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11/22/08 8:45 P

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Not only water, but things that create saliva, like lemon drops, lozenges, gum. Maybe even a humidifier in the classroom if it's always dry.

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11/22/08 1:36 P

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I lost my voice while I was student teaching but it was because I was ill. However, I agree with many others when I say the kids (I teach HS) had never behaved better! We were reading Shakespeare, so it worked out since they were already reading in parts so minimal talking for me. I just wrote all instrutions on the board and it ended up working out fine. I hope you get your voice back soon! If your school wants to send you home again, I would explain (try to without talking!) that you feel fine so you aren't spreading germs and that you don't have any sick days to make these up with and that you'd really rather stay. Hopefully your cooperating teacher is on your side.

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11/22/08 12:44 P

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Yes, bless all you student teachers. This is my first year to have a student teacher and it is awesome! I'm very sad she is leaving us in December. I lose my voice all the time. Water, water, and water! (And NO antihistamines). I have sung and taught voice, and now teach drama, so we all lose our voices on occasion.

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11/22/08 12:06 A

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I don't know if you are plain old sick or if there is something in your environment contributing to your problem. My hubby used to kid me that I shouldn't yell at the kids so much. I was never the yelling type. It turns out I was allergic to an unvented kiln, permanent magic marker fumes (70's...don't use such toxic supplies anymore) and dust in the supply room. Could your problem be environmental or is it just a garden variety cold?

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11/21/08 5:52 P

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consider wearing a scarf or turtleneck to keep the muscles warm in your throat and shoulders. These all connect to the voicebox/vocal folds.

Good Luck!

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11/21/08 3:54 P

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Someone already hit it - hot tea (any really) with LEMON. The citrus helps quite a bit.

I also lost my voice once and taught the whole day silently - I couldn't even whisper! Surprisingly, my students were never better behaved.

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11/21/08 5:34 A

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Even whispering will irritate your vocal cords, so rest your voice as much as possible. Thank goodness for the upcoming weekend. Wishing you a speedy recovery!

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11/20/08 10:57 P

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Looking at all the other entries I got an idea. A Whispering day". It'll teach the kids self-control as well as compassion while you recover. The things to do for yourself have pretty much all been said here, except one that my niece turned me on to: honey toast. It is yummy and I take mine with tea w/honey & lemon for added boost. Hot, steamy showers and hot steamy foods as well will help you out. Feel better soon. Laurie and Rascal. emoticon emoticon emoticon



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11/20/08 10:04 P

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I discovered kids can be great when you don't have a voice. They will quiet way down to hear you. Hopefully, you're having this nice experience. Then you realize they really care about you and don't want you to hurt your throat or strain your voice.

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tea with lemon and honey is probably your best bet. Whispering to the students is a REALLY GOOD idea. As a speech therapist, I can tell you the more you try to speak loudly, the more stress you are putting on your vocal chords and the longer it will take you to heal. A day or two of whispering will make you better MUCH FASTER. I had the opposite experience. I called in sick my first year of teaching...I was a teacher at a school for the deaf. The principal asked if I had a fever,etc. I told him no. I was recovering from bronchitis over the weekend and had no voice. He told me to come to school anyway. The children were deaf and would be fine without my voice for a day!


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11/20/08 6:51 P

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Wow, I agree with the others. I'd rather go in at half capacity than plan for a sub! I think the district appreciates it too. Good luck tomorrow!


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11/20/08 6:15 P

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yes, YAY for student teaching... I guess I need to try and not stress about it... and just wait till tomorrow and see what happens.

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11/20/08 5:56 P

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If you can't be there 100%, don't come? So teachers aren't allowed to have laryngitis? or be on crutches? WTF? There are many days I shouldn't be at work if I can't be there 100%. I get bronchitis 2-4 times per year--for about a week afterward, I have limited vocal abilities....If your doctor didn't say stay home, they should have no reason to send you home.

I would rest my voice the best I can. Use steam--hot shower or vaporizer--to loosen any crud that is blocking the larynx or trachea. (Also something like Vicks vapo-rub can help if you have congestion that is causing part of the problem.) The point out that you have to learn how to deal with similar situations and go about doing you job.

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11/20/08 5:54 P

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If you are feeling Ok and not spreading germs then I think the lesson is how to adapt to the situation in the best way possible. I can't see our school system ever saying that someone should stay home unless they were really sick. (I guess it is clear that they are not paying you, or wouldn't be paying for a sub if you weren't there.) I still think it is a valuable lesson to know what to do in case of having no voice. Your lesson sounded like a good idea to me!

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Right now it's third grade... my kids did that too. I had them doing an activity looking in the grocery ad to figure up change, well they were really excited and I thought it went well... The management might not have been the best, but it was a great lesson. Anyways I kinda got a talking to about if I can't be there 100% then don't be there.

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The salt water was my first idea but since you are already doing that, add a zinc lozenge and rest. What do you teach? (One of my best days teaching Kindergarten was when I could only whisper. It was the quietest day ever. All the kids whispered all day too! :-) We actually had fun.

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11/20/08 5:13 P

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Ok, so I lost my voice, I have already gone to the doctor before losing it but I tried teaching a lesson today and I didn't really have a voice at all!!! I was sent home. Anyway I feel absolutely fine, no sore throat anything so my medicine must be working. Does anyone have any suggestions, tips, home remedies that might help me get my voice back on track for tomorrow?

I've never lost my voice before at all. I've been hoarse but it's never been gone. And I would think I'd be in a lot of discomfort but I'm not.

It's just that I'm doing my student teaching and the days to make time up really aren't there so I'm a little worried about it.

I have an important lesson to do tomorrow so yes, any help would be great.

I'm already not talking, gargling with salt water, drinking tea with honey and lemon, and resting. Also continuing with the medicine the doctor prescribed.

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