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The AES CTE Blog

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

Career Exploration | Health Science | Middle School

By: Bri Stauffer
May 12th, 2022

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:

Classroom Management | Student Engagement | Middle School

By: Mike Cescon
May 10th, 2022

As a middle school teacher, you’re probably well aware of how difficult it can be to get students to pay attention in class. These days, middle schoolers seem to be suffering more and more from short attention spans and behavioral problems, which makes your job all the harder. 

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Computer Applications | Google Docs | Middle School

By: Bri Stauffer
May 3rd, 2022

Middle school teachers across the country need to teach students how to use Google Docs. But where can they start? Teaching Google Docs is becoming increasingly important, 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 implement your own Google Docs lesson plans. That’s why we’ve put some ideas together to help you easily start teaching your students how to use Google Docs!

Computer Applications | Coding and Programming | Technology Curriculum | Middle School | Digital Literacy

By: Brad Hummel
March 10th, 2022

If you’re a middle school technology teacher, you might be anxious about ensuring your students receive an up-to-date, engaging curriculum. You need a curriculum that will help learners use computers, mobile devices, and the internet safely and effectively.

Career Readiness | Middle School | Decision Making

By: Bri Stauffer
March 9th, 2022

If you teach career readiness in middle school, you likely need to incorporate a wide variety of professional and 21st Century skills in your lessons. And while there are a ton of resources out there related to essential skills like communication, teamwork, and media literacy, teachers tell us there are a few topics that are a bit harder to tackle.

Career Readiness | Middle School | 21st Century Skills

By: Bri Stauffer
March 4th, 2022

It’s an unfortunate reality that thousands of middle schoolers across the country aren’t being taught the skills they need to flourish in the modern workspace.