Today is #Education Dare Day!
When an Education Dare Day is announced from this blog:
- Reblog the announcement!
- Ask one question related to education on your tumblr for your followers to answer. Post the responses in one single post later.
- Ask at LEAST 2 of the tumblrs in the #education community a question in their ask box. It does not have to be related to education.
Please tag your posts as “education dare day” and/or “EDD.”
You do not need to be a teacher to participate.
The purpose is to help the education community get to know each other, as well as provide opportunities to learn from each other.
I strongly encourage you to reach out to people new to tumblr and new to #education discussions.
EDD: Dress Code
There’s been a lot of posts about dress code and girls on Tumblr recently. It got me thinking about the intent of dress code and the reality of the perhaps unintentional ramifications of sexist dress codes. In my opinion, school used to be a place that you dressed up for, like work. You learned what was appropriate to wear in a work situation albeit a casual one. I always dressed well for school. I was vehemently opposed to anyone who wore sweatpants or pajamas to school because to me it showed disrespect and that they didn’t care enough about school to get dressed for it. You may have to ask these teachers for recommendations at some point and if you were not dressed to impress to me that showed a casualness that was unacceptable. This doesn’t mean that you have to spend a lot of money on clothes, but I think that basic rules of cleanliness and neatness should apply. For example, the corset tops that were popular for girls when I was in school are, for me, unacceptable not because I believe the girls are “asking for it,” but because that’s club wear, not school wear or work wear. I feel the same way about boys’ sagging pants that show their underwear for the same reasons.
But I’m old-fashioned and maybe too formal for teenagers today.
What do you think your school’s dress code should be? What would be fair?
Favorite Teaching Books?
My field instructor bought me The EVERYTHING New Teacher Book by Melissa Kelly as a “Congratulations, you’re finished! Welcome to Teaching!” present. I have been trying to read a few pages or a chapter every night. What are some of your favorite books for teaching? Any recommendations?
EDD: A question. What is your favorite piece of early American writing?
I’ve never taught American Lit and I have to teach first semester this next school year. I have no idea what I’m doing.
And I’m still angry they’re making me do “The Crucible” in that semester, when it should be in second. I mean REALLY.
EDD: What teacher made you the most mad as a kid?
I can’t choose just one:
My first grade teacher, for always separating me from the rest of the class by pushing my desk underneath the chalkboard. ( I was a talker. )
My fifth grade teacher, who told me a research club project was going to be too hard for me, so I couldn’t do it.
My eighth grade history teacher, who was just mean, mean man in general, picked on me because I wore a Marilyn Manson shirt.
Among the frustrations you accumulate from your colleagues, what’s pettiest pet peevish frustration of them all? (Frustration with professional colleagues, not with students or admin.)
Of course, you can answer here.