The #girliesideofelt post 4
So, I was reading a post yesterday. Tefltastic mentioned 25 ways to get away with being a crappy teacher and while my post has nothing to do with the points he mentioned ( I agree with some, disagree with others and can add a few more), he did get me thinking. One of the points mentioned is being good-looking. If you are good-looking, you probably can get away with bad teaching (according to the post). So, today, I am going to focus on looks, and how they can make or break a teacher (me, being a drama queen :p).
The ‘pretty’ teacher
Now, first let me start by saying that I am a normal looking teacher/woman. Nothing special, and if you ask me (and others) I could lose a bit of kilos here and there. But, I manage, and at 39,I feel fine about the way I look. Now, the next thing I want to ask is, “why do some colleagues (of both sexes) assume that if you want to look decent/good, you probably focus more on your looks and less on your teaching.?” My answer to that is, ” OM freakin G”.
Now, I am going to tell you a little story. I like girlie stuff (Really? You couldn’t have the guessed that now, could you?). I do not go to extremes, but I like a bit of makeup, my comfy heels and my nice perfumes. When I go to class, I do pay attention to the way I look. is it the most important thing? Nope. Does it matter? Sure, why not?
I was observed and it was a Friday. Friday at work in the UK also means going to dinner or the pub (yeah, if I am going to go out, I will put in extra effort to look presentable. Sue me :p). So, I spent 5 mins using a curling iron, I put on a bit of makeup, perfume and went to work. I looked OK. When I walked into the office, I got a few compliments. A nice ambient atmosphere. We also talked shop. ” What are you going to teach? Can I see your lesson plan… yada, yada, yada”. And then, this. One of my (female) colleagues said, ” So, blah, blah blah will observe me. He doesn’t care about whether I look good or not” Me , “…..” .
Excuse me. Should I have gone into work with a paper bag on my head, a wrinkly shirt and smell of a cheapo deo spray? So, if I am blonde (fake blonde), wear makeup, and nice clothes, will some of you automatically think that I cannot teach? Tstststs (that’s the Greek sound of disapproval).
I wonder, do pretty boy/teachers have the same problems? They probably do. Do looks really matter? Apparently to some they do. they can open doors, or you can get slammed in the face by the door cause you are too “pretty”.
FYI: my observation went great!
Bring me the makeup people, I am going into class!!!
Till next time…..