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

Computer Applications | Student Engagement | Teaching Strategies

By: Mike Cescon
January 27th, 2022

Even though your students spend so much of their lives connected to the internet, it can still be difficult to grab their attention when they walk into your computer class. Maybe they prefer using their phones, or maybe they’re just so immersed in technology that computers no longer impress. Whatever the reason, it can be incredibly frustrating for computer teachers to wrangle students at the start of every class period. As a computer applications curriculum developer, we’ve heard hundreds of teachers voice these complaints about student engagement, and in response, we’ve developed a list of activities--called bell ringers--designed to hook your students in as soon as they walk through your door.  In this article, you’ll discover 5 of the best bell ringers you can use to quickly engage students in your computer applications class:

Anatomy and Physiology | Health Science | Teaching Strategies

By: Brad Hummel
December 30th, 2021

As a high school anatomy and physiology teacher, you know it’s crucial to engage your students in critical content early and often. With so much important material to commit to memory, CTE health science students need to start their anatomy and physiology courses off on the right foot.

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.

Health Science | Teaching Strategies | New Teacher Advice | Classroom Planning

By: Mike Cescon
December 14th, 2021

It’s daunting deciding whether to switch from the healthcare industry to teaching health science full time. Though you have a strong passion for what you do and want to help raise the next generation of healthcare professionals, teaching is an entirely different job with its own unique set of challenges. And if you approach it without doing your research, you might find it isn’t the right fit for you. 

Teaching Strategies

By: Bri Stauffer
November 29th, 2021

When reviewing a digital curriculum system for use in the classroom, teachers and administrators often worry students will spend too much time in front of the computer. This is a valid concern. Fortunately you can incorporate digital resources and still have meaningful interactions with your students!

Blended Learning | Teaching Strategies

By: Brad Hummel
November 10th, 2021

Teaching today is surrounded by a shroud of uncertainty. Many schools switch between daily in-person instruction and remote learning, while others adopt a hybrid model. Some institutions have needed to change their instructional setting quickly and without warning.

Classroom Management | Health Science | Teaching Strategies

By: Mike Cescon
November 4th, 2021

Even on a good day, high school students can be tough to manage in the classroom. But with the rise of virtual instruction, students have gotten even more used to doing things on their own time and with their own schedules in mind. And as a health science instructor, that makes your job even more difficult.