Humor in the classroom:

It’s summer so it’s time to reflect on some of our teaching practices and what we can do to improve them. It’s a healthy activity and one that should be taken seriously but not so seriously that we berate ourselves for making some mistakes. After all, we’re only human.

One thing that any wise teacher should “seriously” consider is having fun in the classroom. Why not take advantage of humor to get your ideas across? I’ve listened to some comedy routines that could be used as grammar exercises.  Jerry Seinfeld has a skit dealing with the words “down” and “up”.  He says that as children we were always told to “sit down,” “settle down,” “quiet down” and “stay down” or  they were told to “sit up” straight, not to “stay up” late, and that they should “get up” early.

Comedy can also be used with debatable topics. What do most comedians usually do anyway?  They make fun of ordinary events. Things as simple as going to the grocery store or visiting the family doctor can turn into a hilarious situation. One popular topic that frequently pops up is that of food consumption.  Whether it be eating an ice cream cone on a hot summer day or baking cupcakes for the first time, there’s bound to be something laughable to discuss with a classmate or post on a blog.

When you have your students discuss daily activities that involve humor, the class seems to be more enjoyable.  Students will come away with a bit more knowledge and a healthy attitude towards life in general. So let’s “lighten up” a bit!~~LMMolina

A little bit of humor in the classroom

Humor is by far the most significant activity of the human brain.
–Edward De Bono

I would not have survived some 35 plus years in the classroom if I hadn’t had some sense of humor. Any teacher who can’t laugh at her own mistakes (and learn from them!), won’t last very long.
With things changing so rapidly and at the same time others becoming tedious, it’s a wonder that some people in the field of education decide to opt out of the classroom and pursue other interests. Sometimes I can’t blame them. The teaching profession has to be embraced with a passion! And having a strong sense of humor can go a long way to preserving that passion.
Educating youngsters in today’s world is a challenge. You have to keep your wits intact, be on your toes and laugh at yourself if only to release the frustration that usually builds up after an exhausting day with tuned-out minds. Developing a sense of humor is a must if one wants to survive.
Use cartoons, funny video clips or even the students’ own life experiences to bring some humor into the classroom. A moment of laughter can be turned into a learning opportunity. Seize that moment and you’ll go a long way to keeping those wandering minds on track!

Check out www.andertoons.com for funny cartoons to use in the classroom.