OESJ Agriculture Teacher Teaches Workshop at the NYAAE 100 Years of Agriculture Education Inquiry Institute

Chris Smith, High School Agriculture Teacher at OESJ CSD, attended the New York Association of Agricultural Educators (NYAAE) Conference that celebrated 100 years of agriculture education. As part of the conference, Chris attended an Agriscience Inquiry Institute. The NYAAE Agriscience Inquiry Institute focused on improving agriscience teachers’ ability to incorporate scientific methodology, problem-solving, and inquiry-based learning into their existing agriscience curriculum. “AgI2 was an amazing addition to our teacher's conference as it not only gave us new lessons for our classroom but more importantly it taught us strategies to take what we already do in our classrooms and make them more engaging for our students through inquiry-based learning,” said Chris. Inquiry-based teaching is student centered, allows for more collaborative learning, and encompasses 21st Century Skill development. Smith also shared ideas from his classroom by teaching a workshop at the conference. Smith taught a workshop titled “Under Pressure: Understanding Pressure in Carburetors”. The workshop encompassed many aspects and activities from his carburetion unit, but focused on two activities; the use of the Briggs and Stratton Clear Carburetor and a homemade PVC carburetor where students measure the pressure differences that make a carburetor work. According to Smith, “The conference was a huge success, and I can’t wait to use the strategies that I have gained from the conference in my classroom.”