Freshman FFA Unit
I agree that the FFA Unit can be a bit boring. I love to play FFA Jenga in my classroom. This might be a game your could use in your class. I use it for tests review. The Bad OD game is also fun and gives the students a chance to wear the jackets.
The FFA Freshmen unit is hard, especially if you're at a school where FFA isn't super present. I struggled with teaching this last year because of the same issues - it's hard to make it interesting. I love the idea of incorporating competitions. Kahoot could be a fun way to simulate a game show, especially if they got rewards for reaching certain levels of XP or for being in the top 5. I also learned that you can download a Kahoot report if you're the one that created the questions, allowing you to see each students' answers and what questions were hardest, allowing you to review and differentiate from there. You could also have them make an FFA recruitment video as part of a marketing team? Maybe then the competitiveness would show. You could have your video shown to all classes or at an assembly, if your school allows. It might be a cool end-goal for them to have.
As far as management goes, I would recommend just keeping your routines and norms in place. Students will get loud, but as long as they're loud and learning and respectful, I think it's okay. I ran a game in my classroom last year for a GMO lesson and it worked super well! Students were excited, but they were also 100% engaged for the first time in months.
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