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Health Science | HealthCenter21 | Soft Skills | Critical Thinking

How Can I Teach Critical Thinking to Health Science Students with AES?

By: Brad Hummel
September 21st, 2021

According to the National Healthcareer Association’s 2021 Industry Outlook report, critical thinking is one of the most lacking soft skills in medical professionals today. If you have critical thinking skills as part of your health science course standards, you need to successfully incorporate them into your class routine. You also need to demonstrate how your curriculum and lessons help students cultivate the necessary thinking skills and qualities to succeed in today’s healthcare field. Because of this, teachers we work with often ask us how they can teach critical thinking to their health science students. 

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Business Education | Google Apps | Microsoft Office

Should You Teach Microsoft Office or Google Apps? 4 Things to Consider

By: Mike Cescon
September 16th, 2021

Business and computer teachers have a lot to consider when choosing between teaching Google Apps or Microsoft Office. In many ways you’re setting the stage for the application that those students may use for the rest of their lives. And that’s a lot of pressure to put on anyone. 

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Keeping Students Engaged in CTE: Part 1

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Business Education | High School

Top 5 Business Management Lesson Plans for High School

By: Brad Hummel
September 15th, 2021

As a provider of business education resources, we hear from many teachers like you who are frustrated that they can’t find quality lesson plans for business management. You need to cover management as part of your business curriculum, but finding resources to meet your standards and engage your learners may leave you scrambling.

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IC3 Certification | Digital Literacy

An In-Depth Review of the IC3 GS6 Certification

By: Marcus Esters
September 14th, 2021

Business education and computer teachers often tell us they are interested in adding certification opportunities for their students. And most teachers want to go beyond the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certifications.

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Health Science | Student Engagement | Teaching Strategies

5 Bell Ringer Activities to Engage Your Health Science Students

By: Mike Cescon
September 9th, 2021

When students first walk into your classroom, they’re fresh off of all sorts of distractions, from friends to phones to life. Oftentimes the last thing they want to do is sit down and learn about health science.  For the dedicated health science teacher, this can be a problem: Disinterested students are students who aren’t learning, and because you want your class time to be as productive as possible, you need to gain and keep your students’ attention as soon as they take their seats. However, engaging your students quickly can be more complicated than it seems, and to do it well, you’re going to need some strategies to hook ‘em in. 

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Health Science | HealthCenter21 | Critical Thinking

How Does HealthCenter21 Align with Bloom's Taxonomy?

By: Mike Cescon
September 8th, 2021

As a CTE instructor, you probably worry whether your classes are really preparing students for careers in the health science field.  After all, it’s all too common to get so caught up in teaching students knowledge and theory that you might miss teaching them the applicable skills and critical thinking necessary to succeed on the job.  Teachers like you often approach AES with your concerns, asking how our HealthCenter21 can help their students achieve the various levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy, a teaching framework that measures the intellectual level at which students are engaging with your material. 

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