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Dear Tom (and anyone else with advice)- Voice

Discussion in 'Behaviour' started by Tom_Bennett, Mar 20, 2011.

  1. Tom_Bennett

    Tom_Bennett Occasional commenter

    Hi Miss88
    Your voice is your instrument in the classroom: break it and you can't get another one. Is your voice normally high pitched? Or is it only in front of the children? If so I'd say it was connected to nerves, and that it will improve with time and confidence.
    If you find that you wear your voice out in lessons, I suggest the following:
    1. Only raise your voice when you absolutely have to. You normal level should be slightly above conversational volume, and if you find yourself raising your level throughout the whole lesson because of background noise, then your first target is to improve behaviour, not your voice.
    2. Sometimes a quieter voice can encourage listening. Sometimes. With a cheeky class all it encourages is ignoring you. And good luck with that.
    3. Talk to the back of the room. Project your words there, and you'll stop focusing consciously so much on how you;re speaking. Imagine you're firing your sentences off, and you want them to land on the back row, like sputum.
    4. You shouldn't be shouting, unless the room is on fire, and maybe not even then. Shouts are once in a blue moon occurrences in a classroom (or should be). That WILL tear your voice up, like the morning after a 'conversation' in a night club and a packet of full tar smokes.
    5. Forget the diaphragm thing, unless you have a vocal coach/ drama teacher/ music teacher to help train you into it; it's not the kind of thing you can practise by yourself unless you've been coached. You'll just end up speaking oddly and making weird movements with your tummy.
    Good luck!

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