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A teacher’s uniform June 14, 2013

Posted by Geek 20/20 in Lifestyle.
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I might rock the yellow one day! – from the madeinchina website

Unlike the navy, chefs, deep-sea divers, nurses and policemen, teachers do not have regulated attire. Some other professions have a ‘look’.  They can often be associated with certain styles and colours.

In the last eighteen months, I’ve taught in many good schools where everyone is in suits and others where the teachers wear chinos and converses! In these schools behaviour, the quality of teaching and staff support isn’t lacking. so this is not a post calling for smarter uniform.

However, I do have a uniform – a mental armour that changes me from introverted bookworm to Ms_________, bellowing and growling in a noisy classroom. (My friends are still surprised at what I do :P)

There are some risks with is mental wall

  • Forgetting to take it off – becoming more terse over longer period
  • Forgetting to put it on – resulting in a hellish work day
  • Struggling to use those skills (ie. voice projecting) in non-work scenarios – announcing dessert at a dinner party or saying “excuse me” in a packed train.

You can see I still working on seams of this ‘uniform’. It certainly fits better these days!


Hints from the wise: Bringing up boys June 1, 2013

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Being a sister of two brothers has effected how I interact with male students.

Rule One: Once I start screaming they stop listening. My male siblings immediately ‘zone out’ when my pitch begins rising.

Rule Two: Remain firm when you give instructions

Case study 1: What not to do

“Miss, can I go toilet”

“No, you should have gone during break” I reply

Ten minutes later…

“Can I go now, Miss”

“Umm, not yet” I’m weakening

Five minute later…

“You said I could, Miss” The student begins hoping up and down

“Yeah go ahead.”

Case study 2: What should have happened

“Miss, can I go toilet”

No, you should have gone during break” I reply

Ten minutes later…

“Can I go, Miss”


“It’s not far just down the corridor”

“If the was at the back at the room it wouldn’t matter. Go and sit down”

Five minutes later…

“Miss, can I go now”

“What did I tell you before?”

The student repeats my earlier statement in a mumble.

Rule Three : Give lots of praise and be genuine. A simple “Good thinking!” goes a long way. It is better than false gushing!

I’m sure there are more. let me know what your ‘rules’