In teaching I use many teaching strategies. Some have been used in the hairdressing industry for years and others have been changed to improve the way students learn. All these strategies are reviewed at the end of the year to ensure the best quality of teaching and learning. My main priority is to engage and motivate my students whilst using VARK/FS/SMART. I agree with Armitage when he quotes Curzon:-
“Motivation is a key factor in learning and is linked very closely to attitude. Motivation has been described as ‘a person’s aroused desire for participation in a learning process’ (Curzon 1990:195) How to arouse and maintain desire is of concern both to the student and the tutor”
Armitage, Evershed, Hayes, Hudson, Kent (2012) pg71
In practical sessions I start with health and safety we need to think about whilst using the salon. The students’ write bullet points or a spider diagram on the board to be refer to. I do a demonstration to remind the students ‘of techniques and how to use the equipment. I give out the Instructions/hand-outs/ consultation sheets at this stage to help the students learning. I then organise students into pairs. This ensures the students interact with each other and give each other peer support. I go around asking open questions to enhance learning whilst observing their practical skills. Petty has a good explanation for teaching methods when he suggests:-
“A variety of teaching methods make the teacher’s job more stimulating and enjoyable. One-method teachers bore themselves as well as the students.”
Petty (2009) pg159
It is beneficial to work on a real person rather than a block all the time. The blocks are used a lot at the start of the course in stimulation to give the student time to get their confidence whilst using unfamiliar tools and equipment. Previously...