Social & Emotional Learning (SEL)
Laugh It Up: It’s Good Medicine
Telling a joke to the class — or letting a student play stand-up comic — is a fast way to connect with the heart.
June 1, 2005
Class Clown: Pritchard mixes life lessons with belly laughs.
Kids are smart -- they love to laugh. And those moments when we laugh with them at life are often the best teachers. Humor is hope, and humor is laughter. It offers us a chance to be connected to kids' hearts and gives strength to their spirit to go on. Hope can teach faster than anything. It lets them know you care about them.Credit: Edutopia
This isn't a product we're making in school -- it's a human being. To teach kids, you have to be a person who connects to their hearts. Just because you grow old doesn't mean you stop laughing. You don't stop playing, either. Share a joke with your students each day. Spend time with their hearts.