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The AES CTE Blog

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

Digital Citizenship | Google Apps | Coding and Programming | Technology Curriculum | Microsoft Office | Middle School | Lesson Plans | Digital Literacy

By: Brad Hummel
September 20th, 2022

If you’re a new middle school computer applications teacher, you’re facing many choices for technology lesson plans for your students. Making the right choices for your classroom can seem overwhelming since learning basic computer and technology skills will set them up for later success.

Career Readiness | Digital Curriculum | Middle School

By: Mike Cescon
August 11th, 2022

If you want to prepare your middle schoolers with the skills they need to thrive on the job market, finding the right career readiness curriculum is an essential first step. After all, a strong curriculum will equip your students with vital knowledge and insight, while a weak curriculum may leave them faltering and unprepared. 

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Career Readiness | Middle School | Public Speaking

By: Bri Stauffer
July 28th, 2022

Middle school career readiness classes often focus on skills like professionalism and communication.

Career Exploration | Career Readiness | Middle School

By: Brad Hummel
July 14th, 2022

Middle school is an important but uncertain time for students to think about their interests and abilities and begin to contemplate their future occupations. As a teacher, you strive to turn that uncertainty into excitement. One of the best ways to do so is to use engaging projects that guide and inspire your students to discover the diverse career opportunities available to them.

Career Exploration | Middle School | Lesson Plans

By: Mike Cescon
June 23rd, 2022

If you want to truly open the minds of your middle schoolers to the career possibilities out there, then teaching a unit or course on career exploration is the right way to go. These courses allow students to examine many different options so they can decide on the future that resonates with them the most. 

Personal Finance | Middle School

By: Bri Stauffer
June 1st, 2022

Personal financial literacy is a crucial soft skill for middle school students and is required in many career readiness and elective classes.