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

Chris Zook

Chris Zook is the content marketing manager at AES. He enjoys everything about online marketing, data science, user experience, and corgis.

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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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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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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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Business Education | New Teacher Advice

"How Do I Teach Business?" | 7 Things Every New Teacher Needs to Start

By: Chris Zook
September 20th, 2018

Business is one of the strangest subjects to teach at any grade level for one simple reason. If you’re teaching it for the first time ever, you’re probably not a trained business teacher. To make matters worse, you could be the only teacher in your department! So, seriously, where do you even start?

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Google Apps | Google Forms | Computer Applications

The 3 Best Google Forms Lesson Plans Available Online

By: Chris Zook
September 6th, 2018

Google Forms is quickly becoming a staple of Google Applications (G Suite) in schools across the country.

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Business Education | Lesson Plans

The 5 Best Middle School Business Education Lesson Plans

By: Chris Zook
August 23rd, 2018

There’s no better time in a child’s life to learn about business than middle school. Business education lesson plans are a key part of introducing students to real-world concepts that they may have missed otherwise.

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Career Skills | Career Exploration

Top 5 Career Awareness Activities for Middle School Students

By: Chris Zook
August 9th, 2018

Career awareness is an essential first step in building students’ understanding of the working world. Career awareness differentiates itself from career exploration by introducing students to different job opportunities in the world. It shows them options for their futures in a huge scope with the hope that each student will find a career that resonates with them in terms of interests, purpose, and inspiration.

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