If you thought I was done with the FFA Love blog posts, guess again! I got a “late comer” today and it was so worth sharing!
“I love FFA because we are always trying new things, learning more, and being creative.”
I absolutely love this sentiment because to me it means I have done my job as an educator. I have helped at least one student spark a love for trying new things, learning more and being creative. I believe “college and career readiness” is more than the current round of mandated testing that our students are subjected to. It is the untestable career skills such as the willingness to be innovative and try new things. I recently blogged for the Association for Career and Technical Education Educators in Action with a piece called “The Path to Innovation is Full of Mistakes” As a teacher, I try to model this concept of trying new things. This FFA Love statement tells me I have succeeded.
Career readiness is more than just the writing and math that gets emphasized over and over again on test after test (almost to the point of driving some students away from finding joy in exploring the importance and value of these skills). It is the desire to learn more and be what some call a “life-long learner.” This love of learning more will be a critical trait for anyone who plans to have a career in the future because we are preparing our students for jobs that don’t even exist yet. Helping them find joy in learning is vital to prepare them to meet the future we don’t even know.
The fact that “being creative” is part of the reason to love FFA gives me a little thrill, too! I like to challenge my students to come up with ideas then take the action to carry them through. I challenge them to sometimes think out of the box. Isn’t that part of what creativity is? Being willing to embrace the ability to create (an article, a poster, a display, a visual representation, a video, and the list goes on), is a skill that career ready citizens need!
This FFA Love statement represents what I aspire to help my students do – Try, Learn, Create.
PS – I didn’t start this blog with the intent of getting into the career readiness aspect of what I felt this statement represented, but as I typed, the words just flowed. I tell my students, “Learning is messy.” Sometimes, it appears that my blogging wanderings are messy as well. ;)