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My strong voice!

Discussion in 'Thinking of teaching' started by mandylous, Jan 24, 2012.

  1. Help! I am a newly qualified TA and started working at a Primary School in September. I have just had my induction where the Head sits in on a session I have with a group of 6 students. I have had really positive feedback, but at the end, was told that I need to lower my volume. I did realise towards the end of the session that I had been talking louder than normal, partly due to nerves and general noise going on around me, as we work in a communal area shared by other classrooms. However, I do naturally have a strong voice and that can come across as being loud, even though to me, I aren't. Can anyone give me any tips on how to be more aware of my vocal level and to keep it down. I've seen quite a few people asking for help to make themselves be heard in the classroom, but for myself, its the opposite!
     
  2. Help! I am a newly qualified TA and started working at a Primary School in September. I have just had my induction where the Head sits in on a session I have with a group of 6 students. I have had really positive feedback, but at the end, was told that I need to lower my volume. I did realise towards the end of the session that I had been talking louder than normal, partly due to nerves and general noise going on around me, as we work in a communal area shared by other classrooms. However, I do naturally have a strong voice and that can come across as being loud, even though to me, I aren't. Can anyone give me any tips on how to be more aware of my vocal level and to keep it down. I've seen quite a few people asking for help to make themselves be heard in the classroom, but for myself, its the opposite!
     
  3. PinkHelen

    PinkHelen New commenter

    Hello mandylous, I also have the same problem - it seems I "shout" pretty much every time I open my mouth (since becoming a teacher I've actually discovered I "project" without realising, rather than actual shouting though) and often get complaints from friends that I'm deafening them!

    I've never had any specific feedback on how to reduce the volume, but I find that I have become more aware of it with experience. Try to take a deep breath before you start talking to any group of pupils and consider the volume and tone of voice - the latter is particularly important, so I often find that by considering one I'm reminded of the other.
    Having said that, I do still sometimes start speaking without thinking, but it can be a good technique to start out loud and get gradually quieter - that way you get the pupils' attention and maintain it as they have to focus more carefully to be able to listen to you.
    Good luck - I'm sure you'll be fine, especially if that was the Head's only criticism!
     

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