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Rewards of SAE Programs

Job Applications and Resumes

Developing a Resume | (PPT)
This lesson leads students through the process of developing a resume.

Strategic Thinking and Planning | (PPT)
Developing a resume or applying for a specific job requires that the student think strategically about their long term goals. Job applications and resumes should be specific and strategic.

First Impressions | (PPT)
The application and resume is the first impression an employer gets of the student.

Advancing a Career | (PPT)
When considering career options a resume (experiences, education) must match the description of the job.

Degrees and Applications

Proficiency Awards and SAE
A great introductory lesson over-viewing SAEs, proficiencies and the importance of recognition programs.

SAE Programs and FFA's Proficiency Awards
Gain a greater understanding of the applications and award programs available for high quality SAE programs.

Choosing My Vehicle (Planning SAEs) | (PPT)
SAEs should be planned around long term goals related to degrees and proficiencies.

Types of Communication | (PPT)
This LifeKnowledge lesson will prepare students to communicate appropriately in written form -- especially useful when preparing proficiency applications.

Leading Program of Activities Development | (PPT)
A well planned POA includes aspects of student development. Use this lesson to set measurable goals for each student regarding degree attainment and their SAEs

Preparing for Interviews

Interviewing Techniques | (PPT)
In preparing for job and award program interviews, students can learn the appropriate appearance, etiquette and preparation techniques for any type of interviewing.

Getting Your Message Understood | (PPT)
Eliminating barriers is essential in verbal communication during an interview.

Identifying Needs and Aligning with Vision | (PPT)
Determining the needs of the employer is necessary prior to a job interview.

The Importance of Handshakes and Eye Contact
Use this lesson to teach this essential interviewing skill.

Workplace Skills

Professional Ethics and Personal Character | (PPT)
Use this lesson to identify skills that are not always evident to employers, but are highly valued and necessary to retain a job.

Learning to Assess Others Strengths | (PPT)
By modeling the strengths of others, students can learn valuable workplace skills.

Being Responsible and Accountable
Responsibility and accountability are essential characteristics in both an SAE and in a job/career.

Choosing a Career

Understanding Career Clusters | (PPT)
Utilize this lesson to explore the vast career opportunities in the agricultural and natural resources industry.

Identifying Career Interests and Preferences
This lesson will teach students how to access information regarding career choices.

My Decisions and the Opinions of Others | (PPT)
Utilize this lesson to find a valuable method to seeking advice from other individuals and making informed decisions about a career.


Cross-Curriculum SAEs

Resources Available | (PPT)
SAEs and in AgriScience programs will improve by seeking counsel from both the agriculture and science departments. Applications can be edited by those valued teachers in the English department.

The Importance of Building Relationships | (PPT)
The relationships we build with other subject-area teachers and departments can serve as a valuable resource for building strong SAEs.

Seven Roads to Success | (PPT)
Students can the excitement of exploring and investigating multiple career clusters in the agricultural world -- leading to a diversified SAE program.

Teaching Parents, Administrators, Alumni, Boosters

The Need for Communication to Influence Others
Students will learn how persuasive communication can influence the opinions of various audiences.

Conducting a Workshop to Help Others Start SAEs
Utilize this activity to help students learn how to promote the valuable assets of their SAEs to others.

Teaching Others About Your SAE
Utilize this activity to help students learn how to promote the valuable assets of their SAEs to others.

Dealing with Non-team Players | (PPT)
Running a successful program requires that we must sometimes deal with skeptics. This lesson will teach essential tools to get individuals to join the AG ED Team.

Becoming an Advocate for Agriculture and Natural Resources | (PPT)
Teachers utilize this lesson to learn the steps for program and industry advocacy. Program promotion often happens best with those not directly associated with ag education.

Balancing SAE Levels

Human Potential | (PPT)
Evaluate SAEs based upon potential and look to define human potential in this LifeKnowledge lesson.

Life Balance | (PPT)
Just as a well balanced life leads to happiness, a well balanced Ag Ed program has diversity in size and scope of student projects.

Adjusting Your Journey (Evaluating SAEs) | (PPT)
An SAE should constantly be evaluated and adjusted to maximize a students potential in this integral component of the Ag Ed program. Teach students to adjust to reach their potential through their SAE.

Grading SAE Programs

Being Honest with Myself and Others | (PPT)
Honesty is important in reporting correct information in record books and other SAE paperwork.

Understanding the Use of Time | (PPT)
Timeliness is key to evaluating SAEs and returning feedback to students to make improvements.

Developing Business Partnerships for SAE Placement

Developing Partners for Your FFA Chapter | (PPT)
This lesson is a step-by-step procedure for developing FFA partnerships and can be utilized to develop SAE placement sites.

Using Creativity | (PPT)
Brainstorm ideas for drawing patrons into the activities of your program -- including starting an alumni or Young Farmer chapter -- to assist in developing placement sites.

Using Your Community as a Laboratory for Leadership | (PPT)
The community has a vested interest in training students, as they will soon be contributors to the workforce.

Approaching New People | (PPT)
Students should actively pursue SAE placements, but are often uncomfortable in doing so. Through this lesson, students will learn to move beyond their comfort zone and approach new people.

Record Keeping

Understanding Productive Investments

Strategic Thinking and Planning | (PPT)
By thinking strategically, one can learn necessary skills which will lead to better investments.

Analyzing Risks and Rewards of Change | (PPT)
Before making major capital purchases, one must perform a risk management assessment to determine the costs and benefits.

Understanding the Consequences of My Actions | (PPT)
SAE investments can have positive or negative outcomes, based on your actions. Determine the soundness of an investment before making major purchasing decisions.

Valuing Assets

Understanding Integrity
Accurate financial reporting is a mark of integrity.

Opening and Closing Record Books

Evaluating Plans and Goals | (PPT)
As the new year starts, it is important to make management decisions for the upcoming production year and before projecting a new cash-flow statement. Goals from the previous year must be evaluated to determine new goals for the coming year.

Identifying Problems Correctly | (PPT)
Inconsistencies in record books must be properly identified and resolved. A key to accurate record keeping is being able to discern problems correctly.

Keeping Records Current

Record Keeping
This LifeKnowledge lesson discusses the importance of record keeping and documenting an SAE.

Skill Development: Employability Skills for the 21st Century | (PPT)
Career and jobs demand a self-motivated and diligent individual. Keeping records current assists in development of these essential skills.

Using Evaluation and Reflection | (PPT)
As a method of keeping record books current, encourage students to evaluate and reflect on their records.

Expanding, Promoting and Managing an SAE

Diversifying SAEs

Developing Innovative SAEs
To encourage students to examine diversifying his/her SAE, this lesson identifies a wide array innovative SAE opportunities.

Taking Risks | (PPT)
Expanding into new and unfamiliar territory can be difficulty and scary for students. Encourage students diversify through the risk taking activities in this lesson.

Motivating Students with SAEs

Mobilizing Others to Action | (PPT)
This lesson provides methods for empowering and motivating others to increase their activity in projects.

Being a Self-starter | (PPT)
Motivation, in its purest sense, comes from intrinsic factors. Teach students to become intrinsically motivated in the SAEs.

Enjoying the Ride (FFA and SAEs) | (PPT)
Student award programs and accolades are available through the FFA.

Technical Skills

Identifying Important Skills for All Careers | (PPT)
Skills students learn while completing their SAEs transfer to the skills necessary for employment.

Seeking Positive Relationships | (PPT)
Positive relationships allow for students to utilize the expertise of others. Encourage students to seek counsel from the community experts regarding specific technical skills.

Identifying and Utilizing Available Resources
This lesson explains how students can utilize the resources and technical skills gained from an SAE for a specific project or task.

Reflecting on and Evaluating an SAE Project

Modifying and Evaluating Actions | (PPT)
Evaluating and modifying actions will help in modifying an SAE project to meet the goals that are set.

Identifying Needs and Aligning with Vision | (PPT)
As part of the evaluation and reflection process, this lesson will teach students how to identify problems and consider possible solutions to improving their SAE.

Defining Personal Vision
Students should define a personal vision and decide how success of this vision includes the expansion of an SAE. What role does an SAE have in a personal vision.

Ethics in Showing

Involvement in Community | (PPT)
Personal integrity and role models make FFA members the forefront of community service. Students actions in and out of the classroom are influential to others in the community.

The Consequences of Ethics | (PPT)
Students will learn the positive and negative consequences of ethical and non-ethical behavior when working with show animals.

Being Honest with Myself and Others | (PPT)
It important to be honest with myself and others while showing to maintain the integrity of the a students SAE and the FFA Chapter.

Understanding the Role of Responsible Citizens | (PPT)
High school students are not only participants in livestock shows, but are also producers of food products. Responsible citizenship ensures a safe food supply.

Goal Setting and Evaluating

Setting Goals | (PPT)
Utilize the LifeKnowledge lesson to teach this important aspect of a students SAE project.

Professionalism in the Work Place

Conversations in Groups
Students will learn how to initiate conversations in professional environments.

Learning to Assess Others Strengths | (PPT)
By modeling the strengths of others, students can learn valuable workplace skills.

Being Responsible and Accountable
Responsibility and accountability are essential characteristics in both an SAE and in a job/career.

Defining and Developing SAEs

Introducing SAEs -- A Short Course

Understanding SAEs
Utilize this group of lessons to introduce SAEs. Should a student enter the Ag Ed program as a junior or senior and miss the introductory class on SAEs, this short course can be designed as a self-study for the student.

Record Keeping

Seven Roads to Success | (PPT)

Taking My Trip (Understanding SAEs) | (PPT)

Choosing My Vehicle (Planning SAEs) | (PPT)

Managing My Journey (Managing SAEs)

Adjusting Your Journey (Evaluating SAEs) | (PPT)

Setting Up Research SAEs

Taking My Trip (Understanding SAEs) | (PPT)
Students can examine starting a research SAE as one of the six types of SAEs.

Preparing for a Home Visit

Components of the Communication Process | (PPT)
Clear communication is key for both the sender and the receiver. Use this LifeKnowledge lesson to discuss expectations for parent, student and FFA Advisor.

Cooperative Relationships | (PPT)
A successful SAE requires participation from many people. Building collaborative relationships encourages group goal setting and follow-through. Collaborative relationships are essential to a students SAE.