One of the biggest time wasters in the school happens at the end of the
day. You know the one…that five- or 10-minute period when students have
finished their last client or assignment and have cleaned up and are just
sitting around, waiting for the clock to reach 5 p.m. so they can get every
The challenge with this time period is that there isn’t a lot of time
available to do much of an activity.
My suggestion is that you take these few minutes and simply talk with the
students. You can find out a lot about students and how their education is
going by sitting and visiting with them for a few minutes.
At the end of the day, gather the students together and ask them
Here are five questions to ask your students at the end of the day that
will help you find out how they are really doing in your program.
What was the
best thing you did today?
What was the
most challenging technical skill you tried today?
Tell me something
you know today that you didn’t know yesterday.
If you could
change one thing about today, what would it be?
What did you
do to make someone’s day today?
You don’t have to ask every student every question every day. Simply go
around the room and ask a different question to each student. Change it up each
day so they don’t get the same question each time.
By communicating with students like this for even a few minutes each day,
you will help the students get clear on what great things they are doing, and
if they are struggling with any areas, they can identify what those areas are.
This way, we are celebrating their wins, and when they are challenged with
something, you can help them form an action plan to improve those areas.
Basically, it helps you stay connected to your students.
Let me leave you with this question: What is the best thing that has
happened to you this week?
Lisha Barnes is a Cosmetology/Barber Instructor with over 25 years of experience. She started out in a small private school working in Admissions, Financial Aid, Education, and School Director. She was a Director of Education for a chain of Private Cosmetology schools. Currently she serves as the Academic Development Manager for Milady where she supports schools and educators around the nation with continuing education, curriculum development and product knowledge. Lisha has served as an Educator for Milady’s Career Institute; NACCAS Commission; Career Educators of America Committee Member; and has authored numerous writing projects for Milady. This industry experience allows her to see the industry from a variety of viewpoints, which helps in sharing information and ideas with educators all around the world.