I love teaching apparel. You have to understand that when I first began teaching it was the early 90’s. Everybody was doing it. But I really liked the clothing, I even had socks. Alright, yes. I had earrings and bracelets as well.
Fast forward to 2001 and I found myself slowly not wearing them as much. Then came the day I wore the sweater. It was a killer sweater with apples, numbers, and math symbols. I rocked that sweater. Or so I thought until one of my fellow teachers openly mocked my apparel on several occasions. Then I started noticing no one else in my new school really wore that kind of thing on a regular basis. I gave in. Packed my sweaters and shirts away. But no more. I’m bringing back my teacher shirts.
Now I hadn’t gone completely cold turkey. We had our staff shirts we wore each year. But that was different. I didn’t get to choose what was on the shirt. The closest I came to choosing was the PTA spirit wear. Well, that’s all been changing. I’m bringing back my teaching personality.
Why the shirts? They let me express either a view or my pride in being a teacher. For too long teachers have come under attack or have become political sound bites. No more. I’m proud to be a teacher and I’m going to show it.
Below are my current favorites. I have several more on my shopping list. What teacher shirts are in your closet?