Beauty Link - Volume 5, Issue 3 - (Page 21)
CREATE A WINNING FORMULA IN THE CLASSROOM
BY BEAUTYLINK STAFF
hat makes a teacher outstanding in the classroom? Experience? Enthusiasm? Listening skills?
Just as there is no single recipe for the perfect hairstyle, the elements that contribute to success in the classroom
cannot be defined by a precise formula. The ability to teach and to learn—particularly in creative fields —is truly
part art, part science.
Great minds throughout history have attempted to describe the wonder and synergy that arises when teacher and
student are effectively connected. Do you need some inspiration as you prepare your lesson plans? Consider these famous perspectives on learning, teaching and achievement.
“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement; nothing can
be done without hope and confidence.” – Helen Keller
“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative
expression and knowledge.” – Albert Einstein
“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me
and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin
“Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you
believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you
think.” – Christopher Robin to Pooh
Sure, these quotes are inspiring, but AACS members provided some practical insight on how beauty school educators can bring their
best into the classroom every day. Below are a few member insights:
Gerard McAvey, Director of Marketing
and Training, Milady, a division of
Be a Subject Matter Expert!
Learning is a lifelong journey for both student
and educator. Stay abreast of changes in the
industry. Improve your skills not only technically but as an educator too! Don’t neglect to join professional organizations (such
as CEA) that can help you learn new skills.
Show up, on time, get ready to work and then work! Woody Allen
once said that 90 percent of life is just showing up. Schools make
a commitment to provide quality education to their students. To
accomplish this, schools need dedicated and dependable educators who show up and teach.
Blessed are the flexible for they will not be bent out of shape!
Educators wear many hats throughout the day and deal with many
personalities and experiences. Students need educators who are
ready to adapt to new, different or changing requirements. Change
is inevitable so be flexible.
“The ability to teach and to learn—
particularly in creative fields—is truly
part art, part science.”
Dan Cavanagh, President and CEO,
Delmar College of Hair and Esthetics
Dan has been an educator throughout his career
including serving as a public school principal, in
higher education and as a beauty school owner.
Following are three classroom commandments
that Dan credits with guiding him during his career.
It’s not about how I teach. Rather, it’s about how
As an educator, consider all learning styles when formulating
lessons. Instructors should plan lessons to engage students on
many levels (musically, artistically, logically, kinesthetically, etc.)
I will explore every avenue of support when I sense
that one of my students is beginning to fail.
It’s important to stop and reflect on both the educator and the
school’s reaction when a student starts to struggle. Then it’s
time to take action. Convene a team within the first few weeks
of instruction and determine who is struggling so you can put
appropriate supports in place.
I will vary my instruction to appeal to a wide variety
Effective teachers leverage the different learning styles and abilities in their classroom. Are you pairing students who struggle with
the “bright lights” in your class?
Dare to experiment in the classroom, always keeping each
student’s best interests at heart.
As teachers, we can draw upon these ingredients—and our own observations—to create a winning formula for our classroom.
An extensive online catalog on educator training is available on the AACS Online Training Center at
www.aacstraining.org/category/education. Members call AACS at 800-831-1086 for your VIP Discount
Code. Visit the following URL to learn more about these courses: http://bit.ly/EducatorCommandments.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Beauty Link - Volume 5, Issue 3
Message from the AACS President and CEA CO-Chairs
The Workings of Washington
Celebrate the Power of Educators
The Legacy of Madam Walker
Outside the Beauty Box
Part Art, Part Science
Beauty School Malpractice Liability Insurance
Leverage what Makes Your School Diff erent
Help Your Students Shine
Small Business Impacts
Voices from the Classroom
The Best in Business
Step by Step
How to Improve the Process
A Student’s Perspective
With a Little Help from Her Friends
Motivating Your Students
Beauty Changes Lives
2013 Spring Operations Conference
People & Places
New Products & Services
Associate Member Profiles
New School Members
Upcoming 2013-14 Events
Index to Advertisers
Beauty Link - Volume 5, Issue 3