How do you start the school year off right?
By Nina Crutchfield, LPS Specialist, National FFA Organization
What if we approached school with as much enthusiasm and excitement as our favorite sporting events? The atmosphere prior to school starting can be just like before football season starts. All the fans are optimistic about how their favorite team will perform in the coming months. Everyone is talking about how much better the team looks during practices than they did a year ago, who the newest stars will be, how everyone on the team is working together to ensure a winning season. Now imagine if your staff development days and teacher meetings were like that!
Imagine, if you will, the school cafeteria is set up like an athletic event press conference. The principal is at the microphone (the school logo and mascot are plastered on the wall behind them) explaining to the press how all the teachers have been working to develop a book of plays that will ensure every student is successful. They go on to describe how all the teachers have been working together to prepare the seniors for a new and improved offense to go after improved standardized test scores, underclassmen who can receive greater volumes of information and then go the distance with it, even students who have superior skills at defending their choices and making the big plays happen when it is crunch time.
Ok, maybe not. Be we are all starting a new year and the great thing is that everything is fresh and new. The possibilities for success are endless at this point. However, we have to work hard if we hope to maintain that momentum. In the current edition of the Making a Difference advisor’s portion of the FFA Pulse, articles are targeting some tips and strategies for how to start the year off right and a few things to do along the way to reengage that adrenaline rush you felt with the first days of school.
These articles lead to today’s question for the profession, “How do you have to start the school year off right?” Using NAAE’s Communities of Practice, share your best idea for any area of teaching ag, whether it is classroom instruction, supervised agricultural experiences, FFA, partnerships, marketing, program planning or professional development. We can all use new ideas every now and then and we are all good at borrowing ideas from each other.