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A Day In the Life of an Ag Teacher

97 Posts authored by: Matt Eddy

If we do not change ourselves, someone else will change us - for us.         Which do you prefer?

 

I have always wanted to believe that the best way to influence the future was to invent it. Working hard, see what is coming around the bend and prepare to be there first.  It's what brought our program to create a $26,000 aquaponic unit to raise lettuce for the school cafeteria. We think it's the next growth place in agriculture, using less land and less water to create high quality protein and greens in about any location.

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It's why we have invested so much time and effort in CASE curriculum to improve the rigor and relevance of my classroom instruction. Just yesterday an inquisitive youth in my class asked about how I used to teach in relation to a comment I had made. So I showed him...  "Angus cattle, brought to the United States between 1878 and 1883... smacks board with ruler... Next Slide... Hereford Cattle, from Herfordshire, England --- the English are so original with their names... (Insert laugh track here).... the look of horror on his face was almost priceless.

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We have been an affiliated chapter since the pilot program however many years ago(8 to 10?). 100% membership and 100% SAE -- every class, every kid, every day.

 

I'm finished picking winners and losers, I want to spend my time empowering every student to improve themselves in some way thru Agriculture Education. If they all do a little, it turns into a lot.  We aren't perfect and we have lots of gaps to fill. But I'm willing to change what it is that I do and our program does in order to chase that goal. Fortune favors the bold.

 

As we amble along these next 6 months, we have a lot of deciding to do.  There will be more decisions in the next 12 to 18. We may need to take some hard looks at what is we do and what it is we want to be. Spend some time and really evaluate US. Because if we don't... we may not get the chance too.

 

There once was a dream that was Rome....

Matt Eddy

And the learning goes on.

Posted by Matt Eddy Apr 21, 2017

Voracious. Insatiable. Unquenchable. Compulsive. Eager. Ravenous.

 

One key characteristics that I find in all of the educators that I put into my 'good' category is their desire to learn more about their profession and hone their skills.  Continuing to learn as part of a any profession is key to your potential success. It may be the most important key to success in the field of education.

 

These couple days in Minneapolis, CASE LEAD Teachers have gathered to continue to sharpen the saw.  Not only is this work vital to producing effective Curriculum Institutes in the summer to help train new instructors in CASE, but it also has intrinsic benefits to our classrooms when we return home.

 

Besides curriculum planning, learning about new CASE updates and progresses, we had a great in-service by Drew Perkins from www.wegrowteachers.com -- on questioning in Inquiry-based Instruction.  This is a key element to the CASE model and we really enjoyed spending a good amount of time reflecting and defining best practices in questioning techniques. QFT - Question Formatting Technique -- was a great addition to our CASE toolbox and will reap benefits for other teachers and our students for years to come.

 

When you consider your professional learning - let the thirst for knowledge engulf you and consume your drive for improvement.

 

Non scholae sed vitae discimus

Matt Eddy

I've been everywhere...

Posted by Matt Eddy Sep 21, 2016

Travel, I've had my share, man

I've been everywhere

 

Thanks to OP McCubbins - I was re-reading some of my earlier posts -- like 5 years ago.  Boy doesn't time fly when you are having fun.

 

In the last 5 years --

  • I was teaching CASE in Washington, Ohio, Pennsylvania; took one in Maryland, along with Mentoring in Minnesota and Missouri  ... and getting 'trained' in Colorado.

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  • I've been to Indianapolis, Louisville, Seattle, and Washington DC

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  • Toured all the finer places in Louisiana - including New Orleans TWICE.

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  • Visited farms in North Carolina, Del-Mar-Va and Southern Iowa

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  • Talked with Legislators, diplomats, farmers, and ethanol producers.

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                    Secretary of Agriculture from Kosovo

  • Tip toed through Malaysia, the Philippines, and Hong Kong

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  • Got stuck in airports in DC, St. Louis, Chicago - only slowed down in Dumagette and Lankowi

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                                   Security...

  • Saw cucumbers, corn, beans, goats, sweet corn, sugar cane, rice, cows, pigs, milk being produced (and there was more)

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  • Played, worked, ate and slept immersed in agriculture and the great people who are in it.

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I'm sure I could work up a list that would be longer than my arm, because Teaching Agriculture has been a great adventure these last five years (18 total).  I look forward to what comes next cause it seems like "I've been everywhere, man"...

Matt Eddy

In with the new...

Posted by Matt Eddy Aug 23, 2016

The first day of school always holds a certain promise.  I'm a huge fan of potential and today is like my own little special holiday.

 

I wish everyone a happy first day of school - last week, this week or next.

 

Things I have shipped in new this year:

Electric Pencil sharpener -- it's amazing how the little things make a big difference.

250 Barramundi - New year, new fish.

Reagents for green Fluorescent Protein Chromatography - Who doesn't?

A box of day old Casey's donuts -- cause they are better than the new ones.

Monitor splitter -- 2 screens are better than 1.

MasterTag catalog for 2017

one new travel bag for my computer

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and a bunch of new students brimming with potential.

 

Have a great one - ME

Disclaimer: What follows below is one-side of a provocative coin:  Wes and Matt have taken a topic and then divvied up the "Point" side and the "Counter-Point" side.  Neither article necessarily reflects the personal or professional opinions of either Wes Crawford or Matt Eddy  Rather, the goal is to generate some professional dialog about what a day looks like in the 21st Century to be an Agriculture Educator.  Catch Wes's flip side here http://communities.naae.org/blogs/dayinthelife/2016/02/07/would-you-like-fries-with-that-state-degree-pin.


Topic: Is Working at McDonalds an SAE project?


Jim Handy looked with disapproval at the weather report. SNOW -- BLIZZARD -- Lots of it.  He sighed -- A day off is exactly what he needed but not this week.  Proficiencies and State Degrees, contests and officer books were due in 4 days.  And Mr. Handy was going to need every one of them to wrangle those kids and get their record books put into order.  It really should have been done last fall, but in-between homecoming parade floats and preparing for National FFA convention (then dealing with the fall-out when Timmy Timmerson skipped curfew to meet some girls from Nebraska - his father was the head of the Flat Broke Savings and Loan as luck would have it - and it was a long conversation and a long fall for Mr. Handy).  After those red hot coals were put out, it was the end of the semester and grading multiple choice tests took all of Mr. Handy's free time.


Most of the impending degrees were pretty straight forward.  Mr. Handy had lots of kids who showed livestock or worked at the Heartache Co-op - loading customer trucks with bags of feed and fertilizer. Heartache hired them by the handful and paid a whopping $5.25 an hour - good pay for a youngster and this had kept Mr. Handy's students in SAE projects for years. But now students were getting ideas -- and he was having trouble keeping them focused on good Agriculture projects.


Take Elias - he was a nice kid, Handy mused, but not coming from a farm, he was certainly disadvantaged in class. Just last week when they were ear notching paper cut-outs of pigs ears, he asked - "Mr. Handy, why is this important??" -- "Well,..." puffed Handy, "it just is. We've been notching pigs since before I taught this class and we will be notching pigs long after I retire in a few years" -- that Elias was a regular wise-apple sometimes Handy thought.  Even his SAE was an exercise in tolerance.  Elias worked at the new McDonald's that cropped up at the junction of the Interstate bypass and Highway 218.  It was the talk of the town, since otherwise you had to drive 30 miles to have a good meal. Elias was one of two students of Mr. Handy who worked there.  $8.25 an hour! Handy didn't know how they could stand to pay such exorbitant wages to youngsters.  And how was he supposed to explain this SAE to the State Degree board?? Why - it's never been done.  And to compound matters, Elias was the son of old Mrs. Winklefelter who taught college-prep calculus.  And the last time she had caught Handy in the teacher's lounge she had scurried over to him to talk about how excited Elias was to earn his State Degree next year along with his classmates.  Shoot, how was he supposed to work with those kind of expectations?? It's downright uncivil.  He had muttered about looking forward to 'helping' and after grabbing his new "Livestock Showman Monthly" magazine, he made a hasty exit.


As Handy made his way back into the ag room, he noticed a light on the phone - Agh, messages.  He hated that phone.  If he wasn't in, then just call back later... He reluctantly redialed the number and searched his desk for the slip of paper with the code to unlock it. "Dang, fangled nabber flabber's"... he muttered.


When the message finally cued up, it was Farmer Jones, the octogenarian who had a small dairy down by the Old Creek Road.  Turned out the last worker he hired from the local community college wasn't coming back (4th one this month Handy reflected) and Farmer Jones was wondering if he knew of any kids who might want to help around the place a bit. Handy reflected on his classes -- maybe what Farmer Jones needed was some new blood  that he could train the right way to do things around his farm.  Handy made a note to call Farmer Jones back and also wrote down to talk with Elias tomorrow about his SAE -- maybe he could get two crows with the same stone....



As our shortage of agriculture producers continues and the average age of the American Farmer becomes more geriatric - shouldn't agriculture education programs focus on producing more producers?? The entire industry and mankind depends on the few, the proud, the Farmer. 


We don't have a shortage of fast food workers, co-op employees, and the like -- but we do have a shortage of farmers.  Mr. Handy may have agricultures best interests at heart...

NATIONAL CONVENTION TIME!

 

What?  Were you thinking Christmas??

 

As I work through the late night of Conferences, I have been reminiscing on National Convention Trips of the past.  Indulge me.

 

National Convention

1999-2003 -- PRE-digital cameras,

phones and selfies.

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2004

Not my first group, but my first at Southeast Polk.  A great group to travel and learn with.

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2005

Somehow they talked me into stopping at White Castle. Great kids, but the food wasn't up to their level.

I still don't understand Herold and Kumar's rush to get to this place.

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2006

I should have seen this selfie thing

coming a long way off.

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2007

It's the ties that bind us.

Kids always love seeing the National Officer do the Opening Ceremonies -- and saying their part along with them.

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2008

The first and only year (to date) I have missed National Convention and it was to stay home with my sick family. It was surreal to see the bus pull away that morning and not be on it.

I learned a couple things though:

 

1. Sub Plans are made to be used. :-)

 

2. The benefits to a bus trip with multiple chapters are underrated until mayhem rears its ugly head.

 

3. The parent/teacher who went in my place still describes it as one of the best educational experiences he has had in his career.

It left an indelible mark with him.

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2009

When you are 850 miles from home, you make new discoveries.

FFAmily

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2011

The first American Degree since the inception of Southeast Polk in 1964 - and incidentally the first Star over America.

I look forward to the big things that Vivian will accomplish.

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2012

They taught the presenter how to do the 'Proud to be a RAM' sign that they made up.

'Cause... you know... that's how we roll.

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2013

#4 and #5 American Degrees -- I will let them argue about which one was which.

This year Brett (right) will take her own FFA members to their first National Convention.

I hope hers will go as well as mine have.

 

It's a magical time of the year -- harvest is in full swing, the school year is into a groove and it's time to head home -- to see my FFAmily.

 

Stop and say hi -- I'd love to hear from you.

Matt Eddy

What about you?

Posted by Matt Eddy Sep 10, 2015

"Come inside, the show's about to start

guaranteed to blow your head apart

Rest assured you'll get your money's worth

The greatest show in Heaven, Hell or Earth.

You've got to see the show, it's a dynamo.

You've got to see the show, it's rock and roll ...."

 

Working my way into another school year.  We've made it through the Iowa State Fair and are settling into a school-like routine.

 

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As usual, as Nina Crutchfield once explained to me -- (not the exact quote) "Ag teachers always master something and then move on to something else new. Not really getting rid of the old, but just heaping on the new."

 

I don't suppose this isn't far from my truth. 

 

We've added a drone to the Ag Department (maybe more if some grants get funded) and we haven't seemed to stop doing any of the other old stuff either.

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I have truly enjoyed blogging about a 'Day in the Life of an Ag Teacher' and it's provided a nice cathartic release for my thoughts - odd as they may be.

 

Blogs on Grading 1 & Grading 2, teaching, FFA, the Trials and Tribulations of being an Ag Teacher.  But I wonder --

 

What topics would you like to hear about?  DM me on Twitter @AgEd4ME or message me on CoP or email me matthew.eddy@southeastpolk.org

 

For those about to rock (teach) -- "We Salute You"

Matt Eddy

Grading - Part Deux

Posted by Matt Eddy May 21, 2015

Maybe you caught the last time I was talking about my grading 'walk-about' -- if not - here -> My kid got a what??

 

I had been studying, researching, reading, contemplating for a couple years prior to Fall of 2013 -- so don't think this was a whim.  No one forced it upon me (see below) and I felt it was necessary part of my getting better at my craft.

 

I thought I would report back some of my findings:

  1. Doing something because you want to, as opposed to a school mandate, is way more fun. (Crazy, I know)  My reflection into my grading practices was something I wanted to do, not something that was pushed down from on high -- I suppose that makes all the difference.  I'm probably ahead of the curve.  SBG is coming - it's just a matter of time.
  2. What do you do with Tommy/Sally when they don't learn -- are all students able to learn?  Should they?  If they don't - what do we do then as educators?  Can a student get more than one try at demonstrating their learning?? Can a student demonstrate their learning in a different manor? How does this affect the 'assembly line' approach to education?  Paradigms might need to be shifted and re-aligned.  How can education be more effective for EVERY student.
  3. The Game of School -- If you are like me (and let's hope you aren't) I've been playing this game of school for a while.  The grading part was just the encore.  I wonder to myself now - did I really learn all that much in school or was I just good at parrotting the answer the teacher wanted?
  4. Who moved the cheese? -- Kids are very willing to go with it - parents, not so much.  We have really put a lot of emphasis on GPA.  Maybe more than I am willing to be comfortable with.
  5. Research - Ken O'Conner (@kenoc7) and Rick Wormeli (@rickWormeli2) will certainly give you something to think about. I suppose someone with more letters behind their name than I can give an educated opinion on the research, but the best stuff I have found is from practitioners. It certainly takes some time to ground the theory in your day-to-day practice. I'm still working on it.
  6. Doing What We Have Always Done -- why do we grade the way we do? Ever wonder to yourself??  Is it because it is what we know from being student?? Changing a thought process on something so ingrained in education could be defined as kicking a sacred cow.  But it might be one that needs it.  Does our grades accurately reflect what a student has learned? Or are they clouded with a multitude of confusing issues.
  7. Get rid of -- zero's, late points being docked, extra credit, extra credit for bringing in kleenex, weighting, averages, group grades et al -- the list goes on.  I am ashamed to say I used to do some very bad practices.
    1. Who do you want packing your parachute? The kid with an 83% average, the one who got 100% proficient by the end of training, or the one who got an A because they mopped the floor every Friday after class for extra credit??
  8. Do you have a grading culture or learning culture? -- are kids more interested in learning for it's own sake or doing whatever it is we deem them to do to get the grade they want.  It kinda makes you think a bit about the culture we have created in school.  I would much rather teach in a learning culture.  Maybe that's why I am so intrigued with the SBG grading systems.

 

What a long strange trip it's been.  After some re-tooling this summer, I hope to be almost fully immersed in a SBG system.  There are lots of schools you can look to for examples and help.

 

Maybe this summer is a good time to engage in professional discussion around grading practices.  C'mon in - the water is fine.

Matt Eddy

You Can't Handle the Truth

Posted by Matt Eddy Mar 23, 2015

After reading several articles lately in my state and a neighboring state - the battle we are waging to educate the public about agriculture and it's production methods is very real.  Sometimes I wonder what the trial of 'the farmer' would look like... (Creative liberties were taken)


Farmer: I'll answer the question!

[to Kaffee]

Farmer: You want answers?

Kaffee: I think I'm entitled to.

Farmer: *You want answers?*

Kaffee: *I want the truth!*

Farmer: *You can't handle the truth!*

[pauses]

Farmer: Son, we live in a world that has farms, and those farms have to be worked by men (and women) with plows. Who's gonna do it? You? You, Lt. Weinburg?

 

I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You weep for the environment, and you curse the Farmer. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know.

 

That producing food in abundance, while tragic to you, probably saved lives. (Billions actually) And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, provides food. You don't want the truth because deep down in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me on that farm, you need me on that farm. We use words like honor, work ethic, commitment. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent creating an abundant, safe food supply. You use them as a punchline.

 

I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a person who rises and eats under the smorgasbord of the very food that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way, Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a plow, and farm a plot of land.


Either way, I don't give a dern what you think you are entitled to.


Kaffee: Did you produce the most food you could?

Farmer: I did the job I...

Kaffee: *Did you produce the most food for the least cost of any nation on this planet?*

Farmer: *You're Gol' Dern right I did!*

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Well -- maybe i'm just over caffeinated and not getting enough rest...

Keep teaching everyone you can about the story of Agriculture... and tell Rob Reiner I'm sorry.

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Matt Eddy

#agedu365

Posted by Matt Eddy Jan 27, 2015

Maybe your twitter-less or maybe you hung the moon online.  Either way -- maybe you have heard about the hastag - #farm365.

 

If not - quick synopsis -- started with the idea of posting about farm life all year round -- a great thing.  Hijacked (for lack of a better term) by those who would be listed as not being as interested in farming life year round.  (Activists) -- and so it begins.

 

The way I look at it -- any publicity is good publicity and the opportunity to tell our story is too good to pass up and too important to be lost in the noise.

 

So -- my new years resolution ( a little late, but better late than never) is to post once a day about the life of an Ag teacher on twitter -- all year around. Hence --  #agedu365

 

I would invite the 3 of you (maybe more, if I include my parents) that read these blog posts regularly to join with me in sharing our profession as 'the Ag Ed world turns'.

 

Today we went to the FFA Legislative Symposium and had a great day advocating for our profession.  Maybe that's what jarred my thinking.

 

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“Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world.

In fact, it is the only thing that ever has.”

Margaret Mead

Matt Eddy

What do you do?

Posted by Matt Eddy Oct 8, 2014

Sometimes I wonder about things...

 

What do you do when it all becomes too much? 

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We all know Ag teaching can be tough - the statistics bear that out without much argument.  Too many wash out before they really get started.

 

Sometimes just making a place in this world where you don't have to be "The Ag Teacher" can be worth more than you might think.

 

For me - it's my passion for the Green Felt Monster. (or blue -- pick your poison).

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And some ornately configured trees. Below is some Buckeye Burl in the handle of my break cue - very pleased with how it turned out.  It's an Bruce Johnson Cue's one of a kind.

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Another one that is in the works -- eagerly anticipated too...

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The only thing I ask is that in the case I pass early -- Dear Lord - don't let my wife sell them for what I told her I paid.

 

Whether Ambonya Burl or Ebony points makes you no nevermind - it's nice to have someplace to be able to realize that there is more than grading, judging teams, missed assignments, failed tests and eating lunch in under 10 minutes flat.

 

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[in their $3,000 game, after Minnesota Fats breaks, it's Eddie's shot]

Fast Eddie: How should I play that one, Bert? Play it safe? That's the way you always told me to play it: safe... play the percentage.

Well, here we go: fast and loose. One ball, corner pocket.

Yeah, percentage players die broke, too, don't they, Bert?

 

[he makes the shot and the spectators applaud]

 

Fast Eddie: How can I lose?

 

What's your favorite way to recharge?

Matt Eddy

Holy Summertime Batman!

Posted by Matt Eddy Jun 30, 2014

Well, June is sure a fun month -- a busy month -- but a fun month.

 

Aside from various Career Development events --

one day for Agronomy, Food Science, and Ag Mechanics;

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another for Horse Judging, Floriculture and Nursery Landscape

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-- and Officer Retreats and DLCCO training,

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helping present with Daniel Foster & Christopher Zane Sheehan on "Leveraging Social Media for Program Success: Preparing your students for the Digital World!  #TeachAgSM14 for the Indiana Association of Agriculture Educators (IAAE) Conference -- incidentally, which is not the Iowa Association of Agriculture Educators (IAAE) -- which can be confusing.

 

We sold off one of our cull cows from the ALC herd -- a good market for cattle continues -- at the site of the 2014 National Auctioneers Championships in Knoxville, Iowa.

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I wanted to talk about the great time had by all at the Region III Conference hosted by Wisconsin Association of Agriculture Educators in Middleton Wisconsin. IF you have not attended a Regional conference -- GO!  Regional Conferences are one of the best times and have certainly helped me grow in the profession.  Besides helping craft the future of our professional organization - there are usually great tours of the areas agriculture.  Not only do you get to become more familiar with the teachers from your state, but also from your region.  Our profession is tough enough as it is -- getting to know other educators with your same situations (even regionally) makes it a little bit easier.  I'm not sure if my goal of attending more regional conferences than Bob (and Barb) Leonard from Iowa is possible -- but I do know that the years that I miss Region III are a bit duller by comparision.

 

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Next year -- Region III in Poplar Bluff, NE  - I hope we can lay in enough supplies to make it out there.

 

Now to put the Tundra to use and start getting ready for the Iowa State Fair - a scant 35 days away. A CASE workshop in-between and a short family vacation.  Time sure flies when you are having fun.

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Remember to sharpen the saw this summer at a Regional Conference -- it's a marathon, not a sprint.

Matt Eddy

What is good teaching?

Posted by Matt Eddy May 6, 2014

Tao - When the student is ready, the teacher will appear

 

Are you a good teacher?  Why would you say that?

 

And before you throw something at me, I completely believe there might be as many varied answers as people reading this post --- all 4 or 5 of you.

 

Can anyone teach?  We all know there is much difference in the theory of education and the practice of education.  "If it were easy, everyone would do it".  Listening to the talking head pundits of education, it should be easy to quantify and box up all neat and tidy. Right?


The Dagget model would have us understand that the application of knowledge is key to highly rigerous education.

 

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I think that the easy part of learning is the transfer of knowledge.  Information. Facts. Certainties. Knowledge / Remembering --  Anyone can do that.

 

What I think is the hard part is sustaining the learners thirst for more, and furthering the growth from the gathering of facts. Level B and hopefully D --  and I'm not sure that everyone can do that... without help.

 

So how do we do that hard part?  And notice I asked about good teaching earlier... not good learning.  Teaching implies what we do as educators to create the environment where a student can learn.  Learning implies what the student does.  We will never have a model so good that the teacher is removed from the equation.

 

Teaching is an art.  An art that is based in science and sound methodologies.  How do we go about perfecting our teaching?

 

  • How much time really goes into reflection? of our teaching?
  • Do we challenge the process we used?
  • Does the inquisitiveness of the learner matter?
  • How much self-actualization are we capable of as teachers?
  • Can we put our ego's aside as we reflect on our shortcomings?

 

Sometimes we need a change of venue to make us reflect upon what our practices really are.

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As Ag teachers, some of our most important reflective time needs to be put into teaching.  Honing our craft.  Studying the pedagogy that is being used and tried in the current educational profession at-large. Time spent not creating new materials, but considering new methodology.  I find the variety in Agriculture Education across the country to contain a certain beauty.  But the thorns on that rose give me concern.   Can we be sustainable?  Is it transferable? Can we make system wide adjustments easily to continue to follow best practices or are we stuck with trickle down (or up) to implement changes to our current practices?

 

Aristotle wrote: "It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."


How should you best teach?  I don't know and I sure can't tell you.  I DO think that you should teach the best way you know how - including constantly considering the HOW.  Continuing to perfect your art for the benefit of your students.

 

Artists don't perfect their art without improving their techniques. Even Jackson Pollock

 

To quote Jay Bilas: "I gotta go to work"

Matt Eddy

Life is good today

Posted by Matt Eddy Apr 16, 2014

It's been a while here, but I hope your world has been spinning along this spring.  We have had more than normal snow and sprinkled in some 80 degree days... hard to get used to one temperature before it changes.

 

Today my FFA members worked to set up the Altoona Community Garden -- a community committee undertook this project and wanted me to participate.  Instead of me, I nominated one of my senior members to be on the committee and represent the FFA.  She did an excellent job, helped create plans for the community garden, secure supplies, found help from fellow FFA members and helped make the FFA an integral part of the event. I was lucky enough to be able to drive the truck today and help where needed.  Made me feel good about their accomplishments and the role Agriculture Education played in preparing them for it.

 

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Speaking of trucks -- the Toyota truck arrived yesterday, just in time to be put to work for our community garden.  BIg thanks to NAAE, Toyota, and National FFA Foundation for making this award possible.  What a great thing for agriculture education -- more people have stopped me in the last 6 months and inquired about Ag Ed than have for the past 15 years. No Joke!  It's a great chance to help people see that Ag Ed is a legitimate educational model and is developing phenomenal kids.  As evidenced above.

 

I think the kids (my kids) had more fun than I did picking up the truck last night. ;-)
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State Convention is in two weeks and a CASE Training in between.  Living la vida loca.

Matt Eddy

Hold on Loosely

Posted by Matt Eddy Mar 7, 2014

(Sang in the style of .38 Special)

Hold on loosely, but don't let go.

If you cling to tightly, you can loose control...

 

Spring Break is here next week and I've got a punchers chance of making it.... but my arms are getting tired.

 

Advanced Animal Sciences Preg Checked Animal Learning Center Cows yesterday. 16 of 21.  Not stellar, but within our window of acceptability.  The kids were excited and you could feel the learning in the air.  Some days I would pay for the privilege of this job....

 

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Looks like a trap...Top head gate crew in the county...
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Doc's AngelsApplication of Permectrin on calves
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Photo-bombSelfie Nation

 

We head to District Contests tomorrow and aside from minor turbulence, we should arrive in fine fashion.  A great day should be had by all.

 

Hope you all have a great Spring (after a tough winter ALL OVER) and that we find our way to the end of the year in good order.

 

(Sung in the style of Autograph)

 

I'm working hard, you're working too

We do it every day

For every minute I have to work

I need a minute of play

Now listen
I wanna shake, I wanna dance
So count it off one, two, three
I hear the beat, I'm in a trance
No better place to be

 

Daytime, nighttime, anytime
Things go better with rock
I'm goin' twenty four hours a day
I can't seem to stop


Turn up the radio

I need the music, gimme some more

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