Controlling the Voice Level

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Summer has ended. The first few weeks are gone, and students are adjusting to the new normal. And if you’ve been in the classroom long, you know what that means. The voice level goes from almost non-existent to overload in a quick few days!

You know that the beginning of school is all about setting expectations and rules. In my opinion, I love this part of the year. If you are consistent with your rules and expectations, expect a great year!

Visuals Are Best!

Anything visual in your classroom will help students remember…well…anything really. However, you have to be creative! You can’t just slap a sign on the wall and expect your students to “ooo” and “ahh” over it.

Voice level in the classroom is so important. Of course, there is a time and a place for certain voice levels, and this chart does a fantastic job of showing your students your expectations.

Each scenario has a different voice level, and it’s your job as the teacher to set those expectations. Role play each scenario. Model the voice level for each. Do everything you can possibly do to teach your learners the proper level.

Of course, what I like about this visual are the lights that I added to it. What a great visual to show your students what level they should be on! I got my lights at The Dollar Tree, but you can also get them here.

You can grab this Voice Level chart below (lights are not included!) by clicking the download link below!

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