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Agricultural Education

Purpose:

The purpose of the Agricultural Education Career Development Event is to provide individuals with experience focused on the basic skills necessary for a career as an agricultural educator. Teaching agriculture involves teaching students about applications of science, management, leadership, and technology in the food, fiber, natural and resource industry. Teaching methods emphasize a hands-on approach where application of skills and knowledge is central to lesson presentations. Agricultural Education strives to make learning enjoyable, meaningful and lasting while incorporating classroom and laboratory instruction, supervised agricultural experiences (SAE), and FFA to allow for the personal development of students both inside and outside the classroom to better prepare them for success in life.

Eligibility:

The participant must be an active member of a chartered Montana FFA Chapter and enrolled in grades 9, 10, 11, or 12. Each chapter may enter a maximum of three individuals.

Event Procedures:

1) Individuals shall bring two #2 pencils to contests.
2) Each contestant must bring their own instructional tools and materials (i.e. flip charts, hand outs, visual aids.) Only a computer and projector will be provided in the presentation room
3) FFA members must be in official dress, appropriate to the contest, and will be scored accordingly.
4) Each year a new agricultural content area will be chosen from a rotating list and randomly selected: agriculture leadership, agribusiness, technical agriculture operations, animal science, natural resources, plant science, and biotechnology. The focus for the 2016 year will be animal science.
5) Each participant’s lesson plan will be the result of his or her own efforts.
6) All lesson plans submitted must follow the template provided.
7) Points will be deducted for going under or over provided time during the lesson plan presentation (8-10 minutes).
8) All submitted lesson plans will be posted in a database that will be widely accessible by teachers.

Event Practicums:

KNOWLEDGE PRACTICUMS – WRITTEN EXAM
The test will consist of 25 multiple choice questions to be answered on a scantron sheet. There will be three questions from each AFNR (Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources) career pathway and one question regarding national legislation relevant to agricultural education.
WRITTEN PRACTICUMS – LESSON PLAN
The lesson plan must focus on one or more standards from the AFNR career cluster content standards. Students should plan for a 50 minute class in a classroom setting with 15 freshman students focused on animal science. Facts and working data may be secured from any source but must be appropriately documented.

Performance Practicums:

KNOWLEDGE PRACTICUMS – WRITTEN EXAM
The test will consist of 25 multiple choice questions to be answered on a scantron sheet. There will be three questions from each AFNR (Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources) career pathway and one question regarding national legislation relevant to agricultural education.

Test & Key from JDAE 2016

WRITTEN PRACTICUMS – LESSON PLAN
The lesson plan must focus on one or more standards from the AFNR career cluster content standards. Students should plan for a 50 minute class in a classroom setting with 15 freshman students focused on animal science. Facts and working data may be secured from any source but must be appropriately documented.

Agricultural Education Handbook – JDAE 2016

Survey for JDAE 2016 Contest

 

AgEd Lesson Plan Template – Excel