Changes coming to the Ford-Iroquois Ag in the Classroom program this spring have opened the door for a few new activities for teachers and students. (In case you missed the changes coming I have rerun the article from the November newsletter). Here are two of the new events!
Students Teaching Students Workshop
This workshop to be held on January 10 has been marketed to FFA chapters (other HS students are welcome to attend as well). Those students who attend will be learning some tips to work with elementary students and working with some different Ag in the Classroom activities they can use in teaching agriculture to younger grades. Many FFA chapters make classroom visits or have FFA fairs during FFA week. The activities they will learn will assist them in these events. The workshop will be held at the Extension office in Onarga on January 10 from 4-6 p.m. To register students please contact Aimee at firstname.lastname@example.org or 815-268-4051.
Ag Career Night
The Ag Career Night event is geared toward Junior High and High School Students who are interested in learning more about different ag career opportunities. Students and parents are invited to come and hear from various businessmen and women from our area who hold careers in agriculture. Come find out what they do, education they needed, skills needed, and other information. There will also be time to visit with the different presenters and ask questions. This event will be held on February 12 from 6-8 p.m. at the Extension office in Onarga. A flyer will be sent to the schools in December. Registration will be requested.
I hope you and your students will consider attending these events. Have a great Holiday Season!!
During the month of December I will be offering schools a program on Corn. This lesson will look at different types of corn, what they are used for and how they grow. My December calendar is pretty full already, but if you are interested in this program I will book some dates in January as well.
If your class is interested in this program please contact Aimee at email@example.com or 815-268-4051. Programs can be scheduled for 30-60 minutes and include hands on activities.
- Watermelon Month
- Tomato & Winter Squash Month
- Poinsettia Day (12)
- National Chocolate Day (28 & 29)
Do you know what kind of trees are typically used for Christmas trees? What kind of care does a cut tree need? Where did the tradition of a Christmas tree start? University of Illinois Extension has a website called Christmas Trees & More. It can be found at http://urbanext.illinois.edu/trees/. This website has some great things you can use personally and in your classroom. Learn about tree traditions, tree types, and where you can find a tree here. There is a lot more on this website including Christmas Tree Fun, recipes, Christmas Tree facts and flowers and greenery section. Check it out today!
Each year Illinois Ag in the Classroom offers several grants to teachers across the state. This year four teachers in Iroquois County schools received grants to incorporate agriculture into their curriculums. Deb Talbert (Iroquois West) and Jody Munsterman (Crescent City) received two of the general agriculture education grants. Those receiving book grants to be used to purchase specific agriculture books to be used in the classroom are: Jody Munsterman (Crescent City), Carley Eighner (Iroquois West), and Chris Basham (Iroquois West). Congratulations!!
Next year's grants will be posted next year and are due in October.
The 2013 "Women Changing the Face of Agriculture" career fair event is sponsored by the Illinois Agri-Women
The career fair is open to high school and college age female students with an interest in a career in Agriculture, as well as their teachers, school counselors, or group leaders/advisors. The event will be held March 8th, 2013, at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. They expect around 400 attendees, and over 100 female representatives from numerous agricultural-related businesses and groups to share information, network, and interact with students. Several community colleges and universities will also have representation at the event.
For more information and to register, please see their website at www.womenchangingthefaceofagriculture.com.
Check out the latest app for your smart devices. The Ag Career Finder app is available in Apple and Android. The app is free of charge and was created by the Illinois FCAE organization. Browse over 50 different ag careers to find out information like an overview of the career, high school courses that will help you get there, experience needed, degrees required, potential employers, salary, employment outlook and professional organizations for that career. You can even take an assessment to find out what ag careers best suit you. Download this new app today!
There are a few changes to the Ford-Iroquois Ag in the Classroom program this spring. I am expecting and due the end of April. Because of this I am going to slow down a little starting in January. I will not be booking any major programs, but may do a program here and there as requested. During this time I will be focusing on having another one or two teacher trainings. Also in the works is a workshop for students who may be interested in teaching agriculture to younger students. I have been targeting this to our FFA students. This will offer you another group you can call on to do interactive ag activities with your students. Another activity that I am going to work on coordinating is an Agriculture Career night for students. I have not started planning it as of right now, but I am looking to bring in people in various Ag Careers to talk to students about what each career does, the schooling/training they needed, etc. It will be geared toward middle school and high school students and their families. I welcome any suggestions for workshops that you have.
In addition to going on maternity leave I have also made the decision to not return to Extension. After 10 years with Extension I have decided to pursue a fulltime teaching position in the schools. This was a very tough decision, but ultimately one that I think will be best for my family and myself. While I will be leaving we are looking at continuing with the Ag in the Classroom program by hiring someone to work alongside me and eventually someone to replace me. I thank you all for your support of the Ag in the Classroom program and your support of me. I look forward to seeing many of you at a going away/meet the baby party this spring. J