He taught them how to breathe deeply, from the diaphragm, to project, and to be ready to speak before they open their mouths.
With that in mind, I started approaching baby voice as yet another practice to be overcome, much like habitual disorganization or shouting in the halls.
In my last teaching job, I was lucky enough to teach my students for three years in a row, and I took great delight in watching them grow and mature as thinkers.
But after a few years of listening to girls make smart and insightful points with tentative, childish voices, I felt compelled to intervene.
I became even more concerned when I realized that the trend could be interpreted as something more sinister than mere vocal affectation.
I also worked to instill these lessons in all my students.
I incorporated a lot more public speaking in all of my classes.
Her classmates and teachers started listening to her.
By the end of her eighth grade year, she had emerged an academic and social leader.
In an interview with the , Bell explained, “I think what I find most unfortunate about it is that it’s diminutive, it’s sort of diminishing. It’s not even justified by, ‘Oh, she was born with that.’ It’s learned.”, felt that Lake Bell was unfairly “dissing women’s voices,” that “women who are smaller may have narrower vocal folds, which will lead to a higher pitch.” However, when I consider whether my students are expressing themselves with confidence, I’m not looking for pitch.