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Tuesday, December 6, 2016
What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas... (well, not this time) #NAAE
What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Well, not this time because Kayla
Hack, Miranda Kane, and Matthew Snyder want to share their experiences from their
week spent at the NAAE Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada!
Although these three 2017 student teacher candidates have not
claimed the title as an “Agriculture Educator” quite yet, they were provided
the opportunity to attend the National Association of Agricultural Educators Convention
as scholarship recipients and passionate learners for agricultural education. This
experience was well worth the adventure across the United States. Kayla Hack
was awesome and really opened my eyes to some of my own views and ideas; while highlighted
areas of growth- and of course lit the flame even higher in my excitement to be
in the classroom.” It truly was an experience that all three took so much away
from. Read below to find out more take-aways and thoughts in Vegas for NAAE shared by
Miranda, Kayla and Matt!
“My biggest take-away was understanding that agricutlural educators may not be
perfect, but they continue to work hard in order to give the best to their
students. I was able to experience their willingness first-hand as the teachers provided guidance and help to others. I loved asking questions to teachers and hearing their responses. They
all gave great insight and shared some really crazy and amazing stories about
their experiences as a teacher. I also loved being under the same roof with many amazing agricultural educators from across the nation and hearing their wisdom. Almost all of the
sessions were led by current or past agricutlural educators. They all had some really
great things to share which provided me more confidence for teaching in the
the FAST Symposium, we got some really great resources to use in the classroom. But
more than anything, I now know I have a unique and loyal support network of
teachers in and out of Pennsylvania who I know will be more than happy to help
me. Seeing the Ag Ed family put their heads together at the convention, and welcome us student teachers makes me feel good about the profession I am
getting into. Even in the smallest of ways, the teachers are helpful. I am so thankful
for this experience, but it would not have been possible without the co-sponsorship
from Pennsylvania Association of Agricultural Educators!”
National Association of Agricultural Educators Convention is one of those
conferences that you know others have LOVED- so you can’t wait to go, that was
me, and I don’t regret it. There were many highlights from my
experience at convention that are below.
It’s a tough job, but it’s not
about you- so put on your sassy pants and deal with it. This is a combination of many
quotes I heard from Rachel Sauvala, an agriculture teacher from
Wisconsin during her workshop at NAAE convention. Her workshop of delegation and utilizing community support
and resources reminded me that no matter how nervous/unsure I am, I can do this
job- and there are people that WANT to support me and my future students.
Inquiry Takes Practice. I LOVE new resources and ideas and
attending Future Agriscience Teacher Symposium as well as other inquiry based
workshops provided me with supplies, content and cool tools to implement these
new ideas. The inquiry model and labs are two things I will use during my
student teaching experience as I try to move students toward more student
professional development is extremely important and as a learner- I love it,
and can’t get enough. I am thankful that Penn State’s Center for
Professional Personnel Development, the Pennsylvania Association of
Agricultural Educators and Teach Ag! Society choice to support students like
us- as well as the Future Agriscience Teacher Symposium sponsored by CHS,
Growth Energy and DuPont Pioneer.”
“What a week! I am so thankful for the experience at NAAE
Convention I became truly inspired to teach Ag!
This experience provided me with so many resources beyond what I
had ever imagined. There are numerous ideas for not only lessons, but classroom
structure, behavior, and more.
This experience also provided me with a lot of new insight for the
classroom. I always have to remember that I cannot to everything, but I can
create change through my abilities that I have, and students will still appreciate
and learn from that! Thank you to everyone who supported this experience.”
All three of these students have brought so much back from Vegas,
we are glad they did not keep it there! Check out their blogs for more insight
on the experience and their utilization of these resources throughout
their time student teaching.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow us on Twitter at TeachAgPSU, on Facebook, or on our blog.