Unit Layouts and Assessment Counts

Reflecting on classroom procedures and how it feeds into the behavior of students I have been writing new material for my classes. Starting with Food Science because I can try out new content this summer during my summer school class and it will be one of the first things I will teach next year. I plan to start each unit with essential unit vocabulary. Each unit will have the Unit Plan attached to the formative assessment packets. The students will get at least four grades for each unit. The first is for the vocabulary formative assessment, then the packet of worksheets, and at the end the summative tests for vocabulary and unit content. Each week students must log time and activities of their Supervised Agricultural Experience on the Agricultural Experience Tracker.

At the end of a semester with each unit lasting 2 weeks. At minimum there will be 18 AET journal grades, 36 unit grades, SAE plan grade, SAE presentation grade, and  an SAE record book grade. In total, there will be 57+ assessments for each class. 5 of the classes I teach each semester follow this model. Round the assessments up to 60 then there are over 300 assessments per class. That isn’t even counting multiplying by each student in each class. even with a class of 10 students there are 3000 things to grade every semester. Each week it averages 167 data points.

Focusing on Food Science and its second semester companion dairy science keeping the Ag courses hands on is important in the learning scheme. For food science students will be doing labs in the Ag Department’s foods lab. Dairy science has the convenience of going outside the classroom and touring dairy farms.

Food Science Labs

  • Brats
  • Hot Dogs
  • Jerky
  • Snack Sticks
  • Mayo
  • Cheese
  • Yogurt
  • Ice Cream
  • Deer Processing

Dairy Farm Tours

  • Organic Dairy Farm
  • Parlor Barn (less than 1000)
  • Parlor Barn (1000-2000)
  • Parlor Barn (more than 2000)
  • Rotary Milking
  • Robotic Milking
  • Accelerated Genetics Tour
  • Stanchion Milking
  • Feed Mill Tour




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