A post on another thread got me a bit curious. Do you dress up for Open House, back to school nights, parent conference days, etc? I don't dress any differently than I do any other day and have always found it a bit amusing when coworkers do. It is as if the teachers want to put on a different face when the parents are around. I'm all about making a nice first impression. But one, dressing differently for the parents than you do for the students is making a FALSE impression. And two, I don't feel the need to "impress" the parents. I believe that I am there to work WITH the parents, not for them. I had a coworker that was as casual as could be. She'd wear flip flops, casual (and sometimes stained) pants and tee shirts. No makeup. But come Open House she had on heels, dress and a full face of paint. I don't understand the reasoning behind dressing better for parents than for students.