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

Career Readiness | Middle School | Critical Thinking

By: Brad Hummel
January 10th, 2023

As a middle school teacher, you understand the importance of teaching critical thinking early. Without learning fundamental reasoning skills at a young age, your students won’t be prepared for the more significant challenges they’ll face in high school and the working world.

Business Education | Career Readiness | High School | 21st Century Skills | Critical Thinking

By: Brad Hummel
October 25th, 2022

If you teach career readiness or business education in high school, chances are that you’ll be asked to teach your CTE students lessons in critical thinking. After all, critical thinking is one of the most essential skills needed to make decisions in the workplace.

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Career Readiness | Middle School | Critical Thinking

By: Bri Stauffer
July 11th, 2022

Need resources for teaching problem solving in your middle school career readiness classes?

21st Century Skills | Media Literacy | Critical Thinking

By: Chris Zook
February 1st, 2022

As a career readiness curriculum developer, we hear from teachers like you that media literacy is one of the most difficult 21st Century skills to teach in middle and high school.

Health Science | HealthCenter21 | Soft Skills | Critical Thinking

By: Brad Hummel
September 21st, 2021

According to the National Healthcareer Association’s 2021 Industry Outlook report, critical thinking is one of the most lacking soft skills in medical professionals today. If you have critical thinking skills as part of your health science course standards, you need to successfully incorporate them into your class routine. You also need to demonstrate how your curriculum and lessons help students cultivate the necessary thinking skills and qualities to succeed in today’s healthcare field. Because of this, teachers we work with often ask us how they can teach critical thinking to their health science students. 

Health Science | HealthCenter21 | Critical Thinking

By: Mike Cescon
September 8th, 2021

As a CTE instructor, you probably worry whether your classes are really preparing students for careers in the health science field.  After all, it’s all too common to get so caught up in teaching students knowledge and theory that you might miss teaching them the applicable skills and critical thinking necessary to succeed on the job.  Teachers like you often approach AES with your concerns, asking how our HealthCenter21 can help their students achieve the various levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy, a teaching framework that measures the intellectual level at which students are engaging with your material.