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Career Readiness | Middle School | Decision Making

5 Best Decision Making Activities for Middle School

By: Bri Stauffer
June 25th, 2019

When it comes to career readiness classes, educators tend to teach workplace skills like professionalism and customer service.

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Career Readiness | Middle School

How to Teach the 6 Pillars of Character in Middle School

By: Bri Stauffer
June 20th, 2019

Career readiness teachers are often focused on teaching skills like professionalism, interviewing, and customer service.

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Career and College Readiness | Career Readiness | Middle School | Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG)

How to Teach a 7th Grade JAG Program

By: Bri Stauffer
June 6th, 2019

Middle schools across the United States have started implementing career readiness as an integral part of education.

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Career Readiness | 21st Century Skills

How to Teach Initiative to High School Students

By: Bri Stauffer
May 23rd, 2019

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?

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Career Readiness | High School | teaching interview skills

How to Teach Interview Skills in High School

By: Bri Stauffer
June 7th, 2018

Good interview skills are crucial for every high school student to learn. Any job they apply for will involve some sort of interview process, so your students need to be prepared. But teaching interview skills isn’t easy, especially when there aren’t many resources geared toward high school students. That’s why we’ve collected lessons and activities to help you teach these skills to your students! To teach interview skills in high school, you should follow these four steps: Introduce interview skills to your class Talk about why good interview skills matter Explore what good job interview skills look like End with a group project

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Career Readiness | 21st Century Skills

The 3 Best Resources to Teach Communication Skills in High School

By: Bri Stauffer
April 12th, 2018

We’ve heard from thousands of teachers that their high school students need help learning good communication skills. Those same teachers say it’s because of the rise in messaging technology — especially text messaging. Students just don’t have the same face-to-face relationships that they had 20 years ago.

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