Hey friends! Welcome back to the blog. I feel like I say that a lot…but I’m hoping maybe this year it’ll stick and this will be a more frequent thing.
I don’t know about you, but this school year has been craaaaaazy! So much uncertainty, new things to try, switching schedules, and MASKS…oh my. I have been in person, 100%, since August with my students. We wear masks all day every day, so needless to say, I’ve tried out quite a few over the past few months and I’m ready to share my favorites with you!
I get asked all the time on my Instagram which masks I like to teach in and wear all day. I guess I should preface this by saying wearing a mask all day in general isn’t pleasant or great…so you’ll have to find what works for you. It’s definitely an adjustment. However, I feel like the more days I teach in one, the more I get used to it. If this is what we have to do to teach in person, I’m happy to oblige.
MY FAVORITE MASKS TO TEACH IN:
1. OLD NAVY
When the school year started, I swore by masks with a nose piece or at least a center seam. But then one day I picked up a pack of masks from Old Navy and I haven’t looked back since! They are AMAZING and one of the best deals I’ve found. You can get a pack of 5 for only $12.50. That’s only $2.50 per mask! These masks are 3 ply, woven, and 100% cotton. I also love them because the ear straps are adjustable and thin. They don’t bother my ears as much as other brands I’ve tried. They also have a ton of patterns to choose from! These are without a doubt my absolute favorite.
2. Etsy masks
Etsy masks can be hit or miss, but I’ll link a few that I’ve been enjoying lately. Most of these do have at least a nose wire which in my opinion helps when speaking and trying to project! These are a little more expensive than the Old Navy masks, but they’re well made and worth the splurge if you want something a little more fun or different.
I don’t have much to say about these because they’re pretty plain…but hey, everyone needs a few plain masks too! I love these because they come in a pack of two, the ear straps are comfortable, and they have a nose wire.
4. Target masks
Disclaimer… Target masks have been a bit of a hit or miss for me. However, I have purchased a few from the Universal Thread brand that I like. The Target masks do come in different sizes which is super helpful! Most also have a wire nose piece and they have a variety of cute patterns. Also, they’re on the cheaper side and usually have a lot in stock in stores!
Here’s a bonus one I just bought for fun. I don’t think I would teach in this all day but it’s so cute! I can’t seem to find it online yet, but I just picked it up in store!
Other masks I’m loving!
That rounds out my favorite masks to teach in, but I thought I’d throw in a few others I love as well. I’d consider these more of a Target run or grocery store mask. They’re great for a short amount of time, but I struggle to wear them all day.
1. This cheetah mask is sooooo soft! It doesn’t have a nose wire or center seam, but it feels very light on your face, which I appreciate!
2. This tie-dye mask. This mask does have a center seam. I’ve taught in it before and it’s okay, but I definitely prefer wearing it for shorter time frames.
I definitely recommend snagging a mask lanyard (or two) especially if you teach in person and have to wear it all day! It’s so nice to be able to drop my mask and not lose it. Sometimes my ears end up hurting when I leave it hanging on one side. There are so many cute ones you can try!
I tried using a mask guard to make some of my masks with less structure hold up, but they personally weren’t my favorite. I do think it helps with my voice and projection, but I didn’t find it super comfortable to wear all day.
Anyway – I hope that was helpful! Remember, it does take awhile to find what works best for you and your face (and ears!). I have such a large collection now… But it’s keeping us safe and I’m so happy we get to go to school 🙂
Stay well, friends! Talk to you soon!
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