A hands-on, how-to guide for effective and enjoyable teaching practice
Using Humour in the Classroom provides a hands-on, how-to guide to enhancing classroom practice through unwrapping the variety of opportunities that humour offers. By using humour, you can remain playful and enthused about your work as a teacher. In a playful classroom, too, your students can grow to recognise the joy in life, in learning and in work, because humour is one of the keys to joy.
In general, teachers don’t play as much in class as they used to. There are understandable reasons for their seriousness:
Yet in this serious environment there is particular need for humour. Recent research tends to support the widely held belief that young people learn from people they like and respect. With good interpersonal skills, teachers can build the rapport needed to help students achieve. Interpersonal skills include: being aware of moods or states; using communication skills to enlist cooperation; listening reflectively; guiding rather than controlling; and being respectful, polite and non-judgmental, yet firm and insistent. Each of these skills is strengthened by an ability to use humour effectively.
This resource therefore promotes the use of humour in the classroom as a way to build rapport, encourage student achievement and growth, and make your job more satisfying. It deals with some central ideas about humour in the classroom, addressing both its major advantages and how to avoid the pitfalls that are associated with it. Also underlying this resource is the aim of showing in a practical sense how you can nurture humour in your classroom and harness it to make your practice more effective. Using Humour in the Classroom will sustain, support and surprise you as you develop and refine your teaching skills amid the challenges of the modern classroom.
Early Years, 5-8 Years, 8-12 Years, 12-15 Years
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