In order to improve their practice and student learning, what kind of training does a teacher need?
According to researchers in England, all of us should be taking voice lessons.
Teachers need expert voice coaching if they are not to bore children with monotonous lessons and damage their own health by shouting too much, a conference heard today.
Unemployed actors could provide training on how to project the voice and “perform” in class, said Philip Parkin, general secretary of the Professional Association of Teachers.
The call came after research showed that teachers with damaged voices that sounded hoarse or “breathy” often lost the attention of their pupils.
The only time I had voice problems was during the first two weeks of a new school year. After a couple of months talking like an adult, it was a shock to the vocal chords to be on stage in front of a room full of teens.