Yelling is not an effective teaching practice in preschool

Whether you call it yelling, hollering, or raising your voice – the reality is, yelling, hollering, or raising your voice to get the attention of your students is not an effective teaching practice.

Yelling makes you grumpy.
Yelling makes you tired.
Yelling increases your stress.

Yelling makes your students grumpy.
Yelling makes your students tired.
Yelling increases your student’s stress.

When you raise your voice often, the kids learn to tune it out.
Yelling models poor communication skills.
Yelling is disrespectful, intimidating, unprofessional, and hurtful.

The moral of this story is….

If what you have to say is important enough to hear…

Then find a way to say it so the kids will want to listen!

By |2010-11-15T21:19:13+00:00November 15th, 2010|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Natasha November 16, 2010 at 10:14 am - Reply

    Hopefully this post is not based on a situation that just Took place. 🙁 I must say, as a mother of a toddler and a preschooler, as well as a Middle School teacher, I couldn’t agree more — do we let them solve their problems in such a disrespectful way? Sure, our tone of voice might need to change at times; but in teacher’s college I remember someone saying something very powerful: THEY MAY NOT REMEMBER WHAT YOU SAID, BUT THEY’LL ALWAYS REMEMBER HOW YOU MADE THEM FEEL. 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart November 16, 2010 at 2:16 pm - Reply

      “THEY MAY NOT REMEMBER WHAT YOU SAID, BUT THEY’LL ALWAYS REMEMBER HOW YOU MADE THEM FEEL.” I love this statement Natasha. Just let me say I have had better days when I go into train or observe teachers:)

  2. Scott November 16, 2010 at 10:19 am - Reply

    Usually when I raise my voice, I’m just adding to the overall noise of the classroom – and running counter to what I want to happen. And they do block it out. A quieter voice often brings down the noise level – I’m modeling what I want them to do and they must be a little quieter just to hear what I’m saying. And a quiet, intense voice can communicate so much more than a loud one.

    • Deborah J. Stewart November 16, 2010 at 2:19 pm - Reply

      I agree Scott – using your voice wisely and effectively really takes a great deal of self awareness and a dedication to finding a way to positively and effectively reach children.

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