Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Teachers schooled on ag in the classroom

By The Herald Staff | 6/20/2014

MANHATTAN — Two Franklin County educators learned to integrate agriculture into their classroom teachings during a recent workshop.

Audra McCurdy, West Franklin High School teacher, and Cortney Kinyon, Central Heights High School teacher, participated earlier this month in a program called “Connecting Your Classroom to Kansas Agriculture” in Manhattan.

MANHATTAN — Two Franklin County educators learned to integrate agriculture into their classroom teachings during a recent workshop.

Audra McCurdy, West Franklin High School teacher, and Cortney Kinyon, Central Heights High School teacher, participated earlier this month in a program called “Connecting Your Classroom to Kansas Agriculture” in Manhattan.

The institute is designed to provide teachers with a broad understanding of agriculture, according to a news release. Using a hands-on approach, the teachers experienced lesson plans and activities geared toward agriculture.

“I learned several new ways to help kids learn through agriculture-related activities,” McCurdy said. “I’m hoping the kids will enjoy learning through these hands-on agriculture activities this coming year.”

Kinyon found agricultural connections to many of the stories her students read as part of their coursework, such as “Walden” and “To Kill a Mockingbird,” she said.

“I have so many new ideas for my classes,” Kinyon said.

The practice of incorporating agriculture into the classroom is important because it is one of the state’s largest industry, Cathy Musick, executive director of Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom, which sponsored the program, said.

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