July 2015

SportsTurf provides current, practical and technical content on issues relevant to sports turf managers, including facilities managers. Most readers are athletic field managers from the professional level through parks and recreation, universities.

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Page 30 of 51 July 2015 | SportsTurf 31 information presented in each lesson. Activities are provided to allow students to delve more deeply into the information. Activities include hands-on labs, demonstrations, and projects. Many of the activities take place outdoors. Therefore, the best time for the curriculum to be implemented in the classroom is in late spring (April-June) or early fall (late August-October) when both warm and cool season turfgrass areas are actively growing (rate of growth is dependent on climatic location). Lessons conclude with a review of the material and question and answer sessions between students and the teacher. ONLINE CURRICULUM The online curriculum is aimed toward individual and crew training. The material appeals to various learning styles including visual, auditory, and hands-on. Students are engaged in the content through the use of interactive activities, self assess- ment quizzes, videos, critical thinking exercises, and high quality photos, diagrams, and illustrations. The lessons are easy to follow and complete in short time settings. The course is ideal for entire crew training sessions. STMA encourages agriculture education instructors and turfgrass professionals across the country to consider this curriculum. The curriculum is designed for students to learn and succeed and advance the professionalism in the turfgrass industry. Please visit STMA's website ( curriculum) or contact Kristen Althouse, STMA's Education Manager, for any additional information (kalthouse@stma. org). ■ ST "I used the Turfgrass curriculum in my horticulture class this year which turned out to be great! The curriculum is easy to follow and includes handouts, PowerPoints, and labs for the teacher and student. Students loved the lessons where they could relate the material to career and real world applications. This curriculum enhances any horticulture class within career and technical education." — Nolan Payne, Miami-Yoder School District

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