I work at a regular catholic high school in my area and I work with students wth special needs. Most of the time I work with the severe needs group - students who have autism and often non-verbal, students with developmental disabilities and students who have cerebral palsy and other exceptionalities where they need the assistance of wheel chairs. I have some people tell me - why do you get dressed up when you work with 'those' kids? Comments like these make my blood boil because they are filled with ignorance. I want my students to arrive to my classroom and feel loved, resected and worthy - so I try to make my class look good and I come dressed professionally and classy becase my students are worth it and I'm worth it! I often play soothing music and like to create an aesthetically pleasing environment!
The white shirt is one of my staples and my favourite way to wear it is with a pencil skirt - There is often a ton of paper work that goes with teaching special needs students, so I need to be prepared to work hard and stay late often - I always feel comfortable in my staples, but I also 'always' carry a pair of ballet flats in my bag - at the end of the day my feet are 'throbbing'!!!
I'd love to hear about some of your favourite work looks and staples!!!