- I relied on a bit of charades and hand motions to get through my reading groups.
- I modeled without any words during my word work time. My students completed the computer word work activity beautifully!
- For math, I switched things up a bit. I created a powerpoint with the important points on how to use a number line to add. I typed up everything I would say during the lesson and recorded my husband’s voice saying it. I used Garage Band and then inserted it into the powerpoint as media! Walah! I didn’t need to speak although I did have to act out what he was saying by pointing to the board and hopping along the number line. My students recognized my husband’s voice and LOVED it.
- Lunch was a breeze. Hand motions to sit down & shush worked well.
- How did I give directions for the day or teach my writing and social studies lessons? With a voki! If you haven’t used one, you must try it. A voki is an animated character who can talk for you. All you do is type what you want it to say. There are TONS of characters and lots of voices with accents. President Obama and Brittany Spears even gave a few directions today.
Monday, November 5, 2012
The Day the Teacher Lost Her Voice!
Today was the first day in 20 years of teaching, I have had to teach without a voice. At first, I didn’t think it could be done and I thought about getting a sub. But then I got to thinking about how I could make the best of it. Here’s how I survived the day with a little help from my friends: technology, lip reading and miming.