Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Introducing The PAAE Mentor of the Year: Dr. Daniel Foster!


  
"Pennsylvania ag educators and the incredible
students I have been able to help along their
#TeachAg journey will always have a special
place in my heart.  Thank you!"
The Pennsylvania Association of Agriculture Educators recognizes various members each year for outstanding service, dedication and accomplishments.This year Dr. Daniel Foster is the PAAE Mentor of the Year!   He believes being a secondary ag teacher is one of the most noble of professions.  His continued dedication and mentoring to various secondary ag teachers makes him deserving of this award. He was nominated by the Board of Directors of Pennsylvania Agricultural Educators and will be recognized this summer for his outstanding accomplishment at the summer conference, then compete at the regional and national level. 

The National Association of Agricultural Educators says "This award program will provide additional incentives for experienced teachers to become mentors for beginning teachers, and it will provide beginning teachers a way to say thank you to the experienced teachers who have influenced them."   Dr. Daniel Foster's philosophy matches that of NAAE and PAAE.   "We have  all had someone in our life at some time extend a hand to help us up, share a word of encouragement, or just invest in us as an individual. To whom much is given, much is expected."  His past students, colleagues and friends would agree!  



 "It is our obligation to return that investment tenfold by paying it forward through active engagement as a mentor in our professional organizations." 

 When asked about his recent recognition he responded: "I feel blessed and honored. The most wonderful job I have ever had was being a secondary agricultural educator in Willcox, Arizona. It was a sacrifice to leave that job, but I did with a hope of expanding a sphere of influence. " Dr. Foster, your sacrifice has not gone unnoticed.  Your continued dedication to Teach Ag!  encourages and challenges us all!  From all those that you have mentored, thank you.  Congratulations Dr. Daniel Foster! 

 



Congratulate & Connect with Dr. Daniel Foster on Twitter: @FosterDanielD



To learn more about starting on the path to having a career that makes a positive impact on the lives of students across the globe by becoming an agricultural educator, please contact the agricultural teacher education program at teachag@psu.edu. Follow us on Twitter at TeachAgPSU, on Facebook, or on our blog.






Kayla Hack

Student Blogger

Twitter Handle: @hackkayla


2017 Agriculture Education Student Teacher



Thursday, February 4, 2016

Program of the Month: Athens #studentsuccess

In Pennsylvania we have over 150 FFA chapters that represent the Blue and Gold at its finest. There is one chapter that has stood above the rest this month to become our October Program of the Month. This month Athens High School, is that program.

Congratulations on increasing your involvement!

Athens High School FFA was chartered in 1934.  Mr. David Steinfelt and Mr. Jacob Banik are the current teachers at Athens.  Mr. Steinfelt and Mr. Banik currently have 153 students in the program and the participation in state level FFA conferences has been growing!  Athens is home to two greenhouses, one of which is used for hydroponics and the other is used for the annual flower and vegetable plants.  The program also has a strong Agricultural Mechanics shop, where welding, electrical wiring, plumbing, small gas engines  and even some construction!   This year Athens is a cooperating center for teacher candidate Sarabeth Royer.   


The greenhouses are essential parts to the Ag Ed
program at Athens
Athens High School offers various classes for students to choose from including: 
Animal Science 


Vet Science

Horticulture

Agricultural Mechanics I

Agricultural Mechanics II

FFA/SAE

Introduction to Agriculture 


Recent Accomplishments for Athens High School FFA Chapter:

5 Keystone degree winners 22 FFA Jacket Winners at the 2016 PA Farm Show

Successful integration of AET into the program

Recently established Alumni Chapter

2014-2015 State FFA Officer: Mara Tate and 2013 State FFA Forestry Team Winners


New FFA Jackets Awarded at PA Farm Show demonstrate the pride
and tradition of our organization!

The growth and recent success at Athens high school shows they are in good hands, and on the road to even more success!  Congratulations on being selected as February's Program of the Month!  
Ms. Sarabeth Royer and her cooperating teacher Mr. David Steinfelt

Want to hear what is going on right now at Athens?  Tweet Ms. Sarabeth Royer, PSU Ag Ed Student Teacher.  @sb_royer.

To learn more about starting on the path to having a career that makes a positive impact on the lives of students across the globe by becoming an agricultural educator, please contact the agricultural teacher education program at teachag@psu.edu. Follow us on Twitter at TeachAgPSU, on Facebook, or on our blog.




Kayla Hack

Student Blogger

Twitter Handle: @hackkayla

2017 Agriculture Education Student Teacher

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

"How do I choose?": A Practical Guide to Selecting Classes for AEE Majors. Part 2 of 3.

There are hundreds of classes in the College of Agriculture Sciences, not to mention all of the ones outside of the College of Ag, how do we choose!?  Waiting by your computer starting at 11:50pm, before you rapidly log into elion at 11:59pm to choose all the classes you’ve been planning to take.  Sometimes it is stressful. Thanks to some graduates and upper class men, we have a few suggestions for you!  Check out what some of our students say! Class of 2018 and 2019, this one is for you! Stay tuned for more throughout the semester! Thank you Miranda, Katie and Matt!

Name: Miranda Kane, Class of 2017

Thanks for sharing Miranda!
What was your favorite Class in the College of Agriculture?
HORT 101
Description: This course is an introductory course about horticultural sciences.
Why should an AEE Major take this course?
"AEE majors should take this course not only because plants are pretty cool, but also because it covers topics that teachers are likely to teach in their classrooms."
What was your favorite Class Outside the College of Agriculture?
EDPSY 14
Description:  "This course is primarily for education majors, and teaches about the psychology of youth as well as provide understanding of the diversities between people."
Why should an AEE Major take this course?
"Teachers will be better able to understand the motivations of their students or learn to be adaptable to all learning abilities and personalities in their classroom."
Do you have other suggestions,  advice or activities students must do while at PSU?
"Visit the arboretum!"
Want to ask more questions? Tweet Miranda! @mir_kane


Thanks for your thoughts Katie!
Name: Katie Andrews, Class of 2016
What was your favorite Class in the College of Agriculture?
AGBM 106
Description: Agribusiness problem solving
Why should an AEE Major take this course?
"It opens your world to the functions of excel.  It is all computer based and the skills are transferable into any business setting."
What was your favorite Class Outside the College of Agriculture?
CMLIT 184
Description: Comparative Literature Course - short story focused
Why should an AEE Major take this course?
 "The professor cares about student and student learning. He wants to teach, he is an interesting person, and he pushes students to be their best."
Do you have other suggestions,  advice or activities students must do while at PSU?
"Take AGBM338, AGBM 330W." As for Penn State suggestions, check out Katie's blog: "What I Believe All Penn Staters Should Do".
Want to ask more questions? Tweet Katie!
@klandrews_24


Name: Kayla Hack, Class of 2017
Thanks for sharing your
insight Kayla!
What was your favorite Class in the College of Agriculture?
INTAG 100 & 490
Description: International Ag 100 is the introductory course for international agriculture and 490 is the Senior Capstone Course for International Agriculture Minors.
Why should an AEE Major take this course?
"Both of these open your eyes to issues facing agriculture in our world. It challenged my views, improved my writing and discussion skills and gave me ideas in how to talk about international agriculture in my future classroom!"
What was your favorite Class Outside the College of Agriculture?
CI 280: Curriculum and Instruction 280
Description: This is the introductory course to teaching English as a second language.
Why should an AEE Major take this course?
 "This may have been my favorite class at Penn State so far. I took the virtual tutoring section and loved it. This class showed me ways I can assist and encourage emergent bilinguals in my classroom and the challenges and issues in ESL education. The professor was also great!"
Do you have other suggestions,  advice or activities students must do while at PSU?
"Always say yes to creamery Ice Cream and get involved outside the College of Agriculture!"  And of course hike Mt. Nittany!" 
Want to ask more questions? Tweet Kayla: @hackkayla


Don't Forget!  

Schedule a meeting with your advisor Dr. Daniel Foster or Dr. John Ewing, Scheduling starts soon.  If you are at a branch campus do not hesitate to contact Dr. Ewing and Dr. Foster!


Share your Penn State favorite classes here: http://goo.gl/forms/pnQtYKDefl. 

To learn more about starting on the path to having a career that makes a positive impact on the lives of students across the globe by becoming an agricultural educator, please contact the agricultural teacher education program at teachag@psu.edu. Follow us on Twitter at TeachAgPSU, on Facebook, or on our blog.  




Kayla Hack

Student Blogger

Twitter Handle: @hackkayla


2017 Agriculture Education Student Teacher


Thursday, January 28, 2016

Student of the Month: Victoria Herr #psuaged19 #teachag

Every month we like to highlight students that have gone above and beyond in the Agriculture Education department! For the month of January, that student is our very own Victoria Herr (@Victoria_Herr).

Many freshman take things easy their first semester, but Victoria jumped right in! With just a semester under her belt, there is no denying she has a passion for Agricultural Education. Victoria credits her involvement with FFA for many of her successes. A graduate of Penn Manor High School, she states: "After joining FFA my freshman year of high school, it didn't take me long to realize how much I loved it and ag ed!" Victoria in not only passionate about her future career as an agriculture educator but she is very interested in International Agriculture. Her minor is in International Agriculture and traveled to Belize during Thanksgiving break. Victoria hopes to not only teach some day, but partner with an organization such as the Peace Corps, Agricorps, or Fulbright. "Not only do I love traveling, but I really have a desire to learn from the people who live such different lives than me, and I know that these experiences will someday make me a better teacher as well!" We couldn't agree more Victoria!

Her passion does not stop there, it has allowed her to become involved in various ways in the Penn State Teach Ag! Program. She is involved in Teach Ag! Society where she serves as the secretary and in Collegiate FFA. Victoria is also a student worker for the Center for Professional Personnel Development as the Global Teach Ag! Intern. This role has kept Victoria busy assisting local high schools globalize their agriculture curriculum and playing an important role in planning the Global Learning in Agriculture Conference!

Want to know some fun facts about Victoria? Check them out below!

Victoria and her classmates in Belize over Thanksgiving Break
learning about traditional foods. 

Hometown: Lancaster, PA

Favorite PSU Class: AEE 100

Favorite place to eat in State College: The Tavern 

Favorite Penn State Athletic Team: Football

Favorite Hangout on Campus: North Hall, it's close to the Creamery and Arboretum!




If you would like to read more about Victoria, check out the other blogs we have written about her scholarship, work experience and connect with her on twitter @Victoria_Herr







Tuesday, January 26, 2016

"How do I choose?": A Practical Guide to Selecting Classes for AEE Majors. Part 1 of 3.

There are hundreds of classes in the College of Agriculture Sciences, not to mention all of the ones outside of the College of Ag, how do we choose!?  Waiting by your computer starting at 11:50pm, before you rapidly log into elion at 11:59pm to choose all the classes you’ve been planning to take.  Sometimes it is stressful. Thanks to some graduates and upper class men, we have a few suggestions for you!  Check out what some of our students say! Class of 2018 and 2019, this one is for you! Stay tuned for more throughout the semester! Thank you to Mason, Deanna and Sarabeth for sharing this week!

Name: Mason Tate, 2016 Student Teacher
What was your favorite Class in the College of Agriculture?
Thanks for sharing Mason, good
luck student teaching!
Ageco201 
Description: How crop production problems and finding solutions.
Why should an AEE Major take this course?
"Michael Saunders is an awesome guy!  I absolutely loved coming to his class.  His wisdom and knowledge is amazing.  He made learning fun.  Little to no homework, stellar stories, great content."
What was your favorite Class Outside the College of Agriculture?
Comm110
Description: Great discussions about politics, current events, and celebrities.  
Why should an AEE Major take this course?
"I took this course at Penn State Altoona.  The class was phenomenal. We met in the evening like twice a week.  The instructor was hilarious.  Let us speak our opinions in a safe environment.  We watched movies a lot and there was no final."  
Do you have other suggestions,  advice or activities students must do while at PSU?
"Take AGR028 and go on a trip with a club or organization that interests you.  I went on a trip to Minnesota with the agronomy club it was a blast!"
Want to ask more questions? Tweet Mason@mttate18



Name: Deanna Miller, 2015 graduate
Thanks for the perspective Deanna!
What was your favorite class in the College of Agriculture?
ANSC 421 
Description: Poultry Evaluation and Selection, getting back to what got me into Ag to begin with.
Why should an AEE Major take this class?
“It is an excellent resource if you plan to coach a poultry judging team one day.” (This is coming from a teacher in the field folks!)
What was your favorite class outside the College of Agriculture?
Ed Psych 100 
Description: This looks at why we teach the way we do and how students learn.
Why should an AEE Major take this class?
"It is a great introduction to teaching and it gets you into a classroom with students."
Do you have other suggestions,  advice or activities students must do while at PSU?
“Take a meteorology class.”
Want to ask more questions? Tweet Deanna: @deannapsu15






Thanks for sharing Sarabeth, enjoy Athens!
Name:  Sarabeth Royer, 2016 Student Teacher
What was your favorite class in the College of Agriculture?
Soils 102  
Description:This lab, which meets once a week, complements the required Soils 101 lecture. It is very interesting and very relevant.
Why should an AEE Major take this class?
This made the soils lecture more interesting and relevant. I honestly would not have enjoyed the soils lectures as much if I didn't have the hands on application in the lab.
What was your favorite class outside the College of Agriculture?
Travel!
Description: 
"Any class where you can travel! All of mine were in the CAS, but traveling is important and valuable in so many ways."
Do you have other suggestions,  advice or activities students must do while at PSU?
"Take any type of Livestock Judging Course. I took Poultry and Dairy Judging and learned SO MUCH from both these courses! Any of the judging courses are an excellent and hands on application for AEE majors."
Want to ask more questions? Tweet Sarabeth: @sb_royer




Share your Penn State favorite classes here: http://goo.gl/forms/pnQtYKDefl. 

To learn more about starting on the path to having a career that makes a positive impact on the lives of students across the globe by becoming an agricultural educator, please contact the agricultural teacher education program at teachag@psu.edu. Follow us on Twitter at TeachAgPSU, on Facebook, or on our blog.  




Kayla Hack

Student Blogger

Twitter Handle: @hackkayla

2017 Agriculture Education Student Teacher

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Victoria Herr: A Showman, Volunteer and Scholar #studentsuccess

Victoria credits much of her success to her
time in FFA.  Pictured with FFA Advisor
Neil Fellenbaum. 
For a Pennsylvania Aggie, PA Farm Show is an annual tradition, the largest of it’s kind in the US. Home to 10,000 competitive exhibits, 300 commercial exhibits and almost 6,000 animals and the famous milk shakes and other food court delicacies, Farm Show is the place to be. It’s where many first year FFA members receive the coveted blue corduroy jacket or the prestigious Keystone State FFA Degree at the Mid Winter Convention. It is also where a few outstanding students from Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences receive honored Farm Show Scholarships. One of those was Victoria Herr. Victoria was a recipient of the Farm Show Foundation Scholarship.


Victoria is no stranger to farm show, she said “I have been attending the Farm Show literally since before I can remember. I have never missed a year in my life!!"   She volunteered at Farm Show, showed a hog as a high school student and received her Keystone Degree, all through Farm Show. This year her success continued with the scholarship. The Pennsylvania Farm Show Foundation Scholarship is a highly competitive and honorable award. For Victoria, the award was much more than the award or money, because the farm show she says is near to her heart. The Farm Show scholarship targets students that are or have been a member of 4-H or FFA and showed a animal through the farm show. Showing a hog, being actively involved in the Penn Manor FFA and now pursuing an Agriculture Education degree allowed her to stand out for this scholarship.



Victoria and her family visit the Farm Show every year!
The Pennsylvania Farm Show is a family affair for Victoria.  She remembers racing to the food court to see who would try all the new foods first. Victoria says,  "When I get my first bite of fried mushrooms or lamb stew for the year, I instantly think back to so many fun memories of attending the Farm Show with my whole family and arguing over which delicacy to get first!"  Congratulations Victoria on all your accomplishments, from attending farm show as a little girl, as a showman, volunteer and scholar, and best wishes on your future travels as you prepare to be an Agricultural Educator!
To learn more about starting on the path to having a career that makes a positive impact on the lives of students across the globe by becoming an agricultural educator, please contact the agricultural teacher education program at teachag@psu.edu. Follow us on Twitter at TeachAgPSU, on Facebook, or on our blog. 





Kayla Hack

Student Blogger

Twitter Handle: @hackkayla

2017 Agriculture Education Student Teacher

Friday, January 15, 2016

Are you ready to impact the world? Global Learning in Agriculture Conference 2016 (#GLAG16)

" #GLAG16 is over. Let's stay motivated to continue to make Ag Education our focus point," was one of the many tweets in the Global Learning and Agriculture Conference twitter challenge. Gaspari was a participant and presenter at the Global Learning and Agriculture Conference hosted online by the Penn State Teach Ag! Team.  The Global Learning in Agriculture Conference, GLAG for short, is a place for innovation and collaboration, and a time for educators to come together to develop global learning. This year’s conference was hosted in an online format which allowed stakeholders from all over the country and world to share their experiences in global learning.  
Megan Miller and Pat Henne, Agriculture Teachers
from Michigan were 2 of the presenters at #GLAG16

A virtual conference?  How does that work, and how is it engaging?  From presentations pertaining to taking high school students on an immersion experience abroad, to learning how to bring the World to our classrooms, the day was packed with intriguing topics, including a keynote address. Dr. Caitlin Haugen, an Education Program Specialist with the Peace Corps shared her expertise on “Curating Partnerships in Developing Global Competence: The task of  21st Century K-20 Educators”  delivered by Dr.  Caitlin Haugen, an Education Program Specialist with the Peace Corps.


"Conference in a Box"
"Thank you" to all our
vendors!
The day didn’t stop there, throughout the presentations all of the participants could participate in questions posted by presenters as well as enjoy their "Conference in a Box" sent ahead of time.  Participants didn’t have to worry about not having someone to share their ideas or ‘light-bulb’ moments with, over 370 tweets were shared before, during and after the conference to keep the conversation rolling.  Check out the archived conversation is archived conversation here: #GLAG16.  




Top 5 Resources:

1. Mapping the Nation: A perfect resource to show your students how global your state is!

2. Test your Hunger Knowledge: Find out your hunger knowledge, more about your personality and how YOU can fight hunger. 

3. VIF International Education: Develop yourself as a Global Educator and learn how to continue globalizing yourself and your classroom in an online format. 

4. Experiential Tools:  This website and resources are perfect for reflection practices while traveling abroad with students. 

5. Peace Corps World Wise Schools: World Wise Schools promotes global learning and allows teachers to connect with return or current Peace Corps Volunteers.  Dr. Caitlin Haugen,  Education Program Specialist for the Peace Corps and keynote speaker at the Global Learning and Agriculture Conference, spoke very highly of this program!



Top 5 Tweets:




To learn more about starting on the path to having a career that makes a positive impact on the lives of students across the globe by becoming an agricultural educator, please contact the agricultural teacher education program at teachag@psu.edu. Follow us on Twitter at TeachAgPSU, on Facebook, or on our blog. 





Kayla Hack

Student Blogger

Twitter Handle: @hackkayla

2017 Agriculture Education Student Teacher