Teacher Outfit Tips

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primary-teacher-jobsWould you like wearing flip-flops and sweatshirts when going to work? Well, it would be great, but for primary teaching jobs, some outfits are not an option. School teachers have to show their young students and their parents that they are mature enough, competent and professional. A primary school teacher has to be trusted and, to be honest, many people will judge you by your outer appearance. It’s what they notice first. Since a school teacher’s job is important for the whole society, so you have to choose your attire carefully. First of all, consider looking professional, yet feeling comfortable. Second, try to express your creativity and individualism.

For example:

  • Be modest, yet stylish.
  • Casual is alright, but sleeveless is too casual.
  • Be discrete with makeup.
  • Comfortable footwear is a must. Don’t choose flip-flops, however.
  • Jewelry and accessories: minimalistic, simple, classic.

Commonly, a primary school teachers do not have formal uniforms. It is, however, important what message their attire will send. But, even more important than that is how well the job is done. Even though some teacher enters the room in tennis shoes and a polo shirt, all the children respect him/her, while another teacher can come wearing a tie and the kids still would not pay attention at all. Kids are open-minded and spontaneous about their teacher’s attire, but parents and administration are not. Wearing too formal clothes should be avoided, in particular if one’s working with younger kids. Also, it’s recommended for female teachers to avoid skirts, dresses and high-heels. Why? Teaching younger children might be a messy job, a teacher needs to jump, dance, sit on the floor. Wear whatever you want, but on weekends.

The best advice for new teachers is to imitate other teachers and how they come to work or they can talk to the principle to get the instructions. They wouldn’t be ignorant about outer appearance, because wrong attire might ruin your career.

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