Miss or Ms.?

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  1. Blondie0428

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    Should I use Miss or Ms.? I feel like Ms. feels too old to me, but does Miss make me come off too young?
     
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    Use whatever you're more comfortable with. I use miss, because like you said "ms." sounds way too old and I don't like the way it sounds anyway. "Miss" may make me seem young, but I AM young! You shouldn't be embarrassed of your age.
     
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    I like Miss. Most of my students don't actually differentiate Miss and Ms., and they call teachers who go by Mrs., Miss ... So bottom line, go with what you like!
     
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    Yep...I introduced myself as "miss" but had many students call me "mrs." As long as they got the name right I wasn't picky!
     
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    I used Miss my first year.. but then I began using Ms. my second year since I had a child and was not/ am not married yet.
     
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    I was 29 my first year ... I went with Ms.
     
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    Do what feels right for you.

    I don't know anyone who kept "Ms." after getting married, so it seems to be pretty much a non-issue for the people I know.
     
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    I use Ms. because I feel that Miss emphasizes my (young) age. But like previous posters, I get called just about everything. :) Whatever!
     
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    I go by Ms. but as everyone else said, the kids call me by all of them. Sometimes I use it as a teaching point. A lot of them, even in high school, don't know or don't remember being taught the difference. :)

    I prefer the kids just to call me by my last name without an honorific at all.
     
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    Where I teach, Mrs., Ms., and Miss all sound the same. I was using Miss, but last year I began using Ms. a bit.
     
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    I use "Ms." as I don't feel anything else applies (I'm divorced, and have kids. To me "Miss" is for younger never-married women, and "Mrs." is for those currently married, so...) The kids can call me anything; this is just how I write it.
     
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    From a kindergarteners mouth they sometimes sound the same! I prefer Mrs., but get called by all.
     
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    I live in the south, and it seems like Ms. is used whether you are young or old, single or married...it doesn't matter! I tried to get the students to use Mrs. when I started teaching here & gave up! I think it's a southern thing here...
     
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    I got called "Grandpa" once!!

    I go by Miss, but most of the students call me Mrs.
     
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    Ha! The most I ever got was "Mom," lol.
     
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    I always go with Ms. I just like the look and sound of it better.
     
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    I feel the same way. Students always call me Mrs. though.
     
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    On the school website I'm "Miss". But, most kids call me Miss or Mrs. It's really a non-issue.
     
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    I use Miss. But kids always mes it up anyway, and I get Mrs a lot. I always have to explain the difference between Miss and Mrs, they usually dont know!
     
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    I use Miss. I have had people get mad at me, saying it is archaic. And a setback to "feminism." I culturally disagree. Since the staff member corrected me infront of kids. I explained why I used the Miss not Ms. or Mrs. However, I do not get upset if people use Ms. to addresss me. Just go with the one you are most comfortable with. (I had teachers go by Mz. when I was in elementary and middle school they were insistant on the /z/ as a political statement)
     
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    I use Ms. I don't think I ever had a teacher who went by "Miss" in middle school or high school - does "Miss" tend to be more of an elementary-teacher honorific? I never really thought about it before, but now that I am, it sort of seems like that's a possibility. None of my secondary colleagues used "Miss," but I know that some elementary ones did. I guess I personally feel like "Ms." sounds more professional and "adult," and especially working with older kids, that's how I want to present myself.

    Actually, I don't really like the idea of going by "Miss" or "Mrs." - I think I'd be uncomfortable with both. Even when I get married, I plan to stick with "Ms."
     
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    Maybe it's regional?

    In my building, the female teachers tend to be Miss or Mrs. The same is true of the teachers from a variety of schools with whom I coached debate over the years-- I can't recall a single one who went by Ms.
     
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    My former school (basically) required that all female teachers used Ms. on the website, which I did not appreciate.

    I only had one Miss growing up. The other unmarried teachers used Ms. while married teachers used Mrs. or sometimes Ms.
     
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    I was Miss until I married and then went by Mrs.
     
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    I was Miss G. until I became Mrs. C...and some former students still call me Miss G. when they see me :)
     
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    I'm 28 and not married, but I use Ms.

    I think Miss makes me sound way too young. I like how Ms. is a bit more professional.
     
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    I write Mrs. but the kids say Miss to everyone and I even say it as Miss when I tell the kids my name because Mrs. doesn't flow well with my last name (as a kindergartener says it anyway).
     

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