Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Love Ugly


I have been a teacher for a lot of years now. In movies and TV shows the female teachers are always wearing stylish clothes and dainty, beautiful shoes. Clearly television producers have no idea of the reality of teaching. Schools are fraught with corners and knobs and hooks that clothes can catch on. Schools are full of books and backpacks and lacrosse sticks that get left all over the floor and are regularly tripped over, usually by teachers trying to get somewhere fast. I have a computer that is permanently damaged since the day I tripped over a student backpack and threw it across the room. Then there is chalk, or overhead ink, or whiteboard ink, and spray cleaner and students running around with food…are you getting the picture here? School is the LAST place you wear your nice clothes, or your dainty shoes.

These are Dansko clogs, otherwise known by my students as “those ugly teacher shoes”:

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You can see I am fond of them. And ugly though they may be, they are an absolute lifesaver if you have a job where you are running around all day. I can’t count the number of times they have saved me from a rolled ankle. A new pair of Danskos is a day of absolute delight. So you may think you can’t love ugly, but you’d be wrong.