I am thankful for many things in life. Near the top of my list are the amazing ag teachers for across the country. I am continuously amazed at the amazing things going on in agriculture classrooms and how much teachers care about not only their students, but also future ag teachers. Over the past four years I've had the opportunity to observe and teach in several area ag programs and have always been welcomed in with open arms.
This past week I've been observing at Baldwin-Woodville to meet the field experience requirements for my content area reading class. It's always very refreshing to be able to get back into the classroom. It's so easy for me to get wrapped up in college life (classes, organizations, and work) that I forget what it's like to be in a classroom (and in the hallway during passing time - uff da!). Over the past week I've helped eighth graders learn about FFA, spent time putting up shade cloth in the greenhouse, and observed small animal and intro to ag classes. My highlight was getting to see the second graders come visit the poinsettias they are growing to give to their parents. They were so excited!!! A big thanks to Ms. Kamm for letting me invade her classroom!
On Thursday night our Alpha Tau Alpha group at River Falls traveled to New Richmond to visit with Rachel Sauvola and see her brand new classroom! It was fun to see the new facilities including an aquaculture lab, greenhouse, animal learning center, along with a school tour. While we get experience in the classroom through observation hours, it's nice to connect with teachers through organizations like ATA as well. We are able to ask burning questions about teaching and hear about life in the trenches as an ag teacher. Thank you Ms. Sauvola for welcoming UWRF students into your classroom! And thank you to all teachers that help to mentor pre-service teachers - we are all very thankful!!!
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