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The AES CTE Blog

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

Bri Stauffer

For nearly 10 years, Bri has focused on creating content to address the questions and concerns educators have about teaching classes, preparing students for certifications, and making the most of the AES curriculum system.

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:

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.

Keeping Students Engaged in CTE: Part 1

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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!

Health Science | Medical Assisting

By: Bri Stauffer
April 29th, 2022

As a health science teacher, preparing your students for certifications is one of the most important aspects of your job.

Career Readiness | High School | 21st Century Skills

By: Bri Stauffer
April 19th, 2022

It’s never easy to teach students how to take initiative. How do you know which students are comfortable with initiative, and how do you help the ones who need it? On top of that, how do you know students have mastered initiative for the workplace? One teacher told us that employers list “initiative” as the biggest issue they face with new employees coming from work-based learning programs. So how can you motivate your students to take initiative in the classroom and the workplace?

Career Readiness | Customer Service | Soft Skills

By: Bri Stauffer
March 23rd, 2022

If you teach high school business or career readiness, you likely spend time teaching customer service skills. And while there are a ton of resources available to help adults hone those skills, teachers often tell us they struggle to find relevant, engaging materials to teach customer service to high schoolers. In this article, you’ll learn how to teach customer service skills in high school by following these six steps: