Celebrating World Voice Day in the Classroom

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Have you heard of World Voice Day? On April 16, people around the globe celebrate the significance of our voices and the art of communication. As we approach World Voice Day, it’s an excellent opportunity to engage our students in conversations about the importance of vocal health and effective communication. This day, with its motto “Resonate. Educate. Celebrate,” serves as a reminder of the power of our voices and their impact on the world around us! Let’s explore how you can bring the celebration of World Voice Day into your classroom.

Engaging Students with World Voice Day:

Begin by introducing students to the background of World Voice Day. The official World Voice Day website provides resources and information to adapt and share with students. There, you’ll find background information on the history of World Voice Day, events scheduled around the world, social media graphics, and more. You can start with a simple, engaging activity where you write “World Voice Day 2024 – Resonate, Educate. Celebrate.” and have students, in a graffiti board fashion or other schema-activating activity, write everything they know, think they know, or want to know about the day and motto.

If there are no physical events in your area, engage your students in a collaborative brainstorming session. Ask them to imagine and create their own events for World Voice Day based on their understanding. Let them be as creative as they want! This activity fosters critical thinking and empowers students to take ownership of their learning.

Integration with Curriculum:

Since World Voice Day is about celebrating the phenomenon of the human voice and raising awareness about maintaining voice health, delve into the science of voice production and its connection to crucial topics like anatomy, physiology, and sound waves. Use World Voice Day to highlight the importance of maintaining a healthy voice and how it directly impacts our overall well-being. By discussing vocal hygiene practices, voice care strategies, and the role of vocal cords and resonance, we educate students about the mechanics of their voices and instill a sense of responsibility toward voice health. Let’s consider some additional integration opportunities:

  • Voice in Literature – Introduce a lesson on how voice is portrayed in literature. Students can analyze characters’ voices in their favorite books or explore how authors use their narrative voice to convey themes and emotions.
  • Voice in Art – Have students create artwork representing their voice’s meaning to them. These works could be self-portraits, abstract paintings, or collages.
  • Historical Voices – Discuss historical figures known for their impactful speeches. Students can study speeches from leaders like Martin Luther King Jr., Winston Churchill, Greta Thunberg, or Malala Yousafzai and reflect on how their voices resonated and led to change.
  • Music and Voice – Explore the role of voice in music by studying influential singers and the messages they share through their songs. This activity works well in music education and social studies.

Exploring Voice and Its Impact on the World:

Beyond the physical aspect, let’s delve into the transformative power of voice. Share with your students examples of individuals whose voices have made a significant impact, such as poet Amanda Gorman (check out Amanda Gorman poet lessons) or influential singers throughout history. You can play videos or share excerpts to illustrate the power of voice in inspiring and shaping ideas. Additionally, you can explore the classroom resources on TeachersFirst, where you can search for different podcast series like American Leaders Speak or Voices of the Holocaust. These podcasts provide powerful audio resources that can further enrich discussions about the impact of voice and communication in history and society. Take this concept one step further by encouraging students to create digital stories or podcasts where they can use their voices to share personal narratives or report on school events.

Promoting Respectful Communication:

Continually reinforce the power of voice and its impact on the world by promoting respectful communication in your classroom. Engage students in discussions about active listening, empathy, and effective communication skills. Emphasize respecting each other’s voices and perspectives in creating a positive classroom culture. Consider starting a debate club where students can practice articulating their thoughts respectfully and listening to differing viewpoints, fostering a culture of respectful communication.

Encouraging Teacher Engagement:

Lastly, our voices are essential tools in shaping the learning experience as educators. Share the significance of World Voice Day with your colleagues, emphasizing the importance of vocal health and communication skills for students and educators. Share tips with co-workers focused on vocal health and effective communication strategies.

Celebrating World Voice Day in the classroom goes beyond a single day of awareness. It’s about fostering a culture of effective communication, empathy, and respect. Please post your thoughts on your ideas and experiences about incorporating World Voice Day into your classroom in the comments below.

About the author: Erica De Los Santos

Erica De Los Santos is a Learning Experience Designer with a wide range of experiences in education. From her work in the Peace Corps, to helping teachers as a SEL and Cultural Proficiency and Inclusiveness Specialist, she has developed a deep understanding of pedagogical practices that help teachers to propel all students to academic success. When she’s not working on classroom applications, Erica enjoys running and works to develop inclusive environments for other runners.

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