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 your school’s curriculum. Simulation activities provide students with experiential learning through hands-on doing and applying those learned skill sets in a safe, controlled learning environment.
As master educators, we know the power of creating a safe learning environment for students. It removes the element of danger or the fear of making critical mistakes. In turn, students are more open to taking risks and can progress more quickly through the natural learning curve.
Often, when we hear the word simulation we think of elaborate simulation software, such as a pilot learning how to fly through a simulated cockpit. However, simulations come in different forms, they can also come in the form of live simulations such as role-playing activities that allow students to live in the future of “what if” scenarios.
Imagine if your students could learn how to perform a thorough client consultation well before he/she ever stepped foot into the student salon and began working on paying customers. Or, what if your students could learn how to execute a specific haircut before he/she ever touched a mannequin? Well, students can master client consultations by creating role-playing activates. In addition, they can practice haircutting skills in a safe, practice atmosphere with Milady’s Online Haircutting Simulation. Whether you integrate live or virtual simulation activities into your lesson plans, using simulations can be cost effective for schools and students. It’s a win for the student as they gain a deeper understanding and a win for the school because it can become more economical.
The concept of integrating simulations may seem a little scary, however, I challenge you to think outside the box. Think of new ways to bring real world experience into your classrooms by utilizing simulations.
Patti Wanamaker brings 21 years of experience to the Milady team, where she currently serves as an Academic Training Specialist. Her intimate understanding of the salon, school, and beauty industry comes from 18 years of hands-on experience as a multi-faceted training specialist, including 8 years of salon and spa ownership of 3 salons with annual sales of $5 million. Her experience in all 3 areas of our industry allows her to think outside the box and develop innovative trainings that not only inspire, but empower educators/trainers to create the most effective learning environments for their students.