Picture this, it is 8.10 am on Friday morning and my classroom is filling with the sound of girls laughing, laughing from the classroom next door.
Not that surprising, except that what I am listening to is an extra maths class, a totally optional class offered to students who need extra time to understand some of the trickier year 6 mathematical concepts. Mr A has them in stitches as he and they grapple with today’s topic. As I listen I am not really sure what set them off, what I do know though, is that those students will start their regular day with a smile on their faces and a spring in their step. What a great lesson and one they will remember with positivity. Listening to them reminded me that ‘Finding Humour’ is one of the sixteen Habits of Mind.
Do you find humour in the daily life of your classroom? Are you able to let your students laugh with you and at you? Can student’s be a bit silly in your classroom, or are you so wound up in keeping them under control that there is no place for lame jokes and silliness? When I tweeted out this question ‘Do you find humour in your classroom? Can your students laugh at you and with you? Musing on ‘finding humour’ Habit of Minds‘. Several teachers quickly responded affirming that they too aim to include laughter in their classrooms.
@lobroo I would never let a day go by without few good laughs with class. We learn 2 laugh at life & ourselves.I have fun & so do they ArcadianTrail Absolutely! Humor = sanity for kids and teachers!
@mesterman my students laugh at me a lot whilst rolling their eyes – does that count? Too many puns.
@mrkempnz oh yeah everyday – we have an unwritten rule of laughter everyday – mostly at me being ridiculous.
We are always laughing in year 6rc, my students laugh at my terrible spelling and at my messy whiteboard writing. They laugh when I muddle up their names and when I am stumped by their Maths Olympiad questions. I acknowledge my imperfections, I show them I am a learner too. I allow and encourage the lame jokes. I add a few of my own and I don’t mind if I appear silly. You see I find laughter a vital part of my teaching toolkit. A relationship builder and a necessary part of my day. Do you?