Ag Teaching During COVID
Being an Ag Teacher is one of the toughest and most rewarding jobs out there. This school year has lead to countless challenges thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, as many classes are shifting to virtual classrooms. Here is Kim Barber, a Florida agriscience teacher, on how the school year has been.
"It's different, harder, fun at times, it's just we kind of worked together right before the school year started and laid out some plans. We are just making the best of it and that's all you can do. I teach my kids to assess and adjust and that's been the theme since March."
Not only are classroom activities being effected, but so are numerous FFA events like Career Development Events and Leadership workshops.
"CDE's have been nonexistent. They've all been either virtual or postponed until the spring. Forestry was postponed. Speaking contests have been postponed. We did have online horse (evaluation), online ag business. The actual leadership events, you can download them."
Even with all the challenges, Kim has had many bright spots with her students during this crazy school year.
"When we were in school from March to May, I finally decided to send home squash seeds and I had a few of those kids absolutely love having a plant in their home. I would get the most unique pictures every day. One of my students would dress up every day and took a picture of her plant as it was growing. "