•              Teacher Name: Harden Richards                
    Level:High School
    Subject Area: Agricultural Mechanics
    E-mail address:hardenrichards1@robeson.k12.nc.us
    Phone: (910) 521-3253 
     Class Schedule
     1st Period:Agricultural Mechanics  8:00 am - 9:30 am
     2nd Period: Agricultural Applications 2- 9:37am-11:37 am
    3rd Period: Planning 11:30 - 1:00 
     4th Period: Agricultural Mechanics  2 - 1:00 pm 3:00 pm 
     Course Syllabus:
    Agricultural Mechanics

     Instructor: Mr. Harden Richards                                                                                                                                                                                    

              If you need help with any class material, need to use the equipment or simply want a place to study, I will be in the room most days both before school (7:30am) and after school 4:00pm.  The door is always open when I am around, but no promises without a little advanced notice.   

     Course Description: Agricultural Mechanics is design to develop the fundamental attitudes and behaviors needed to secure employment and advance in a career. Skills are generic to all occupations and emphasize proficiency in the workplace, problem-solving, teamwork, and self-management. In addition, skills are developed which are specific to investigating, securing, and maintaining appropriate employment.

     Course Objectives:  

    Provide all students with a foundation of Agricultural Mechanics knowledge, common vocabulary and skills.

    1. Develop the leadership potential of students, while providing a variety of experience that will increase marketability to employers. 
    2. Gain a general knowledge of common equipment, facilities, and practices utilized in various aspects of Agricultural.There will not be a great deal of homework or reading, but it does count towards your grade.  Do the assignments, and you will be in good shape. The  quizzes may be unannounced and will focus on comprehension of the reading assigned, or techniques demonstrated the previous class period.


    •   Class Work, Course Projects                                                                          


     Students are expected to participate in the class to its fullest.  The course will require significant “lab” work in the “Shop” and outside.  Agricultural education is based on experiential learning, which means you learn it by doing it.  You will also be graded on involvement and completion in several small class projects throughout the semester.


    •  Notebook                                                                                   


     Students are expected to keep a separate 3-ring notebook for every Agricultural Mechanics course.  This notebook will be graded on neatness and completeness.  Notebooks will be collected periodically throughout the semester and at the end of each grading period.  See handout for more specific information on notebook procedures.

    •  Quizzes                                                                                                   

    Each Friday of the semester will have a quiz· 

    Extra Credit:  Students may receive extra credit for participation in any variety of service project pre-approved by the instructor, and not fulfilling another requirement, i.e. court appointment.


    •  Class Rules:


     Respect Others and Our Stuff

    Participate- Involve Yourself in Your Education

    Follow Directions & Act Responsibly

    Attendance/Tardiness: Don’t be… The school attendance policy is in effect.  Consult the student handbook for guidelines. If you are not in your seat when the bell rings, you are TARDY. 

    Academic Integrity- Plagiarism and other forms of cheating are a big no no.  I will not tolerate any cheating, and if I catch anyone in the act, I will punish them to the fullest extent possible.  There is no need to cheat, if you are having problems on a particular day or in general come see me, DO NOT CHEAT.