Parker Bane

Rising to the Occasion

Blog Post created by Parker Bane on Jul 31, 2020

Recently, those of us in education have undergone quite a bit of excitement.  I know that we have all been through a lot over the past few months, but recently, many of us have been anxiously awaiting.........our schools' reopening plans.  From what I can tell by visiting with many of you, our plans are all over the place.  

Some of use are going back to in person instruction in very large part.  I have seen a lot of discussions happening about how to create social distance in our classrooms and how to safely share tools, supplies, and PPE in our laboratories.  
Others of us are relying heavily on remote learning options. One of the chief concerns I've seen in that arena involves conducting the three circle model of ag education in an environment where we can't have students using our equipment or in our direct presence for guidance.  
No matter what the challenge, though, I have been thoroughly impressed with how I've seen ag educators rise to the occasion.  We really care about our students, and we all want to do the best that we can.  It's not surprising to me to see NAAE members coming up with novel ways to keep in person learning safe.  It's also not surprising to see the work we've done with CASE and initiatives like SAE for all being employed as effective and rigorous remote learning supports.  
I've been in a lot of self-defense classes where I've been told, "Under stress, most often you won't rise to the occasion, you'll revert back to your lowest level of training."  
I can tell you for a fact that because of the professional opportunities we take advantage of, NAAE members ARE rising to the occasion.  Even our lowest leve of training is pretty high!  Keep up the good work and always be learning!