Support Positively. Crave Feedback. Risk Boldly.
2016 Tri-State Delta Participants, Mentor Team, and State Staff
July 12th – 16th we had the opportunity to be the first Pre-Service teachers to attend Tri-State Delta Conference in Curtis, Nebraska. Agricultural educators from Nebraska, Kansas, and Colorado gathered in Curtis at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture for five days of instruction under facilitator Mark Reardon. Tri-State Delta focuses on increasing student engagement through lesson design and facilitation. Throughout our time in Curtis we covered teaching methodology and engagement, leadership and personal development, and how to build connections and influence our school, community, and state.
If I were asked to sum up last week’s experience in one word, my word would be propelling. Last week propelled my teaching career, propelled my learning and teaching to a new level, and propelled my excitement for a career in education. From identifying what matters to me, the 3 Rs from Andy Armbruster of Monsanto (Relevancy, Reputation, Resolution), neuroscience and education psychology, elevator speeches, E-Moments, direction delivery and facilitation the list could go on and on. However, it is one thing to hear about all of this, but another to put it to use. Throughout the course of the week we were in mentor teams and brought a lesson plan to work on and apply what we were learning. On Friday we were able to stand and deliver parts of our lesson and receive feedback from our fellow teachers and the mentor team in small groups. That afternoon six Deltans took their game to the next level with teaching in front of the group and received coaching from our facilitator. With student teaching on the horizon and minimal teaching experience at this time, receiving feedback on what I was doing and picking up strategies from watching others and then with the learning opportunities presented throughout the lessons with live coaching it was a great learning experience.
Agvengers with Mentor Kurt VanDeWalle
Mentor Team Work time
My experience last week at Tri-State Delta is one that I will remember in the years to come. The opportunity to learn about the art of teaching in the areas of lesson design and facilitation from Mark Reardon CEO of Centre Point Education, and then work to put those skills to use in front of my peers was a great learning experience going in to student teaching. I am eager to begin my time in Crofton and put what I have learned thus far to use. After all, KNOWLEDGE is USEless without ACTION!
Tri-State Delta is an experience that all educators need to experience. Whether just beginning your career, or experienced there is something for everyone. So take a risk, what can the power of change do for you and your career?
During our time in Curtis, we were able to become more familiar with the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture (NCTA) campus and the many programs that they have to offer. It was very exciting to meet and learn with teachers from Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas, Florida, and California.
Throughout the conference we were able to learn different ways to encourage higher order thinking within our classrooms. Each teacher challenged themselves to step out of their comfort zone and accept new ways of teaching. It was very comforting to see just how much of a family agriculture teachers are and how well we all work together to help each other accomplish our goals. This conference helps teachers shift their way of thinking to be more direct and focused on the students. It also helps teachers to better themselves as individuals and break past their personal barriers. For example, through attending Delta I have been able to become comfortable with other agriculture teachers as well as more confident in myself.
$10,000 Pyramid E-Moment
Tri-State Delta has encouraged me to risk boldly, crave feedback, and support positively; it has helped me learn how to work with others in a more effective way and I appreciate everything that I have learned from attending. I am privileged to have met and collaborated with such amazing people and I cannot wait until I get to enter the classroom and utilize the practices that this conference has taught me. Thinking back on all that I have learned from this internship thus far, I am excited to see what I will learn in the weeks to come as we are getting closer to the beginning of the school year in which we will begin our student teaching experiences and will be putting our newfound knowledge in to practice.