Chansi Coleman AgriScience teacher at Eagle’s Landing High School, was recently recognized by the Georgia Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association (GVATA) and the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) with the Ideas Unlimited Award. National Geographic Learning and Cengage Learning here sponsored the award.
Coleman, is a nine year AgriScience veteran with five of those years served in Henry County. “It was an honor to receive the Ideas Unlimited award,” said Coleman, “because it represents original or borrowed ideas used in the AgriScience program that promote student learning using a hands-on approach.”
The Ideas Unlimited contest gives members an opportunity to exchange classroom, Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE), leadership, and other instructional ideas. The idea may be original or borrowed. Each application should specify how the applicant used the idea and how the idea could help others in their instructional practices. All nominees must be an active NAAE member for the three previous years or continuously since he/she began teaching. There are no restrictions limiting the number of times an individual can win the regional contest.
Coleman’s unique project involved getting her students to learn about livestock without access to traditional farm animals. Students were required to create a dairy cow model using paper mache, to learn about the different breeds, anatomy, and dairy production.
“I love teaching AgriScience because I’m never doing the same thing week to week,” Coleman shared. “On any given day we could be collecting eggs from the hens, propagating plants in the greenhouse, designing floral arrangements, sanitizing rabbit cages or preparing a speech on leadership. There is never a dull moment.”
Projects submitted for consideration were judged on their originality, practicality, adaptability to instruction, instructional value, and comprehensiveness of the presentation. Mrs. Coleman was presented the award at the GVATA Summer Leadership Conference.
GVATA is the professional association for agricultural educators in Georgia and is an affiliate of the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE). The mission of NAAE is to “provide agricultural education for the global community through visionary leadership, advocacy, and service.” It is the aim of GVATA members to carry out this mission in Georgia.
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