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r’s he eacSafari T A MANAGING THE ZOO OF PERSONALITIES BY AMY DREW THOMPSON t’s been said that it’s a jungle out there, but we’d venture it can get pretty wild in the classroom. Managing the zoo of personalities in yours can be a challenge. For that, you’ll need to hone your animal instincts! No matter your discipline, and no matter how many years you’ve spent teaching, the art of instruction is always an adventure. Sure, you may be going over the same material or methods. You may even know it all by heart. But each new crop of students brings with it an entirely unique and unpredictable concoction of the human element. Certainly, there will be new challenges for the students, but also for you, the educator. So how best to teach a group of people when no one method is best suited for them all? Learning to tame the menagerie in your class certainly comes from assessing them, from facilitating discussion and activities that allow you to note the dynamics; it’s called differentiation, and it allows the best teachers to recognize the personality traits of each student and teach accordingly. The key, says Amanda Vickers, managing director of Speak First, a London-based company that’s been helping people hone their communication skills for more than two decades, “is understanding that no communication style is wrong.” In aiding so many on their journey toward more effective interactions, Vickers and company have broken communication styles into four fun categories: owl, lion, horse and monkey. “They are all necessary to create a strong, rounded group as they all bring different skills to the table,” explains Vickers, who has co-authored several books on coaching, training and management, including the recent “Confident Coaching” ($16.95; Hodder & Stoughton, 2012). In a classroom setting in particular, being something of a Dr. Doolittle is essential. “What most people are looking for is that ability to ‘talk to the animals,’ to speak their language.” Few individuals exhibit the traits of just one animal—we’re all a unique mix—but everyone has dominant traits that make up the largest share. By determining your students’ dominant “animal” traits, you should be able to find the best approach to teaching. I Owls rely on attention to detail and precision. They are intellectual and structured and highly disciplined, by far the most methodical of the four animal groups, and tend to lean toward perfectionism. Owls can be classroom superstars 22 | B E AU TYLINK | SUR V IVAL | 2 012 The Owl

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Beauty Link - Volume 4, Issue 3

Message From the AACS President and CEA Chair
Workings Of Washington
Network, Innovate, Grow: AACS Annual Convention & Expo 2012
Attending a Convention: 10 Tips for Success
Superstar Graduates
A Teacher’s Safari: Managing the Zoo of Personalities
Sticking it Out: 10 Threats That Keep Students from Surviving and Thriving in the Real World
Step-by-Step NEW!
Data Disaster: Protecting Sensitive and Important Records
Mixing Generations in the Classroom: Can They Coexist?
Beauty Changes Lives
Every Vote Counts: Encouraging and Emphasizing the Importance of their Vote
Hip-Hop Haircuts: Curtis Smith Sets Trends
AACS Listserve Q & A
Now We’re Talking: An Education in Communication
Multicultural Corner
Health & Wellness for Educators: Tips for Being Healthy
A Student’s Perspective NEW!
And Then There’s Compliance
Remembering Two Beauty Legends
Beauty Before Boarding: Airport Salons Take Flight
Voices From the Classroom
CEA Annual Convention Photo Spread
Quiz Time: How Well Do You Know Your Association?
Associate Member Profiles: Makeup/Cosmetics
People & Places
New Products & Services
New School Members
Upcoming 2012-2013 Events
Index to Advertisers

Beauty Link - Volume 4, Issue 3