I think this describes who we are as educators. We need to find relevant and fun activities
that you can add to your class or student salon. This will go a long way in helping you create
a fun and positive learning environment, which in turn will create an
environment where students can become motivated.
I think one of the biggest challenges that we
have in making things fun in school is the time that it takes to plan and
To help you out, I want to share an idea I got
from Ida McLean from Searcy Beauty School.
They recognized the need to have something fun planned in their school
every day. So, they got together and
create a monthly calendar and planned one fun thing for every day of the
week. Some days are very simple to implement,
and others take a little extra work.
If you get together with your team and spend
about an hour discussing this, you can easily have a six-month calendar
created. This way, you won’t have to
stop and think about what you should do for fun each day, it’s already in
I love to have fun! I want my work to be fun. When I was in
school, I wanted my classrooms to be fun.
Basically, I want every day and everything I do to be a great big party! I want every day of my life to look like is
the final scene from Footloose. Confetti
and glitter flying, music playing, and Kevin Bacon yelling “I thought this was a party! Let’s
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.