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How to Stop Yelling (and Use Your Voice More Effectively)

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Part of our job as teachers is to get students’ attention as we transition from one activity to the next, line up from recess, or give further instructions when students are working in groups. And for most of us, our natural instinct to get the attention of our class is by yelling or speaking in a louder tone. I’ll admit, I was guilty of this at the beginning of my career, but I soon realized that the sound of my voice didn’t have to be loud in order to be powerful. 

I speak heavily about classroom management on this podcast and the various strategies you can implement in order to create an effective and successful classroom. But the one tool I have never shared about, yet is equally as powerful, is the use of your voice. Over the years I learned that the tone and volume of my voice directly impacted my students’ behavior and overall tone of the classroom, which therefore, affected my classroom management. 

In my first few years of teaching, I didn’t have the tools and strategies that we talk about here on the podcast to prevent myself from defaulting to yelling to get my students’ attention. However, I learned over time more effective ways to get their attention quickly without yelling. In today’s episode, I’m sharing seven strategies you can start using in your classroom that don’t involve you yelling. Instead, you’ll be able to start using your voice as a powerful tool to manage your classroom more effectively.

You’re not alone if you find yourself yelling to get the attention of your students; we’ve all been there. But through this episode, you will learn that your voice is a powerful and effective tool that is more successful when it’s quiet and calm. Here you’ll find the strategies and tools you need to use your voice as the most effective tool in classroom management. 

Want more classroom management hacks, strategies, and ideas? Make sure you take my new masterclass, 5-Step Classroom Management Reset, where you’ll learn new and creative ways to hit the reset button on how you structure your classroom management and streamline it to make it more effective. Did I mention it was free?! Be sure to sign up today!

Inside this week's show, you'll learn:

  • Seven strategies on how to use your voice more effectively and how it benefits your classroom management
  • Ways the sound and tone of your voice directly impacts the overall tone of your classroom and student behaviors
  • The power of a pause and thinking before we speak
  • How to get students involved in classroom discussions and connecting with them through stories

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I hope this information is helpful as you prepare for your first, second, or third year of teaching. Until next time, remember, just because you're a beginning elementary teacher, there's no need for you to struggle like one.

💛 Lori

Dr. Lori Friesen | Beginning Teacher Mentor

Creator of the R.E.A.D.Y. for School Academy, Dr. Lori Friesen has mentored thousands of beginning teachers across the country through her workshops and courses. Host of the popular podcast, Beginning Teacher Talk, and creator of the innovative literacy program for 1st and 2nd grade, Dogs Help Kids Read and Succeed, Dr. Lori is dedicated to serving educators and inspiring learners. Learn more at and at

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