Andrea Fristoe

New Teacher News -- January 2018

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Jan 25, 2018






Totally Acceptable. . . .



  1. To secretly wish for a snow day so you can catch up on lesson planning, grading assignments, and sleep,
  2. To daydream about the warmth of summer,
  3. To color-code your new calendar/planner and make sure to include friends and family time and get-togethers,
  4. To build a snowman in order to teach your students about the properties of water,
  5. To remember you are one person and it is ok if you cannot do everything -- delegation is a key component of this profession!






My Corner of the World


The life of a student-teacher is one-of-a-kind. For Heather Brown, agricultural education major at Oregon State University, her student-teaching experience at Imbler Charter School in Oregon is a great opportunity to learn to plan lessons that reach students of all abilities.Want Your Picture in NTN???
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Promising Practices





Ag Teacher Hack


This a simple way  for grouping students an infinite number of ways, but still has some organization to it.
Basically I have a bucket of clothespins covered with different colors, numbers and letters. I use this poster to signify the type of group I want, or who performs what task.For example, in a group I might have them start with everyone of similar color. Then assign the person with the number of the highest value to do X.Or you need to form a group that is a 3-4 letter word, or only a group of three that are odds or even...All of the colors have the same amount of clothespins with the same letters. All together they spell LEADER. I challenge students to create as many words with the letters.It's incredibly felxible and modifiable to your needs/style.

-Kirby Schmidt, Deer River ISD 317, Minnesota
From the Facebook Ag Education Discussion Lab page.

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Healthy Habits



Stay Warm & Healthy this Winter with these Low-Calorie Soups!


NAAE Membership Benefits



Legislative Action CenterA powerful tool for members to use when trying to build relationships or advocate for ag education. Look up contact information for your legislators and see how they have voted on issues important to agricultural education. More >>





Before You Go. . . .


ACTE Announces Board of Directors 2018 Election Results   Alexandria, VA – The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is pleased to announce the results of the recent election for several spots on its Board of Directors. The election was open to ACTE’s membership of 25,000 educators, administrators and other CTE professionals. The following members were elected:Nancy Trivette, President-Elect
Ms. Trivette is the state agricultural education program leader and state FFA advisor for the New Jersey Department of Agriculture. Her one-year term will begin in July 2018 and will be followed by one-year terms as president and past president, respectively.
Scott Stone, Agriculture Education Division Vice President
Mr. Stone is an agriculture instructor with the Centralia R-VI School District in Centralia, Missouri. He will serve a three-year term beginning July 2018.
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