|At the beginning of our adventure!|
We found our answer to what service learning should look like, but what we came home with was so much more than that. I could go on forever about the things we learned and the places we saw, but I tried my best to narrow it down to four primary lessons!
|Boulder TEC Students, PSU Students and |
Rock Star Ag Teacher Heathr Riffle!
Every place we went, we were reminded of the teacher shortage that not only Colorado, but most of the country is facing. In Pennsylvania, we are blessed to not current have an immediate teacher shortage, but the forecast of pending retirements does not bode well for that to continue. Luckily, Penn State Students are prepared to teach where ever students are in need of a philosophical sound agriscience program. This was the first time many of our students have seen a state suffering from this first hand. Personally, I hope that my fellow classmates in Ag Ed are inspired to travel to many of these states after graduation as positive agents of change and help relieve the crisis of our national teacher shortage.
|2014 Graduate Mike Petrun and |
2016 Student Teacher Olivia Murphy-Sweet
droppiing some garden knowledge on 5th graders!
4.The world is a beautiful place that is meant to be explored.
This past year I have been blessed with the opportunity to travel quite a few places, and I can safely say I have yet to spend time in a place as beautiful as Colorado. From the open plains to the scenic Rocky Mountains, each corner we visited was absolutely beautiful. The beauty was not limited to the landsacpe; the people of Colorado are beautiful as well. Everyone we met was friendly and open. Yes, those from Colorado have a different culture, but it just made for a learning experience in a whole new way! This experience has helped me realize how important travel is for both future educators and for my future students. Travel prompts open-mindedness, curiosity and a thirst for knowledge. I hope to be able to take my future students one day when I have the blessing of teaching!
All of this would not have been possible without the generous support of Penn State College of Ag Sciences and the CHS Foundation! We are beyond lucky to have such great partnerships to assist Teach Ag! Society in preparing the best future educators we possibly can!
Ms. Jillian Gordon
2014 Teach Ag! Society President
2014 Teach Ag! DSA Chair
2015 Ridgemont (Ohio) Student Teacher