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Career Exploration | Career Readiness | Middle School

5 Best Career Exploration Lesson Plans for Middle School

By: Sarah Layton
December 12th, 2019

If you’re a middle school career readiness teacher, chances are one of the first topics you plan to teach is career exploration.

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Career Exploration | Health Science | Middle School

How to Teach Health Science Career Exploration in Middle School

By: Bri Stauffer
August 30th, 2018

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:

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Career Exploration | Career Readiness

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 and career clarity 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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Career Exploration | Career Readiness

5 Quick Ways to Get Career Exploration Lesson Plans

By: Sarah Layton
June 15th, 2017

With an increasing focus on career preparation as part of elective courses, finding career exploration lesson plans and activities can be tough. How do you go about creating or finding these lessons and ideas? And then how can you build them into your existing career readiness curriculum?

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