School season has officially arrived!
This is the most exciting time of the year for kids and teenagers who are looking forward to learn and discover something new everyday. Not only that, it’s also the time for them to reunite with classmates-turned-to-friends, see their campus crushes, and another chance to perform better and make their parents (and themselves) proud.
For teachers and instructors, this should also mark as another year for exciting challenges. New set of students, new lesson plan, and, maybe, new style of teaching.
However, as much as this appears to be an exciting time for them, it’s also a time where they should take extra care of their throats. Throat problems are an occupational hazard for teachers. Since daily teaching and disciplinary activities bring a lot of stress on their throats, certain precautions should be taken to save their voices.
According to a study, 20% of teachers report missing work due to a voice issue, and one in 10 teachers are forced out of the profession due to voice constraints. With these in mind, as a teacher/instructor, how should you take care of your throat during the school season?
Take note of the following tips:
Give your body enough time to hydrate your vocal cords before your first class. Drink a lot of water. Drink water before going to bed and have 2 glasses after you get up, ideally before breakfast. A minimum of 2 litres will help to keep your voice lubricated.
Warm up your voice
Before undergoing non-stop talking inside the classroom, make sure you get your voice all warmed up! When you get out of bed, don’t shout, yell or talk too loudly. Start humming in the shower. If you teach, the first thing in the morning, warm-up in the car on the way to work. Do more humming, glides and repeat your favourite tongue twisters.
Maintain a good posture
Poor posture habits, such as twisting the neck around to talk to the class while writing on the board, strains the voice because it prevents the lungs projecting the voice properly. You may think this method is efficient, but the truth is it gives stress to your throat that may lead to it getting sore.
Take voice rests
Try to rest your voice in 15-minute increments a few times throughout the day. Use a bell (instead of your voice) to get students’ attention. Pro tip: Let your students do the talking with group exercises and student discussion. In this way, you do not only get to rest your voice, you are also helping hone your students’ communication skills.
Watch the throat clearing.
Take sips of water throughout the day to clear mucus and minimize the need for throat clearing and coughing. Try a softer, gentler clearing after taking a few sips of water.
When sore throat strikes
Most voice problems are easily fixed, pero para mapabilis ang paggaling ng lalamunan at agad na makabalik sa pagtuturo, use Sorexidine Gargle.
Sorexidine Gargle has chlorhexidine digluconate which helps kill germs that may cause sore throat. It is also used as a preventive mouth rinse for applications before dental treatments. It helps prevent tooth decay, gingivitis, and parodontitis.
Consult your doctor first before using this or any other medication.