This Teacher Was Sent Home for Wearing Bell Bottoms

Buckle up for this one.

The “Are jeans considered professional dress?” conversation is nothing new. While some schools allow teachers to wear jeans on Fridays, others allow them at all times. Some schools offer jeans passes to teachers as incentives, and many schools allow teachers to wear jeans if they pay a fee. It’s infantilizing and insulting if you ask me, but this article isn’t about what I think. It’s about the white-hot rage teacher Twitter is feeling right now in response to a tweet from yesterday.

Last night, Twitter user and English/Language Arts teacher @ObsessedTeach posted this update:

Picture of teacher who was sent home for wearing bell bottoms

Naturally, her post had teachers scanning the photo for what could possibly be deemed offensive in her outfit.

Screen shot of a tweet replying to original post about teacher sent home for wearing bell bottoms

Screen shot of a tweet replying to original post about teacher sent home for wearing bell bottoms

Screen shot of Twitter users discussing teacher sent home

That’s right: @ObsessedTeach was doing a unit on the ’70s and wore bell bottoms along with her students. She was sent home for looking “unprofessional.”

Other responders took a more humorous

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What Are Literature Circles? –

What Are Literature Circles

What Is A Literature Circle?

by Terry Heick

Literature Circles are a way for students to assume a specific role in the study of something (usually a text).

Though almost always associated with the content area of ‘Literature’ or ‘Language Arts’ in North America, the concept of studying a topic in groups by assigning functional roles for each group member can be applied in the study of almost anything (something I will cover in an upcoming post on how to teach with Literature Circles).

For now, let’s review the key components of this versatile teaching, learning, and literacy strategy.

See also Reading Response Questions That Work With Almost Any Text

The Characteristics Of Literature Circles

Literature circles… Literature circles are not…
Promote and reward inquiry Necessarily assessment-driven (but can support this approach)
Can work at any grade level and in any content area Book studies–they don’t necessitate novels (individual reading
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