On October 18, Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales flew to Iloilo together with the AIB Training group to speak at the Teacher Induction Program for the teachers at DepEd’s Iloilo Division.
Over 500 teachers gathered at the Sarabia Manor Hotel to hear some of the best speakers in the country to help them cope up with the demands of the 21st century classroom – from leadership to their image and, of course, voice care.
Pocholo spoke for almost 2 hours about how teachers can take care of their voices. He started by talking about how voice is the most essential but most often overlooked instrument of teachers in fulfilling their vocation. He also shared his experience as a voice professional, and even showcased his talent of making character voices!
Pocholo also taught the teachers various exercises that they can use on a daily basis to prevent strain on their vocal folds. He then shared tips on what habits to develop in order to take care of the voice – such as drinking plenty of water, taking “voice naps” and avoiding caffeinated drinks.
The teachers were also asked to share their most common voice problems in writing, which is essential in helping Pocholo and his team in strengthening their advocacy for teachers’ vocal health.