Monday, June 10, 2013

A Changed Woman

There are a couple of items in the "teacher world" that years ago I swore I wouldn't fall prey to. One of those items being typical teacher clothes- you know what I'm talking about- the long denim dresses with the wood painted schoolbus necklaces or the sweaters with the apples on them. So far so good on that front. 

Another item I told myself I'd never wear in the classroom was an apron. It always seemed so unnecessary. So teacher-y. "Mrs. Jones is hands-down the best teacher!"

That is until last August when my school was introduced to a math program that came with an apron for every teacher. What?! My first reaction was pretty negative. "I'm not wearing that thing," I told myself. 

They gave it to us to hold celebration points and popsicle sticks to call on students. I reluctantly gave it a go and found that it was, as they said it would be, pretty handy. Everything I needed was right there. The only problem? It was brown. Brown? Really? I quickly hot glued some rhinestones and flowers to it and it got me through the year. But it was still brown.

My mind changed even more on the apron front when I was puttering around on Etsy one day. Ohhh Etsy. That site gets me every time. I stumbled across a seller who made teacher aprons and the patterns were right up my alley. I'm talking polka dots and chevron print.

I ordered one up and my apron came last week. I have to say, I'm pretty excited to start teaching math while rocking that thing! 

I am changed woman.


  1. Those are so CUTE! I have to wear an apron when I repair books. Made the mistake of getting book glue on one by cute sweaters. Oops.

  2. I had to laugh at the first couple of pictures - my mom taught preschool and always wore jumpers in the early 90's. When she finally switched over to pants (and stopped perming her hair) people thought she had lost a bunch of weight!
    I would have had your same reaction about the apron....except I'm ALWAYS misplacing things - an apron might come in handy!

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  4. Just found your blog. I am a California second grade teacher as well. Where do you teach? I teach in Placerville. Kelly from Teacher Idea Factory and I are trying to put together a CA blogger meet up...would you be interested?


  5. I'm with you on the teacher outfits. My mom was a teacher and those pics reminded me of her outfits in the 80s-90s. That chevron print is so cute though!

    Table Talk with C & C

  6. Oh, how very, very cute those aprons are! Etsy kills me too! I would love to know more about the items you put in those pockets and how you use them in your classroom! Been following you on instagram and happy to be a new follower here, too!
    The Teacher’s Chair

  7. Ok, I don't really see a use for an apron in my classroom but they are SO cute I may have to just make up a reason! LOL! And I am with you...seriously, BROWN?! Whoever designs curriculum is clearly colorblind. Our old math curriculum for our calendar board was BRIGHT yellow. Like almost florescent. SO ugly. Needless to say I pretty much made or bought all new stuff for that. :)
    Diving Into 2nd Grade

  8. The first few pictures are hysterical!! Glad you found a MUCH cuter apron to wear...I love it. I am your newest follower!
    Two Friends In First

  9. I love the new aprons. I never thought to use them like that but I can see how they would be handy. Especially since I am always looking for pens, sticks, etc. I love the chevron one too. So cute.

    Ms Richards's Musings