Kellie Claflin

I love fall!

Blog Post created by Kellie Claflin on Oct 12, 2010
I absolutely love October and fall weather! My walks to and from campus are filled with beautiful trees, crunchy leaves and crisp fall air. October also means that the school year is in full swing and life is busy, busy, busy! But I just think of it as training for being an ag teacher.

Last night I got back to River Falls after a trip to Manhattan, Kansas to the K-State campus for the North-Central Region of the American Association for Agricultural Education conference. The meeting which brings together university faculty, graduate and undergraduate students to network and present current research about agricultural education. As I prepare to enter the teaching profession, I enjoy learning about new research as it applies to recruiting students into the secondary ag programs, coaching CDE teams and teacher resiliency. It got me really excited to put the theory into practice in the classroom!


The trip also had several other highlights. My main highlight was finding Claflin Road that runs through the K-State campus, especially since I don't come across many other references to my last name. I also enjoy seeing other college campuses, so it was fun touring both the academic buildings and campus lab farms. On Sunday afternoon, the conference attendees toured the Konza Prairie, which is one of the last remaining tallgrass prairies and we even experienced bison sightings! To round off the trip, the UW-River Falls group made a trip to Call Hall to experience K-State ice cream. (The cookies and cream flavor is my recommendation!)
As an FFA member I loved traveling and exploring different parts of the United States. I've been lucky that I have been able to continue to travel as a college student. I've been to South Dakota with the UWRF Dairy Club, Nebraska for AAAE meetings and Nashville for NAAE Convention. It's been a great to complement travel to conferences with my classroom learning. And of course, one of my favorite travel experiences is coming up next week - National FFA Convention in Indy!!! I can't wait!