Edutopia on Facebook
Edutopia on Twitter
Edutopia on Google+
Edutopia on Pinterest Follow Me on Pinterest
WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Does teaching require a sense of humor?

Does teaching require a sense of humor?

Related Tags: Classroom Management
More Related Discussions
21 3699 Views

Came across a great question on Google+ this week from a high school teacher in Texas: Does teaching require a sense of humor?

He linked to this article: "Reasons why high school teachers need a sense of humor." Here's one of my favorite quotes:

"Being a high school teacher requires a sense of humor. In a high school classroom you will encounter pranksters, gossips, ne'er-do-wells, cynics, and a whole slew of other teenagers well past their doe-eyed childhood. Sometimes teenage rebellion and adolescent angst has morphed eager-to-please youngsters into brooding, snappish proto-adults. A sense of humor can help prevent a teacher from blowing his or her stack as the flows of quips, complaints, and bickering never seem to cease."

While the article speaks specifically to high school teachers, I think this applies all around! How do you use humor in your classroom? Do you consider it part of your classroom management "tool belt?"

Comments (21)Sign in or register to postSubscribe to comments via RSS


blog The Agile Classroom

Last comment 1 day 6 hours ago in Classroom Management

Discussion Rewards for Students: Good or Bad?

Last comment 5 days 8 hours ago in Character Education

article Student Engagement: Resource Roundup

Last comment 3 weeks 1 day ago in Student Engagement

Discussion Don’t Trip Over The Bar: Thoughtful Planning for “Throw-Away” Days

Last comment 4 days 17 hours ago in Student Engagement

Discussion How to Teach Humility

Last comment 1 week 4 days ago in Character Education

Sign in and Join the Discussion! Not a member? Register to join the discussion.