What to wear if you teach teenagers. Advice for all genders. by @621carly

Name: Carly Waterman
Twitter name: @621carly
Sector: Secondary
Subject taught (if applicable):
Position: Former Deputy Headteacher of Northampton School for Girls
What is your advice about? What to wear if you teach teenagers. Advice for all genders.

  1. All teenagers get distracted by sightings of parts of an adult’s body that they do not ordinarily see. To avoid distracting teenagers from the business of learning, be aware of cleavage, side-boobs, thighs, tops of bums, bottoms of bums and any form of underwear that you might inadvertently be showing – and don’t.
  2. Professionalism is created in many ways, but one way is via what you wear. Whilst comfort and practicality are priorities, always consider the messages you are projecting through your choice of clothes, especially if you want to be taken seriously by Year 9 last lesson on a Friday.
  3. School is not a fashion show is a sensible thing to remember.
  4. Clothes are important to teenagers, so they will notice your clothes – especially if you wear something different, or wacky, or luminous. I’m not saying don’t wear something different, wacky or luminous, but don’t expect it to go unnoticed.
  5. When you wear a green jacket with brown trousers, teenagers will ask you why you came to school dressed as a tree. Don’t let it get to you; just smile sweetly and say it’s because they are your seedlings and you are helping them to grow.
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