5 reasons for teachers not to raise their voice in class
We all know that some students can be challenging and test our patience from time to time. As a teacher, we must find creative ways to deal with these challenging situations so that they do not disrupt the class with their noise. Our first reaction may be to raise our voice in response to the student; however, this is not a good idea. When dealing with these issues, be sure to think about the reasons that a teacher should never raise their voice, which are listed below.
It isn’t effective long-term
If you are always yelling at your students, they will quickly learn that they do not need to listen to you unless you are yelling. You will probably find that you are being forced to raise your voice constantly, just to get your students to listen to normal directions that do not require discipline.
You will realize after several bouts of yelling that you have to get louder and louder just to keep the class in control. This is a good long-term strategy. You will need a better classroom management strategy to keep your class in line, and your cool.
Yelling cannot be appreciated
If your students are constantly complaining to their parents that you yell at them, you are most likely going to be getting an earful when it comes to teacher appraisal or parent – teacher conferences. You will also not be able to defend yourself very well and the focus will fall from the student’s performance onto you as a teacher.
You should also note that raising your voice to confront a student leaves him or her no room – they feel like they’re backed up against the wall and the only way to respond to your loud voice is to raise theirs. This is a lose-lose situation that no one -the rest of the class included – can appreciate.
It increases your blood pressure and stress levels
By raising your voice, you are letting your student’s know that their behavior is getting to you. Some students love to make teachers feel frustrated and when you show that you are becoming so, will only escalate their bad behavior. Be sure to keep your cool, both for your sake and the sake of your students.
Some teachers feel burn-out, exhausted, or even moody after a long day of yelling and raising their voice in an effort to control the class. Not only this is ineffective, your physical and mental well-being is also affected.
You start to lose control
Raising your voice is a poor reflection of you as a teacher. It lets both students and other teacher alike know that you are not in control of the classroom and that you are letting the students dictate how things happen during class. There are other ways to remain in control of your students without looking bad in front of your peers and your students.
The problem with losing control is representative of the respect your students have for you. When you start losing control, you lose respect. In the classroom setting you would like students to respect you. However respect is a two-way street and it usually requires a model the other party can follow after. Do not let anger or frustration get the better of you and lose control.
Your students won’t like you
Even though you are not there to be their friend, all teachers want their students to like them. There is a reason for this; a student cannot learn from someone they do not like. The late Rita Pierson was a strong advocate of this. If you are known as the teacher who yells at everyone, students will dread taking your class and will therefore not learn as much. You want to create an environment for your students where they can enjoy learning from you without the added noise of you yelling.
Sometimes teachers have difficult students or classes that want to make them pull their hair out. However, it is never a good idea to raise your voice in anger towards your students. Instead, work with your principal and fellow teachers to learn new methods of controlling your class. If all else fails, take a few deep breaths to calm yourself down. As they say, “anger” is just a letter away from “danger”.
Of course, if you’re like the teacher below, we might need a little more than classroom management to help the situation.
What are some methods you use to calm yourself when you’re frustrated in class?