We had a voice workshop today; a much necessitated interactive workshop for some members of our group who find projecting their voice difficult. I’ve been lucky enough to have had numerous Speech and Drama lessons, as well as opportunities to speak in public; I’m also quite a loud person so for me, standing in front of a class is easy – but, as with everything, it’s not for everyone!
The woman who ran the workshop was fantastic. She taught us some neat little tricks for projecting our voice without straining it, showed us some truly horrific images of nodules and laryngitis and how, essentially, damaging your voice will as a teacher spell out the end of your career. Gargling, drinking water, juice, flavoured tea, not shouting, remaining calm, taking deep breaths and adopting a private vs. teacher persona will all ensure you have the ability and confidence to stand in front of a class and be heard. The worst thing that can happen is for a class to be disengaged, not because of the content of the class but because of you as the teacher.
The rest of the day was so-so with a completely pointless essay-writing workshop (again) at lunchtime. But I only need to go to one more of those and I’m pretty sure I know what I’m doing now!
We have a school visit tomorrow (hooray!), which should be really good. It’s all about creativity within the curriculum. Can’t wait.