, Mrs. Kate Skirvin came and spoke to everyone about why she became an Ag teacher. She shared her insight and several inspiring stories that she has accumulated throughout her career. She also shared her passion with everyone hopefully sparking that same passion in the students to become agricultural educators too!
This afternoon a handful of AgEd students gathered in AgAdmin 121 to discuss learning styles and how to assist students to be the best learners. Before one can see how to help students learn best, it is important to know what kind of learner he/she is. These AgEd students were able to take a short nine question quiz to discover their learning style. Afterwards, the different learning styles were discussed along with ways to incorporate the different learning styles into lessons for the classroom.
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On November 3rd, some of the future Agriculture Educators met in the Ag Administration building to discuss technology that they could use for the Adopt an Ag Class Program. McCord Snider researched websites and presented his findings during this meeting. PowToon and Eyejot were two main websites that he found to be best for this program. This program involves making a connection between a Purdue Ag. Ed. student and a middle/high school agriculture classroom in Indiana. Students will find out more about the agriculture class and share their agriculture knowledge with students, electronically, throughout the school year. The Purdue students will take on the role of a teacher for the students in the classroom; sharing their career-oriented experiences at Purdue and lessons that have been prepared that can be shared electronically. By providing a college mentor/educator to the high school classroom, those students will be provided alternative methods of learning about agriculture. Contact McCord Snider for more information about the two websites if needed.
Click on the link below to learn more about the Adopt an Ag Class Program. This video was made using PowToon.
This week's Gold Light Special article brought to you by Caroline Kuhn:
At the Gold Light Special this week, we went to the Discount Den to get this Gold Light Special started off the right way! After getting our Den Pops, we walked to a county park to discuss how we can incorporate different kinds of teaching and community service in our classrooms. We then walked to the Horticulture Garden to continue discussion about student learning outside of the classroom.
This afternoon, Beth Theobald shared with AgEd students the basic components of a lesson plan. She also used a sample lesson that any ag teacher could use in their own classroom, specifically in a landscaping class. This lesson was a hands on lesson, and covered the different components of a lesson (i.e. objectives, assessment, and the procedure). The use of hands on activities, and creativity when developing lesson plans was discussed and most definitely encouraged for all teachers, not just ag teachers. If you were not able to make it to this Gold Light Special, check out the links below to see the basic components of a lesson plan!
Just a little over a week ago, the Ag Ed students gathered at Happy Hollow Park for the Non-Chicken Chicken BBQ. The title of this event may sound very strange to most, but in actuality it is just a get-together AgEd students have, where chicken BBQ is not the meal served. This year, the meal included pizza along with various other snacks members brought. After eating, the annual volleyball tournament took place where each class competed for the championship title, but only for bragging rights. After a lot of sweat, laughter, and line calls, the Juniors took the win. Finally, the class pictures were taken, and even a "family" photo was taken that was entered in the National Teach Ag Day photo contest.
Yesterday, Beth Theobald gathered with students in AgAdmin 121 to talk about basic parliamentary procedure practices. One of the things she taught was how to make a main motion. The skills she discussed were ones that students can use in their classrooms in the future, and also in the real world. A huge thank you to Alexis Pearson for putting the Parli in Your Pocket cards together! If you missed this Gold Light Special session, check out the links below to download the cards and information. These Gold Light Specials will occur once a week on a different day and time each week. The topic will be different every time as well. Be sure to check them out as your schedule allows it!
Article by: Rebecca McDole & Lindsey Wietlisbach
The Purdue Soils Invitational was held this past Saturday (September 6th) at the Beck’s research farm. Although it was really wet and muddy the contestants improved their soil knowledge. There were many chapters with dedicated members that came to compete. The contest consisted of four different pits in various locations. After the contestants were done they were able to go back through and discuss the characteristics of the pits. Along with judging different types of soil, the members gained new friendships along the way.
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