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The latest ideas, tips, and trends for CTE, career readiness, business education, and computer applications teachers.

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Health Science | High School

REVIEW: Project Lead the Way's Biomedical Science High School Courses

By: Bri Stauffer
November 8th, 2018

CTE health science programs are growing across the United States. As a result, there are more options for instructional materials than ever before. A popular choice for many health science classrooms is Project Lead the Way’s (PLTW) Biomedical Science program. This option can be the perfect fit for some classes, but not quite right for others. In this blog, we’ll review the biomedical science courses to help you decide if they’re the right fit for you and your students. But before we dive into the specifics of the courses, we’ll give a little background on Project Lead the Way!

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Teaching Strategies | Classroom Planning

What Is a Curriculum Map? (And How Do You Make One?)

By: Chris Zook
November 1st, 2018

Curriculum mapping — the process of making a curriculum map — is the practice of aligning skills to classes and grade levels.  

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Keeping Students Engaged in CTE: Part 1

Do you struggle to keep your students engaged during your lessons?

Download this free eBook to learn the Do's & Dont's of Student Engagement.

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Entrepreneurship | Business Education | High School

Where to Find Entrepreneurship Lesson Plans for High School

By: Bri Stauffer
October 25th, 2018

Finding entrepreneurship lesson plans that are relevant and age appropriate for high school students isn’t easy. While you could create your own lessons and activities from scratch, you’d have to do it in your spare time — which barely exists as it is! On the other hand, there are a ton of resources out there with lessons on entrepreneurship. But you could end up spending even more time just trying to find the good ones! So what are you supposed to do other than say “see ya” to your free time?

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Cooperative Learning | Teaching Strategies | Blended Learning

What Is Cooperative Learning and How Does It Work?

By: Chris Zook
October 18th, 2018

The idea of cooperative learning has been around for decades, but it never got to the same prominence as blended learning or differentiated instruction.

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Digital Literacy | Digital Citizenship

How to Celebrate Digital Citizenship Week 2018

By: Bri Stauffer
October 11th, 2018

With technology at their fingertips 24/7, it’s more important than ever to ensure your students are behaving appropriately in the digital world. But finding a way to incorporate these topics into your existing syllabus can be tough — especially if your courses don’t specifically require you to teach them. That’s where Digital Citizenship Week comes in!

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Classroom Management | Teacher Retention

11 Principles of Classroom Management to Teach Digital Natives

By: Chris Zook
October 4th, 2018

Every generation is different. Every classroom is different. But today’s generation and classrooms look nothing like 10 years ago. In fact, classrooms change so rapidly these days that education isn’t even the same as it was five years ago. A big part of that is because today’s generation is the first one made of digital natives. They’ve never known a world without the Internet, and they’ve used smartphones since they could practice fine motor skills.

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