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Jenna Timmons

Blessed Beyond Measures

Posted by Jenna Timmons Apr 23, 2016

Each day I find many blessings in my life. Each day I am reminded of the greatness and the faithfulness of a blessed life that I am given. Today I was reminded of one of the greatest blessings of my life. Today marked an ending of one journey and a beginning of a new journey. Today, was the day I had to turn in my 'teacher badge' at Kennard-Dale. Today was the day I had been wishing for, for months. But as today came and went, I found myself wishing it was any day but today.


When I began this journey, I was scared to student teach. Actually I was terrified to student teach. But I knew I was given this dream for a reason and I had to see it through. And today was the day I realized why I needed to be an agriculture teacher. I have the opportunity to change lives, to bless others through my teaching. But most importantly I realized, I am the one being blessed. Our students think I am here to teach them (and I am) but they are actually teaching me. They are a blessing to me.


Throughout these past 15 weeks I have cried many times. I cried in school after a lesson went bad, I have cried to my cooperating teacher because I didn't know what the ceca does in an avian digestive system, and I have cried to Richie because I just wanted to come home. Today, I cried the entire way home, because I had to say "I'll be back soon" to Ms. Smith and our kids.




I have learned so much from Ms. Smith and our kids through this experience. I was stretched beyond my comfort zone teaching about animals that I really am afraid of (birds). I learned information I honestly never knew about the muscular system. I learned so much content just from teaching it to our students. I learned how to create various assessments and how to make learning fun through various hands on laboratory experiments (lots of food labs). The most important thing I learned was from our students. They made me realize how much I love teaching.


As I reflect on this week, and all that Ms. Smith did to make this week special for me, I am so blessed. I am thankful for my faculty family at Kennard-Dale and for all their support. My heart was over joyed with love as I received well wishes and hugs from our faculty. I am so thankful to be a part of a great faculty.


And as I read the notes that our students wrote for me, and look at the pictures from today I feel complete. I feel complete in knowing I touched a few lives and hopefully made them a little better. I feel proud. I'm proud of how far I have grown as an individual and as a teacher. I'm proud of the student that Ms. Smith and I have at Kennard-Dale and for the partnership that Ms. Smith and I have in our classroom. I feel fortunate for the forever family I have at Kennard-Dale.


As today draws to an end, I am sad and happy all the same. An experience that I at one point in time wanted to be over four months ago, I now wish it would not end and I can walk back into Ms. Smith and I's classroom with our students on Monday morning.


But, Monday will be a new day, as I finish my college career with a post internship seminar and gear up for graduation in two weeks. Monday will be a new day at Kennard-Dale and our kids will do just fine, I know, but I will be missing them like crazy and I will miss spending every day with my hero and speed walking every where with her.


As I told our students and Ms. Smith today and as I tell myself this tonight, it's going to be okay because "I'll be back soon".


"Be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead" 1 Peter 1:16


~Ms. Jenna Timmons

Kennard-Dale High School

Agricultural Education

Fifteen weeks. The past fifteen weeks I have spent my final semester as an undergrad student teaching at Lampeter Strasburg High School.  With two of the coolest, wisest, talented, caring, comical, down to earth mentors a person could ask for.  Who would have ever thought I would have enjoyed Lancaster County as much as I have. I really feel like I have become a part of the community than just a squatter here for the past fifteen weeks.

At the beginning of my journey I had no clue what was in store for me.  Sure we had been given all the hype by last year’s student teachers.  Prepared all fall semester for this experience, but until I truly got to Lampeter Strasburg it was a complete toss-up.  As the internship began the nerves ran high.  Every day though I became more and more a part of the school community though. Every day I got to know more and more of my students on a personal level.  Every day I encountered challenges, but overcame them with guidance and continuing to go through this experience with an open mind.  Every day I felt fortunate to be in such a great cooperating center.

When I began to take on a full course load that is when I realized what it was like to be an educator.  The preparing was endless, but so was the learning that was occurring in my classroom. I stepped out far beyond my comfort zone in veterinary science 2 and felt at home in my welding and electrical class.  Many a times I wished I would have done this or done that differently in my lesson plan, but the past is the past and the meaningful discussions I would have with my cooperating teacher made me want to strive even harder for excellence.

By this point in my student teaching experience I was also gaining familiarity with other teachers, faculty and staff, and community members.  Going at this alone is not the way to succeed in this internship or the profession.  Make connections.  Meet new people learn all that you can from them. 

And so it comes to an end. My final day of student teaching occurred yesterday April 22nd 2016.  I cannot say enough how much of an enjoyable an experience it has been. While there were times that I did not think I could do it.  Through friends and family I made it to where I am now with graduation just two short weeks away.  The thanks that the students gave me yesterday was unimaginable in just the short time that I was there.  Who would have ever thought that I would make such an impact on so many young lives? It was a blast teaching all of my students even sometimes when the road became rough or it did not seem to exist there at all.

To my cooperating teachers words cannot express how grateful I am to have gotten to spend the last fifteen weeks with the both of you.  You put in so much time to prepare me to be the best agricultural educator I can be.  Your patience and guidance was second to none.  Your assistance in all the assignments I had to complete would have made some people walk away and make me fend for myself.  Both of you chose to go at them with me with an open mind providing thoughtful discussion.  I looked forward to every morning opening that greenhouse door and saying good morning as I was nervous and excited for a day of teaching.  I cannot say thank you enough that every night and morning you asked if there was any assistance you could provide for me.

On that note I will leave you with this.  True experiences can only be made if you go at them whole heartedly.  Make the most of your time in whatever it is that you do.

Best Lesson Plan Mason Tate

Posted by Mason Tate Apr 23, 2016

Vet Science 1

Dairy Unit

Lesson 6 How do dairy farmers know what their cows produce?

1. Define DHIA

2. Describe how a dairy farmer interprets a DHIA

3. Interpret a DHIA form to answer questions

Length of lesson 90 minutes

Target audience 9th & 10th grade students


     Student teaching definitely is one of the best experiences I have had in my life. Seeing student success made this experience even more beneficial and showed me I do want to teach. This experience was phenomenal and I would not trade it for the world. Through this I have learned the importance of patience, persistence and having fun with students. Most importantly, I learned that I can have a positive impact on the lives of others just as my cooperating teachers and former ag teachers do.

     My entire experience was not all sunshine and rainbows though. I had to call one student's parents and assist in writing up a student for inappropriate language. There were quite a few student disciplinary warnings given out and a few times I left class feeling frustrated. The frustrations were great learning experiences and really helped me shape my disciplinary procedure that someday I plan to implement in my own classroom.

     As the students got to know me and understood my expectations, things went smoother. I was impressed to see students getting involved that prior had not had any interest in being in agriculture. Also, I managed to coax some students into coming to the FFA banquet where they had a great time. My students make me so proud, and I will definitely miss them and my cooperating teachers when I leave.



Hey everyone, this is Mike Swartwood and I am just now finishing up my last week of student teaching here at Bellwood-Antis High School. Over the past 15 weeks I was under the supervision of Mr. Matt Webreck. Thinking back, it has been much longer that 15 weeks! We started this crazy, fun, and exciting adventure about a year ago whenever we decided where we wanted to student teach! I thought that they were crazy having us pick our cooperating centers a year in advanced, but I am so glad that they did; I have gotten to know the students, Mr. Webreck, and the community so well! If you want to read more about my adventure through these past 15 weeks, here is the link to my blog!


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While student teaching, I have grown not only as an educator, but as a person! I feel incredibly lucky that I was surrounded by the students in Bellwood! They accepted when I failed, and they told me when they had fun! While here, I taught a total of 7 classes, ran FFA meetings, guided field trips, and went to numerous FFA events! Growing up without any FFA experience, this was the first chapter that I have really been a part of! I have learned a lot about FFA throughout this experience and I cannot wait to learn even more to make my future program the best that it can be!

The thing I am most proud of though is the feeling that I get whenever students say that they are going to miss me and that it wont be the same here without me! I think that I connected with a lot of the students and I can only hope that I impacted one of their lives! There were times before student teaching where I was unsure if I wanted to teach... this experience sealed the deal for me. I really do

SLLC 3.jpgwant to teach, it is so rewarding seeing a kid have that "lightbulb" moment, putting on their FFA jacket for the first time, or showing me a project that they worked so hard on!

Overall, I cannot imagine spending this last semester of college anywhere else than Bellwood-Antis! I had an amazing time and learned more than I thought possible from Mr. Webreck! I cannot wait to keep in touch!


Mike Swartwood


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Over the last 4 months, I have been student teaching at West Perry High School along side of Mrs. Ayla Miller, and Mr. John Hines. Throughout my time with them I have learned so many new skills and content that I never imagined I would know this much about. I have had difficult parts of the semester, extremely busy times, but most of all, days where I couldn't imagine doing anything else with my life.

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This semester, I taught a total of 7 classes, Small Animal Science, 2 Agri-science and Technology classes, Large Animal Science, FFA and Leadership, Wildlife Fisheries and Forestry, and Small Gas Engines. Each class taught me somethings completely different, each had its own purpose.


Small Animal Science was a class that I picked up from the very beginning and took right up until the end of the semester. This class was one that pushed me to really develop my skills in project based learning and teaching content that was very new to me. Because of this class, I believe I will be comfortable preparing for and actually teaching material that I do not know nearly as well. I spent several hours preparing and developing lesson plans for this class. The biggest project in this class was an ongoing one. We bred, and raised rabbits. Each day 2 or 3 students had to take care of the rabbits, feeding, watering, and changing the pans. This gave me an introduction into having animal in the classroom.

The other class that I really got the most out of was my 6th period Agri-science and Technology class. This class was one that was nothing but 9th grade students, right after lunch. This class was not one that pushed my content knowledge all that much, but one that tested my classroom management skills the most. Even though they pushed me harder than another other class, I would not have traded that class for anything. The amount of growth that I experienced from them was beyond that of any of my other classes.

The final topic I wanted to discuss was the extra experience I have gotten this semester through my Community Based Unit and the FFA. I spent several hours working with the wildlife class, planning and finally implementing this community based unit on mammals and I gained a lot of experience in the process. I had to organize the workshop, work with the students to prepare a presentation for the workshop, work with Mr. Hines to select and purchase the required materials, contact the Elk center to speak to the class about mammals, develop an advertisement for the workshop, teach the students about mammals, and finally facilitate the workshop with my students. each step of the way I was constantly learning and developing my skills.

Overall, this semester was one of the best ones I have had at college. I would not trade my time at West Perry for anything else. The skills, content knowledge, and connections I have developed with the community and my students, had made an impact on my life that I could have never imagined. I can honestly say I am finally ready and confident that I can be a full fledged teacher now.

Hi everyone! My name is Sarabeth Royer and I had the privilege of student teaching at Athens Area High School in Bradford County, PA, under the direction of Mr. David Steinfelt (agriculture educator) and Dr. Laura Rice (university supervisor). I thoroughly enjoyed my experience, and was able to blog about each week. You can read more about it here --> This was a fantastic way for me to reflect on my experiences to allow me to grow both personally and professionally.


I had an incredible time at Athens and learned an amazing amount! I learned about topics like pesticides safety and electrical wiring, I learned teaching strategies in a shop and classroom setting, I learned about communicating with students and other teachers, and I also learned a lot about myself! This experience was exciting, exhausting, exhilarating and life changing all at once, so the question is how can I share all of that in one blog post? Well, here are the top three things that I learned at while student teaching at Athens!




1) Treasure the Light-Bulb Moments


2) Its all about the Kids and the Community


3) Remain Flexible!



Thanks so much for reading


Sarabeth Royer

Holt - Best Lesson

Posted by Matt Holt Apr 20, 2016

Area: Wildlife

Lesson Title: How do we ID birds?

Length of lesson: 47 minutes

Learning Objectives: 

     1. Identify 25 Common bird calls from Pennsylvania with 75% accuracy

     2. Identify 25 common bird species in Pennsylvania with 85% accuracy

     3. Identify key field marks on 25 bird species with 100% accuracy


Target Audience: Agriculture students Grade 10-12

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