Shoes don't make the teacher
So I have this on my mind tonight and I want to enjoy my weekend without being frustrated. Yesterday, I took my daughter to school. It was forecasted to be warm (it was 96 yesterday), so I wore my capris, a nice shirt and my "nice" flip flops ( they cost more than the ones at Old Navy!). A parent, who has a habit of questioning my clothing choices, said "oh, do you have training today?". I told her I did not. Then she asked if I was on spring break. Again, no. She commented that her sister is a teacher somewhere and she could never getaway with wearing flip flops. She can't believe that teachers are allowed to flip fls to school. I told her that my shoes don't make me a good teacher and that my kids don't care what I wear, as long as i teach them something. I don't dress super professional, but i also don't dress like I'm doing yard work, and yes, we have a couple teachers who dress like they are doing years work. When I student taught, I almost always wore a skirt, a dress or nice dress pants. On days it snowed, I wore jeans, but they were almost a necessity in the snow! When I started teaching, I went out and bought some new nicer clothes. I wore them all the time, while everyone else wore jeans, shorts, etc. Over the years, I have changed my clothes a bit. I try not to wear jeans that often, except for when it rains, on Fridays, and honestly, lately on Thursday's. I still try to look like a teacher and less like a Walmart worker. But, when it comes to spring/summer and warm/hot days, my feet don't want to be in fancy shoes. So flip flops it is. I'm comfortable, I can still do my job and my kids don't care! The principal doesn't care what we wear to school, as long as we are covered. My boobs and ass are completely covered, my clothes are clean and neat, heck, my toenails are even painted! I do think that teachers have gotten lazy with their clothing choices, but it doesn't make them a good teacher or a bad teacher. Good teachers can dress like slobs and bad teachers can dress totally professionally. We should hope teachers are comfortable, especially since we are getting screwed in every other aspect in the job nowadays. I'm gonna keep wearing my flip flops and doing my job as best I can with my kids. It doesn't matter if I'm in flip flops or loafers, boots or tennis shoes - my job is to teach my kids and have a little fun! What do you think?