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THE WAY TEACHERS DRESS AFFECTS LEARNING

THE WAY TEACHERS DRESS AFFECTS LEARNING

I’m sure you’ve heard this saying before: ‘Never Judge a Book by its Cover’. This cliche is being overused and has lost its impact. What this phrase is really trying to say is that “first impressions last”. How a teacher dresses sets an image, a tone for others to react to this. In a classroom a teacher’s dress-code can have an impact on the learner’s opinions and can create either a negative or negative type of educational atmosphere.

So if teachers can learn to understand and practice proper dressing attire for the classroom, they can expect to have a proper relationship with the learners because the ability to serve as a role model and an authoritative figure is largely determined by his outlook.

If, for an example, a school principal can set a specific dress code for all teachers in a school, then changing your wardrobe won’t be a difficult task since most of the clothes you’ll wear to work will ‘almost’ be the same. But some school principals and school districts have a much looser policy when it comes to dress code and teachers are left to decide what is appropriate.

In most of the work places these days a dress code has become more casual. Teachers in some of the high schools and primary schools can dress in a way that doesn’t even make them different from their learners. You can’t see who is a teacher and who is a learner especially if learners are not in school uniform.

I know that clothes that are worn by teachers may not determine what or how the learners learn, but they can simply affect the level of respect that learners develop for that particular teacher.

When I first started teaching I used come to work with a formal dress-code. You know a nice suit and tie and formal shoes. Now since it was us, the teachers who actually move from class to class changing periods and not the learners, when I went home my feet would be so bruised like I walking in hot coal. I then started noticing some of the teachers wearing sneakers on a Monday and that’s when I figured out that the dress code is actually left for teachers to decide for themselves what to wear.

I started to wear comfortable clothes and I was able to move around comfortably so. The problem with this was that my performance when teaching became poor and I realized that the more relaxed my attire was, the more laid-back I became. This is the reason why t-shirts, sweatpants and other types of comfortable clothing are associated with weekends, holidays and ‘days-offs’.

You know a teacher who is wearing t-shirts and sweatpants in the classroom tends to have a more easy-going character. Well this can have a positive effect when it allows learners to feel at ease but it can also cause some damage when it encourages relaxed, less-disciplined behaviors.

A teacher wearing clothes that are either extremely casual (e.g., sweaters, ripped jeans or baggy shirts) or age-inappropriate (e.g., t-shirts with slogans or funny sayings, tight-fitting clothing, or short skirts) might “connect” with the learners on a personal level, but unfortunately much of the sense of authority and control over the classroom can be lost.

Some teachers come to school dressed in ridiculous outfits like they are promoting curtains or table cloths.

A teacher can build a connection with his learners dressed in a more “business-like” dress code. There was a teacher at my school who has a formal dress code. The way he dresses is so unique that he wears a different tie every day. His personalized ties range from quotes, science experiments, fun quizzes and so on and learners always look forward to seeing him and his ties every day.

You know this introduces an element of fun and creates a way for learners and teachers to interact on a personal level while maintaining a certain tone of formality.

Female teachers can likewise bring their unique interests and personality into their classroom attire. Skirts, dresses, blouses and nice trousers can be accessorized with jewelry and scarves that give a familiar feel.

For example, a teacher who loves science might have pins, bracelets, watches and earrings in the shape of her favorite scientific tool. She creates a bond with the learners by letting them know a little bit about herself.

One high-school English teacher amuses her learners by showing up every beginning of a school term wearing a different holiday-themed sweater. Again, this creates a connection and a sense of familiarity without sacrificing standards of formality or modesty.

Not only does this kind of dressing affect how the learners view their teacher but it also influences the teacher’s own daily appearance. When you are done taking a bath, you are dressed and checking yourself out in the mirror before leaving the house, a person builds an attitude based on his own reflection and this self-image gets carried over into the work place.

When a teacher gets into the classroom, well dressed and confident, he will convey a message that he is organised and in control to his learners.

Dressing and behaving in a way that emphasizes his position as an authority figure and a role model, he builds a professional approach to his career not only in the learners’ eyes, but in his own mind. This confidence creates a successful teacher and, consequently, a successful classroom.

Ideally, books should not be judged by their covers. Whether right or wrong though, in reality impressions are often based on appearances. Reactions and attitudes are developed according to how a person looks, and in a setting like the classroom, the type of reaction learners have to their teacher is crucial to their success. By simply considering the image they wish to project, a teacher can dress in a way that is best-suited for an effective learning environment.

Now its your turn. Do you this that the way teachers dress affects learning in the classroom? Let me know in the comments below.

12 Comments

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    Dear Hussein, Thank you for sharing this article. I agree with you. Yes, it has an impact on how students learn in the classroom because they might make fun of it or talk about how the teacher is dressed. However, if the teacher follows the dress code, students will respect him and they will recognize him when he walks into the class for the first time and they will see a professional teacher who is dressed appropriately. But if the teacher didn’t have a dress code, it would affect the way the students learned since they might not have shown respect. This would make it necessary for the teachers and students to spend more time enforcing the rules in the classroom.
    For instance, when you look at the president of Somaliland and the minister of education, you will be able to tell which one is the president and which one is the minister of education because of their differing dress codes.
    The appearance and conduct of teachers in the classroom tends to be copied by students. In order to set an example of success, a good teacher will present themselves professionally. Your appearance in the classroom sets the tone for respect, and you should make a conscious effort to set a good example for each student.
    But if the teacher didn’t have a dress code, it would affect the way the students learned since they might not have shown respect. This would make it necessary for the teachers and students to spend more time enforcing the rules in the classroom.
    In conclusion, I’ll claim that teachers’ attire can influence students’ achievements and raise the level of respect for teachers.

    The two facts about the article that I really agree with are that:
    “When a teacher enters the classroom in good clothing and with assurance, he sends a message to his students that he is in charge and well-organized.”
    “The way a teacher is dressed in a classroom can affect how learners feel about you and can either create a positive or negative learning environment.”

  • Dear Hussein, As I read your blog, I strongly agree that a teacher’s appearance has an impact beyond the pupils’ eyes, as it also gives them a strong sense of self and control over their students. Since the teacher is the only role model for the students, I think that if the teachers are well dressed, it will encourage the students to dress equally. However, if the teachers are disorganized or unprepared, it will appear that they are unprepared to teach the students, and they risk being fired as a result of their lack of preparation. The way a teacher is dressed conveys to the students how much they should respect him or her.

    If the teacher is not appropriately dressed, the students may not respect him or her as much because it suggests that they are not a professional educator. However, if the teachers are appropriately dressed, the students will respect them because they have respect for their profession. For instance, when one of my primary teachers used to enter the classroom, everyone used to be attentive since she always wore jewelry that matched her outfit. despite the fact that the lesson was not particularly interesting. Even if you’re applying for work, your boss will hire you first based on how you appear, because if you don’t look good, they may assume you’re not ready for the position. However, your appearance reflects your personality.

    Since female teachers in Somaliland are supposed to wear a hair scarf, not doing so can result in them losing the respect of their students and parents, so dressing formally is appropriate in this context.

  • Do you think the way teachers dress affects learning in the classroom?
    Dear Hussein, I agree with this article. The way teachers dress impacts the learning in the classroom because it is very important that the teachers dress well for the reasons I will present. Students often imitate the way the teacher dresses. A good class will be one where the students are engaged in the lesson. But if the teacher’s dress is not good, it happens that the students will not be busy with the teacher’s class, and the students will be focused on how the teacher dresses.

    Otherwise, the teacher’s dress can affect students because of how the teacher behaves and the appearance they see in the classroom. An effective teacher will dress appropriately as a professional teacher to model success. Respect in the classroom starts with your appearance, and you should strive to be a good example to every student. The most important thing is that teachers dress well because they are role models for the students they teach, and the students imitate the teacher and show respect to them as they would their parents. Society in Somaliland places a lot of importance on the way people present themselves, especially how they dress, so it is important that if a teacher wants to be seen as serious, they dress that way.

    Having a well-dressed teacher who respects the students and their behavior enhances the relationship between the student and the teacher, and the teacher becomes a good role model. If the teachers do not dress, there is probably no respect because it is the same as the people who work in the markets. Every student should have a good teacher who is a role model and helps the students achieve their goals.
    In addition, the teacher is always a guide and a leader for the students, so we need good teachers who understand how to behave in a good way, lead and guide in all aspects, and respect personal discipline and learning. Thank you for sharing this important article and motivating the well-dressed teachers. It shows that when the teachers dress well, it increases their confidence to stand in front of the students.
    One fact about the article: I agree with him.
    From the article: “When the teacher dresses well, it gives him more energy to stand with his students because he is confident in his dress and himself.” Because confidence in yourself is very important

  • Hey Husein, I really appreciate that you wrote this blog, and I agree that the way teachers dress affects learning in the classroom. Teachers are responsible for ensuring that their students behave well and that classroom management is under control. In my context, teachers don’t have that much choice in how to dress; there are rules that say male teachers shouldn’t wear shorts to work and it’s inappropriate. For women, it also says that they should wear a hijab or anything that covers their body.

    I admit that if the school doesn’t have uniforms, it takes you some time to know or recognize who’s the teacher. Once, I visited a school which was located in a rural area, and I was taking observations. The students weren’t wearing uniforms, and the teacher was at the back checking students’ books. As I entered the classroom, I knocked on the door, but the class was so loud, nobody could hear or look at me either. I thought there was no teacher in the class. I asked one of the students, “What subject are you missing at this time?” The student showed me that there was actually a teacher in the class. Sometimes, if we don’t have any clue about a teacher’s background we can’t judge his clothes and whether he should wear suits or dress to gain respect among the students.

  • THE WAY TEACHERS DRESS AFFECTS LEARNING.
    Do you think the way teachers dress affects learning in the classroom?

    Dear Hussien, Thank you for sharing this article because dressing well as a teacher plays a big role in teaching.
    As a teacher, you will give positive feedback to students if you arrive prepared in class, such as by dressing appropriately and displaying professionalism.They will focus on their classes. They will try to imitate you and become like you.
    Dressing well affects teachers in many ways. For example, [parents and students ] it affects them in different ways. When they come to visit their children at school and see how you dress, they form an image in their minds. It can be positive or negative, but it depends on the way you are dressing.
    If you came into class wearing dirty or unprofessional clothes, the students would notice, and the entire class would start your story and gossip about how you were dressed.
    According to this article, the author mentioned different ways that dressing effectively affects their learning. Teachers need to dress like a professional teacher, like they need to not wear clothes that we used to get at [ weddings , parties, and sports]. And the cause of that will affect the “ Auditory system of class to be lost.” From the article.
    In conclusion, this article shows us The teacher should always dress nicely for the class so that the lesson goes well for the students and the teacher gains confidence.

  • Do you think the way teachers dress affects learning in the classroom?
    Dear Hussein, As I read your blog, I strongly agree that a teacher’s appearance has an impact beyond the pupils’ eyes, as it also gives them a strong sense of self and control over their students. Since the teacher is the only role model for the students, I think that if the teachers are well dressed, it will encourage the students to dress equally. However, if the teachers are disorganized or unprepared, it will appear that they are unprepared to teach the students, and they risk being fired as a result of their lack of preparation. The way a teacher is dressed conveys to the students how much they should respect him or her.

    If the teacher is not appropriately dressed, the students may not respect him or her as much because it suggests that they are not a professional educator. However, if the teachers are appropriately dressed, the students will respect them because they have respect for their profession. For instance, when one of my primary teachers used to enter the classroom, everyone used to be attentive since she always wore jewelry that matched her outfit. despite the fact that the lesson was not particularly interesting. Even if you’re applying for work, your boss will hire you first based on how you appear, because if you don’t look good, they may assume you’re not ready for the position. However, your appearance reflects your personality.

    Since female teachers in Somaliland are supposed to wear a hair scarf, not doing so can result in them losing the respect of their students and parents, so dressing formally is appropriate in this context.

  • Do you think the way teachers dress affects learning in the classroom?

    Hey! Hussen, the idea that you share was so good and it talks about something that we need to discuss and find what we can do or change. Your article is so good to read, especially the teachers in Somaliland because it helps how they dress and how they react.

    I agree with you, because if we look back to your article, you give us an example that if the teacher dresses well the students respect them and if the teacher doesn’t dress well, the students don’t see them as a teacher and also their behavior will change and they will treat them as friends. If I talk about my opinion, the teacher must dress well to show their students that he/she is ready to teach their students and must seem like a professional teacher.

    But, we need the child focus the classes not looking what the teacher is wearing, the reason that i said is if the female teacher wearing too much things and the students busy for that teacher and not given a chance to learn a classes, even so we need to dress as casually not too much stuff.

  • From my perspective, I agree because when the teacher dresses nicely, the students look at her to see how she appears and dresses for the class. It also shows the student that the instructor is prepared to teach the lesson and is preparing for the class. The manner in which the instructor dresses reflects her or his personality, and it shows you her good behavior and that she has respect for her community. For example, a teacher who teaches English and dresses well and looks attractive and prepared may help students learn the subject, but a teacher who teaches mathematics and does not dress well may hinder classroom and student learning.
    Otherwise, when the instructor is dressed professionally, the students are more likely to be engaged in their lecture and to attend their period. The lesson might not bore the learner. According to Hussein Nasir’s blog, which discusses the connection that acts as a role model for children, I agree because when teachers dress properly, students may benefit in the future, whether they become teachers or in their careers.

    For Somaliland females teachers are required to wear hair scarf, if they didn’t wear they may get fired because it’s respect of the religion and the students would imitate that behavior, how ever they refuse to wear hijab which shows respectful to the community and the religion.

  • Hi Hussein

    I agree with this point that the way teachers dress affects learning because if the teacher dresses formally, the students respect and they see them as role models, and their academics will improve or make improvement in their education.
    Also, the teacher catches the attention of the students. It becomes easy to listen to and understand the lessons but if the teacher dresses normally, like a shirt and trousers, the students see the teacher and want to become friends and the rule becomes weak because of the teacher or no one follows the role . Also, I agree with the way you wrote the article and the sentence you said, “Never judge a book by its cover but all too often people judge by its appearance.”

    You give an example that talks about if a teacher likes science, she can use earrings, pins, and bracelets in her favorite shape. According to that paragraph, I disagree since the students do not need to wear something like that. They study in class, and it is my college district. That means the students are looking at the dress of the teachers, not the lessons.

    In my suggestion, you write a good blog and some of the pictures are real, either of society or in schools, but you said you were wearing a suit. Some people do not have enough money to buy a suit, a necklace, or anything else to become professional or become a role model for students

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