In this episode of The Cutting Ed podcast, we talk to Rolla agriculture instructor William Fritz.
Fritz uses inquiry-based learning to teach 12 different semester classes throughout the school year. The classes range from agriculture business to livestock production, and everything in between. He wants the students to experience agriculture.
He says a lot of students still believe agriculture education is just for farm kids. Fritz teaches agriculture processing, the sales side of agriculture, natural resources, veterinarian science, and horticulture with focus on Floriculture. He also requires all of his students to have an agri-science project and supervised agriculture experience project.
In 2018, he was fortunate to become an National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador. The program only takes 20 agriculture teachers each year into the program. He spent five intense days learning how to incorporate inquiry base learning into the classrooms/labs/shops. One of his responsibilities as an ambassador is teaching others about inquiry base learning through workshops.
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