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Thanks everyone for playing along -- I hope it was fun.

 

I hope everyone helps at least 1 or 2 colleagues find the NEW CoP (Communities of Practice).  We have much to share with one another and a rising tide will float all boats.

 

Last weeks winner: Michael Peiffer

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"Chootem Clant Chootem!"

(reference to Swamp People on TV)

 

Last week -- Hope everyone has a great finish to the year.

 

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You'd think that since this was a Leap Year (does that need to be capitalized?) I'd be happy in the extension.  Apparently I need another.

 

Despite my earlier advice of Pacing Yourself (pretty sure that doesn't need to be capitalized) it seems I have been doing anything but.  And seeing how it is 'that time of year,' which I seem to say year-round, I'm sure I'm not the only one.  Welcome to spring.

 

In Oregon spring begins with spring break and the Oregon FFA State Convention.  March 23-26th saw Sutherlin FFA load up the minibus with enough students and luggage that the mudflaps dragged on the ground (I'm sure it's just weak shocks) and make the 450 mile sojourn across the state to the arid and empty northeastern part of the state.  Our state convention rotates around, giving a great chance to gain insight into a different type of country and agriculture industry; Oregon produces over 250 commodities so you don't have to travel far to find something new.  In one day we found ourselves amongst a million seed plugs and - six hours later - 46,000 feedlot cattle.  And about three more bathroom stops than necessary in between.  But the trip was fantastic and Hermiston High School pulled out all the stops in hosting this year's convention, and our chapter represented well with 13 State FFA Degree recipients, a state proficiency winner, and the newly elected State President.

 

After about 36 hours at home, it was onto an airplane for a trip to - of all the places in the world - Indianapolis, Indiana for the National Science Teacher's Association national convention.  But that's a great story for another time; after all, they aren't that much different than us.

 

Keep on keepin' on - it's going to be finals and graduation before we know it.  Because I'm pretty sure we're not getting any extra days.

 

READER RESPONSE:  what's keeping you busy these days?

Josh Dahlem

Little Moments

Posted by Josh Dahlem Apr 10, 2012

Spring is our busy time in Louisiana with CDEs and testing. We recently held our Area and State competitions, we did great. I only took a meats team, and, considering we only had 3 practices and I didn’t have the students this semester due to block scheduling, we qualified for state. This shows that if the students are committed, they can still achieve despite having formal practices and training. I was so proud to see their faces when they realized they had placed at Area and would get to compete at state. They worked hard training each other and met various weekends on their own. It was truly the best moment of the year so far.

 

Sometimes it’s the awards that are awesome, but other times its little moments during class that make teaching Ag great. The one liners that the kids come up with are priceless. Over the years, I have found that freshman animal reproduction is better than Christmas at getting you some awesome quotes. From not knowing how to properly spell terms to just being completely clueless about the process. It makes for a good week. Every teacher out there has a funny quote from a student that no matter what brightens your day. Remember as we work towards the end of school, that laughter is an instant vacation.

 

Feel free to share those quotes and maybe we can get a laugh or 2.

 

Quote of the day-Student A arguing with Student B as they are walking into class. A-“Bunnies come from eggs” B-“Why is that” A-“Well look at Easter. We had Easter bunnies laying eggs and hiding them for my brothers and sisters”

Matt Eddy

Caption Contest #3

Posted by Matt Eddy Apr 9, 2012

Hey - Thanks for playing along gang. Be sure to share with you friends on CoP and those that may need the introduction to CoP.

 

Last Weeks Winner:

 

@Richard_Douglass

 

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"Hello EBay seller XV36554  about this pigskin covered laptop cover...."

 

Here is week #3 -- only two left - don't be left out.  You can't win if you don't play.

 

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Matt Eddy

Caption Contest #2

Posted by Matt Eddy Apr 2, 2012

I was late last week.  I am hoping to do this on Monday each week.  Only 4 of them.  There is no limit to how many times you can enter -- but quality often trumps quantity. FWIW

 

Last Weeks Winner: Melanie Bloom

 

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"He's never going to find that flash drive in there.  I really hid it this time!"

 

Congratulations.

 

This weeks Picture -- Enjoy, ME

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