Care and Use of Voice for Teachers
$5.00 = 1yr access & certificate
Teachers are 8 times more likely to suffer voice problems than any other profession. Learn how to care and use your voice effectively.
This interactive online course develops teacher understanding of voice production, vocal variety and vocal health.
Designed by a teacher for teachers, Use & Care of Voice for Teachers includes simple exercises and reflection opportunities to support effective use of voice and improve classroom presence.
Packed with practical advice, the course takes just 30-45 mins to complete and is CPD-accredited. Optional links mean the learning journey can be personalised to meet individual professional development needs. With 12 months unlimited access, learners can return to the content as often as they wish.
What you will learn
- Voice production
- Posture and breathing
- Audibility and vocal variety
- Non-verbal communication
- Vocal health
- The physical environment
- How to avoid vocal fatigue
- What to do when voice problems hit
Who is this course for?
Any who teachers will benefit from the learning objectives in this course. The content is also relevant for all those who use their voice for a significant amount of the working day.
Why is this course important?
As a teacher, the most important tool you have is your voice. Far more than simply a vehicle for communicating information, your voice brings emotional colour to your classroom. You use it to build excitement, generate engagement and manage behaviour. Yet, despite the impact the teacher’s voice has on effective classroom practice, too few of us know how to support it properly and too many of us experience the symptoms of vocal fatigue.
At best, this could mean hoarseness and an irritated throat, at worst, total voice loss.
It is very difficult to teach if you have no voice but the development of a few good habits, along with some small improvements to your vocal care, can minimise the chance of vocal fatigue, as well as improve the impact your voice has on your classroom presence and, ultimately, on learner engagement.
Is there an assessment?
No. At the end of the course this is a short exercise asking you to reflect on what you have learnt. Your CPD-accredited certificate is released once you have gotten to the end of the course.
Can I assign the course to colleagues?
Yes, our platform is design to you can easily enrol others and track their completion. Simply click ‘Group’ purchase at checkout to gain access to the enrol tool.
Voice Care Tips
Breathing. A poor breathing habit is one of the main causes of vocal fatigue. In everyday conversation we commonly use shallow, upper chest breathing but, to ensure the breath support required when speaking for long periods, we need to utilise our full lung capacity. Think ‘breathing to your belly’. When you inhale, your lower rib cage should expand as the bottom of your lungs fill with air. Put your hands round your torso, just above your waist, to get a feel for this.
Inhale for five. Hold for five. Exhale for five. Repeat (stop if you feel light-headed). As you improve, exhale on an ‘Aaaaah’ sound.
How long can you hold a steady note for? Just five minutes of breathing exercises daily can help you improve.
Posture. Effective breathing requires a relaxed, open posture. Stand feet hip-width apart, spine in natural alignment. Shoulders and neck loose and tension free. If seated, again remain tension free, spine naturally aligned (not slumped), feet planted on the floor (avoid crossing your legs). Consider, also, the impact your posture can have on your classroom presence. Good posture sends a message of confident engagement. Non-verbal communication speaks volumes.
Articulation. Are you a mumbler? Does your voice have a tendency to taper off at the end of sentences? Carve your words clearly with your articulators – your tongue, teeth and lips. Tongue twisters are great for waking your articulators up and preventing you from tripping over your tongue, particularly first thing in the morning.
Vocal Variety. Vary pitch, pace and volume to engage your listeners. Do you consistently pitch your voice too high? Do you have a habit of speaking too quickly or too slowly? Either of these can lose your audience. To help you identify areas for development, it can be a useful to invite a colleague to be a ‘critical friend’ and give you feedback on your use of voice in the classroom.
Daily warm up. A daily vocal warm-up will do wonders for your articulation and audibility. Start with a few stretches to loosen your limbs and release tension. Next, imagine you are chewing a really sticky toffee or allow yourself a big yawn to warm up those facial muscles. A super simple but effective way to warm up your voice is to hum – perhaps on the way to work or as you set up your classroom.
Vocal health. It’s important to give your voice a chance to rest across your working day. That might mean minimising the staffroom conversation or taking some quiet time on a free period. Reflect also on the extent you speak during lessons. Remember – the teacher’s voice should never dominate. If your voice lacks its usual strength, becomes hoarse or you feel that telltale scratch at the back of your throat, you may be suffering vocal fatigue. Vocal rest is vital. Do not whisper – that just puts more strain on your vocal chords.
Avoid medicated lozenges – suck a fruit pastille instead. Gargle with cooled, boiled and salted water or soluble aspirin. If the problem persists, you should visit your GP in case of underlying medical issues.
All this, and more, is explored through the interactive online course
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The voice is a teacher’s most valuable tool – it is worth investing in…