Skip to main content

Career & Technical Education Blog

The AES CTE Blog

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

Business Education | Career Readiness | Customer Service

By: Alison Pijar
May 19th, 2022

Customer service is one of the most important skills to teach in a career readiness class. But it’s not always an easy topic to discuss in middle and high school courses. After all, you need customer service lessons that help you teach this subject in a relatable way, and that’s a challenge at every grade level!

Business Education | Marketing | Personal Finance | Texas

By: Brad Hummel
May 18th, 2022

If you're new to teaching the Principles of Business, Marketing, and Finance course in Texas, you might be unsure about some of the requirements you have to meet. After all, each class has associated Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) statements that your students must learn to be prepared for their future careers.

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.

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:

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.