Originally Posted by impolyt_one
OP will be not far in age from the students he will teach. Any bit of distance will help. Dress well, and your students will think much better of you.
Excellent advice - particularly the second sentence.
Originally Posted by Nikias
I presume you'll be starting out teaching at a comp. There are probably staff dress codes against the wearing of jeans and trainers etc. so it's probably up to you whether you go for a full suit option or the jumpers, jackets and trousers route (although a tie is advisable). I do have some limited teaching experience and I would say that developing a professional persona is important for classroom control.
As a teacher in the UK for 36 years, partly in a secondary school (which had a uniform for the students) and partly in a 6th form College (where there was no uniform for students), I wore a sports jacket and tie daily throughout my teaching career, and would never have dreamt of omitting the tie. (For USA readers, the 6th form is the last two years of secondary school, i.e.
students of 16-19 years of age) in England and Wales.)
Originally Posted by GBR
A suit plus tie etc would be my expectation. Given that in many state run institutions anything more than jogging bottoms is considered well dressed, I will continue to despair of teachers...If the pupils have to wear a uniform then teachers should respond with decent clothes without prompting. If the pupils are not in uniform then the teachers should dress the same regardless to set an example. However one would hope parents would avoid schools without uniform.
You are making unjust dogmatic statements here. The quality of a school or college has no correlation whatever with its student uniform policy. I wonder when you were last in a "state-run" school in the UK, or when you last met or spoke to a teacher from such an institution. You are of course right that teachers should wear decent clothes without prompting as they should be setting an example. But a suit every day is, in my opinion and experience, going too far.