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student teachers' dress and hygene codes

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kprs (kprs)
Sat, 01 Feb 1997 21:02:39 -0800

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I'm with Mark, student teachers should try to be camelians in the school
system, with the other "professionals". I also add that I personally
feel an obligation to wear "artistic" things that appeal to me, i.e.
hand crafted jewelry, hand painted clothes, because we also send a
message with our clothing, one of which is I support the working
artist. Of course, I hear the staff at my school laughing out loud at
this point, because I take this "unusual dressing" a bit further on some
days. I have been known to wear a band uniform (hey! it's a jacket and
pants, with a little gold trim, and the UD for Upper Darby on the back,
tres. Seargent Pepper), in my younger days. As I zoom into my 50's my
dressing is more like Maude/Golden Girl lady, but still "artsy". I even
make sure I can get reasonably unusual glasses frames for my
bifocals.(Someone designs those too---back to the idea that everything
is designed by an artist).

I too never wear a smock, I feel like I am in a straight jacket, and
since I buy my clothes relatively inexpensively, I feel it's karma if I
get stuff on it.

My last student teacher, dressed comfortably, but distinguished himself
from the students with his tie on his denim shirt, a la GAP. He looked
fine, fit in,and everyone knew he was the student teacher.

As for hygene---that's a tough one---I even have a hard time telling
kids, I get embarrassed, they get embarrassed, we're all embarrassed.
But, if it's left up to me, I do it.

I remember student teaching as a time for scrambling around, going from
laid back jeans, and T's and unstructured hours, to suits, lesson plans,
structure, and being watched constantly. It would make anyone smell!

San D

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