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Understanding the Adult Learner – Part 5

As educators, it is important that we have a firm understanding of who the learner in our classroom will be.  Why are they there?  What do […]

Understanding the Adult Learner – Part 4

Education is only one of the adult learners’ responsibilities.  They have families, jobs, and financial obligations that require their attention. Most students will place a high […]

October National Days to Celebrate!

A few months ago, I blogged about upcoming National Days and ways to incorporate them into your schools.  Everyone loved it and asked that I continue […]

Understanding Adult Learners – Part 3

Actor Michael J Fox once said, “If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.”  I love this […]

Understanding Adult Learners Part 2

Last week we discussed how adult learners are goal oriented.  This week, we are going to take a look at how adult learners come into our […]

Understanding Adult Learners Part 1

Aside from the High School educators out there, most of the educators in the beauty and wellness school business are teaching adults.  We must have a […]

Fundraising Idea For Your Student Council

A few days ago, I had a Zoom call with Ida McLean from Searcy Beauty College.  She had on the coolest shirt.  I had to know […]

August National Days to Celebrate in the Classroom

A few weeks ago, I blogged about upcoming National Days and ways to incorporate them into your schools.  Everyone loved it and asked that I continue […]

Have You Tried Whole Brain Teaching?

In today’s classroom, student engagement is no longer a nice to have, it is a must-have.  We have a generation of students in our schools who […]

The Snowball Fight

Have students write down on a piece of paper one thing they are fearful of or one question they have as it relates to the topic […]

Milady Announces the 2019 N.F. Cimaglia Educator of the Year

Congratulations to the 2019 N.F. Cimaglia Educator of the Year winner, Shaunna Deal.  Shaunna was presented with the award last month at the 25th Annual CEA […]

5 National Days to Celebrate in Your School

If you have been following our blog for a while, you probably know that I am a big fan of bringing things from outside the classroom […]

Educator Relationships Part 4

We should be ambassadors for our school.  Be a cheerleader and brag about what you are doing in your institution.  Take every opportunity to talk about […]

Educator Relationships Part 3

Welcome to the next relationship we need to discuss.  We have talked about our relationship with students and co-workers. Now it is time to look at […]

Educator Relationships Part 2

In last week’s blog, we discussed the relationship between students and educators.  This week I’d like to look at our relationship with our co-workers. A positive […]

Educator Relationships Part 1

As educators, we must work to develop and maintain effective relationships. Relationships with students, coworkers, managers and even the public.  These relationships are vital for the […]

Do You Have These Traits?

A few weeks ago, on the Milady Instructor Facebook group, I asked everyone “What is your greatest trait as an educator?”. I was so excited about […]

8 Instructor Tools to Help You in the Classroom

I often get questions from educators asking what kind of instructor support tools Milady have available.  I wanted to take some time and give you a […]

Feel Good Friday!

Looking for something to help students feel good about themselves as well as teach them to acknowledge other people?  Well, Ida McLean from Searcy Beauty College […]

Celebrate Your Students

Last week I was in a school and heard a big cheer come from outside the office I was in.  When I asked what was going […]

Thank You, Educators!

A few years ago, I approached our Director of Marketing about the possibility of creating a Facebook Group for educators.  I wanted to be able to […]

What’s a Textbook?

The other day I received my copy of the new Milady Standard Esthetics textbook. Side note… it is amazing!  When it arrived at my house, my […]

Make it Relevant

To get students engaged in our classrooms, whether it is our lecture, activities, or the student salon, we must make the content relevant to them.  It […]

Letha Barnes Talks 25 Years of CEA History

With CEA set to celebrate its 25th Annual Convention this June, I had an opportunity to talk with Letha Barnes and hear how it all began. […]

Is the Creativity of Your Classroom Bringing You Down?

The physical environment of a school is an often-overlooked area when it comes to creating a place where students can become motivated.  We must create a […]

Do You Know an Amazing Instructor?

How about a trip to CEA including registration, airfare and lodging?  Are you interested in being the recipient of a nationally recognized award?  Those are the […]

6 Steps on Incorporating Videos into Your Classrooms

Video in the classroom has been a go-to resource for as long as I can remember.   It is one of the most common teaching methods used […]

Are you Ready for Squirt Gun Haircolor?

You often hear me talk about the importance of making classrooms interactive by engaging students through discussion, activities, projects and experiments. Anything we can do to […]

Where Do I Find Continuing Education?

We tell our students all the time that education doesn’t stop once you get licensed. Obtaining a license to teach does not conclude your learning; it […]

Create Competition Madness in Your Classroom

March Madness is here!!  While I know a few of you, like me, are excited about it, I also know that many of you don’t care […]

This is the #1 Trait for all Educators

Recently I asked a group of educators to list the top three traits that they felt an educator must have.  The overwhelming number one trait they […]

Be Prepared… Be prepared for everything!

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 […]

Madam C. J. Walker

As you may know, February is Black History Month. To honor this month, I thought I’d share with you one of my favorite industry success stories.  […]

Schedule Your Fun Days with a Monthly Calendar

We must be engagers.  I think this describes who we are as educators.  We need to find relevant and fun activities that you can add to […]

Bird Box Challenge in Your Classroom?

If you pay attention to anything at all on the internet, then you know that Bird Box fever has taken over the world.  For those who […]

Happy National Clean Off Your Desk Day!

So today, Monday, January 14th is National Clean Off Your Desk Day.  In honor of this day, let’s all make sure that our schools are clean […]

Start Planning now for CEA

CEA – it’s time to start planning.  For those who don’t know what it is, CEA or Career Educators of America is an annual conference for […]

Bring Digital Solutions into your Curriculum with these 7 Milady Resources

Happy New Year!  Welcome to 2019. What do you plan to do this year? What new year’s resolutions have you set for yourself? For your business? […]

6 Awesome Ways to Incorporate Instagram into your Schools

Did you know that according to Pew Research Center, in 2018, 71% of Americans age 18 to 24 use Instagram?  If you have not yet begun […]

8 Holiday Games for the Student Salon

It’s that time a year again! The lights and decorations are up, music is playing and there is a festive spirit in the air!  Yes, the […]

Holiday Student Salon Competition

As we continue our way through the Holiday season, our student salons tend to get busy and a bit crazy at times. Clients are trying to […]

How Flexible are you?

Flexibility: willingness to change or compromise. Educators who can adapt to new ideas, different situations and an ever-changing environment are of great value to their schools. […]

4 Tips to Become an Active Listener

Most educators I’ve met, like to talk. They enjoy getting in front of people and sharing their knowledge. Talk and share knowledge, ideas, and inspiration. That […]

What are you Grateful for?

Do you ever get tired of listening to your student’s whine, gripe and complain about what they don’t like?  They don’t like the dress code.  They […]

Create Consistency in Your Lessons with Instructor Support Slides

Did you know that Milady publishes Lesson Plans and Instructor Support Slides?  These tools are developed and are ready for you to use in your classrooms.  […]

3 Ways to Avoid Digital Reluctance

During one of my most recent blogs, I shared some powerful stats around the power of using technology in the classroom. There is no doubt about […]

Take These Steps for Classroom Preparation

Being prepared for everything is one of the greatest lessons that I have learned in my years as an educator. Be prepared for class.  Never walk […]

6 Group Activities for a “Cold” Classroom

A few weeks ago, I shared ideas on how to break the ice when you have new students enroll.  That is typically how we use them, […]

Register for MindTap Live Webinars!

If you are a current MindTap user or interested in learning more about this full customizable online learning platform that transforms the learning experience. You’ll undoubtedly […]

Are you Using Technology in the Classroom? You Should!

I recently read an interesting article-survey about teaching with technology in 2018.  There’s no question about it educators are growing fonder of technology every year.  Yes, […]

7 Ways to Make Classroom Icebreakers Fun

Icebreakers are used to allow new students the opportunity to get to know each other.  You can also use them to help new students meet students […]

How to Teach the Silent Type

In last week’s blog, I talked about how to teach the Interpersonal Learner.  This week I want to share with you how to teach the Intrapersonal […]

Unplug While on Vacation

All educators need time to recharge their batteries, after all, you have worked hard all year long, and you’re dreaming of lying on the beach, spending […]

How to Handle the Talkative One

Do you have students in your class who always seem to be talking?  Students who always seems to know what is going on and knows the […]

4 Ways to Creativity, Communication and Competition in the Student Salon

When students start to learn practical skills, it is important to find fun and creative ways to help them build their skills.  Working on a manikin […]

9 Great Ways to Make A & P Fun!

The flipped classroom is a concept that has been buzzing around the educational world for the last few years.  The basic concept of the flipped classroom […]

What’s in a Name?

One important aspect of a theory presentation is how we end the class.  At the end of every class, lecture, demonstration or presentation, we need to […]

Keep Students Engaged with Flipgrid

If you haven’t heard of Flipgrid yet, Flipgrid is a digital resource to keep your students engaged while learning new skill sets.  It provides students with […]

Getting to Know Our Educators

As an educator, we want to inspire our students and help them achieve success.  To do that, we must get to know them.  Knowing our students […]

4 Ways to Integrate Technology in the Classroom

Technology is all around us from our personal lives and in our daily work lives.  We all know it’s not going away, as a matter of […]

Energize Your Student Salon Downtime

This past weekend at CEA, I taught a new Master Educator class, Mission Possible: Light the Fuse.  The class is all about finding ways to inspire […]

Why Change is Necessary

Last night I went out to dinner with a group of friends, as the waitress made her way around the table taking orders, I began to […]

Milady Announces the 2018 N.F. Cimaglia Educator of the Year

Congratulations to the 2018 N.F. Cimaglia Educator of the Year winner, David Jones-Estrella. David was presented with the award this weekend at the CEA conference in […]

Going Paperless in the Classroom Part 3

My past few blogs I have focused on going paperless in the classroom.  As we all know, there are many benefits of going paperless from saving […]

Happy Independence Day!

We at Milady would just like to take a moment and wish you all a fabulous and safe Fourth of July.  May you a wonderful day […]

Going Paperless with Google Drive

In my last blog Going Paperless, I shared the many benefits of having a paperless classroom.  As promised, I’m going to focus on just how to […]

Bring Anatomy and Physiology to Life in the Classroom

This week, I’ve got another awesome activity for you!  How many of you love teaching anatomy and physiology?  I know there are a few of you, […]

Going paperless, in a paperless world!

Over the past few weeks, I have spent a great deal of time discussing going paperless in the classroom with many educators, just like yourself. More […]

The Memory Game Your Students Will Love!

Do your students struggle with learning and remembering large amounts of information?  One of the best methods to help them learn how to remember chunks of […]

How Do I Ask for Help??…Help!

At some point in everyone’s lives, we have all had to ask for it…  HELP!  Whether you are new to your career or you are a […]

Art Inspired Classroom Competition

Last week on Facebook I saw some fantastic pictures posted by Amiee Lindsley, an educator at All Beauty College in Kingman, AZ. I was so impressed […]

Help Students Own their Career Choice

Making a final career choice can be a scary time for anyone, especially for students.  Do you remember when you made that final decision to pursue […]

Classroom Arrangement

Did you know that how you arrange your classroom has a direct effect on your performance as an educator?  Did you know that it also impacts […]

What’s New with MindTap

This month your MindTap dashboard will have a new look and feel! The new layout will feature two refined viewing options that will streamline your course […]

What you should expect from your students, and yourself!

Recently I saw a video about the Clemson Tigers Football team. They have created a culture in their program and it is brought to life by […]

Hate Taking Notes in Class?

Do you have students that dislike or struggle with note taking?  For many students, the thought of having to take notes is enough to make them […]

Wake up its Class-time!

Coming up next… Do you struggle with students not paying attention in class?  Do they show up to theory half asleep?  Look at this video and […]

100 Years of Style

Last week I ran across a fun Facebook post by my friend Patti Eaton from River Bend Career and Technical Center in Bradford, Vermont.  They were […]

Morning Rituals to Set You Up for Success

Having a good start to the day can have a significant effect on your level of productivity as well as shape your attitude for the entire […]

Answer with a GIF Only

The most recent trend I’ve seen on Facebook is where someone asks a question and then tells you to answer with a GIF only. I’ve not […]

MindTap Training…Made Easy!

If you are a current MindTap user or you’re interested in becoming a little more familiar with the product.  I would like to invite you to […]

Are you doing what you love?

Today, in our monthly team meeting, Kim Berube, Milady’s Marketing Manager gave our team an update on the recent AACS event in Washington D.C.  She shared […]

5 Tips for Communicating More Effectively with Coworkers

We often spend more time with the people we work with than we do our own families!  It is important that we learn to communicate effectively […]

Celebrate Earth Day and Make a Difference

Caring for our environment is becoming more and more important to everyone.  It seems like more and more people are getting actively involved from recycling, buying […]

How Music Can Get Your Classroom Jumpin!

What type of music do you like to listen to?  I love Top 40 music from any genre or decade.  Pop, rock, country, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s […]

Technology Friend or Foe?

Technology is everywhere!  It affects how we live, work, play and most importantly how today’s students learn. In my role as Milady’s Implementation and Training Specialist, […]

What Does it Mean to Be a Leader?

It seems I’m always seeing something about the importance of leadership. Books, blogs, Facebook posts, YouTube videos, conferences, they all seem to have something to say […]

MindTap Mobile App isn’t just for students, it’s for instructors too!

For current MindTap users, did you know there is a free MindTap Mobile App and it’s not just for students, it’s for instructors too! The MindTap […]

Knock Down this Classroom Barrier

One of the hardest jobs we have as educators is getting the students to listen to what we say. When lecturing, performing a demonstration, leading a […]

Tell Us What You Think!

We need your input. We want to make sure we are meeting your needs and giving you what you want.  To make the Milady Blog more […]

Teaching the “Hands on” Learner

Do you have students in your class who can barely sit through your lecture because they are just dying to get up and get their hands […]

Fuel Student Success with MiladyPro

As I’m sitting here this morning at my computer writing my next blog for our website MiladyPro,  I asked myself, how many students and/or instructors read […]

6 Success Habits to Create a Life You Love

Why did you become a cosmetologist?  Was it because you loved hair?  Maybe you love working with people?  Or maybe you just wanted a career you […]

MindTap Webinar Series – An Introduction to MindTap

You are invited to attend our first MindTap webinar series, An Introduction to MindTap. Hundreds of schools and thousands of students are currently using this revolutionary […]

Motivate Your Super Students Like This

When someone tells you that you’re an amazing educator, how does that feel?  Fantastic, right?  Anytime someone tells us we are doing a great job, it […]

A ‘Search’ a Day Challenge

Are you ready for a challenge?  I just came across a fun daily challenge it’s called “A Google A Day” Challenge. The challenge helps students put […]

Why Do You Teach?

The other day I ran across #whyiteach on a Facebook post. The hashtag peeked my curiosity and I decided to look further into it. I discovered […]

Supplement Your Lessons in the Student Salon

Are you looking for ways to freshen up your lessons?  Let’s face it when you’ve taught the same material for a while, you and your students […]

What’s New with MindTap

If you are a current MindTap user, then you will love the new and improved Practical Procedure Tracker. The Practical Procedure Tracker allows instructors and students […]

Super Bowl Activities for Your School

One responsibility we all have in the classroom is to bring in new and fun activities to engage students, make the content relevant and have fun […]

Laugh the Day Away with Laughter Yoga

It’s said that laughter is good medicine!  After all, it releases endorphins that make us feel good, puts a smile on our face, and makes us […]

Characteristics of the Master Educator: Be Open to New Ideas

As I sit at my desk today, trying to decide on my next blog post, it is occurring to me that I am approaching a milestone […]

Wake Up Your Students with ‘Buzzword Bingo’

Are you tired of your students falling asleep or disconnecting while you are presenting?  If you answered yes, then you’ll want to check a fun game […]

Does your classroom have this type of learner?

Do you have that one or two students in a class that always speaks well, tells great stories and starts discussions that make you say, wow! […]

What’s New with MindTap

If you are a current MindTap user, more than likely when you logged into your MindTap course at the beginning of this year you received a […]

What’s the Learning Path of Your Students?

Do you ever wonder why some students catch on to a topic quicker than others? The reason is something called Multiple Intelligence, developed by Dr. Howard […]

Anatomy On-The-Go!

“Human Anatomy” can be a taxing subject matter for both students and instructors.  As instructors, we are faced with bringing these in-depth lessons to life for […]

Shake It Up and Try Something New!

As we start the New Year, why not shake it up and try something new.   Enjoy this video for a few ideas on how you can […]

The Value of Writing a “Thank you”

Last night I sat down to begin the process of addressing my holiday cards that I typically send out to friends and family this time of […]

Net your Social Butterflies for Good

Do you have that student in class who just won’t stop talking?  Are you exhausted at the end of class trying to manage all of the […]

Can you assess your students understanding? Yes or no?

The goal of every Master Educator is to check for students understanding before we move onto the next skill set.  Typically, we get into the rut […]

Holiday Student Salon Competition

As we continue our way through the Holiday season, our student salons tend to get busy and a bit crazy at times. Clients are trying to […]

Your Students Can Ace the Interview before the Interview!

Teaching interview skills in the classroom certainly isn’t a new concept.  As Master Educators, we know the value and the importance of preparing students beyond technical […]

Not Licensed to Fail!

One of the questions I often get from educators as I travel around the country is, “How can I motivate my students?”. If you had some […]

Time-Saving Tech Tips

They say technology makes our lives easier, right?  But, too often it seems to make things harder for some while others seem to “click” right through […]

Why Haircutting is all Fun and Games

If you have ever sat in one of our Master Educator classes, you probably know that I am a big fan of incorporating different teaching methods […]

What Your Handshake Says About You

I recently returned from teaching a Master Educator class, where I was speaking with a group of educators. The topic we discussed were the struggles students […]

Send Your Students on a Wild Goose Chase

I don’t know about you, but I love the challenge of a good scavenger hunt.  I just came across an app called Goose Chase that allows […]

Play B.E.E.R. PONG in the Classroom

(Best Ever Educational Review) Yes, you read that heading correct B.E.E.R. Pong Review!  Ok, it’s not really Beer Pong as there is most definitely no beer!  […]

Give Thanks in the Classroom

Traditionally when we think of Thanksgiving we think of a time filled with our loved ones, enjoying a delicious Thanksgiving meal filled with turkey, stuffing and […]

Tips to looking “Facebook Ready”

On last week’s blog, I shared 5 ways you can incorporate Facebook live into your school. To help you out with that, I want to share […]

Save Your Students from Losing Their Minds

We can all get stuck in a rut from time to time.  Whether it’s teaching within the classroom or within the student salon, it is important […]

5 Ways Facebook Live Works for Schools

Does your school incorporate video into their marketing strategy? Per Animoto, more than 80% of millennials consider video when researching a purchasing decision. That is where […]

Put a new “Spin” on Classroom Activities

This past weekend I was attending the AACS Conference in Las Vegas.  As I walked through the casino I kept hearing the words “Wheel of Fortune” […]

Building Grit-Tip #2

As a follow-up to my previous blog Are You Gritty?, I discussed the theory behind why some students fail while others succeed.  The theory isn’t based […]

PLAY BALL! Bring the World Series into your school as a Baseball Review.

One thing you may or may not know about me, I am a big sports fan, especially baseball.   I love the game, I love going to […]

Giving Back to Your Community

The other day I ran across a news story about Central Barber Shop in Seattle. It is a powerful story about two barbers who are giving […]

Building GRIT

As a follow-up to my last blog Are You Gritty?, I discussed the theory behind why some students fail while others succeed.  It isn’t necessarily based […]


One of my favorite TV shows this summer has been Beat Shazam hosted by Jamie Foxx. Three teams of two face off against each other to […]

Are you Gritty?

This morning as I was getting ready to start my day, I found myself in need of a little inspiration, I put on an interesting TED […]

Teach Your Students How to Be Successful

The other day while surfing through MiladyPro, I ran across this great blog post: 10 Daily Habits that Will Grow Your Business. It contains great advice […]

The Great Kindness Challenge

This past week I was on the road traveling for work and found myself sitting in the airport thinking, “What happened to people being polite to […]

Why do you matter?

This week, Milady’s General Manager, Sandra Bruce, shared the following post from Every Monday Matters with our Milady Team: We have an important announcement to make. […]

Go Paperless

Using sticky notes certainly isn’t a new concept in helping one stay organized. Thanks to technology, the old-fashioned sticky notes have a new look and feel. […]

Make Your Team Meetings a Mixture of Business and Fun

Teams often get so busy with day to day operations that they fail to take the time to invest in their team with team events. Team […]

Simulations in The Classroom

Students learn best by doing! It’s just that simple.  One way to ensure that your students are “doing” and learning is by incorporating simulation activities into […]

Bring Childhood Games into Your Classroom Review

I love taking games that I played as a child and finding ways to turn them into review games for the classroom. One of those games […]

Have your Students Start Their Day Off Right with a Post-it!

We know goal setting can be a powerful tool for students. As a matter of fact, as educators, we help our students identify their long-term and […]

Are you looking for a way to re-energize your teaching skills?

A few weeks ago I posted a video on Facebook as part of a workshop I was attending.  I was being the student.  I posted that […]

Hundreds of Energizers at Your Fingertips

Using energizers in the classroom is certainly not a new concept. As a matter of fact, this very topic is often mentioned during many of our […]

Expect the Best of Your Students

Recently, on the AACS Listserve (American Association of Cosmetology Schools), someone asked for advice on raising attendance requirements from 75% to 85%. Back in my days […]

Why Do Some Students Succeed and Others Fail?

Over the past few weeks I’ve seen this video circulate around Facebook.  I found it interesting and wanted to share with you. Enjoy! Do your students […]

Turn Your Start Days into a Welcome Party!

As summer begins to wrap up, those of us in career education will often see a bump in our student enrollments this time of year as […]

Brainspark those Creative Juices

Let’s face it, creativity is an important aspect in the life of a beauty and wellness professional. You and your students likely chose a career in […]

Milady and AACS Announce the 2017 N.F. Cimaglia Educator of the Year

Congratulations to the 2017 N.F. Cimaglia Educator of the Year winner, Shannon Cousineau.  Shannon was presented with the award at the recent CEA conference in Las […]

Right vs. Left

Our students possess a variety of learning styles.  As Master Educators, we know that our students learn in many ways.  Our brain is the source of […]

MindTap Scavenger Hunt 

Looking for a fun way to help students get familiar with all the amazing features of MindTap?  Why not create a MindTap Scavenger hunt to help […]

Using Word Clouds in the Classroom

One of the biggest challenges we face as educators is appealing to all types of learners within the classroom.  One great way to help all students, […]

The Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

I recently read a quote, “customer service isn’t a big thing; it’s a million little things.” This quote got me thinking about how we as Master […]

5 Reasons to Play Games in the Classroom

Let’s face it, most people enjoy playing games. Thinking back to when I was in the school full-time, some of the most fun days we had […]

Ready, Set, Text!

Students take out your cell phones!  Now that’s not a statement you hear too often in the classroom. Usually, it’s just the opposite, we’re asking our […]

2017 National SkillsUSA

Have you ever been curious what the National SkillsUSA competition floor looks like? Take a look at this video for a quick look at the 2017 […]

Should students listen to music on their phones while in school?

In last week’s blog, I shared 5 ways we can incorporate music into our classrooms.  Most of us see the value of having music playing while […]

5 Ways to Incorporate Music into Your Classroom

Music can be a very useful tool in our schools.  It can help to create a desired mood, relax us, and energize us.  Listening to music […]


If you’re not familiar with Bitmojis, you’re missing out on all the fun! Bitmojis is an app that allows you to create your own personal avatar.  […]

Make Your Content Snackable

One of the characteristics of today’s learner is that they have short attention spans.  They receive information quickly and in small, bite-sized pieces.  Think of the […]

Cell Phones as a Classroom Tool

Are you tired of battling with students using their cell phones in class?  Why not remove the battle? One of the most effective ways is to […]

6 Ways to Deal with Students who are Late to Class

Do you struggle with students who are consistently 5 minutes late for class? How do you handle them?  Do you let them clock in and come […]

Apply Zone Teaching to Your Student Salons – Part 2

Last week we talked about using zone teaching to more effectively manage our student salons.  Below are some examples of how you can implement this into […]

Internet Connection Speed Test

As the use of technology increases in schools, whether it be students using their devices in the classroom or instructors streaming videos and utilizing online learning […]

Apply Zone Teaching to Your Student Salons – Part 1

“I can’t ever find an instructor!”  Sound familiar?  I hear it all the time from students.  “There is never an educator around when I need one.”  […]

Classes, Events, and Networking You Don’t Want to Miss!

This year’s CEA is shaping up to be a fantastic event. There will be teaching methodology, motivation, skin care, admissions, marketing, networking and much, much more. […]

Avoid Classroom Internet Congestion

More and more schools, educators and students are embracing technology in the classroom. With that comes the need for increasing our school’s bandwidth and speed. After […]

Focus on the 80%

When I first started teaching Master Educator classes, Letha Barnes (my step-mother) gave me some great advice.  She said that when it came time to reading […]

Because I Make a Difference

The first week of every May is Teacher Appreciation Week.  This week-long celebration is a time when the community, students, and parents show their appreciation and […]

Bring Storytelling into Your Classroom with Studio Luma

Have you ever told a story in your classroom?  A story of that crazy client request or that time when you were able to correct the […]

Catch the Gratitude Bug

Do you sometimes feel that no matter where you look in your school you find students complaining? In the classroom, breakroom, dispensary and even the student […]

Caution! Rumble Strip Ahead

How many times have you been teaching only to look up and find that your students are sitting there with their eyes half closed, zoning out […]

Powerful Resources for Students and Pros

As educators, we are always on the “hunt” for new material or content that we can integrate into the classroom.  As a matter of fact, we […]

How Do You Choose Which Team Goes First?

When playing a game in the classroom, a fun way to determine which team goes first is with the classic game of Rock, Paper, Scissors. To […]

What’s NEW with MindTap

If you or your school is using MindTap for Milady Standard Cosmetology, 13th Edition, you might have noticed a new assessment plank added to the bottom […]

Put Some POW Into Your Classroom

I recently came across this fun animation software called PowToon’s (  If you’re looking for an innovative way to create presentations or assignments that engage your […]

Educator of the Year Applications Due May 1st!

A prestigious award. $2,500. Registration, airfare, and lodging to the CEA conference in Las Vegas, NV. Those are the prizes that await the winner of the […]

Which Muscle Am I?

Are you always looking for a fun way to help students learn and understand anatomy and physiology? During a recent Master Educator Event, Cindy Cazin, an […]

Embracing Mistakes

I think we can all agree that we make mistakes.  As a matter of fact, mistakes are a key part of the learning process.  You could […]

Catch the Student Doing Things Right

Have you ever heard the statement “what gets acknowledged gets repeated?” It means that when we focus on a specific action of our students, employees, or […]

1-2-3 Chat

You might have read my last blog about integrating Learning Stations within the classroom or student salon.  This week I want to introduce you to a […]

Are you ready for the Post-Millennial Generation in your classroom?

This week I had a bit of an “OMG” moment.  I was talking to my sister and she mentioned that in 2 years my nephew would […]

Create the “BUZZ”

Imagine a classroom full of positive energy, movement, and excitement, with students engaged and involved in the learning process.  If that grabbed your attention and you […]

Whack a Word

My friend and fellow educator, Ida McLean from Searcy Beauty College, shared this game with me recently.  I thought it sounded like a wonderful game for […]

I Think There for I am! Using Positive Affirmations in the Classroom

When we think positive thoughts, positive things happen.  Positive affirmations are not a new concept.  In fact, when it comes to affirmations some individuals live their […]

An App for Icebreakers

Chances are we have all used an icebreaker in our classroom at one time or another.  Icebreakers are used as a tool to get students to […]

Houston, We Have a Problem

The other night I met some friends out for dinner.  I arrived to the restaurant, greeted my friends and approached the hostess station to check-in.  I […]

Mobile Show and Tell

What do you think is a Millennial’s favorite smartphone feature? Would it surprise you to know it’s a camera?  They love taking photos and sharing those […]

It All Begins with the Hook

Every great presenter uses what they refer to as a “hook.” The hook is what they use to grab their audience’s attention at the beginning of […]

Skype, Zoom or Google Hangout in Your Classroom

We all understand the value of having guest speakers come in to share their knowledge with your students, but there are often challenges we face when […]

Bring Lessons to Life with Animoto

There’s no question about it, today’s students are all about self-expression.  In fact, the millennial generation is known as “content creators and users.”   Today’s students live […]

Bring the Game ‘Minute to Win It’ Into Your Classroom

Minute to Win It is an international game show franchise where contestants take part in a series of 60-second challenges that use objects commonly available around […]

Are you the next Educator of the Year?

Did you know that every year Milady and the American Association of Cosmetology Schools sponsor an Educator of the Year award?  That’s right, a national award […]

Headsheets Gone Mobile

Headsheets are nothing new in the industry. In fact, they are one of the oldest and most significant tools used.  What is new in the world […]

Is Your School Taking Advantage of the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation?

What is Beauty Changes Lives you ask?  Beauty Changes Lives is a nonprofit foundation committed to elevating the perception of the beauty industry as a viable […]

2017 CEA Date Announced

The American Association of Cosmetology Schools announced the dates and location for this year’s CEA (Career Educators Alliance) Conference.  It will be held July 16th – […]

Teacher Gives New Meaning to ‘Adding a Personal Touch’

[youtube] You have probably seen this video floating around Facebook the last few days.  It shows 5th Grade English Teacher, Barry White Jr., and how […]

Shaking Things Up!

Having students work in teams isn’t anything new to the classroom.  As we all know, there are many benefits to having students work together on classroom […]

Getting the Most from Your Guest Speakers

Inviting in a guest speaker can be a great teaching tool for the classroom, however, it is important to remember that it does not reduce or […]

Another Tool for Your Tool Box

Inviting guest speakers into the classroom is a fantastic teaching method to add to your tool box.  They can provide insight into a particular topic or […]

Attitudes Are Contagious, Is Yours Worth Catching?

Have you ever noticed how some people are always smiling, happy, and they seem to brighten up a room?  Their positive attitude and enthusiasm are felt […]

Cell Phone Scavenger Hunt

Are you looking for a fun way to review a lesson?  Why not try a cell phone scavenger hunt?  Start by creating a list of 15 […]

Goal Setting Isn’t Just For Professionals

In last week’s blog I talked about how to set SMART goals.  That post focused on you as an individual and how to set goals to […]

You Only Have One Chance

Chances are you have spent time talking to your students about the importance of first impressions.  First impressions are essential in an industry that serves and […]

Forget About Resolutions, Set SMART Goals Instead

Happy New Year!  Early January is such a fun time of year.  Everything seems new and possibilities are everywhere.  It is that time of year that […]

Don’t be a Change Resistor

The New Year is often a time of change.  As we welcome in the New Year, it’s important that we are prepared and willing to embrace […]

Serve Up Snack Size Lessons

Today’s learner is swimming in a vast sea of information.  They’re inundated with data coming from various places. According to, people between the ages of […]

This Is My Grown Up Christmas List

It’s that time of year and all of you, like me, hear Amy Grant sing the powerful lyrics of one of many of her holiday songs.  […]

Think Dirty

Getting students excited about products and/or product ingredients can be a daunting task. Some students embrace product knowledge, they live it, eat it and breathe it.  […]

Rehearsing for the Real World

Helping students rehearse for the real world through role-playing is a powerful teaching activity that provides students with the ability to learn a new skill set […]

Grab Bag Updo Design Contest

Are you looking for a fun activity for your student salon?  Try the Grab Bag Updo Design Challenge. Create a brown paper bag for each student […]

Every Move You Make

Every gesture or move you make tells a story.  Whether you’re in front of your classroom, working one-on-one with a student, or interacting with a guest […]

The Lost Art

In the age of text messages, social media, IM, and emojis, today’s students are lacking knowledge of a very basic communication and social skill, the handshake.  […]

Be Thankful for Customers and Be Thankful for Students

One of the most common ingredients of a successful business is how well the business treats the customer.  Customers are vital and how customers are served […]

Sensory Learning Styles

The topic of Learning Styles is certainly not new, in fact, this topic has been researched over the last few decades.  The one commonality found within […]

Is this a Coffee Shop or a Cosmetology School?

Recently I’ve run across a number of blog posts that talk about turning your classroom environment into a coffee shop atmosphere.  Upon seeing this, I first […]

Go Soft 

There is a huge misconception in our industry, which is that success is tied to technical skills.  In other words, the more technically developed our students […]

Gainful Employment – What is it exactly?

Gainful Employment.  You have probably heard the term, but are you clear on what it is?  As educators we may think “that’s school owner business, it […]

Doodling in the Digital Age

As educators, we pay close attention to who is listening and paying attention in class. When we see students doodling, drawing pencil figures, flowers or squiggles […]

Through These Halls Walks the Future of Our Industry

I was recently in a school that had a sign hanging in their hallway that read, “Through these Halls Walks the Future of our Industry”.     […]

Music to My Ears

We all know how much music affects our feelings, energy levels, and even our level of comfort.  Many of us in our day to day lives […]

Prizes! Prizes! I LOVE Prizes!

Who doesn’t…right?  We all love to be acknowledged and celebrated for things.  Prizes are just one way of doing that for your students.   Keep in mind […]

Professional Product Apps

We are all faced with the challenge of what to do with students during downtime.  This downtime often occurs when the student doesn’t have enough time […]

Energize Your Team and Boost Company Spirits

Conducting team building events can be highly motivating to the spirit and morale of your business.  A well planned and facilitated team building event is critical […]

Warm Your Students Up to Learning

Grabbing your students’ attention at the beginning of class is a crucial step in engaging students and helping them connect to the materials being presented.  If […]

Do You Follow The Girl Scouts’ Motto?

One of the greatest lessons that I have learned in my years as an educator is to always be prepared. Start by being prepared for class.  […]

The Power of Talking to Yourself

Do you ever talk to yourself?  Be honest!  If you find yourself answering my question then I have news for you, you’re talking to yourself right […]

How to Create a Powerful Presentation

When seeing a great speaker or a fantastic presentation, people will often comment that the speaker has a natural talent, that they were born to be […]

Happy World Teacher Day

As an educator for Milady’s Master Educator classes, I have been blessed during my career to be able to work with cosmetology school educators all over […]

Animate Your Classroom

As we know, today’s students are digital natives, they connect to digital storytelling as it gives them a voice and a way to communicate their personal […]

Tennessee School of Beauty Celebrates Community Pride

It isn’t often that the world of cosmetology and college sports are mentioned in the same story. However, that is exactly what happened this past week.  […]

Student Salon BINGO

Who doesn’t like the thrill and the excitement of playing Bingo and filling in the last square on their card, jumping up and shouting out “Bingo”? […]

Are You Willing to Autograph Your Work?

“The performance of your students is a portrait of your work.  Are you willing to autograph the portrait?” What a great reminder for all of us.  […]

Getting Students Involved in the Student-Centered Classroom

As educators we are always looking for alternative methods and teaching techniques to increase student engagement while at the same time maintaining an orderly and controlled […]

Hair Camp – State College of Beauty Culture

Recently I was browsing through Facebook and a post by my friend Liz Hart, an educator at State College of Beauty Culture in Wausau, WI, caught […]

Beyond Just Note-Taking

Think outside the box when it comes to note-taking in the classroom.  Not all students are linear thinkers, so why do we encourage them to take […]

Turn Classroom Review into a Life-Size Board Game

To provide a change of pace for your chapter review sessions, create a life-size board game to review the topic. Step 1:  Gather 25 sheets of […]

Not a Retail Guru?  That’s Ok!

Retailing can be a scary proposition for many salon/spa professionals and especially for students.  As we all know, retailing and making product recommendations is a big […]

Keep Students Busy in the Student Salon with a Daily Agenda

You have probably heard the statement that a busy student salon is a happy student salon.  The more engaged students are, the less likely they are […]

Self-Expression in The Classroom

Today’s learners live in a world filled with self-expression from selfies, video sharing, Facebook, Instagram, Hashtags, Pinterest, and YouTube.  Millennials are known as content creators and […]


I was recently sitting down at a conference with several other industry trainers and we were sharing fun activities that we have used in our classrooms […]

The Art of Effective Highlighting

Highlighting is not a new concept. The problem is most students don’t know how to effectively highlight.   You know what I’m referring to, you walk by […]


It has been estimated that adult learners can listen with understanding for 90 minutes, but can only retain about 20 minutes’ worth of information.  Therefore, a […]

Farewell to the Wiggle Worms

We have all been distracted by the wiggle worms in our classrooms.  Those fidgety students that click the tops of their pens, bounce their legs or […]

Move Over Traditional Flashcards

There’s no question about it, flashcards are one of the most effective study tools. They aid students with the recall of information, allow for self-study and […]

The Facebook Live Stream Feature

The last couple of continuing education events I’ve taught have been about using different apps and websites to bring more technology into our classrooms. One feature […]

Show Up and Make the Most Out of Life… NOW

This morning as I was doing a quick scan through Facebook, I spotted an article that a friend had posted:  Regina Brett’s 45 Life Lessons and […]

Take the “Wah Wah” Out of Product Knowledge

Teaching product knowledge to students can be daunting for both the educator and students. Typically, we find ourselves in the front of the room holding up […]

THINK Before You Post

The image above is a great reminder for all of us.  Share this with your students. Make your own sign and post it in your school.  […]

School Isn’t All Fun and Games… Or Is It?

Today’s students love to play video games and fortunately for us, we can now translate this passion into an effective learning tool to keep students engaged […]

A Not So New Problem

When I talk with educators about the possibility of finding ways to use cell phones in school, I hear a lot of different responses. Some educators […]

Hit the Reset Button

Have you ever found yourself sitting in a class listening to a presentation and then suddenly catch yourself nodding off, daydreaming, becoming that warm body in […]

Taking Students to Places They Never Dreamed of Going

Wouldn’t you love to be able to take your students to Paris or Milan, sit front row and watch the latest season’s runway fashion shows? How […]

The Great Facebook Dilemma

In today’s world of social media, educators face a dilemma that we have never faced before: whether or not to become Facebook friends with our students.  […]

Pinterest – A Valuable Resource or An Excuse To Use a Cell Phone?

Recently, Milady asked a group of students what tools they had been using to study with during the past few weeks.  One of the tools listed […]

Take Social Media from Distraction to Action

There is no question about it, today’s students live and breathe social media to interact, stay connected, engage and receive information.  Believe it or not, the […]

The Walking Dead or The Love Boat? How to end your class…

Recently, I was talking to my friend Angie Shuler and she shared an analogy that became a huge AH-HA moment for me.  We were talking about […]

Changing Up Your Competitions

We have all incorporated competitions, whether it be a design competition, haircutting competition, makeup competition, or nail competition. However, are you doing anything to change it […]

Students Are Hungry for Snackable Content!

It’s no secret that today’s learners have shorter attention spans, want information, and want it quickly.  We live in a world where we have become accustom […]

Facilitating Brainstorming in the Classroom

When brainstorming, keep the groups small, usually between 5 and 7 people works best.  This will allow the quiet or shy students the opportunity to also […]

Digital Portfolios – Digital vs. Print

Welcome to the 21st Century.  Print portfolios use to be the thing, but in today’s digital age, online portfolios are quickly becoming the standard.  Let’s face […]

Start Your Students’ Day Off Right: The Morning Huddle

How we begin our morning sets the tone and our attitude for the day. Why not make certain your students are starting their day off on […]

How Do You Make Your Students Graduation Special?

Last weekend I had the privilege of watching my cousin Lindsey graduate from college in Phoenix.   Now, I am one of the stranger people in the […]

After All, They’re Called “Smart” Phones

When we talk about students using their cell phones in class, we’re not just talking about them using their cell phones in class.  We’re referring to […]

The Balancing Act: Technology-Infused Classrooms

There is no question that technology has infiltrated every aspect of our lives, changing our world forever. Daily, we reap the benefits of modern technology where […]

Educator Spotlight: Ida McLean

Recently I had the opportunity to speak with Ida McLean.  Ida is a cosmetology educator who has been in the industry for over 20 years. She […]

Refresh, Refocus and Energize your Students

Energizers are used when a change of pace is needed in the classroom.  When the content is getting heavy and attention spans are wondering, energizers do […]

Incorporating Activities Into Your Classroom

We use activities to reinforce the content that we are teaching. I know you most likely are already using them but I wanted to point out […]

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