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|Description||Talking Voice provides twilight sessions for teachers on vocal care, development and effective classroom communication. Teachers need to look after their voice and learn how the messages they give out impact on students. Delivered in person..|
|Categories||Primary, Secondary, Higher, Teaching and Learning, Early Years/Foundation, Further education, 14-19, Support Staff, Teaching staff, Learning Support, Pupil Support, Other support staff, Advanced Skills Teacher, Excellent Teacher, Main-scale (core) teacher, Newly Qualified Teacher, Supply / Peripatetic teacher, Trainnee (pre-QTS) teacher, Teacher trainer, Personal Development, Cross-curricular Themes, Facilities, Work-life Balance, Personalised Learning, Classroom Management, In school, After-school meetings, Speech / Seminar, Feedback, Individualised Instruction, Mentoring, Teacher Enquiry, Coaching / Mentoring, PSHE, Provides approaches to sustain the benefits once the mentoring stops, Provides approaches for comparing what a learner is doing right now and wrong before , Supports effective professional development for teachers, Provides approaches for individualised learning tasks activities , Raising Aspirations/Expectations, Out of hours learning|
|Learning outcomes for participants/users and, where relevant, pupils or students||
In this session, teachers discover about their default voice and start the process of learning how to develop a more effective voice for the classroom.
Integral to the development of tone of voice and speed and pitch comes the use of posture and gesture. All this is synthesied and explored within the session. Vocal exercises highlight how teachers can take control of their voice and the impact this has on both teacher and student. The session is fun, interactive and informative and is highly rated by participants.
|Evidence underpinning this approach||
Over the course of a career, most teachers will suffer some voice dysfunction and not know how to resolve it. Until it goes wrong, most people do not think about their voice, yet take a lot of information from the tone and quality of a speaking voice whiel listening. The impact of the teaching voice can be seen in the behaviour of students (a strident voice will bring about higher levels of disruption whereas a monotonous voice will de-energise students or may even cause further disruption from boredom). However robust a voice, teachers benefit from understanding how this vital tool of the trade works
|How users/participants can evaluate success||
Talking Voice asks that each participant takes away 3 things they can use immediately from the session - whether that is breathing before speaking, thinking about posture, voice projection or any number of other things highlighted during the time. Teachers report that having participated they have much greater awarenes of the impact of teaching on the voice and are able to monitor more effectively and make subtle changes in order to protect their own voice and therefore be more effective in theri communication. Working on finding a balanced voice in the classroom gives participants greater control over nuanced speech and for the teacher, the knowledge feeds into their overall well being and understanding of how they are seen - and heard - by others.
|Follow-up activities and support||
Every participant is given a professionally printed follow up leaflet, reminding teachers what they have done in the session, what can be done moving forward and giving out contact details for the talking Vocie website and links to a unique vocal exercise CD created by Janet and 'Talking Teachers' - a book published in both print and eBook formats, written by Janet Shell for teachers on vocal health, development and classroom communication skills
The session is delivered by founder and directof of Talking Voice, Janet Shell and lasts for up to 2 hours. Janet will travel to the venue and each session uses a mix of teacher led activites and interaction between participants. Participants are invited to enjoy a variety of practical and theoretical learning activites from a former teacher, now professional singer and voice coach.
Janet requires power point with sound and brings most most other resources. She asks for 2-3 sheets to be printed for each participant to use during the session.