Becoming a Teacher

Dress: Vintage (Thrifted)
Shoes: Steve Madden (Marshall's)
Purse: c/o Gamiss
Glasses: Firmo
Necklace: Kendra Scott

Monday in class my professor had us write letters to our future selves that she will then mail to us in December before we graduate. I began to get very sentimental and emotional as I sat down to write my future self a letter, because while I know I will be graduation in December I don't know where exactly I will be in life, and thinking about the far away future that now seems even closer made me reflect back on my life over the past three years in college, and over this past semester and I began to pour out two pages of words to myself. 

When I was growing up I don't think I ever said that I wanted to be a teacher when I grew up, but being a teacher was always in my blood (both of my parents are teachers) and I grew up teaching and playing one room schoolhouse every day. Thus, as I entered college to minor in education it always just felt right. With that being said as my methods semester draws to a close and I look ahead towards student teaching in the fall and all the tests I need to take to get certified I am reminded of how much I have already learned through my process of becoming a teacher. 

Being a teacher is HARD and draining.....I'm not going to lie.....but it is also very rewarding and inspiring and exciting at the same time.....I have seen the good the bad and the ugly this semester and while I have had students tell me that I won't want to be a teacher because of the students (them) attitudes and behavior, their words and actions have actually made me want to become a teacher even more because I want to make a change. I want to make a change in the classroom in how it is run and I want to make a change in students attitudes towards learning. 

With that being said I await both the known (graduation & student teaching) and the unknown (student teaching placement and post-grad life) with anticipation and excitement for all that they have to offer. 

On a style note I do have to say this semester has really gotten me into the whole "teacher style" mindset and I always seemed to reach for something that said "teacher" when getting dressed. This look was one of my favorites! I found this vintage dress at Goodwill and absolutely fell in love with the color, style, polka dots, and perfect comfort of it. I think the dress is from the 70's but the style actually kind of reminds me of the 40's which is mainly why I got it and it is absolutely the PERFECT dress for teaching a room full of high school students. Pair it with oxfords for the classroom and an over sized grandpa teacher sweater (I do wear one in the classroom because it freezing....no joke) or a pair of summery sandals and accessories for an out of the classroom look. Of course if you really want to go all out with the teacher look and take props from Jessica Day than by all means you have to wear glasses too:)

-Madison

11 comments

  1. Madison I love love love this! This look is absolutely darling, of course, but even more so the words and sentiment behind this post. I'm so impressed by how gracefully you've stepped into the role and lifestyle of teaching, and I'm so happy you're facing the future with anticipation and expectation---when we wait for God to move in mighty ways, He does not disappoint ♥

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    1. Your comment totally made my day Chrisy! Thank you for your kind worlds:)
      -Madison

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  2. You look so radiant ! Love this dress so much !
    Have a fabulous day !
    Nina
    xox
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  3. That is so exciting you are going to be a teacher congrats!
    xo
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  4. You couldn't have said it better, teaching is both exhausting and rewarding. I'm a teacher too and even though students give me a hard time I still love my job. I also have the hopes of making a difference in education but I still have so much to do. It's really hard to do things your own way when the people over you don't let you work the way you'd like to... but I'll keep fighting for a change.
    Have a wonderful day, Madison!

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  5. I do have to say your polka dot dress is very cute! It is so awesome to here your enthusiasm and strong ambitions for your self as a future teacher. The students that are lucky to have you will be blessed. So excited for you, you are on your way to an awesome career:) Stephanie

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  6. Hi!

    I love your style and your outfit! It's really beautiful and cute :)
    Polka dot dress is really pretty and fits you perfectly!

    Xoxo

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  7. I just love this dress! I shop Goodwill a lot too, but I never think of looking for stuff that's vintage-y! I'm always afraid that I would wind up looking like a grandma or being way out of style. But you pull it off so effortlessly!

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  8. That dress is so fresh and just right for Spring and Summer.
    Marilyn

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