Creating a Positive Learning Environment

Energize Your Classroom With Humor

I found this article quite entertaining as I quite enjoy the use of humour in my classroom and it was nice to see the actual benefit of it in the classroom setting. This article articulated the fact that there are many purposes of humour in the classroom including gaining and maintaining student’s attention, and promoting critical thinking and creativity.  First, this will improve my instruction because, as the article points out, students cannot laugh and snore at the same time. The students become engaged with the instructor and subject matter if they find it humorous.  Second, by using fun scenarios for students to work through, they can develop their problem solving skills in a way that does not seem like work. Learning outcomes can be achieved in very creative ways.

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