5 weeks until university opens for 2012.
I’m not sure what to expect – I haven’t received my course guides yet.
What I do know is that I get to spend my first week of study away from the books and in an actual classroom! Yes – excited about that.
Over the last three years, I have had 18 weeks of face-time in classrooms, in 4 different schools, and with 4 different age groups, ranging from new entrants to year 8’s. I have learned a lot and am looking forward to finding out what age group I will get to work with (actually this time, it’s not up to My University. I have already been placed with an Associate in a fantastic school and it will depend on what year group she is teaching this year).
Every school has a unique atmosphere, and it has been an education in itself getting a handle on the different resources available in each – from the brand new schools with their interactive white boards and laptops – to the schools with ‘old-fashioned’ whiteboards and handful of desktop computers. What works in one classroom isn’t going to work everywhere, so I’ve had to be pretty flexible and innovative no matter where I’ve been, depending on what has been on hand.
One thing that is universal is the practical/professional teachers’ dress code. Something that my fellow online students and I have had had a few good laughs over in the past – when we have got it wrong! I have found that most schools frown on jeans and ripped t-shirts (no, no, not through experience – I always ask in advance, gees). Most schools just want you to turn up looking tidy.
I have heard of several less common clauses, such as the ‘no open-toe shoes’ clause (hmm, maybe a safety precaution?) and the ‘no midriffs or g-strings showing’ clause (what – no g-strings showing!) Surely, that is common sense and no teacher male or female would turn up for work with their skimpy underwear on show…good grief.
But even less well known are the ‘dressing for the classroom’ hints and tips you don’t get warned about, such as:
- don’t wear the top which looks fine when you’re upright but flashes all your cleavage when you stoop for a dropped marker…
- beware of the shoes with the large lace loops which are certain to get caught on the smallest of low-lying hooks in an effort to trip you up (I had another student tell me about this after he hooked his shoelace on the lace-hook of his other shoe and went crashing to the ground, through a plastic storage box – ouch!) Closely related to this is…
- the beautiful drapey blouse which is determined to snag on every not so-low-lying hook, no doubt it will also be painting day, he he he…
- wearing heeled shoes on sports day is just bad advance planning, especially if you’re in the gym and left with the choice of either wearing heeled shoes or slippery stockings (no doubt if this is the case, you will also be wearing the skirt which will fly up over your head when you slip over the glossy gym floor in said stockings).
Do you have hints you’d like to share for dressing practically (but professionally) in the classroom?