• Chapter Officer Leadership Book Club

    Our school is going to do something different this year with summer reading.  Instead of students reading a book and doing a paper or project over the summer, they can participate in a book club with faculty members. ...
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  • Schoology

    Is there an AG ED group or NAAE Group on Schoology?  Our district just started using Schoology this year and I'd like to connect to other AG teachers on the forum but can't find any groups.
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  • Why we need horticulturists

    Here is the link to a good article by Adrian Higgins in the Washington Post a couple of days ago.  The title is Why we need horticulturists.  In the article there is a statement about needing better pay and benefits f...
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  • Welding activities for 3 blocks

    I am going to be out of my welding class in a couple weeks for 3-90 minute blocks.  During this period I can't have them in the shop.  We are well into welding at this point of the year, so plain textbook activities d...
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  • Do you run your small engines class as a shop?

    Do you run your small engines class as a shop for locals to bring their engines in for repair?  What sort of documents do you use?  Do you have a liability form for your customers?  Do you have your students create an...
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  • Acorn ID

    As I was running in the woods tonight I was thinking about my forestry class.  I thought it would be helpful to give my kids a handout with the different types of acorns on it.   I did a quick google search and also l...
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  • Source for FFA Emblem for wall

    We have just gotten permission to paint a wall in the AG area blue and put the FFA Emblem on it.  Does anyone know of a source to get a large emblem that we could put on the wall?  My google search has only shown smal...
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  • SAE's - GALA's

    In the last NAAE newsletter there was an article that mentioned that for SAE's they may offer a component called GALA. (I don't remember what the acronym meant, but it was based around career exploration.) I'm very in...
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  • Extended Contract question

    I have been on 10 month contract since starting teaching.  At the time I agreed to a 10 month contract instead of an 11 month contract in order to help take care of the kids over the summer.  Well, the kids are now gr...
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  • Paw Paw

    I don't remember where I heard about this video.  It is a good short video about the Paw Paw.  Might be a good filler for a forestry class when you have a few extra minutes.  It also might be good for an AG class, you...
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  • Agricola

    I just stumbled upon a description of this this game and looked it up on Wikipedia and then Amazon.com.  It sounds like a really interesting game.  But expensive.  Has anyone played this board game or used it in class...
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  • "Mr. Olsen, I just heard that on TV this week..."

    Sometimes when you teach floriculture it is hard to make those real world connections to the boys so that they become interested in flower design.  O   n Friday I started introducing my kids to floriculture ID using ...
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  • Biotechnology and Dandelions

    I just stumbled upon this article about GE dandelions.  I have not come across this one before and might be interesting to add to Biotechnology discussions.  I'm sure everyone is tired of reading about GE Soybeans!   ...
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  • Great  Landscaping/Gardening blog

    I just stumbled upon this blog that is called the Garden Professors.  It is a Landscaping/Gardening blog that is hosted by several university professors.  The last post was about the importance of not planting trees t...
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  • Terrarium Containers

    I am looking to make terrariums next year.  Does anyone have a good supplier of small terraium containers?  Also do you propagate the small plants to put in there, or do you have a supplier for them?
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  • Summer Professional Development

    What are you doing this summer for professional development?
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  • FFA Today CD from Monsanto

    In the mail yesterday a CD from Monsanto of episodes of the FFA Today show.  Very timely...I needed an appropriate last minute lesson for a sub.  I created a worksheet for the December 31, 2008 episode.  We don't have...
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  • Earth Day Activities

    What are you doing to celebrate Earth Day in your classes?
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  • Flower distribution video link needed

    Last year at Valentines I received a link to a video that was done at a flower distributor.  It talked all about shipping flowers.  It even talked about the volume of flowers shipped at Valentines.  I lost that link. ...
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  • Do you use Chapter Review Questions?

    In our school, we only have a classroom set of textbooks. So, I can't send them home with the kids to read the chapter and do the chapter review questions at the end for homework.  We do that in the classroom.   How ...
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