The National FFA Organization’s magazine resource for agriculture educators, Making a Difference, has been improves and is now available online. The online publication is tailored to agriculture teachers and FFA advisors and is published eight times per year during the school year.

“We changed to an online format to give teachers more current technology and interactivity,” says Mike Womochil, editor.

New to the online edition is a monthly Question to the Profession, which poses a poignant question to teachers with the purpose of stimulating not only thought but actual responses. The section links to the National Association of Agricultural Educators Communities of Practice, a national forum on agricultural education. Teachers can post comments and answers to questions and dialogue with educators across the nation.

This month’s edition focuses on effective teaching and features articles on how to give effective instructions, asking open-ended questions, engaging learners in the lesson and getting the most out of inquiry-based learning. Also in this and every edition is the latest teacher resources and breaking news from the National FFA Organization. In the future there will be content on educational technology training and how teachers are using it in the classroom.

The magazine's Web site is http://makingadifference.ffa.org.

Visit this site to register to receive the publication directly in your e-mail inbox. 
  
Future issues will focus on:

  • Engaging all students in all components of the program
  • Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) development and how to think outside of the box
  • The many faces of agricultural education and how to make the profession inclusive
  • Teacher professionalism and how to be treated like a professional
  • Community involvement and the power of the alumni.

Source: National FFA Organization