Perhaps you have already had to answer the question, "What are the students you are taking with you going to learn that will overshadow the instruction they receive during seat-time in their regular classes?" As school officials and parents continue sharpen their gaze on the all-important standardized test scores, more and more of us are faced with the challenge of defending the educational value of taking students to learning events where impact is hard to measure with a paper/pencil test.
I think we all need a reminder that every event and activity our students participate in is supposed to be an expression/testament/evidence of what they are learning in our classrooms; not to mention all the core academic skills that are articulated in these activities and events. If we are just having activities to have activities; well, it is time to change the way we operate.
This edition of Making a Difference highlights the educational aspect of the National FFA Organization's largest event of the year. We hope you will use the articles and information to bolster your explanations for participation and showcase ways to strengthen the position of your chapter's activities and events.
In addition, please share your tips and strategies for ensuring everything you do is centered on educational outcomes and academic standards here in the Communities of Practice.