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Humor in the Classroom

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Humor in the Classroom

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Humor is one of my favorite teaching tools. I rely on it—when the room feels tense, when I sense learner drift, if I aspire to make a point more memorable. Humor doesn’t cause learning, but it does help create conditions conducive to it. It doesn’t make hard content easy, but it can make learning it feel easier.

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  1. Judith Elkins September 11, 2019

    I teach nursing students and I use humor a lot. The students like that. I also use storytelling a lot. After 32 years of being a nurse, I have loads of stories. This makes the students see me as more approachable. It also builds that trusting relationship that is so important.

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