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Monday, November 28, 2005

Teacher Cl0thes

This semester I have completed about eighteen bazillion obser.vation hours (or at least, that's what it feels like). By "obser.vation hours" I don't necessarily mean I was strictly observing. For one of my classes I have worked intensively with one particular student. For some of my other classes, my observing really was just me sitting in the corner of the room taking notes. No matter what type of "observing" I do though, I have to go into the schools. And I have to look like a real grown-up type person.

I put a lot of effort into this. Probably too much effort. I first have to find a shirt that isn't a messy t-shirt, but also isn't too low-cut. I have to wear jeans that aren't ripped up on the bottom. I blow-dry my hair. I put on earrings.

I start off by trying the outfit out on my friends. It's not uncommon to hear me ask, "Do I look grown-up today?" I also take note if someone comments on my clothing un-prompted.

I have a slowly growing collection of what another education student friend calls "teacher cl0thes". I take my teacher cl0thes very seriously. I don't want to wear the same shirt to every observation, so I have to carefully monitor when I wear certain shirts. I'm always asking myself, "did I wear this last week? Two weeks ago?"

If I obsess this much over what I wear now when I'm just a random observing college student, I'm afraid for myself when I start to stud.ent teach. My cl0thing selection process will likely become more complex and selective.

(Seriously. These are the things I think about before I go to observe.)


Blogger Polski3 said...

Just a note to say, if you want to be a professional, dress like one. In the town where I teach, a school administrator actually had to issue a memo requesting teachers NOT wear jogging shorts and flip flop sandals while teaching classes. For a female teacher, I'd offer this suggestion: dress like a woman in a business, middle management position. It may take some time to aquire a professional wardrobe, but that is part of the job, IMO.
Good Luck.

PS Thanks for linking my blog on your blogroll. I have linked you on my blogroll too.

6:34 PM  
Anonymous macdo said...

I have about 15 collared shirts and a few pairs of trousers - and then it's all a question of "grab the first shirt on the rack and run for it - you're going to be late!"
But then, I'm a guy, so it's easier...
Nice blog, by the way - I'm linking you!

4:03 PM  
Blogger Not Quite Grown Up... said...

Thanks for linking me!

polski3, I'm glad to hear that I'm not completely over-doing the "teacher clothes" thing.

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