Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Back in the Classroom

Back in the Classroom

Back in the Classroom

Works Cited
dress: anthro (gift from christopher)
sweater: j crew via jeremy's (old)
belt: thrifted
tights: target
boots: steve madden

I'm running one day behind on posting, so this was what I wore yesterday when I headed back to the classroom for the first day of this semester's teaching. I'm excited about my class this term and wanted something easy, no-fuss, and a little bit bright to wear for the first day. Because I'm hoping to decenter my classroom authority along with the ways modernist texts decenter narrative authority, I wanted to seem particularly approachable and as little like a stiff vaunt-of-all-knowledge lecturer as I could. I won't wax poetic about my ideas for how to teach this semester, suffice it to say my goal is to my students work with each other to solve the problems that difficult texts pose, rather than push my own readings on them. And of course, I think Paulo Freire would like orange.

49 comments:

Rosiecat said...

Wow, I love this! I thought this dress was red when you first introduced it to us, but now that I can see it's orange, I like it even more :-)

Emily said...

I'm not sure I understand a thing you said but you look fabulous for your first day of teaching.

Ashley Hasty said...

I think you succeeded. You look great and I bet your students loved you.

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Melanie's Randomness said...

I love the orange dress! The brown compliments it nicely! Good luck this semester! =)

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Anonymous said...

I'm also a grad student and have the exact opposite views on the subject of what to wear! I like to wear high-authority clothing for the first day of teaching, because I want them to know I'm in charge! (Just kidding. But not really... I do like to wear tongue-in-cheek teacher clothes like 70's tie neck blouses and tweed blazers.)

Sal said...

You always look so lovely in earth tones.

tastymoog said...

I agree a bit with anon @8:25... you look great, but my vision of authority differs. My tweaks to this outfit would be perhaps a button down under the sweater dress, or a blazer on top. Or, maybe just a nice silk scarf around the neck. Something that takes it beyond the realm of student.

Liz (26 and Counting) said...

The sentence here just sent me over the top! Fabulous.

kelsey said...

i love it. it sounds like you are a great teacher!

Between Laundry Days said...

Well, I don't know about good ol' Paulo, but I like the orange quite a lot.

Alli (One Pearl Button) said...

Fantastic outfit - I love seeing orange and brown together outside of fall!

Have you read 'What the Best College Teacher's Do?' It's not exactly a pedagogy book, but I find it really inspiring for thinking about learner-driven pedagogies.

kileen said...

i love the beautiful mix of rich warm colors!! this orange dress is so pretty.

hopefully you had a great first day of class!

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Ashley said...

I love this outfit - I wish my lit TAs had worn outfits like this...I think most of my TAs wore jeans three sizes to big, birkenstocks, and flannels. ick.

Isabella Kiss said...

the mix of colors is GREAT! plus I am a little partial to orange. :)

Kate said...

I'm curious about how many students you have. I would LOVE to be less authoritative (I'm a sociology grad student who studies power and change from the ground up!), but in a class of 80 I need all the authority I can get to keep everyone on task.

Work With What You've Got said...

I'd actually LOVE to hear more about your teaching plans!

megannielsen said...

This is such a cute outfit! I think you would have been my favourite lecturer at school :) Also, that nailpolish is so perfect!!!

Roxanne said...

I love this, Tania! You look absolutely radiant in that first picture! :)

BiblioMOMia said...

I adore this look, and it's absolutely the same kind of thing I love to wear while teaching. Like you, I find that typical "authoritative" clothing doesn't work with my personal teaching ethos--the more approachable my students find me, the more they trust me, the more respect I get. I find suits and buttondowns make me feel false. I bet they're going to love you.

And you had to have felt pretty special wearing the Christopher dress on your first day! Such a lovely color. I might have worn heels instead of boots--but then again, it's WAY warmer here in DC!

Erin said...

This is a great post.

Larysse Tavares said...

Paulo Freire would love this orange dress as much as I do! :) When I read his name on this post I got really excited about this semester at college. I wish we get to know more about him this year.

Have a great semester ahead Tania!

P.S.: Look how beautiful your hair is! It's growing really fast :D

Elle Enchanted said...

you look fabulous in that orange sweater dress, and perfectly chic for the first day back- definitely more stylish than most f my professors1 (then again, most of them have been men over the age of 40...)

alli said...

Yay for Paulo Freire!! I'm doing a Masters in Education and that man is changing the way I think about education! I would love to hear about if your classroom discussions unfold in a Freirian way this semester!

Lauren said...

I love the autumny colors of this outfit! Are you going to be doing the winter 30 for 30 remix?

keelan said...

funny story... last year, paulo freire friended me on facebook. my first reaction was, "wow, it's really paulo freire!" my second reaction, "but i thought he was dead."

Rebecca said...

I love the fall colors. I think anyone would like that orange shade, including Paulo.

Futurelint said...

You do seem professional yet approachable! I love that shade of orange!

O O N A said...

i like the earthiness of this. that makes sense yes? ok good.

Charlotte said...

Let me second all the comments who would love to hear more about your approach in the classroom... Definitely not on topic for this blog, but perhaps you could make an exception? Pleeeeeease! :)

sarah said...

love love love these colors & the outfit overall!! :) good luck with your new students!

Amy Z. said...

You sound so genius and I would be totally scared to approach you as a student if not for your warm colors and great outfit!

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La Historiadora de Moda said...

What a lovely, warm, and vibrant outfit for the first day! I understand if you prefer to keep it private, but I'm also curious how many students you have. Class size (and number) plays a large role in both my pedagogical and professartorial challenges.

Kaitlyn said...

I know at least one other commenter mentioned it here, but I'll say it again just because - I'd LOVE to see your ideas and plans for teaching! I'm going to be a grad student next fall so I'd really love to hear your take on the experience.

Angela said...

Great outfit (love the color combos!) and great teaching philosophy. I teach a much younger class, but I have the same views... I love when they can work together to figure things out.

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myedit said...

Friend, this post had too many big words for me! I am not that smrt but I am smrt enough to know you always look smashing in orange.

Gaby said...

Oh, I love the orange dress!

Irene said...

Love that orange dress! Great colors put together :).

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Hope said...

Whoa, I'm not quite sure what you were talking about in your post, but I like your outfit! The orange is such a fun color. :)

Two For Tea said...

Mmmmmmm you always wear such delicious russety, autumnal colours...it always makes my Bloglovin' page to pretty :)

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The Postcolonial Rabbit said...

I love the colours! I hope class went well - pity me for I have to teach The Culture Industry to a bunch of clueless first year literature undergrads on Monday. Who have never read critical theory. Usually I go for an encouraging, question-led approach but next week I think they're going to need some handholding! x

shealennon said...

I love the colors in this look, and the way you did something a little different with the cardigan. And I think you look very approachable, yet still professional. Hope you had a great first day back!

Alamire said...

I wore the same orange dress for my first day of real-person teaching! I paired it with a wide brown belt and a yellow-orange tweed blazer. Feeling good on the authority front, and I hope your first day went well also!

Shallow Mallow said...

Looking beautiful :) Your feel for colour is just brilliant :D

Mister Freire sounds like an interesting guy. (Google is my friend in the other tab)

Ms_SyllyBee said...

Great look! I love that dress and how you mixed the textures here! hope you have a great semester!

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Linda said...

I saw on twitter that you were having a bad day yesterday. I know this outfit was the day before, but based on all your great outfits lately, I'm sure you were at least looking good!
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Linda said...

Ha. I just wrote Liz's blog on your post. Too much work on Everybody, Everywear. I can't keep us apart anymore!

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SIENA.STYLE said...

I love your style!!Hi from Prague;)

Jenni Austria Germany said...

love those steve madden boots :) have been wearing them for weeks. they're the best.

Emily said...

I teach university classes too, and I have the same struggle on the first day - how do I look like I really am supposed to be teaching this class without looking completely unapproachable? I think you've struck a good balance here - dressy enough to be professional, cute enough to be approachable.

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