Many times my sister has mentioned to me, “Can you use your teacher voice because it is nicer than your sister voice?” As I continue to learn about the qualities and attributes of the ideal teacher, I wonder if I am developing my teacher voice. The answer is yes. From my experience and coursework, I had begun to modify the way I speak. This might sound ridiculous but word choice and tone can affect student’s learning negatively or positively. A teacher with a strong voice might sound upset in comparison to a teacher who uses a soft voice. Mastering different tones is ideal for all teachers. Students become aware of the direction of instruction with the tone the teacher uses. Most of the time, the effective teacher has a permanent tone that can invoke love and attention all at the same time. Additionally, the effective teacher never yells.
Word choice is very important when using a teacher voice. In fact, I often practice using words or phrases that will cause students to reflect. An effective teacher can motivate and direct using the appropriate word choice. Also, when a teacher uses correct word choice, he or she can make students feel loved and cared for. Which allows me to make the following bold claim: When students feel loved and cared for by their teacher, they are more likely to be motivated to perform in class.
As my student-teacher adventures continue I do have a role model for my ideal teacher voice. My methods professor, Bobbi Hansen has one of the best teacher voices, I have ever experienced. Yes, listening to a master teacher voice is an experience! Listening to her calm and soothing voice made students and myself feel loved and cared for. I remember going motivated and willing to work in class because I felt secure. There are other professors who had a great teacher voice at USD and I often admire the way they speak. I am glad that even at the graduate level there are still professors with a great teacher voice. At my student-teaching placements, both teachers have an excellent teacher voice. At the kindergarten site, my master teacher often mentioned that the teacher voice is one of the great ways to model communication. In the fifth grade site, the master teacher uses her teacher voice to model the usage of academic language. As I continue to grow professionally, student-teaching is a great opportunity to put my teacher voice to work.
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Michelle Villasenor is a elementary teacher that focuses on educational technology and student-centered learning. She holds a Masters of Education in Curriculum Instruction from University of San Diego.