A teacher’s most important tools are their voice and healthy communication.

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Education is an art – it must speak to the child’s experience. To educate the whole child, his heart and his will must be reached, as well as the mind.’ (Rudolf Steiner).

The tool of the teacher is the voice. The voice can inspire and enliven, facilitating an engaging learning experience for students of all ages.

However the voice should not be taken for granted – numerous studies have identified certain vocations, including teachers, as being at higher risk of occupational voice disorders. A study of teachers in South Australia showed 16% of teachers reporting voice problems on the day of the survey, with 20% reporting problems during the current year, with females twice as likely to report problems than males (1998, Russell et al…).

Studies have shown that more effective teachers do more than their less effective colleagues in establishing rules and procedures at the beginning of the year.

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All teachers require positive strategies to manage classroom disruptions and inappropriate classroom behaviours for the optimum learning of all students, and for their own professional development and career satisfaction. Building strong teacher-student relationships is the first step to creating a harmonious classroom atmosphere, increasing engagement and achievement. Positive teacher – student relationships enable students to feel safe and secure in their learning environments and provide scaffolding for important social and academic skills (Baker et al., 2008; O’Connor, Dearing and Collins, 2011; Silver, Measelle, Armstron, & Essex, 2005).