At any educational establishment, true learning begins when the teacher has gained and retained the respect of students and parents. Garnering respect as an educator begins with your appearance. Dressing appropriately conveys the message that you have invested time in taking care for yourself. Your clothing not only expresses your personality and world view, it also affects the work, attitude and discipline of your students. Usually, teachers dress for 4 main effects:
Most schools in India have made the salwar-kameez as the mandatory dress code for teachers across all grades. While saris are still in vogue amongst educators, the convenience of the churidar-kurta has made it the popular clothing choice for teachers in schools all over India. Both these outfits when worn with élan can add a dash of style and spice to staid school environments. (Here are 4 Indianwear ensembles for under Rs. 2000
Wearing a designer block-printed cotton sari or an ethnic Indian outfit in earthy tones for a collaborative event like the parent-teacher meeting, sets the right mood for a significant discussion regarding the student’s milestones. The annual function is another important cultural school event. Wear an elegant sari that flaunts your own trademark style. A tussar sari with kantha work would accentuate your innate charm and sophistication (click here for 6 types of saris to wear to work
Trust is the foremost quality parents seek for in teachers when they leave their precious one at school. Our appearance influences other people’s perception of our qualities and trustworthiness. When a teacher is relaxed, enthusiastic and honest, students are more likely to be actively engaged in meaningful interactions with her.
Dockers with a polo shirt or a satin white shirt, ruffled or cowl-neck floral tops worn over dress slacks are perfect for teachers who prefer Western professional wear. (These collars are perfect for work
.) For those who prefer Indianwear, full-length kurtas in pastel shades with printed dupattas or a short waistcoat worn over a churidar are trendy and comfortable, and add efficiency in completing tasks while working with children of all ages. (Here are 8 fabulous Indianwear looks for work
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