Let’s Talk Agricultural Education

My senior year of high school, I counted down the months, days, hours, minutes, and seconds until graduation. Then I went to college to pursue my dream of becoming an agricultural educator, and here I am once again counting down the months, days, hours, minutes, and seconds until I get to call a classroom my own.

This year I had the opportunity to be a National Teach Ag Ambassador and later became the student teacher at Adair Oklahoma. During my time spent advancing my knowledge in agricultural education I have learned so key things I would like to share.

·There is a shortage of agricultural educators. Don’t believe me? Check out your state's agricultural educators by clicking this link http://www.naae.org/advocacy/profiles.cfm

FFA kids are some of the best kids around. These kids are mature and have an amazing knowledge when it comes to agriculture and leadership skills. They are also well rounded and learn the skills needed to be successful in whatever they chose to pursue after graduation, through the FFA program.

Organization is important. During my time spent in college, I wasn’t the most organized person. Becoming a teacher has taught me the importance of planning and keeping things together.

Every day is different when teaching agriculture. Some days we sit in the classroom working from the textbook, the next day we are outside in the greenhouse working hands-on.

The calendar is almost always full with competitions, banquets, and practice days. It is an amazing experience to get to help kids grow through their SAE’s and CDE’s. I won’t lie, I am getting married this year. When deciding a wedding day, me and my fiancée sat down with my FFA calendar and planned around the various events.

It is great to have the communities support. Having FFA members help the community, and having the community help the FFA members is a great thing.

Trips with FFA kids is full of laughter and motivational talks. I took a group of kids this week to a judging event, and the ride was spent giving advice to them for their futures and cracking jokes.

Being an FFA advisor and teacher has taught me how to be a coach, friend, and role model to my students. I provide constructive criticism, but at the end of the day, I am their biggest fan. I always try to aspire to inspire them to be the best they can be.

I am blessed and excited to become a full-time agricultural educator. Is teaching agriculture for you?

To learn more about me, click this link http://aged.okstate.edu/media/studentteach/spring-2017/dawson-resume. To learn more about becoming a National Teach Ag Ambassador, please email me at cody.dawson@okstate.edu

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