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

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Communication Skills | Soft Skills | Middle School

4 Best Communication Lesson Plans for Middle School

By: Bri Stauffer
December 20th, 2018

With texting and messaging apps at their fingertips, today’s middle school students can communicate more quickly and easily than ever. However, text-based messaging doesn’t have the added benefits of vocal tone, face-to-face conversation, or context that past generations may have taken for granted. This means middle school teachers need lesson plans and activity ideas to bridge that gap in communication skills.

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Middle School | Digital Citizenship

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 activities that cover distinct topics:

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Keeping Students Engaged in CTE: Part 1

Do you struggle to keep your students engaged during your lessons?

Download this free eBook to learn the Do's & Dont's of Student Engagement.

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Middle School | Information Literacy | Digital Literacy

4 Best Places to Find Information Literacy Lesson Plans for Middle School

By: Bri Stauffer
September 13th, 2018

As a middle school teacher, you’re responsible for helping your students navigate the intricacies of the digital world.

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Health Science | Career Exploration | 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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21st Century Skills | Middle School

How to Teach Internet Safety to Middle School Students

By: Chris Zook
July 26th, 2018

Today, middle school students are constantly connected to the world around them through the Internet — for better or worse.

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Google Docs | Computer Applications | Middle School

How to Teach Google Docs in Middle School

By: Bri Stauffer
April 26th, 2018

Middle school teachers across the country need to teach students how to use Google Docs. But where can they start? Google Docs is becoming increasingly important for students to learn, but there aren’t many resources to help — especially since Microsoft Word is still the giant when it comes to word processing. Plus, with hundreds of students coming to your classroom each year, it would take all of your personal time to plan and implement your own lessons. That’s why we’ve put some ideas together to help you easily start teaching your students how to use Google Docs!

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