I am currently studying to become an agriculture educator. If you could offer any advice to a future teacher, what would it be?
Congratulations! What a great choice for a profession! I took your question and put it out into cyberspace with this tweet “Saw this @NAAE CoP. I'm studying to be an #agedu teacher. If you could offer any advice to a future teacher, what would it be? -Your answer?” Who knows what (if any) replies I will get, but as they come in, I will share them here.
My top three pieces of advice to a future educator:
Good luck and let me know how I can help you on this journey.
Robin's answer is right on the money. The only thing I have to add is, don't be afraid to ask for help. There is not a classroom teacher out there who skipped their first 5 years of teaching. Don't think you should leave the university with all of the knowledge you will need to be a teacher. It is a continual process of learning and growing.
Best of luck to you in your journey. Please remember, we are all just a post away.
Thank you both so much!! It excites me to know that you are so willing to help. It must mean you truly love your jobs. I cannot wait!
I was in your shoes a few years ago, and I agree with everything Robin and Annette said. In addition, if you can find yourself a good ag teacher mentor in your area, it will prove to be extremely helpful. Many ag teachers are in single teacher programs, so they are often paired with a mentor from another subject/department. Having a mentor who understands what you do and can give you specific tips and advice for teaching ag is very helpful. Robin was my mentor my first year and even though we teach almost 2 hours apart, our mentoring sessions via Facebook and e-mail were invaluable. Hope this helps and good luck! We need more people like you in our profession!
Ashley, I also agree with the previous posters but will add a couple of other insights after 23 years teaching ag and 29 in education. If you don't have a FFA Alumni Chapter where you get a job, make it a point to get one started. It may be just a few folks to start with but be willing to get parents and alumni involved. Remember FFA Alumni is for ANYONE who wants to support your program, Another tip I would suggest, which Robin alluded to is to become a member of community ag related organizations and civic groups (another source for alumni,too). Take advantage of professional development opportunities sponsored by these groups. Finally, make sure you have an Advisory Committee (often referred to by other names ie. Consulting Committee) for your program. These should be persons of influence in your community and hopefully include a post-secondary representative if possible. Local Program Success materials have some great resources for this group. Speaking LPS, the National FFA LPS staff are top notch people that you should not hesitate to contact with questions about anything. We are all here to help and mentor new teachers. We need you and we want you to be successful. BEST JOB EVER!
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