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The AES CTE Blog

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

Career Readiness | Digital Curriculum

By: Brad Hummel
May 17th, 2022

As a middle school career readiness teacher, you may be anxious about the kind of curriculum you’re using in the classroom. After all, the right curriculum will set your students up for success in their careers, while the wrong one may leave them more confused about who they want to be.

Career Exploration | Health Science | Middle School

By: Bri Stauffer
May 12th, 2022

Health science is one of the most popular CTE clusters in the United States. And while health science classes teach students how to perform specific skills, they don’t usually teach them how to choose a health care career! Because of this trend, instructors need to find ways to better incorporate health science career exploration in their lessons. Talking about health care careers is a key piece in your classroom, but there aren’t many resources out there appropriate to middle school students. To help give your students a clearer idea of their potential careers, we’ve put together a list of the five best lesson ideas for health science career exploration:

Keeping Students Engaged in CTE: Part 1

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Classroom Management | Student Engagement | Middle School

By: Mike Cescon
May 10th, 2022

As a middle school teacher, you’re probably well aware of how difficult it can be to get students to pay attention in class. These days, middle schoolers seem to be suffering more and more from short attention spans and behavioral problems, which makes your job all the harder. 

Business Education | High School | Digital Literacy | Projects

By: Mike Cescon
May 5th, 2022

There’s no denying that social media has become a central topic for many high school classrooms to explore. Students love to engage with it, and depending on the projects you use to exercise their skills, they may walk away with greater insight into how it affects their lives. 

Career Readiness | High School

By: Bri Stauffer
May 4th, 2022

Professionalism is an essential soft skill in today’s workplace, and high school teachers are often the ones expected to teach these skills to their students.

Computer Applications | Google Docs | Middle School

By: Bri Stauffer
May 3rd, 2022

Middle school teachers across the country need to teach students how to use Google Docs. But where can they start? Teaching Google Docs is becoming increasingly important, but there aren’t many resources to help — especially since Microsoft Word is still the giant when it comes to word processing. Plus, with hundreds of students coming to your classroom each year, it would take all of your personal time to implement your own Google Docs lesson plans. That’s why we’ve put some ideas together to help you easily start teaching your students how to use Google Docs!