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"He is one of the best teachers I have had... He is well-organized, presents good lectures, and creates interest in the subject. I hope my comments don't hurt his chances of getting tenure."
--Student evaluation of a professor at MIT
Here's why it pays to laugh in the classroom: Students who have teachers with a strong orientation to humor tend to learn more.
A little bit of laughter in a classroom can go a long way in decreasing anxiety, lowering defenses, fostering a positive student-instructor relationship, defusing tensions, provoking imagination, triggering interest and motivation to learn, and opening the mind.
For more tips on using humor in the classroom, see Stuart Hellman's article, "Humor in the Classroom: Stu's Seven Simple Steps to Success." College Teaching. 55.1 (2006):177.
Berk, Ronald A. Professors are from Mars, Students are from Snickers. Sterling, VA: Stylus Press, 2003. (Available for borrowing from CTE)
For more information about the Center for Teaching Excellence, please contact:
Becky Kasper, Ph.D., Director
301 Feinberg Library, Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Phone: (518) 564-3043
Fax: (518) 564-5100