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Florida Teacher of the Year to Promote Agriculture in the Classroom

Florida Teacher of the Year to Promote Agriculture in the Classroom

GAINESVILLE – Polk County art teacher Christie Bassett won the 2015 Florida Department of Education Macy’s Teacher of the Year Award partly because she uses growing strawberries and oranges in a school garden to teach her students art, history and science. She plans to show other K-12 teachers how she uses agricultural concepts in her classroom when she makes presentations around the state this year.

Bassett, a teacher at Highlands Grove Elementary in Lakeland, believes using cross curricular integration helps her students develop a deeper understanding of the artistic process and reinforce other subject areas and critical thinking skills through reading, writing, math, history, social studies, geography and agriculture, according to a press release issued by the Florida Department of Education.

“It’s never too early to talk to students about the importance of agriculture’s contributions to the economy,” Bassett said. She presents units on strawberries and oranges using Florida Agriculture in the Classroom’s Gardening for Grades school garden curriculum and during which students make a collage of each, learn how to grow each and study the history of each in Florida.

“Florida Agriculture in the Classroom is very proud that Florida Teacher of the Year Christie Bassett is promoting our program,” said Ken Barton, chairman of Florida Agriculture in the Classroom and executive director of the Florida Peanut Producers Association. “We believe using real-life agriculture applications to teach a range of subjects is effective, and are honored that this year’s Teacher of the Year agrees.”

In addition to Agriculture in the Classroom, Bassett will speak to teachers and other audiences about ‘Teacher inspiration: The Art of Teaching,’ ‘Teacher are the Golden Thread: Building a Culture of Collaboration,’ ‘The Cross Curricular Classroom,’ ‘Bringing the Outside In: Bridging the Gap between the School and the Community,’ ‘Creating Multifaceted Art Instruction and Classroom Management with Positive Behavior Support’ and ‘Whole Brain Teaching Techniques.’

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT LISA GASKALLA BY CALLING (352) 846-1391 OR EMAILING gaskalla@ufl.edu

For a copy of the official press release Click Here

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