“There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.”- Charles Dickens
“If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you.” – George Bernard Shaw
When children stretch into their middle and high school years, school often becomes the bane of their adolescent existence. The early hours. The boring classes. The homework. The cafeteria food.
School becomes a prison. Learning becomes a chore. This attitude produces disgruntled, uninspired learners who see educators as straight-faced, apple-eating wardens forcing them to learn.
Though the Common Core Standards do not recognize it as a measurable objective, laughter is a powerful emotional experience that according to research, induces a positive affect and inspires a willingness to learn new things.
Blending humor with instruction is an effective strategy in building trust and community in the classroom. When educators laugh, when educators treat school more like play, students reap the rewards. The educator who embraces laughter is teaching their students that learning, and all its rigors, is meant to be a pleasurable experience not a lengthy prison sentence.
Here are some simple strategies for injecting humor int your classroom:
- Leave a joke book on your desk and start each class by reading a joke ( You can also do this when students seem to be losing interest)
- Occasionally tell funny, personal stories (Embarrassing personal stories are always popular!)
- Have students journal about funny experiences or funny things ( movies, books, people)
- Create a bulletin board of funny quotes
- Hang a picture of your awkward, adolescent self up in the classroom
- Include cartoon strips on handouts
- Embed funny youtube clips in your class presentations
Teach like a champion today,
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