First off, I want to thank you for following my blog! It means a LOT to me, especially since I’m going to publish a book soon (just have to write it since I have no idea what to write about specifically). THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for listening to me talk. I got 49 followers on July 7! Must be my lucky day.
Second, today’s topic is: How To Look Like A Teacher When You Look 14!
If you are young hearted, you probably do look 14 anyways. I look 14 without makeup and the appropriate teacher clothes. Since I am going to teach a sewing camp this week, I wanted to give YOU some tips on how you can look like a teacher.
1. Wear makeup– I surely am a feminist, woman’s rights kind of girl, but without makeup I look 12 sometimes. There were times my 12 year old students had makeup on and actually looked older than me. Yah, kids grow up fast these days.
2. Wear some kind of flowy, business-like shirt– because they don’t wrinkle. When your shirt wrinkle, you are telling the world you don’t know what you’re sayin’. Your students can’t help but stare at the wrinkles.
3. Don’t look confused– yes, don’t look confused. Look like you know what you’re talking about. This is very important, even if you forget something- have the “I know what I’m doing” look. Otherwise, you lose legitimacy right away!
4. Do know you are the teacher, even if the students are older than you- Unfortunately, ageism DOES occur. At first, older students who can be my mom’s age will ask me where the REAL teacher is, or they’ll give me a skeptics’ look. Don’t be afraid. Speak with authority….and
5. Finally, TAKE THINGS LIGHTLY- The great thing about teaching is that you are THERE TO CONNECT with your students, not to just look like a teacher. Thus, whatever age you are, it’s best to know what kind of life your students live, what they like, what justin bieber songs they listen to, and who they are crushing on on tv. It’s better that you’re cool with them, then they are bored by you. That’s my advice anyway.
Most students love me because I like to connect on their level and I believe, treating students like human beings makes all the difference. DUH! Woohoo!