May 12, 2014

Try This When You're Teaching Kids and You'll Keep Their Attention

One mistake I see people make when they are teaching kids is keeping their voice at the same level the entire lesson.

A good communicator with kids will vary his or her voice level throughout the lesson.  They will vary between loud, medium, and a faint whisper.

When you keep the same voice level the entire lesson (monotone), you begin to sound like Charlie Brown's teacher.  When this happens, kids will tune you out.

To vary your voice level, you have to be intentional.  Identity parts of the lesson where you will whisper.  Identify parts of the lesson where you will be loud.  Identify parts of the lesson where you will maintain a normal tone.

Try it the next time you teach and watch the kids' engagement improve.

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