You have finally finished your last semester of classes and are about to start student teaching. Nerves, excitement, and a desire to make an impact on your soon-to-be students fill your head, as well as your heart. In addition to making lesson plans and creating manipulatives, you also need to give some thought to what you will be wearing in the classroom. There are definitely some clothing choices that should be avoided, so check out a quick list of 6 things not to wear during student teaching to make sure you start your career off on the right foot.
What Not to Wear During Student Teaching
1. Short Skirts
Leave the club clothes for Saturday night and choose skirts that are professional, yet easy to move in. If you are teaching early elementary or preschool, you may want to avoid skirts altogether unless they are ankle length.
2. Stiletto Heels
A small heel is fine, but anything over an inch and a half should be reconsidered. This goes for high heeled boots too.
3. Low-Cut Blouses
You want your students focused on the lesson, not your clothing, so cover up! If the shirt is low cut, wear a shell or tank top underneath to raise the neckline.
4. Excessive Piercings
Earrings are fine, but nose and tongue rings may prove to be a huge distraction. They may also be against your host school’s professional dress code.
Unless you are student teaching in physical education, save the sweat pants and sweat shirts for relaxing after school.
6. Wrinkled or Ripped Clothes
If your clothes are wrinkled or ripped, save them for life outside of the classroom. Picking out your clothes for the week on Sunday night will give you plenty of time to iron or steam them.
Be sure to check out your host school’s dress code policy if you are unsure about what to wear. As a basic rule of thumb, if you would wear it out to a party, it should probably not be worn in the classroom. By planning your clothes ahead of time, you can ensure that your students will focus on their lessons without being distracted by your outfit.