How much influence does one’s clothes have on their students?
- It has a very strong effect on students.
- It has an effect on students.
- It has a slight effect on students.
- It doesn’t have an effect on students.
Do you think how you dress has an effect on how your students perform or behave? Is it more difficult to maintain control over a classroom if you are wearing shorts and a tee-shirt and beach sandals than if you were wearing a dress shirt, slacks, and nice shoes? Are kids more willing to behave with a teacher wearing a nice dress than if the same teacher were wearing jeans.
What do you wear to your classes to teach?
For me, I usually wear a skirt to teach, even when it’s just one of my elementary school private students. I hadn’t always, although I never dressed on the slobby side and reserved jeans for Fridays, but I noticed that my students seemed to behave better when I started dressing up a little more for class each day. At first they asked me, “Why are you dressed so nice?” because the only time I had ever worn a skirt was if there was a special event happening with the parents and I replied that I had dressed up for them. They seemed impressed and I think that’s when my classes became easier to teach.
I also witnessed the chaos of a classroom where the teacher would regularly come in dirty flipflops (she wore holey black socks with them in the winter), low-slung patchwork pants, and a Spam tee-shirt. Her kids often mimicked her and made fun of her outside of the class, the parents questioned her teaching abilities, and she was constantly having to raise her voice to get her class under control.
Do you think a change of clothing would have made improvements? Do they really have that much influence over how students act?