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The AES CTE Blog

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

Mike Cescon

With past experience in teaching, a couple of degrees in writing, and an upbringing immersed in medical jargon, Mike is positioned well to hear out the most common questions teachers ask about the AES curriculum. His goal is to write content that quickly and effectively answers these questions so you can back to what matters - teaching your students.

Classroom Management | CTE Teachers | Pacing Guide

By: Mike Cescon
November 17th, 2022

As a new CTE teacher, you’ve likely heard the phrases “pacing guide” or “scope and sequence.” But if you’re still getting a handle on teaching your course, you probably don’t know what they mean or what they’re used for. 

Health Science | Student Engagement | Teaching Strategies

By: Mike Cescon
October 20th, 2022

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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HealthCenter21 | NCHSE | National Healthcareer Association (NHA) | Educational Resources

By: Mike Cescon
October 19th, 2022

Some teachers who use HealthCenter21 end up disappointed that it doesn’t cover every health science topic with the depth they want. Though HealthCenter21 is robust, it has its limitations when it comes to more specialized courses. 

Digital Citizenship | Student Engagement | Middle School | Lesson Plans

By: Mike Cescon
October 13th, 2022

With how much of our lives takes place over the internet, digital citizenship skills have become essential for students to develop in the modern day. Students who have developed these skills are well-equipped to handle technology healthily, while those who haven’t may fall victim to pitfalls like cyberbullying or irresponsible social media use. 

High School | Personal Finance | Lesson Plans

By: Mike Cescon
October 6th, 2022

It’s all too common for high school students to enter adulthood without a solid grasp on personal finances. In the worst cases, this can lead to financial mistakes or disasters that follow students all their lives. This is exactly why it’s critical to have business or finance teachers truly dedicated to providing students with the financial education they need to succeed. 

Career and Technical Education (CTE) | Health Science Textbooks | Patient Care Technician

By: Mike Cescon
September 15th, 2022

Finding the right textbook for your patient care technician course is essential to ensuring your students learn the skills they need. With the right PCT learning materials, your kids will be well on their way to earning in-demand careers--with the wrong one, however, they might find themselves scrambling to catch up to their peers.