Teach­ers, how to use agri­cul­ture as teach­ing tool

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course pro­vides 20 con­tact hours and two PLU cred­its upon suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion. It in­cludes a field trip to learn about area agri­cul­ture and a va­ri­ety of class­room re­sources for teach­ers to use. In­struc­tors are GFB Ag In The Class­room Co­or­di­na­tor Donna Rocker and Gwen Hutch­e­son from the Ge­or­gia Coun­cil on Eco­nomic Ed­u­ca­tion.

“We have been con­duct­ing the PLU cour­ses in dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions around the state for sev­eral years,” said Rocker. “The teach­ers have a great time learn­ing about agri­cul­ture and shar­ing teach­ing ideas with fel­low ed­u­ca­tors. They leave the class with a new net­work of friends and their teach­ing bat­tery recharged.”

The classes, which are tar­geted to teach­ers in grades K-8, are matched to state stan­dards, are in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary and place par­tic­u­lar fo­cus on Ge­or­gia.

The course ses­sions be­gin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m. each day. Two ses­sions are avail­able:

• July 13-15 at the FFA/FCCLA Camp in Cov­ing­ton.

• July 19-21 at the GFB head­quar­ters in Ma­con.

Reg­is­tra­tion cost is $39 and in­cludes lunch each day. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.gfb. org/ pro­grams/ aic/ PLUCourses.htm. To reg­is­ter, con­tact Rocker at (800) 898-1911 (ext. 5365) or dhrocker@gfb.org.

Founded in 1937, Ge­or­gia Farm Bureau is the state’s largest gen­eral farm or­ga­ni­za­tion. Its vol­un­teer mem­bers ac­tively par­tic­i­pate in lo­cal, district and state ac­tiv­i­ties that pro­mote agri­cul­ture aware­ness to their non­farm­ing neigh­bors. GFB also has 20 com­mod­ity ad­vi­sory com­mit­tees that give the or­ga­ni­za­tion in­put on is­sues per­ti­nent to the ma­jor com­modi­ties grown in Ge­or­gia.

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