Why Use Humour? (3250)

Humour is a tool that has what it takes to get students eager and engaged to learn  – isn’t that every educator’s goal?

Humour helps kids stay focused on the lesson and according to researcher Mary Kay Morrison; it maximizes learning and strengthens memories which translates to better student outcomes.

I think we need humour in our classroom and here’s why:

  • Humour can entice students to attend class for the pure entertainment value, learning is just the bonus.
  • Humour creates a positive, fun, comfortable learning environment and puts students at ease.
  • Humour breaks down the intimidation factor between teacher and student.
  • Humour accesses higher order thinking skills. (e.g. cartoons )
  • Humour allows student to learn without their knowing they are learning.
  • Humour can relieve test anxiety, especially when humour is incorporated into the exam.      (Based on Bill Simpkins – Humour in the Classroom retrieved from: www.youtu.be/KPXxyz99BVT)

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About bevstanwood

I am a student of VCC's Provincial Instructor Diploma Program. I began the program in July 2015 and am currently working on course content that requires posting my assignments, journal entries and resources on a personal blog site.
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