No More Dead Frogs!

On August 21, 2012, in Uncategorized, by admin

Enhance the students’ Experience by fostering INSPIRATION!

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When you engage students in learning, you become an engaged leader! You change the attitudes in the minds of people when you interact with them. Today’s cosmetologist is socially challenged. They arrive in your school overlooking the importance of face-to-face communication skills. Technology has sheltered them from sharpening the essential skills needed for this industry: personal one-on-one interaction. Because of this new chosen communication of texting, tweeting and E-mailing we need to salvage the art of communication by re-creating the classroom experience. Let’s Remember…engaging with people is the beauty business and without great communication and the ability to adapt and adjust to the human experiences, the odds of producing successful cosmetologists are lessened.
 

People + Participation = Productivity!

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When you integrate engagement and leadership together it produces multiple communication platforms, new learning systems and offers the powerful effects of rewards and recognition all in a coherent strategy. Engaged learning allows students to participate in “real-life” activities through collaboration, exploration and discovery with their peers. The more you encourage engagement, the higher a student’s satisfaction and performance.
 
Only one in every two teachers is actually engaged! Which one are you?
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Top Five Tips for Engaged-Learning Made Simple

 
1) Greet them enthusiastically!
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– You WILL see a big difference in their daily attitude! Ask simple questions like: How was your weekend? How did you do on that test last week? or What are you most looking forward to this weekend? Be interested in THEIR life!
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2) Students want to help create a lesson, let them co-create!
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– 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! YOU try to participate in the lesson Plan of the day! It will help students to FOCUS when you become involved and excited in the lesson as well!
 
3) Students need to be constantly connected!
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– They thrive on collaboration; use social media tools! Take advantage of today’s technology and try to find ways to incorporate it in your lesson plans. Embrace the new “Teaching” Methods! Integrate both the classroom and social life! We the teachers must change our methods and adapt and adjust to our students’ personalities and surroundings!
 
 
4) Learning needs to be entertaining!
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– People pay attention for 1/2 their age in minutes (i.e. If they are 20 years old, they will give you around 10 minutes of their full attention.) Use humor in any of your lesson plans such as a funny video or a funny story to keep them entertained.  Remember: Your goal is to help them get information and retain it! How you teach it needs to be creative!
 
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5) Interacting and Engagement Experiences!
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– Students want to express themselves individually – when involved and engaging in activity they have opportunity to do just that! Group settings and game playing is how they learn and feel it is more fun!
 
 

YOU FIRST

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If you want to truly be an effective leader it has to come from you first. Every teacher builds their personal legacy to a student. You have between 9 and 24 months to create the foundation for their new world. You are that one person they look to as an example of who or what they can become.
Who you are will impact your students MORE than what you say.  They are like your children, watching every move you make and taking notes on how to be a beauty professional. What your students experience with you carries over into the attitudes and intentions of their career.
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Teachers… pay attention to your students! YOU are their influence. You paved the way to how they feel about their school, their career and themselves. It is a BIG commitment to make when you decide to be a leader. Think about what your parents or a leader you respected have taught you and remember the effects it had on your thoughts about life and yourself. You simply cannot pass on influence without having it IN you first.
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How do you leave a legacy?

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 You leave a legacy to your students simply by demonstrating your personal philosophies.
 You show them with your daily work ethics and lifestyle how to become more than they ever thought possible. You get their attention by living your life of inspiring students to love to learn and grow personally, as well as professionally. This way of leading makes students feel valued. It provides them with the respect they need to gain for their commitment to the industry, as well as to reinforce their relationship with you as their personal leader.
Think about it, when your student leaves your classroom what is it that you want them to remember you for? Which of your core strengths would benefit even just one of your students in their pursuit of success? Where did you see UN-realized potential in a student that you helped to unleash?
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These are questions to ask yourself if you are truly interested in the power of injecting purpose and meaning to your role as a leader. Your time spent with them will have an enormous impact with the relationship you cultivated, the stories you shared and by the feeling you left them with to go out and spread their wings in the industry you love.
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We believe schools are only as good as their educators – that it starts with you, the teacher. Be one of the leaders of our industry who really care about the students’ success. Empower your own leadership by challenging and transforming your skills to be able to lead your students by example.
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