One of the greatest lessons that I have learned in my years as an
educator is to always be prepared.
Be prepared for class. Never walk into the class thinking “I wonder what we should do today?” Create an agenda for the day and build a lesson plan to support the agenda. Review your lesson plan and be ready to present the material.
Be prepared for the
student salon. Just like the classroom, we should have an
agenda prepared for the student salon.
Students will not be with customers 100% of the day and we must be
prepared with mini-classes, projects, activities, etc. for when they are not
Be prepared for the unexpected. Sometimes things
happen in the school that will knock you off your game plan.
The projector bulb goes out and you can’t use your PowerPoint. The internet is out, or the computers are
crashing, and you can’t use your planned activity. The blow dryers keep blowing the circuit
breakers so can’t have all students doing the same procedure at the same
time. Another educator calls in sick and
you must find a way to incorporate her students into your class. The products you needed for today’s class
didn’t come in on time and you can’t do you planned demonstration.
Be prepared for a
variety of student moods. Students come into the school
and may be excited, apathetic, cranky, crying, and on and on. Have a class
opening in a place that gets them all out of their own challenges and focused
on the day’s class.
Be prepared for a
variety of business needs that pop up. There may be the
unannounced fire drills, state board inspection or even the unexpected NACCAS
visits. The more prepared you are, the
easier you will be able to adapt to these situations.
Always have a variety of activities, exercises, and project ideas
ready, so that no matter what happens to your plan you have something to fall
back on if needed. When you walk into
the school prepared for the day, no matter what comes at you, you will be able
to handle it.
Remember, proper preparation and planning promote positive
P.S. Our blog and Facebook page (Milady Instructors) have a ton of tips to get you prepared for class!
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.