RESPECT. A great way to teach elementary students about respect is to teach them how to use a respectful tone of voice. One of the most important social skills to teach, is using the appropriate Tone of Voice, for a given situation.
The tone of your voice communicates what you feel, about that topic. Your tone of voice can give a stronger message than your words.
Often, teachers ask me for help with students who use disrespectful or unkind tone.
As you can imagine, it is very important to teach these students that, how you say something, can change the meaning of what you are saying. It can cause your listeners to have hurt or confused feelings. It can even give the message that you don’t really mean what you are saying, ie. sarcasm.
Here Are 6 Tips For Making Your Voice Tone Sound More Friendly:
- Vary your pitch: use high and low. A high pitch can sound excited, angry or upset. Low pitch can sound bored, sad, or uninterested
- Watch your voice volume…not too loud, not too soft. Try to find the “just right” volume for the situation
- Don’t mumble: speak clearly so you can be heard and understood best.
- Smile: Smiling helps you to feel happy which then helps your tone to sound happier.
- Breath: Breathing helps to control your pitch and volume.
- Slow Down: Draw out your words…don’t talk too quickly
Aware or or Unaware?
Some students are completely unaware of their tone; the emotional message they are sending. And some, are aware and are intending to send that message.
If you have students who are unaware of their tone, practicing tone of voice with fun activities such as the one I am sending you, can be super helpful.
And for those who are intentionally delivering a disrespectful message, you will need to accompany this activity with some more explicit work on why we need to be respectful and may need to dive deeper into why they are being disrespectful, i.e what is the cause of this behavior. Check back for more on that topic soon!
To get more information and some Great Freebies, head on over to this blog post with lots of great tips and enjoy this FREE Tone of Voice Activity. I hope this activity helps your students learn how and why to use a respectful tone of voice.
Thanks So Much and Happy Teaching!
Cindy ~Socially Skilled Kids