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RE: dress codes


From: Hillmer, Jan (hillmjan_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri Aug 15 2003 - 08:03:09 PDT

Sometimes (a lot of times) when my shirts get stained, I use it as an excuse to paint,sew, or print on it and create an 'original' that can continue to be worn. Then my clothes are even ' cooler'.

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From: LeAnn Escoffre []
Sent: Thursday, August 14, 2003 7:44 PM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: RE: dress codes

I always and I do mean always seem to end up wearing art. I do watercolor and I end up with watercolor on me. Ink from pens, markers, you name it, it gets on me, and doesn't seem to come off in the wash. I usually wear khaki pants and a nice shirt. My shirt gets stained and sometimes my pants do too. I bought some comfort shoes today at KMart, They feel nice and cushy. I never get to sit down like some teachers do and at the end of the day the concrete has killed me. I would never be able to wear a dress though. Just not practical for me. ANd on Fridays we do get to wear jeans which I feel is nice.

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From: Patricia Knott []
Sent: Thursday, August 14, 2003 12:17 AM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: dress codes

Woody said I agreed to my principals request last year... so I would appear more professional.
Sharon said but the
> students have a dress code and teachers are supposed to follow it pretty
> much too.

You are all having some fun with this topic, but it is in fact an issue. Teacher dress came up in my Issues in Ed grad class this summer.
I don't care what anyone says but how one looks is very much a part of being perceived as being a professional. I know we are a lot more relaxed about what that look is, but I have to say sometimes I'm appalled by what I see. I have seen prospective teachers sitting in the office waiting for an interview- wearing jeans! My school has "dress down day" on paydays and we pay a dollar to dress down (which goes into a scholarship fund). I am glad that we don't wear jeans on any other day.
We fight to be considered professionals. We want the respect and the salary associated with being professionals. I may be wrong, but I think the role model figure we have to be is sometimes diminished if we don't look like a professional. I really like that most of the men in my building still were a tie. I wear pants most of the time for the practical reasons you have said, but when I wear a skirt or dress, I never fail to get comments from the kids.... they like it when we "dress."
I think we underestimate how we look. I may be old fashioned, but I think part of my validity is tied to how I look. I don't want to look like the kids. And yes, Woody, I think there are battles... and there are battles.

As far as shoes go
It's my experience that this is the one thing I'll pay big bucks for. Cheap shoes are cheap shoes and last as many minutes as the price tag. Search for the good shoes that fit your feet and pay the price.
here is a good on-line source for many of the shoe brands that have been mentioned

hope I don't sound preachy
who loves to go to Neiman Marcus and try on the $500. pointy toed , spiky heeled Italian shoes walk around a bit and look at the eager salesman and say with a grimace OOOOh Don't feel good
but they really do feel good if only I had $500. for shoes!