25 Useful Tips To Look After Your Voice.
Posted on 7-09-2018

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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