• To Meet the Challenges Of The Future

    Have you ever been in a rut in your classroom?  Have you taught the same thing so many years in a row, that it becomes repetitious -- like a recording coming out of your brain? In reality that works for teachers in ma...
  • Take The Ordinary and Make It Exceptional!

    It has been said, "Take the ordinary and make it exceptional." I believe that is what most ag educators do every day in their classrooms. A fellow educator once told me we need to make those "Ah-Ha" moments more commo...
  • How to Make Your Program the Best It Can Be

    Now that our school year is coming to a close, we need to be thinking about what we going to do for next year. How are we going to improve our programs so that we move them to the next level?  How are we going to main...
  • An Opportunity NOT an Obligation

    So many times our NAAE members get elected to a position in their state's leadership and then have tasks assigned to them. We, of course, are pleased to perform these tasks because it is expected of us and we understa...
  • It's Your Time to Shine

    Each year, during the spring semester, we are really busy getting our students ready for awards and scholarship applications, but don't forget about yourself! It is your time to shine too! The process for prepari...
  • Our Blessings Are Many!

    The 2014 NAAE convention is now over and looking back on it, all I can say is, "Wow what a convention!" Professional development, business sessions, and committee meetings gave our members the opportunity to enhance t...
  • Strategic Planning Committee Agenda 2014 Convention.docx

  • Comfort Zone!

    Thank you for allowing me to step out of my "Comfort Zone" these past three years; it has been quite an honor serving on the NAAE board and I would do it again in a heartbeat.  The opportunity to serve with such great...
  • Are You Raising the "Unharvestable Ear"?

    A new term that I learned this summer is the "Unharvestable Ear" which is in the result of the 2012 drought in many corn fields in the Midwest. Many of the ears of corn in our corn field may have only 12 rows of corn...
  • What Is Your Mission?

    I really enjoyed the Region 4 Conference in Hannibal during the last week of June; the business sessions, tours and the dinner cruise on the Mark Twain Riverboat was tremendous.  I have always enjoyed the time spent w...
  • Make My Day....Step Up To The Plate!

    I often refer to songs, movies or stories I have read when I write my blogs and this one is no different.  I am not a big Dirty Harry fan but almost everyone knows his line about "making my day."  It is decision time ...
  • What Does Not Kill Us Only Makes Us Stronger.

    When you or someone you know is very ill and feel miserable, gets better, the feeling of finally being well again give one a sense of strength and empowerment.  I have gone through that recently and as I finally get b...
  • Now Is The Time For All Members To Come To The Aid Of Their Party!

    If you are as old as I am, you man ember typing something close to those words in typing class hundreds of times on a manual typewriter with onion skin paper.  The phrase that I typed for speed and accuracy in typing ...
  • I Am A User!  Are You?

    I am a user...though that may sound odd, I am,  I try to use all the resources at my disposal.  There is no better opportunity to be a user than at the upcoming NAAE Convention in St. Louis, MO.  There are over 100 di...
  • Caution:  Left Lane Closed Ahead!

    I find as I start the school year, I run into road blocks and detours in each teaching day; how we deal with these obstructions often dictates how our day will end.  If you traveled anywhere this past summer, you prob...
  • There Is No Secret Ingredient!

    One of my favorite movies is Kung Fu Panda, every time it pops up on TV I find myself watching it for the umpteenth time as the Poe (the panda) finds that he has a gift for martial arts.  One of my favorite lines in t...
  • Enough Already!

    Enough Already!! Will someone please turn off the water faucet?  Water everywhere!  It seems in the Midwest we have had more than our share of rain this spring.  Well as it usually happens in agriculture, its feast or...
  • Has anyone created a simulated ruminant and monogastric stomachs?

    I am looking for the means of creating a small scale ruminant and monogastric stomach using milk jugs or 2 liter bottles.   I am wanting to take different feed stuffs and add the acids that correspond with each type ...
  • Cycles

    Do you see the cycle in your school?  It seems this year has been a year of extremes and I have found myself pondering how high are the highs going to be and how low will the lows be.  In our school district, this pas...
  • Don't Wait Till The Last Minute!

    Yes I know, I have put off Christmas shopping till the last minute....it is two days before Christmas and I still have several presents to buy.  It would be a lot easier if I knew what I was going to get for those fam...