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Sore throat

Discussion in 'New teachers' started by petrapan, Sep 8, 2011.

  1. Any advice about how to ease this? I know it's overuse of my voice, but I guess that's unavoidable during the first week with Year 1. I don't shout but I do raise my voice sometimes if the children haven't responded to the tambourine. They're getting better thankfully, but I've almost lost my voice.

    Please don't tell me to read books about voice training, I have paperwork coming out of my ears right now [​IMG] ...just wondering if anyone has any simple tips for taking care of my voice/throat, and surviving school with a whispery voice tomorrow (!)
     
  2. It is actually completely avoidable.
    You don't need to raise your voice if they haven't responded to the tambourine. You do it again and you wait until there is silence.
    Wear a scarf tomorrow as the weather is turning. Don't drink anything too hot or cold and sip water continually throughout the day where possible.
    If you have a whispery voice tomorrow you shouldn't be talking at all. Unless you are aiming for long term damage.
     
  3. Hmm, I've already tried waiting for silence. It doesn't seem to work, they're a very young class (mostly summer born) and have very little awareness. My partner class teacher is very experienced but is having the same issues and said it's normal at this stage in year 1 and to expect to have to herd them like sheep and raise my voice a lot- trouble is, I don't have one now [​IMG]. I'll keep trying with the waiting, though, you're right that I really can't damage my throat long term.
     
  4. It will work if you stick at it.
    If they have seen that you have given up with the tambourine then they will never learn what your expectations are.
     
  5. Yep, you're right. I'll see how it goes tomorrow and try waiting for longer. Thanks!
     
  6. I don't teach primary but what works nicely in secondary is giving a small reward (sticker, help to give out equipment, first in line to leave for break etc) to the pupil who first follows your "quiet" instruction. Once they realise what's going on they'll all be desperate to be first and it will hopefully reduce the time you're waiting. Take care of your voice tomorrow and, as the previous reply said, make sure you drink lots of water, keeping your neck warm and only talk when you have to. Do you have a TA who could help out with some of the more vocal activities?
     
  7. I am so glad that I have just come across this post. My voice has been going this week. Will definatly be using Pink Flip Flops tips!
     
  8. Hi
    I am a secondary teacher and completely understand about your voice, I am going through the same thing- you just dont talk that much or project your voice during the holidays, I have used some techniques that worked well for me in the past.
    Some are; A squeaky dog toy (you can get some really cool ones in pound land etc) as a que to listen, kids hear and react quite quickly saves you having to raise your voice.
    Lemon honey tea something my nan always made just as you were getting a cold just helps soothe.
    Plenty of water aswell,

    Hope that helps!!
     
  9. I did a free voice care workshop with ATL as part of their NQT induction and it was fantastic! It included voice warm ups and advice about how not to use your voice in the classroom but still have a presence (hand in the air and quietly praise those who comply until you get a ripple effect) or suing a tambourine or bells to get attention and waiting. Using a whilst for PE too rather than shouting. My kids know that one blast means stop straightaway and two means go on whatever they are doing.
    They also advise no coffee - sipping water and drinks that aren't too hot. I found hot chocolate was good for this too.
    When you want to be quiet lower the level and the children will go quiet so they can hear you. They also showed us how to raise our voices but use your diaphragm rather than your vocal chords.
    I had a horrendous sore throat throughout my GTP year but last year this advice worked (and I had a very loud and noisy Year 5/6 class for two terms). I didn't suffer with a sore throat at all last year. Trying to continue to follow the advice this year.
     
  10. I know it might sound weird, but... eat anchovies. My mother is an actress and this is an old trick for when you lose your voice before a performance.
     
  11. Care of the voice for teachers is very important.
    Do not drink alcohol in the evenings
    Keep your throat warm (scarves, high neck sweaters etc.)
    Drink lots of water - especially during the day
    Do not shout from the throat, but breathe deeply and push the voice out from your diaphragm
    Don't suck throat sweets that are sugar based they dehydrate the throat - I use vocalzones (available from most chemists)
    If you lose your voice rest it completely - seek medical help from your GP
    There is an organisation that provides help and support - the voice care network
    http://www.voicecare.org.uk/
    James

     
  12. Eva_Smith

    Eva_Smith Established commenter

    Whhoooopppss [​IMG]
    Vocalzone are the bext, but taste disgusting. Stick with them thought, they do work.
     
  13. jubilee

    jubilee Star commenter

    Take a large spoonful of Manuka honey twice a day. You need at least 10+ UMF Manuka honey. I get 15+UMF froma health food shop.
    It is antiseptic and anti-bacterial as the bees collect the pollen from the Tea Tree plant, which has those properties.
    Do not drink or eat anything for 20 mins after taking the honey so that it can coat your throat as you swallow it and remain undiluted for long enough to do its work.
    It helps to calm the stomach too.
     
  14. Sorry, no honey based 'medication' will work it will dehydrate the throat, you may gain short term comfort, but old wives tales of anchovies or honey etc will have no positive effect - just water and rest. Please do not mess around with the voice - you lose it for good you end your career. If you have a persistent sore throat see a G P and get a referral to a specialist.

    James
     

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