Find your natural
voice and maintain it!
|Vocal Tip of the Month!
common cold season has already taken its course. Getting
by this virus is no fun and unfortunately almost inevitable for us
teachers considering its omnipresence in our schools.
are my top 5 tips to prevent it or get over it as quickly
and smoothly as possible:
1) Take calcium and vitamin C supplements everyday to keep an
alkaline Ph level in your body and make it less vulnerable to
2) Wash your hands often, keep them away from your face and
touching door knobs with bare hands to open doors. Be
considerate of others;
cough in your sleeve rather than in your hands to avoid spreading the
3) Use organic menthol, eucalyptus and camphor based products
to treat a sore throat and congested nose.
4) Drink lots of water to keep your vocal cords hydrated.
Add a little bit of raw honey to your cup of water to gently
your dried and sore throat. Better yet, add some lemon and
its steam to relieve a stuffy nose.
5) Stay home and rest for your own sake and everybody else's!
is estimated that over 1 billion people suffer from the common cold
year in the United States. In 1994, a survey revealed that
62 million persons contracted the virus is the U.S.A. That is
62,000,000 per year,
5,166,666 per month,
1,192,307 per week,
169,863 per day,
7,077 per hour,
117 per minute,
1 per second.* That same survey showed that colds
million lost school days and 24 million bed days in the U.S.A.
1996, colds were blamed for 45 million restricted activity days.
I wish I could have found more recent statistics about how
quickly this nasty virus spreads and affects us. However, with the
population constantly increasing
one can only assume that this is not improving... Click here
to find out more!
Diagnosis. Statistics About Common Cold,
to my colleagues and all teachers for
completing your report cards and
surviving the first term! I hope you witnessed many rewarding
academic and personal successes in your classrooms and had
constructive parent interviews. Now that your routine is
established and that you know a little more about your students,
remember to be kind to yourself and always remain your number one
priority. Make time for your family and treat yourself to
whatever makes you happy from time to
a different note, voice issues often start arising around this time
of the year. Please feel free to post any questions you may
about the voice on my new Message
and I will try to answer to the best of my abilities.
Yourself in the Classroom
|Inspiring Quotes and Stories...
|I was watching the
movie Evan Almighty
the other night and I would like to share with you my favourite quote
from that movie. It goes something like this (forgive me if
not 100% accurate; I didn't write it down when I heard it and I am now
just remembering it from the top of my head): "If
you pray God for patience, do you think God if gonna give you patience?
No. God is gonna give you opportunities to be
teaching children or discussing with parents, I feel like
children often expect themselves or parents sometimes expect them to be
perfect on the first try. And so, as a teacher I see a
to this quote in that success or perfection cannot be gained instantly.
It is rather
opportunities leading to perfection that define who our students are
and how successful they will become. Plus,
nobody said it would be easy! Embrace
difficulties and weaknesses as opportunity to learn and better yourself
than fear the ego within.
I think it's wonderful
to be able to provide learning opportunities to young souls and
hopefully make a difference in their life. Isn't teaching the
best job ever?!