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The latest ideas, tips, and trends for CTE and elective teachers.

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Health Science | Middle School

How (and Why) You Should Teach Health Science in Middle School

By: Chris Zook
March 22nd, 2018

Middle school health science is exploding in popularity. In the past, health science was only taught in high schools and career and technical centers (CTCs). But the benefits of CTE have proven to be so effective that some schools are starting CTE — especially health science — as early as sixth grade.

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Cyber Bullying | Digital Citizenship | Middle School

The 4 Best Cyberbullying Resources for Middle School

By: Bri Stauffer
December 21st, 2017

Every year we hear the same challenge from hundreds of middle school teachers: Finding good cyberbullying resources takes too much time and effort.

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Keeping Students Engaged in CTE: Part 1

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Computer Applications | Microsoft Access | Microsoft Office | Middle School

How To Easily Teach Microsoft Access Lessons

By: Ken Richard
July 13th, 2017

Are you in search of Microsoft Access lessons and activities to teach your students the basics of the application? Over the years we have heard from hundreds of computer teachers about the woes they face when trying to teach lessons on Access. Since most teachers aren't familiar with using the software as they are with other Office applications, it's hard to know where to start when planning lessons. Here's a few comments we have heard from teachers:

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Computer Applications | Coding and Programming | Middle School

How To Teach Middle School Programming Lessons with Alice.org

By: Frank DiMaria
July 6th, 2017

Many computer teachers struggle to keep students engaged, so finding ways to increase interest in lessons is often at the top of our minds. One of the most exciting tools that I have found sparks student creativity and interest is Alice Programming. It’s perfect for middle school programming lessons, and can even be used by other teachers in cross-curricular projects.

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Accounting | Business Education | High School | Middle School

9 Accounting Lesson Plans for Middle School, High School, and Business Ed

By: Sarah Layton
June 8th, 2017

Are you in need of some fresh accounting lesson plans for middle or high school? I'll be the first to admit that accounting is not my favorite subject. And I'm sure that's true for a lot of your students, too. But the fact of the matter is...it's gotta be done! Not only is it in your state standards and in NBEA standards, it's really important information for your students to understand.

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Career Exploration | Career Readiness | Middle School

5 Career Exploration Lesson Plans You'll Love

By: Sarah Layton
June 1st, 2017

Are you looking for ideas for career exploration lesson plans? We've heard from hundreds of middle school teachers that teaching career exploration is tough — but it's required! Career exploration seems to have a renewed sense of purpose recently, and I hope that trend continues.

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