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Re: appearances...

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Sandra Hildreth (shildret)
Sun, 15 Feb 1998 12:23:57 -0500

When you step into the role of a teacher, you will need to establish
some authority. It doesn't have to be dictatorial - but in the simplest
of terms - you are the boss. If you dress and look like some of the very
students you are wishing to teach - they will have a hard time accepting
you as an authority. I speak from the role of a cooperating teacher who
accepted a student teacher into my classroom who had a 15" beard, long,
scraggly hair in a pony tail, frequently wore a bandana, and was most
comfortable in Levi 501's. On the days when the classroom was relaxed
and he could chat with the guys about motorcycles, it was fine. But when
he attemped to step up into the teacher role and exert some authority,
or expect the respect a teacher deserves, he had problems. He couldn't
be both a peer and a teacher. I'd say save the unusual body piercings
and the combat boots for your own leisure time - that's when I wear my
Sandra Hildreth
C.L.A.S.S. (Cultural Literacy through Art & Social Studies)
Art 7-12, Madrid-Waddington Central School, Madrid, NY 13660
Art Methods, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY 13617