Casual Friday?

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  1. amethyst

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    If your school has casual Fridays or dress-down days, do you participate in them? I started my (p/t) student teaching on Thursday and no one told me Fridays were "jeans days," so obviously I didn't wear them. Every other person in the school had jeans on though (there are no other student teachers in the school yet).

    I kind of feel weird wearing jeans there since right now I am only there 2x a week and I want to seen as a professional both by the staff and the students, but on the other hand, I feel a little weird when everyone else is wearing jeans and I'm not.

    I know this seems kind of trivial, but this is just one of the many things I'm concerned about at this point.

    Also, since the teacher never told me I should wear jeans on Friday (and she really has been pretty good about keeping me informed about lots of other things), I'm thinkiing that she things I shouldn't wear them..but maybe I'm just over thinking it. ;)

    WDYT?
     
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  3. Beth2004

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    During my student teaching (full time) the school had "jean day" on Fridays. I was there from January-May and didn't participate once. I just felt funny about it. There were other student teachers who did participate, though, and that's fine, but I just felt like as a student teacher trying to prove myself I wanted to look as professional as I could at all times. Since you're only there 2 times a week, I probably wouldn't wear jeans on Fridays, but that's just me. :)
    The school where I'm working as a long-term sub also has jean day on Fridays. I still felt a little funny about it and didn't participate for the first 2 or 3 Fridays I was here (back in November). I do wear jeans every Friday now, though.
     
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    I probably wouldn't wear jeans. If I did they would be the fancy ones with a matching jacket. And sometimes wear a nice sport jacket. It would cost extra money for me to dress down. I've taught for eight years and I have never worn blue jeans or tight short skirts or low cut blouses. I wear lots of dress pant outfits. Pant outfits are my favorite.
     
  5. Miss W

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    I always made a point not to wear jeans on jean days when I was student teaching. I wanted to look professional at all times. I just didn't feel comfortable doing it. One of my cooperating teachers finally told me that if I did not wear jeans on Rodeo Day (our entire grade went to the rodeo grounds, and the high school FFA set up a little rodeo for us), she was sending me home to change. I did wear jeans that day.
    I wouldn't wear jeans the first semester after I was hired. I finally chilled out and realized I could become more casual in what I wore to teach in. Every Friday is (unofficially) jean day. You can wear your school t-shirt with it, or anything else that looks nice. We also wear jeans on Character Assembly days.
    Maybe you could wear a nice pair of kackies (sp?) and a nice shirt. Make sure you feel comfortable in what ever you wear.
     
  6. MrsC

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    At our school we make a charitable donation (about $2.00/week) as the "cost" of participating in dress-down Fridays. We were able to make a sizeable staff donation to a new cancer centre being built here this past fall. My student teacher sometimes wore jeans on Fridays, but always with a dressy jacket and nice shoes or boots...always looked professional.
     
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    I would ask the teacher! If you are comfortable with her, ask her what she thinks, or what other s.t. have done in the past. But, if you are feeling like you shouldn't do it, go with your instinct.....it usually is right! :)
     
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    I guess it really matters what area you live in.
     
  9. LycoManda

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    I am student teaching now and I wear jeans on jean day because my co-op told me that she encouraged it to support the school.
     
  10. JaimeMarie

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    Is jean day every Friday? Or is it the last Friday in the month?
    Usually it costs a dollar to wear jeans at least that has been my experience.
    I would either talk to the teacher or the principal to see how the felt.
    If you do decide to wear jeans, just make sure you wear nice jeans that if bend over your fanny doesn't hang out, or your underwear.
     
  11. love2teach

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    I think it totally depends on your school! When I did my practicum I was told to be professional...so I was dressed each week observed....looking back, I was the ONLY teacher ever in something other than jeans ( some were in pj bottoms and sweatshirts!!)

    Now, in my lasts school I was acutally repremanded for wearing jeans....other teachers wore low cut bra showing shirts and that was okay ,but I was told that jeans were not okay (this in the middle of my thrid year teaching after many days of wearing jeans...dont get me started!)

    The school I am in now is a great district, and while others wear jeans I am a leave replacement, and really would like to be asked back next year so I have no worn jeans ....I doubt it would make a big difference, but you never know!

    Bottom line, do what you are comfy with....look neat and put together......good luck! :)
     
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    Just wondering does the Principal wear jeans on jean day?
     
  13. Beth2004

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    At the school where I am it is every Friday. The principal doesn't wear jeans, but literally every other adult in the building does.
     
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    I don't think mine does either. Our jean day is every Friday. I do think it is more fun to have it the last Friday of every month. It seems more of a treat that way. And the principal at that school wore jeans with us. I think it was because it was only once a month.
     
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    when i was student teaching we had a few jeans days, but we would donate, say, 5 dollars to a charity in order to wear the jeans. i would always participate because it was in the spirit of the school, and my cooperating teacher encouraged it :) also, the principal and vice principal would wear jeans as well.
     
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    Our jeans day is every Friday and like others have said here, it 'costs' a donation ($2.00 a week) that goes to chartiable causes. Everyone participates, including our principal and vice principals. Where I had my first practicum, it was a country school and teachers wore jeans everyday. It was basically very laid back, anything goes. It does really depend on the school.
     
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    During my student teaching my cooperating teacher said it was okay if I wore jeans on friday. However, my university supervisor was against it. She told us that while we were in the building everyday and teaching that we were still guests in the building and should dress professionally. So I never wore jeans but I would guess it would depend on the people that you have to report to and how they feel about it.
     
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    I wore jeans as a student teacher, and I still do. I'm actually usually dressed up more on Jean day than I am on regular days, though. I always wear a nice shirt with them. Ask the teacher and go with what makes you comfortable.
     
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    we have a friday 'spirit' shirt we all wear. I DONT wear jeans to school, even on a dress down day. I personally think of it as play clothes and not work clothes but that is just because I have worked in schools requiring the teachers to wear uniforms etc...

    On the days for dress down or casual friday, I think if you have a shirt with a teacher theme on it, you could wear it and maybe look forward to getting to wear it. You could also start a small collection of teacherish shirts. (the kind with school bus or school building on it)
     
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    It never came up with my college supervisor, but she probably would have been against it too. I think that may be part of the reason why I didn't wear them during student teaching.
     
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    That's one of the reasons I didn't wear them during my student teaching as well. Our professors were always in one of the schools everyday, so there was always a possiblity for them to observe you. That's what happens when the college and cooperating schools are in the same town. It's a great relationship between the two though.
     
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    Mine wasn't in the same town, but the supervisors did not all actually teach classes at the college during the day so the schools where they supervised were near their homes. So, like you, there was always a chance of your supervisor popping in.
     
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    Jeans...

    I am currently student teaching where jeans are allowed the first Friday of each month as well as the Friday closest to pay day. I DO wear jeans on both of these days. Before I began substitute teaching a couple of years ago I had said I would never wear jeans, although in my home district many teachers wore them everyday, because I wanted that distinction between students. However, now that I am student teaching earning no money I find myself wearing the same five-outfit rotation each week...so I'm thrilled to throw in a pair a jeans with a nicer (I don't do "nice-nice"...I'm too country, casual, and poor for that) top every couple of weeks. As I did when I was an instructional assistant in my home school district, when I am hired at a school this fall I will order personalized polo tops with the school colors, my name, and so on and wear those everyday with khakis. On cold days I'll wear a turtleneck beneath the polo. I was going to do this for student teaching but didn't want to spend the money of the shirts not knowing whether I would work here or not...but I certainly like knowing what I'll wear each day.

    Okay...after all that my point is that I feel you should do what makes you comfortable. I see nothing wrong with a pair of nice jeans when allowed.
     
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    Don't wear them unless you get the distinct impression that people feel you aren't supporting the 'school spirit'. Like said somewhere above, you should check with your coooperating teacher. We only have one official 'jeans' day per year- In October when we pay $5 to the cancer charity. Yes, some people wear them other days- I tend not to although I have on field trips to the nature center where we tromp through the woods. As a student teacher I think you should look professional as much as you can.
     
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    I am student teaching right now and we have jean day/school spirit day every Friday. My cooperating teacher encouraged me to participate, so I have. Every teacher that I have seen around the school wears jeans, so I would feel out of place if I didn't. My professor is coming in to observe me this Friday, so I probably won't wear them then. My theory is that I want to seem like a part of the staff, so participating in this helps I think.
     
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    My teacher ed program prohibited student teachers from wearing jeans while student teaching EXCEPT on special occasion days at the school, and only if it was a schoolwide activity. In general, it was just discouraged on all counts. In the three different schools I worked in, jeans were allowed with few limitations, and I think most of the time, the teachers looked tacky. It truly takes "so little to be above average!" The policy at my school where I now teach is that teachers can wear jeans only on Friday (or if there is a special spirit day schoolwide) and only with the school spirit shirt. Fine with me. I had to dress professionally in my last career anyway, so it's just not that big an issue for me!
     
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    This seems so strange to me.... when I was student teaching, the two schools I was in (different semesters) everyone including the principal wore jeans on Friday. We all wore nicer shirts with it, but it was definitely more casual than other days. And everyone liked it. There was still professionalism in the building.
     
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    At the school I volunteer at, everyone wears jeans. On any given day you'll probably see several teachers in jeans (and even a few in sweats or scrubs).
     
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    I would not wear jeans. But then again I don't leave the house without hose on either.
     
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    Casual Friday...

    I am currently student teaching and all of the teachers are very casual, every day. I asked on the first day if there was a dress code, and my cooperating teacher said, "Well not technically, we are pretty casual. But, if I were you...I would never wear jeans. You are trying to impress the principal right?" So, even though my school is already casual, and has a declared casual Friday, I have decided that I will not wear jeans at all. That was a personal decision though.
     
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    I never wear jeans on Casual Fridays, even though we're allowed to. I feel as a student teacher, I need to pay my dues. I haven't earned the right to wear jeans yet. And I just wouldn't feel professional doing so.
     
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    This might sound funny but Australian schools seem to be pretty relaxed regarding teachers' dress regulations compared to the US. Well, that goes for the public schools anyway. I'm at a Catholic university and we ALWAYS have to dress professionally at our prac schools.

    One of my high school teachers in particular liked wearing his football jersey with his jeans on some days...:rolleyes:

    Another thing is all schools here have uniforms.. I can't imagine students at school every day with mufti :p
     
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    wow...sweatpants are not (to me) appropriate at school! This is a job!!!! I can see jeans once in a while, but never sweatpants! How unprofessional!
     
  34. MikeInNZ

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    This question has interested me for a while :)

    I've worked at one school in the past where the dress code clearly stated "No jeans". Although, that is 1 school out of 5 I've worked in over the past 3 years.

    Personally I believe that they are acceptable when worn with other tidy complementing clothing. Some jeans are better looking then others, for example some of these ripped bleached look styles available now.

    I'd have to say Aussie and NZ are pretty similar by way of teacher dress standards :) Interesting point about all schools having a uniform though! I wish that was the same over here so we wouldn't have the obvious differences in socio-economic groups defined by clothing.
     

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