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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.

Career Exploration | Middle School | Lesson Plans

By: Mike Cescon
June 23rd, 2022

If you want to truly open the minds of your middle schoolers to the career possibilities out there, then teaching a unit or course on career exploration is the right way to go. These courses allow students to examine many different options so they can decide on the future that resonates with them the most. 

Computer Applications | Microsoft Access | Microsoft Office | Lesson Plans

By: Mike Cescon
June 21st, 2022

If you teach high school computer applications, you know how tough it can be to find Microsoft Access lesson plans. After all, Access isn’t nearly as popular an application as Word or PowerPoint, making it all the harder to find resources online to help you teach it. 

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High School | Lesson Plans | Social Media

By: Mike Cescon
June 2nd, 2022

Whether you teach business education or computer applications, social media has become a key subject area for high school courses to explore. After all, successfully navigating social media can grant students many career advantages, while failing to do so can lead to all sorts of self-esteem and anxiety issues. 

Career Readiness | High School | Resume Writing

By: Mike Cescon
May 31st, 2022

If you teach high school career readiness, you know how delicate a process resume writing can be. These days, students have to craft resumes just right, or they may find their application screened out before it ever had a chance. 

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.