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 to complain, cause problems or be hanging out in the breakroom Snapchatting. In our ideal world, we would have so many customers in the student salon that all of our students would be busy with clients. They would continuously be learning and perfecting their technical skills, customer service skills and soft skills. That is, after all, what we want them to learn so they can be successful in their future salons. Unfortunately, we don’t always have a busy student salon and that creates downtime for students. We try to keep them busy with state board practice on their mannequin head or studying from their workbooks, but is that enough? Is there more that we can do to keep them engaged and learning when they don’t have clients to serve?
The student salon is a classroom and our responsibility as the student salon educator is more than simply checking their technical work. We would never walk into theory without a plan and the same goes for the student salon classroom. We need to create a plan for it each day!
Create an agenda that a student can work on when they are not busy with clients. Each day come up with a list of 5 to 10 items that students can work on during their downtime. Examples include having them work on a theory activity out of the workbook or MindTap, a research project, a technical project, a planned demonstration, a group discussion, a specific technical skill and so on. The possibilities are endless. Change it up each day and make sure to focus on a variety of topics.
To put this plan into action, keep a marker board or flip chart in the student salon or create a handout where you write the agenda so all students can see what assignments they should be working on. Coordinate with your theory teacher and create activities that relate to the theory topic for the day. This will only take a little bit of planning each week. When students have a plan in place, they have something to focus on and keep busy with during the downtime in the student salon.
Here is a sample of what a Student Salon Agenda could look like:
STUDENT SALON AGENDA
Friday – September 2, 2016