So, what is an SAE and why would you want to visit one, you ask? For those who are unfamiliar, an SAE is a Supervised Agricultural Experience; an FFA member maintains record books on an agricultural project of their choice. Generally, projects can include employment opportunities with an agricultural business, raising livestock, or doing agricultural research. Throughout the year, the Ag Teacher will visit students who complete their projects outside of the classroom to monitor progress, help students prepare for a livestock show, etc. For more information on SAE's, check out this link!
|Mr. Clark, Mrs. Pontius, Jane, and her brother Zane |
discussing record books
Our second stop was with two members who are working together to prepare two steers for the livestock show at the fair. Through talking to the girls, I came to find out that Kilian, a seasoned show kid, was introducing Courtney to the world of steers. In return, Courtney is teaching Kilian what showing horses is all about. Collaboration at its finest!
Being that I have no showing experience, it was great to see show preparation firsthand! It was great to hear my future students get excited about taking their animals to the fair and to see the anticipation, waiting to see all of their hard work finally pay off.
|Kilian with Mr. Clark and her steer|
After we returned to the school for the day and I saw all of the classroom preparation going on, teachers preparing rooms, shop getting revamped, my first instinct was to ask what I could do to help get ready because our kiddos will be here soon! But then I remembered, I have a few more classes to take at Penn State so I had to restrain myself from completely going full on teacher mode. I am just so pumped to get into that classroom and do SAE visits of my own! But I know it will be some day soon... well, if I can be patient that long!