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 and organized and a place where students can come
and be inspired.
We all want to create an environment in our
schools where students can become motivated and inspired. We come up with great education and
activities, but one place we often overlook is the physical environment in our
schools. This can be just as essential
as a great curriculum when it comes to motivating our students.
And we all know this.
I’ve been in your schools and they are amazing. Some of the schools I’ve seen have the most beautiful
student salons and nice organized classrooms, but then I walk into the educator’s
offices it may look a little like this…
piles and piles of paper and boxes everywhere.
And I’ve been there. There is so
much going on each day, that our office space is often the last thing we think
about. Papers pile up. Products and kits come in and sit on the
floor in boxes until we have time to deal with it.
But it is
important to keep in mind what this looks like to our students. They see
disorganization. They see clutter. They see educators who lose papers.
We must keep
our office space clean, neat and organized just like we ask our students to
keep their stations clean and neat. It
is more efficient. It helps refresh and
recharge us. It is just nicer to work in
a place that is organized and uncluttered.
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.