Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales, together with Voice Care Philippines’ Executive Director Ada Cuaresma, shared their expertise once again to about 150 teachers during the launch of “Creative Ako! Educators Congress” school caravan launch on June 12, 2015 at the San Andres Sports Complex, Manila.
The VoiceMaster introduced the Generation Z to the teachers, the young people who dominate the classrooms of today. He explained their lifestyle, behaviors and mindset, and how their lives are built around the social media and the internet. He also gave tips and techniques on how to handle them in the classroom.
Ada then did a mini-workshop on Voice Care for Teachers. She explained the challenges and demands for the teacher’s voice in the classroom. She then gave exercises to help improve posture and breathing, and also gave voice care tips.
The workshop ended with 3 teachers sharing their experiences having voice problems in their profession.
Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales, together with Voice Care Executive Director Ada Cuaresma conducted the Voice Care for Teachers workshop as part of the In-service training of the University of the Assumption, Pampanga on June 1, 2015.
About 300 teachers gathered to learn about how to take care of their most valuable teaching asset. The 2-hour workshop started with the VoiceMaster talking about the Generation Z – the youth of this generation that make up majority of the classroom population. He explained the different behaviors and lifestyle of these young people, so that the teachers can understand their students better.
This was followed by Voice Care Philippines’ Executive Director, Ada Cuaresma, who tackled the subject of vocal health. Ada discussed the threats and vocal demands being placed on the teacher’s voice. She also had the class perform exercises to practice and experience the process.
Towards the end of the workshop, the floor was given to the teachers to share their own stories of having voice problems as part of their vocation. The Voice Care team also announced their upcoming book, “Voice Care for Teachers” written by none other than the VoiceMaster.
The Voice Care Philippines team conducted a 1-day Voice Care for Teachers workshop for the 30+ faculty members of Harrell Horne Integrated School in Imus, Cavite on May 12, 2015. Their daily devotion was immediately followed by some opening remarks and introduction to the workshop by the principal, Mrs. Luz Villanueva.
The first half of the workshop was conducted by Voice Care Philippines Ada Cuaresma. Ada discussed the different factors that make teachers prone to developing voice problems – the environment, their students and their vocal use. She then went into teaching the science of voice production, and did several exercises with the participants to create awareness on how their body affects the way voice is produced, especially their posture and breathing. The participants also went through a “vocal workout” – a series of body and vocal exercises that serve as a warmup for vocally-challenging activities, such as classroom teaching. Ada also discussed the different types of voice disorders – their causes, symptoms and treatments.
In the afternoon, Andrew San Fernando did a session on “Voice Acting for Effective Teaching.” Andrew started his entertaining yet insightful presentation by sharing his own experience as a voice artist. He then went on to discuss the various elements of voice that teachers can use to create variety in the way they teach in class, especially for students of the today that have short attention span and access to more information outside the classroom. The participants performed exercises and activities to explore their pitch range, challenge their vocal power and create character voices.
At the end of the day, some teachers shared their feedback on what they learned from the workshop, and how they can use their learning going forward.