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

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. 

Career Readiness | High School

By: Bri Stauffer
May 4th, 2022

Professionalism is an essential soft skill in today’s workplace, and high school teachers are often the ones expected to teach these skills to their students.

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Career Readiness | High School | 21st Century Skills

By: Bri Stauffer
April 19th, 2022

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?

Business Education | Career Readiness | High School | Personal Finance

By: Brad Hummel
April 7th, 2022

As a high school personal finance instructor, finding the perfect projects to use with your students can be challenging. Choosing suitable personal finance projects is critical to ensuring your students understand the differences between business and personal finance and apply what they’ve learned to become good money managers.

High School | Microsoft Office | Projects

By: Mike Cescon
April 5th, 2022

When it comes to teaching Microsoft Office, projects are an excellent way to assess the practical skills your high schoolers have picked up in class. After all, Office applications like Word and Excel are really just tools—it’s up to students to make great things out of them. 

Health Science | High School | Medical Terminology

By: Brad Hummel
March 17th, 2022

As a CTE health science teacher, you know how vital medical terminology is to your students' future success. After all, medical terminology is integral in every health career pathway and your students must master it to get certified and start working in their chosen fields.