BeautyLink - Volume 6, Issue 3 - (Page 51)
THE JOURNEY OF
BY KATHY JAGER
oday's soon-to-be professionals can be socially challenged-arriving at your
school having overlooked
the importance of face-toface communication skills.
Technology has sheltered them from
sharpening and practicing the essential
skill needed in this industry: engaged oneon-one interaction.
Because of the convenience of texting,
tweeting and email, we need to salvage
the art of communication by recreating
the classroom experience. Remember:
Engaging with people is the foundation
of the beauty business, and without great
communication and the ability to adapt
and adjust to human experiences, the likelihood of producing successful hairstylists
Engaged learning allows students to
participate in real-life activities through
collaboration, exploration and discovery
with their peers.
Three Tips for Engaged-Learning
Greet Them Enthusiastically
After the initial excitement wears
off, students can come to school late, tired
and not as excited to be there anymore.
Why does this happen, and how can we
change their attitudes? You can start by
making everyone feel comfortable with a
smile and greeting them by their name, as
this helps to set the tone for the day.
You can surprise your students by changing the classroom atmosphere. An example
would be to create a circle with their chairs
in the center of the room and have pieces
of paper, markers and some music going in
the middle. Tell them, "Today is a day for
you to express yourselves for success." The
activity could consist of students custom
designing their own personal "quote" with
an inspiring message or mission statement
that they will stand by professionally.
Suggest to them that they can use images
from magazines, online or create their own
to represent their core message. Then have
them write a brief summary on why they
chose their design and quote, and how it
represents what they believe in and how it
will shape their future as an industry professional. At the end, have each student
complete a two-minute presentation to
share with the class. Students love to talk
about themselves. This activity allows for
freedom of expression and helps them learn
about each other in a safe, intimate setting.
Let Them Co-Create
Pick a student and have them work
on a lesson plan with you or have a student
pick another classmate and have them
both work on a lesson plan together for
the day. Promoting student collaboration
in lesson planning increases their focus,
helps them become more interested in
"To be successful in the beauty business means
that students need to understand that, primarily,
we are a face-to-face people industry. Our
business has more to do with relationships than
it does with the art of hair."
The courses ED111 - Active Learning Methods and ED205 - Enhancing Students'
Professional Skills are available on the AACS Online Training Center. Members call AACS at
800-831-1086 for your VIP Discount Code. Visit the following URLs to learn more about these
courses: www.aacstraining.org/courses/ED111 and www.aacstraining.org/courses/ED205.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of BeautyLink - Volume 6, Issue 3
Message From the Aacs President & CEA Chair
The Workings of Washington
The Art of the Consult
A Student’s Perspective
Celebrating Our Graduates
Access and Affordability
And Then There’s Compliance
Are You Ready to Thrive?
Navigating the Acquisition Path
Creating a Marketing Mixture
Culture Trumps Strategy
Beauty Changes Lives
20 Ways to Celebrate You
Battle of the Strands
Students Leaving the Beauty School “Nest''
Why Every Educator Needs to Be at CEA This Year
Step by Step
Voices From the Classroom
People & Places
Create a Recipe for the Future
New Products & Services
Associate Member Profiles: Furniture Manufacturers
New School Members
Upcoming 2014-15 Events
Index to Advertisers
BeautyLink - Volume 6, Issue 3