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Today we have a no dress code for the teachers at all! (And this is
sometimes abused in my opinion.) The kids at my school have to wear
uniforms. (Dark blue with white tops, jeans are okay.)
I have noticed that when I am professionally attired but not too dressy I
feel a better sense of control and I think that the kids respect that.
Also, I need to be able to get down on the floor with the kids and
participate. It has taken time but I have developed a wardrobe which covers
my bases (from on the floor stuff to finger-paint and a parent conference
I don't think that most student teachers have the money to put into a whole
new wardrobe but they could get a couple of pieces with the above in mind.
I know that mine and that of my peers were sometimes either a little more
casual than the teachers or they looked 15 years old. (g)
Some slack might be given to the student teachers.
Just my thoughts,
>One of the things we cover in the student teaching orientation meeting each
>semester is the evaluation form used by the cooperating teacher and the
>university supervisor in assessing the student teacher's performance in the
>classroom. The first item on the form is "appearance." I encourage the
>student teachers (to be) to see it as one thing they can easily control.
>While I'm not a "suit-and-tie" man myself, I encourage those going into the
>schools to dress appropriately and comfortable (particularly with the
>shoes). If that means on some days they "dress down," wear jeans, etc.,
>because of what's happening in the classroom or school so be it. But, I
>remind them to not necessarily use their cooperating teacher as a role
>model in terms of dress...they don't have to impress anyone...and they HAVE
>CRAIG ROLAND. Associate Professor-Art Education.
>Department of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville Florida.
>32611-5801. (352) 392-9165 - Art Ed Office (352) 392-8453 - Fax