Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture’s Ag Promotion Committee and the Nebraska Agriculture in the Classroom Program have selected two teachers as their 2014 Teachers of the Year.
Kathy Bohac and Patti Romsheck, both teachers at East Butler Public School in Brainard, Neb., were honored. Bohac teaches fifth grade and Romsheck teaches fifth and sixth grades.
“These teachers demonstrate how agriculture can be used to meet state educational standards. Each of these teachers provide their students with real hands-on learning experiences in such a manner that it relates to their students’ everyday lives,” Deanna Karmazin, executive director of the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture, said Jan. 11.
“Ag-citement” in the Classroom”
Bohac and Romsheck were able to bring “ag-citement” to their classrooms through a variety of activities, lessons and experiments. Students were able to dive into agriculture from soil to plate with six units spanning two weeks covering soil, soybeans, corn, pork, beef and nutrition.
Their project began with a lesson in farm safety and general pre-test over content from each of the units. Students were able to utilize their math skills with hands-on activities such as “Soybean Silos” and “M&M’s Corn Futures.” Each of the units also included guest speakers, weekly field trips and science experiments. The units concluded with a related agricultural game that helped keep the “ag-citement” in the classroom.
One field trip in particular increased students’ awareness of the use of by-products from agricultural commodities.
“Some students cringed at the butcher shop as they saw the hearts and tongues of the pork, only to realize that nothing went to waste,” said Bohac.
At the end of the 12-week lesson, students created presentations and brochures pertaining to one of the units to highlight what they learned.
“We have realized a student interest and enthusiasm that far exceeded our expectations,” said Bohac.
Both teachers will be presented with an award recognizing their achievement and will receive an all-expense-paid trip to the 2014 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference set for June 23-27, in Hershey, Penn.