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Preparing CDE & LDE Teams: Lessons Learned. AGSC 405. Objectives. Identify strategies for selecting CDEs and LDEs Identify strategies for preparing CDE and LDE teams. First Things First. CDEs and LDEs should relate to program curricula. Program Curricula Courses Community Etc.

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  • Identify strategies for selecting CDEs and LDEs
  • Identify strategies for preparing CDE and LDE teams
first things first
First Things First
  • CDEs and LDEs should relate to program curricula
  • Program Curricula
    • Courses
    • Community
    • Etc.


selecting cdes and ldes
Selecting CDEs and LDEs
  • Select a few events
    • Related to curricula
    • Spread out through the year
  • You DON’T have to do everything
    • Split events among teaching partners



If your students learn the material, winning will take care of itself.

  • Thoroughly learn rules for the event
    • Components
    • Resources
      • To prepare team
      • During event
    • Scoring
assemble training materials
Assemble Training Materials
  • Books
  • Videos/slides
  • Old Tests
  • Samples
  • Equipment
  • Etc.


  • IMS
  • FFA
  • LifeKnowledge
  • CEV
  • Web Sites
  • Other ag teachers
  • Etc.

Organize your materials – binders, drawers, files, cabinet, etc.

learn from the veterans
Learn from the Veterans
  • Someone in your district or area will be the “expert” in an event
  • Seek them out for advice
    • Most will be happy to help
    • They probably won’t give you all their secrets
    • Attend one of their practices
training teams
Training Teams
  • Approach training a team just like you were teaching a class
training teams1
Training Teams
  • Make practices fun
    • Competition
    • Food
    • Relaxed, but focused atmosphere
  • Be prepared for practice
    • Know what you want to cover
    • Have required materials and supplies
    • Students and Advisor should keep a training folder
recruiting team members
Recruiting Team Members
  • Seek out interested, motivated students.
  • Ask high-ability students to think about joining.
  • Open practices to everyone, then gradually reduce team to required number, plus a few alternates.
  • Begin enough in advance to allow students to learn material
  • Schedule before or after school
    • Students who really want to participate
    • Doesn’t waste class time
  • Set normal schedule for practices
  • Closer to competition:
    • Set up practice event


    • Attend practice event hosted by someone else
determining final team
Determining Final Team
  • Practice contest
  • Past performance
  • Effort /Attendance
  • Seniority??
at the competition
At the Competition
  • Before event begins
    • Register .
    • Pep talk.
    • Remind them of key points.
    • Relax them.
  • During event
    • If possible, walk through event area to learn.
    • Talk with other ag teachers who have teams.
  • After event
    • Teachable moments – review event
    • Walk team through
    • Get event organizers or experienced teachers to talk with team
long term success
Long Term Success
  • Recruit young students and build each year by continually recruitingyoung students toreplace seniors.

Use veteran students to help teach young students.

  • Celebrate all successes, no matter how small.
    • School announcements.
    • Local newspaper.
    • FFA banquet.
    • School board.
    • Etc.
new ag teachers
New Ag Teachers
  • No one expects you to win everything
  • Participate and learn
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions
your turn
Your Turn
  • Let’s hear from a few of your classmates who participated in CDE and/or LDE teams while they were in high school