July 24, 2019
25 Useful Tips To Look After Your Voice
25 Useful Tips To Look After Your Voice.
- Speak in a lower tone when you need to speak louder.
- Don’t use your voice more than you need to.
- Speak at a quieter level during certain classroom activities.
- Plan the day to include voice rest periods, where you can talk less.
- Speak slowly and clearly so you don’t have to repeat yourself.
- Move away (if possible) from background noise before talking.
- Avoid shouting, use better classroom management techniques.
- When outdoors or in a large area, use a microphone if possible.
- Talk to students when they are quiet.
- Drink lots of water. Hydration is crucial for a voice in heavy use.
- If you have a sore throat or lose your voice please take time off. If you can’t stay home, use written instructions on the board or screen.
- Use gestures and other signals to gain attention.
- Stand in a central place in your room when giving instructions, so it is easier for your students to hear you without straining your voice.
- Look after your voice by using deep breaths from the chest. Don’t just rely on your throat.
- Be aware of your posture while speaking. Also, don’t speak over your shoulder.
- Sip water, swallow or yawn instead of coughing and clearing your throat.
- Try Manuka honey and lemon in warm water.
- See a speech pathologist or vocal coach if you have any concerns.
- Humming helps to warm up your vocal cords.
- Replace noisy floor surfaces with carpet or mats if feasible.
- Arrange the classroom so students who are likely to need extra attention are at the front.
- Try to relax when you speak.
- Train your students to listen.
- Drink warm drinks.
- Try Olive Leaf extract, pineapple juice or apple cider vinegar.
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