Soft Skills Lesson Plans vs. Soft Ice Cream

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by Mary Seward So we’re at summer’s peak here with plenty of hot, muggy weather typical for our region. Thoughts of CTE curriculum sequence, common core standards and workplace readiness vaporize into the hazy heat rising off the corn fields. And as the sun sets on another blistering day, the locals patiently wait in a line [...]

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Teaching as a Second Career: Making Resources Work for You

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by Sarah Layton Last week, I wrote about teaching as a second career, from nursing to health science education. In hindsight, I am afraid that only health science teachers will take notice. So I want to talk a little bit more about teaching as a second career. It’s not just going from nursing to teaching. It’s also [...]

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What No CTE Teacher Said Ever

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by Sarah Layton The other day, I saw an article about the biggest complaints of today’s teachers. I read it right on the heels of seeing one of those memes that said, ‘”I can’t wait for class to start,” said no student ever.’ I thought I’d take some of common teacher complaints and turn them around into [...]

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Business Education Lesson Plans: Personal Finance

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by Sarah Layton Do your business education lesson plans include personal finance? Don’t you think they should? In order to understand finance on the larger scale, I think it’s best to start at home. If you ask anyone other than my husband, they will likely tell you that I practice economy. Okay, maybe not with [...]

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Blended Learning: 3 Ways CTE Teachers Engage Students

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Blended learning? Keeping students engaged? Ask 10 different CTE instructors and based on our experience, you will get 10 different answers to what they think this means to them. For example, during the last 2 weeks, we had the following exchanges with teachers. A common issue CTE teachers talk to us about is finding a [...]

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Teaching as a Second Career: Nursing and Health Science

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Many health science teachers were nurses before becoming instructors. Does that sound like you? Did you come into teaching as a second career? Quite a change, right? I recently had the opportunity to talk to one such teacher and how she’s managed that transition. How to survive teaching as a second career I have a great [...]

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Microsoft Office 2013 Lesson Plans: Movin’ On Up!

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by Bri Stauffer Is your site movin’ on up to Microsoft Office 2013 this fall? Are you looking for relevant, compatible Microsoft Office 2013 lesson plans? Many teachers have been expressing interest and excitement at the coming updates for our Computer Applications curriculum and Microsoft Office 2013 lesson plans. On August 1, the Computer Applications [...]

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Computer Applications Lesson Plans: Why They’re Important to All Students

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by Sarah Layton Are computer applications lesson plans important for students? Did Brazil lose big in the World Cup? (Please don’t send me hate mail now.) Computer Applications Skills Are for Everyone You can be in prime employable condition, but you better have some skills to back that up. Computer applications skills, that is. Recently we’ve [...]

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Soft Skills Curriculum: What, Where, and Why

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by Sarah Layton Soft skills curriculum. You know you have to have it. But what exactly is it? Why is it so important today? And where can you get it? Soft Skills Curriculum: What is it? Let’s start with what soft skills are. According to Investopedia, soft skills are “the character traits and interpersonal skills [...]

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CTE Certification: Students AND Teachers

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by Ken Richard If I say CTE certification, you automatically thought about students taking tests for medical assistant or Microsoft Office Specialist, right? CTE certification is not just about students. Applied Educational Systems might be a for-profit business, but our mission is to prepare people with the skills for success in their careers. Did you notice [...]

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