• cengage sam

Cengage SAM vs. Pearson MyITLab: Microsoft Office Curriculum

Are you trying to figure out which resources to use to teach Microsoft Office to your students? If you teach a computer applications course that includes Microsoft Office topics, you’ve very likely investigated or been approached by several of the big name publishers who produce instructional materials for your type of courses.

While the promise of this digital technology is big in education, it takes significant due diligence to narrow down the choices and really sort out the features and curriculum that will bring lasting change to your school, courses, and students. It’s a tough challenge to stay on top of the rapidly developing […]

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3 Ways to Master Life Skills Lesson Plans

Are you stumped when trying to put together effective life skills lesson plans? You are not alone in that struggle.

To start, not everyone can agree on how life skills are defined. Thankfully, however, everyone seems to recognize the importance of teaching life skills to today’s students. You may even go so far as to say that it’s an essential part of every student’s education and preparation for life outside the classroom.

All of that means we can’t throw up our hands and say that the challenge of creating effective life skills lesson plans is beyond us. Rather let’s talk about what those problems are […]

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  • 5 Things that Can Drive a Health Science Technology Teacher Crazy

5 Things that Can Drive a Health Science Technology Teacher Crazy

As a health science technology teacher, what drives you bonkers? We know…and we have some ideas about how to get around or get rid of those nuisances so that you can spend more time doing what you love…teaching and preparing students for a great future.

So how do we know what irks a health science technology teacher? We talk to teachers every day. And while some teachers certainly face unique challenges, we find that there are some challenges that seem to affect just about everyone. Take a look at what we’ve determined to be the 5 things that can drive a health […]

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College Prep vs. Work Prep…What’s the Difference?

Are your business education classes directed towards workplace prep or college prep? Should there be a distinction? If so, what should it be, and to whom should each path be directed and encouraged?

The research review, “The Essence of College Readiness: Implications for Students, Parents, Schools, and Researchers” says:

“Today’s high school graduates must possess the skills and knowledge to adapt rapidly to the ever-changing landscape of a knowledge-based economy…Thus, for today’s students, there is little difference in being “workforce ready” versus “college ready.”

A little later in the review, the researchers seem to back up that statement, by defining college readiness as […]

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Review of PJ Nicholson Microsoft Word Content

Looking for free computer applications lessons and resources? If you teach computer applications, I’m sure you’re always on the lookout for some great resources that you can use with your students related to Microsoft Office applications. If you haven’t already stumbled upon PJ Nicholson, this is your lucky day!

I had some time to take a look at some of these lessons. Here’s what I found…
Who is PJ Nicholson?
PJ Nicholson is Patricia Jannan Nicholson. Nicholson is an Education Specialist with a BA and MA in Elementary Education, all from the University of Southern Florida. In addition, Nicholson has a Computer Science Certification.

Along with her […]

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Anatomy and Physiology Practice for Student Mastery

Are your students struggling to master anatomy and physiology content? Maybe all they need is a little anatomy and physiology practice!

My niece, a nursing student, recently told me that she needs to take her anatomy and physiology course again. Why? She just didn’t quite make it through the first time. She really struggled with the unfamiliar terms and just the pure volume of content that must be mastered in your typical A&P course. She’s concerned about moving forward until she masters A&P.
The struggle to master anatomy and physiology curriculum
It turns out my niece is not alone. Health science teachers tell me nearly every […]

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  • career exploration lesson plans

Career Exploration Lesson Plans You’ll Love

Are you looking for ideas for career exploration lesson plans? As a parent of two school age children, I hope you and all your colleagues are indeed looking!

Career exploration seems to have a renewed sense of purpose recently, and I hope that trend continues. Why? I’m of a mind that you can do no better service to your students than to help them explore options — options that haven’t occurred to them or that they’ve yet to be exposed to. How many missed opportunities have there been for so many people simply out of ignorance?

Career exploration isn’t merely something “nice […]

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Smart Strategies for Teaching CNA in High School

We’ve been asked several times by instructors and administrators, “Do you help prepare students in secondary CTE Health Science programs for CNA certification?” Our answer is: “It depends!” It depends on what you consider “preparing students for CNA certification.” Depending on your goals in regards to strictly test prep versus overall, well-rounded CNA education and training, you may have a difference in opinion about how we prepare students for CNA in high school.
Certification for CNA
For health science teachers and CTE directors and administrators getting students prepared for CNA certification is an ongoing responsibility, and frequently a struggle. But a necessary struggle…as NHA so effectively […]

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  • importance of soft skills

Tips for Teaching the Importance of Soft Skills

Have you been giving fair and deliberate attention to the importance of soft skills in your courses? Do you buy in to the importance of soft skills?
The Importance of Soft Skills
It seems that teaching soft skills has never been so important as it is right now. And there is good reason for that. Childhood and young adulthood isn’t the same experience it was in the not too distant past. The lifestyle and environment that children and students are experiencing today is not properly preparing them for working with others and performing well in the workplace outside of their actual job skill.

For example, […]

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Review of Dean Vaughn Medical Terminology 350

Are your students struggling to master the vast amounts of medical terms they need to know? How can you help them? If you are like the many health science teachers we encounter, then you are likely asking that question, too. One method that keeps popping up on our radar is the Dean Vaughn Medical Terminology 350 program. I was unfamiliar with Dean Vaughn Medical Terminology, so I thought I’d take a look to see what it’s all about. Here’s what I found…
Dean Vaughn Medical Terminology 350
I started by watching the demo video available on the Dean Vaughn Medical Terminology site. I […]

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