Stupid first-year-teacher question...

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  1. Croissant

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    Here's one of those questions I'm embarassed to ask at schol: What do you wear to inservice? Are we expected to dress professionally because we're officially going back to work, or can we do jeans because it's officially still summer? I realize this is probably a district thing, but I'm just curious what's most common. :huh:
     
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  3. Caesar753

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    At our school I usually dress for inservices as though they are spirit days: jeans and a school hoodie, t-shirt, or polo. When in doubt, go for khaki pants and a knit top.
     
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    I would go the first day dressed like Caesar said, and then dress as you see other teachers doing for the next inservice days.
     
  5. MissCeliaB

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    We are not allowed to wear jeans. Ever. So maybe do capris that aren't denim instead.
     
  6. PinkCupcake

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    At my school it's ok to wear jeans and capri's for inservice. Sandals are acceptable as long as they don't have a cheap rubber sole like the Old Navy ones.
    I agree with the previous posters. Khaki's would work for the first day and follow suit the days after.
     
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    Dress a little nicer the first year than you might otherwise.

    When your working in your room before you officially report, you can wear jeans and shorts but wear nicer ones. You never know who might stop by your room.
     
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    Unless you're told otherwise, go with casual trousers and a blouse. We usually get word from our Supt about his attire expectations in our 'welcome back' letter.
     
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    Our meetings are usually business casual unless otherwise indicated (i.e. jeans with a donation to the Prom Fund).
     
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    As a first year teacher, I would not wear jeans. I have been teaching for 12 years and have never worn jeans at the 1st two days of inservice. I go with a pair of capris and a nice top. Wear something nice but casual.
     
  11. Tasha

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    We have Convocation on the first day and that is pretty fancy (even more than a regular teaching day), the rest of in service is jeans or even shorts because they are work days. I agree with wearing khakis and a nice shirt that isn't too casual or too professional and then ask your team or principal.
     
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    It's not a stupid question, I remember wondering the same thing. Go for something that is comfy but doesn't look unprofessional. Khakis and a blouse would be best. I personally would avoid jeans until you check out what everyone else is wearing.
     
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    I don't dress as formally as when students are there, but still no jeans. That said, the older teachers all DO wear jeans or shorts. They occasionally make fun of me for looking "too nice all the time". But meh, I ignore it. Looking more professional makes me FEEL more professional.
     
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    What about a sundress with a short sleeve cardigan? Then ask other teachers what they are wearing the remaining days. In my area, people tend to be dressier the first day, then super casual the other days.
     
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    I just want to say I dont think this is a stupid question. I am going into my fourth year and each year I have to think about what I am going to wear at beginning of year inservice days.
     
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    I don't think it's a stupid question at all! I'm waiting to hear more details about our new teacher orientation and then the staff retreat and once I do I'm definitely asking what to wear!
     
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    You cannot go wrong with a cute top and capris. It is still cool and still professional casual.
     
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    All of our inservice/training is at our school, so it's pretty casual. If teachers know they will be working in their rooms that day as well, shorts and t-shirts are the norm. However, as a new teacher, I wouldn't dress like that my first day. As others have said, capris and a nice top (throw in a light jacket or cardigan if your school has a.c.) will be appropriate.
     
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    We're expected to dress for in-services as we would for a regular teaching day. Last year on the first day which is a district wide opening thing, one person wore a tennis suit and she totally stuck out, and not in a good way.

    I agree with the suggestion of khakis and a nice top and then see what everyone else wears and follow their lead.
     
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    We only have one day... it starts off with a "Welcome back" breakfast at the jr. high and the usual announcement-type stuff (principals introduce the new staff, etc). Last year, hey decvided to do the blood-born pathogens training right there so we didn't have to waste time at our building inservices doing it (we have 2 nurses between the 4 schools, so it can be tricky to schedule). Most people wear capri's.
     
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    Jeans are not allowed at my school for in-services. I agree with everyone else: err on the slightly overdressed side! I think khakis and a cute top are a good first day choice.
     
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    We are definitely a "dress down" school for in-school inservice days. You are expected to dress up more for inservices that take you out of your building. Teachers show up in jeans, sweats, whatever for those first days of school because cleaning, organizing and arranging your room can be sweaty work.

    However, if I were you, I'd err on the side of dressiness, at least until you know the climate of the school. I'd wear khaki capris with a polo shirt with flats, if it was me, and I'd also pack a bag with more casual "work-clothes," for when you get to the sweaty, dirty part of in-classroom work.
     
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    Dang! Some of you have strict dress codes. I would go with Caesar's advice. Anything flies at my school as long as it's not destroyed denim. It's wonderful but if and when I leave this place I'll need a new more professional wardrobe.
     
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    :agreed:
     
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    We dress professionally.

    This is your chance to make a first impression on a lot of people. Make it that of a professional. You can always dress down in the future once you know the culture of the school. But it's a whole lot harder to undo a poor first impression.

    In your place, I would go with a long skirt, colored T, and sandals. You can always throw a pair of shorts and some flip flops into the car in case you want to change for some decorating or whatever.

    But make that first impression a good one.
     
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    My first day of inservice is today, and we will be doing two things: moving furniture to new classrooms and interviewing for a new English teacher. I am thinking I will just have to bring two sets of clothing. I don't want my first impression to this new colleague to be that I smell like a lumberjack.
     
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    This will be my first pupil-free day, too. (I came in last year on the first day of instruction.) I'm guessing we'll be lugging supplies and textbooks. I'll wear my usual layers in case the a/c is too high or non-existent.
     

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