It’s always amazing what happens when people with similar interests get their brains together and something truly awesome happens. I watched from the outskirts as the AgChat Foundation board made an amazing conference come together with #ACFC10 in August. Inspired with what we learned there, Drew Bender and I put our own brains together and started a chat for people near and dear to our hearts — ag teachers.
Drew is an ag teacher in Ohio and, as many of you know, I’m an agriscience education student at Michigan State. After attending #ACFC10 and having several conversations about the first few years of ag teaching, Drew posed the question, “Wouldn’t it be cool if we had a chat, like #agchat, that was for ag educators and helped answered questions that many of us ask from time to time?” That idea soon morphed into what would become #AgEduChat. I’m so honored that Drew would think to ask me to join him in creating the conversation and am extremely proud of what it’s become in just a few short months.
#AgEduChat is held every other Sunday from 7:00 to 8:30 pm EST. We invite ag teachers and those who have an interest in ag education to join us and talk about issues that come up in and outside of the classroom. In our first two chats, we talked about challenges facing beginning teachers and how to balance the three circle model (classroom/lab instruction, FFA and SAE). The possibilities for new topics is never-ending, though!
You can learn more by visiting the #AgEduChat Facebook page, following @AgEduChat on Twitter or talking to Drew (@drewbender) or me (@sollmana). New visitors to the chat are always welcome! We truly hope that bringing teachers from across the country together will help us network and get support for the challenges (and accomplishments!) we face everyday.