So here I'm re-posting a slightly revised Blogathon post on voice care. I know it'll come in useful.
Here are some tips in voice care a doctor and a speech therapist from my county gave us teachers in a lecture (combined with some useful links I’ve found):
- Rest your voice ( if you’ve been using it for 4 hours, you need to rest it for one hour)
- Drink water or juice in regular intervals during the day
- Learn how to do breathing exercises
- Stretch your neck and shoulders
- Warm your voice up before work - here are some Wise Warm-Ups you could use.
- Get your student’s attention with a gesture like raising your hands or by using spatial anchors.
- See your GP if you inexplicably lose your voice.
- Read some general info on voice care here.
- Read some basics on how voice is produced.
- Here are Top Tips for Voice Care.
- Yell, whisper or imitate other peoples’ voices or sounds - or get training on how to do it safely.
- Clear your throat by coughing.
- Ingest anything too hot.
- Sing with a hoarse voice.
- Eat 2-3 hours before sleeping: it causes acid reflux which can damage the vocal chords.
- Try to outvoice a crowd.
- Forget to sleep.
Do you maybe have any student activities to help teachers be quiet in case of sudden in-class loss of voice? Having a student assistant can be a lifesaver.
Hope I’ve helped.
Love to all,
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