Reflection On Agricultural Education

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Expand your content competence, improve your subject matter knowledge and impact your classroom instruction as a teacher.
Professional Development can be achieved many different ways. I recently finished earned my masters in Agricultural Education and through the time I spent working on it I gained knowledge and skills that I have implemented in my classroom. I started the process four years ago and finished my project and defense in December of 2015. By working to complete my master 's in agricultural education I have been able to expand my knowledge base in several agricultural areas as well as grow as a teacher. One of the classes I took and completed was advanced agricultural issues, while in this class I researched a different issue every
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I have also taken classes that were dedicated to improved teaching methods. Those classes allowed me to look into different teaching methods that I implemented into my classroom. During my last semester as a grad student, I worked toward completing my thesis about the current demographic of agriculture teachers and looking into why there is such a large turnover rate of agricultural teachers in the state. This project has allowed me to not only look at the satisfaction levels of teacher in the state but also my personal satisfaction levels as a teacher. By determining what makes me happy has a teacher I have been able to better serve my students and community. As a final piece of my project, my defense committee asked me to write a reflection on what this project meant to me. While writing this reflection I was further forced to look at myself. In my reflection, I look at why I continue to teach, and without this project and the in-depth look into myself I am not sure how long I would have continued to teach. This project and reflection have not only made me a …show more content…
I worked for two semesters on creating inquiry-based curriculum. Through the time I worked on this curriculum I gained knowledge about how to write and implement inquiry-based curriculum. Due to what I have learned about inquiry-based teaching I have been able to use it more in all of my classes. Even after I changed my project I have gained knowledge about effective teaching. My new project was looking into the current issues facing agricultural educators and the current satisfaction levels of Colorado Agriculture Teachers. This project has allowed me to look at the different reasons teachers are leaving and work to make sure that I avoid those issues. Thus allowing me have less stress and spend more time working on my teaching efficiency. Through my project, I have truly gained insight into who I am as a teacher and who I want to be. I have found that I am happier with my job and myself when I am engaging students in hands-on and in-depth lessons. I have used this knowledge to take the curriculum I teach and modify it so that my students are working to solve problems and gain thinking skills that they will use in the

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