The AES CTE Blog

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

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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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Keeping Students Engaged in CTE: Part 1

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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

What Is Career Clarity?

By: Chris Zook
January 24th, 2019

In the world of career readiness, it’s crucial to teach students the skills to get ahead in the professional world.

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Career Readiness | Digital Citizenship | Middle School

Top 4 Digital Citizenship Activities for Middle School

By: Bri Stauffer
November 22nd, 2018

New technology is driving change in educational standards across the country, especially in digital citizenship. This means middle school teachers need great digital citizenship activities to meet their requirements. While you could come up with your own activities, that takes a lot of time and you don’t know how each activity will go in the classroom. That’s why we recommend these four tried-and-true digital citizenship activities:

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