ERIC Number: ED276028
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: 0
Learning through Laughter: Humor in the Classroom. Fastback 241.
Cornett, Claudia E.
Focusing on humor as a powerful instructional resource, this booklet addresses a variety of issues regarding humor in the elementary and secondary classroom. Thirteen ways in which humor can help teachers to achieve educational goals are presented, specifically that it (1) attracts attention and provokes thought, (2) liberates creative capacities, (3) helps gain friends, (4) improves communication, (5) soothes difficult moments, (6) can stimulate intercultural study, (7) promotes health, (8) develops a positive attitude and self-image, (9) motivates and energizes, (10) solves problems, (11) increases quality and quantity of students' reading, (12) reinforces desired behaviors, and (13) has entertainment value. An age-based, developmental sequence of a child's sense of humor, derived from various cognitive stage theories, is outlined. Next, the booklet postulates that knowledge of this progression and an awareness of the nature of humor enables teachers to help students analyze their own sense of humor, use humor appropriately in social situations, and speak and write creatively. The physical aspects of humor and the superiority and incongruity theories of humor are discussed and 11 reasons for including humor in one's daily routine to relieve stress are presented. Finally, a list of 49 currently used, practical teaching ideas for employing humor in the classroom are offered. A bibliography is included. (JD)
Descriptors: Behavior Patterns, Class Activities, Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Elementary Secondary Education, Humor, Instructional Innovation, Psychological Needs, Teacher Student Relationship, Teaching Guides, Teaching Methods
Phi Delta Kappa, Eighth and Union, Box 789, Bloomington, IN 47402 ($0.90).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, Bloomington, IN.
Note: This publication was sponsored by the Niagara Ontario Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa.