Teaching with Love and Laughter
“A day without laughter is a day wasted”- Charlie Chaplin
A good sense of humour brightens up the day and makes life fun. Laughing together is a way to connect, and a good sense of humor can also make kids smarter, healthier, and can help them cope with challenges in a better way.
Laughter has the rare ability to soften hardened hearts, open shuttered minds, and endear students to one another. This allows to reach the difficult, the unmotivated, the awkward, and the unhappy.
A simple effort to add humour to your lesson and activities will instantly make you more likeable among your students. This, in turn will cause your students around you, to please you, and to get to know you better. Thus, giving you the powerful leverage to influence their behaviour.
Kids with a well-developed sense of humor are happier and more optimistic, have higher self-esteem, and can handle differences well. Not only that, they are more spontaneous and see things from many perspective, rather than the obvious.
A good sense of humor doesn’t just help kids emotionally or socially. Research has shown that people who laugh more are healthier — they’re less likely to be depressed and may even have an increased resistance to illness or physical problems. Laughter may even help humans endure pain, and it is also known to improve our immune function.
Teaching with love and Laughter has many advantages:
1. It motivates to behave.
Humor can help create a classroom which students love being a part of. Happiness, when felt all around becomes a strong motivating factor for the student. No student wants to wallow in time-out while their classmates share a laugh with the teacher.
2. It eases tension.
Laughter eases tension and relaxes an uptight classroom. Besides releasing tension, humor has the ability to calm vibrating knees, and brings joy to one and all.
3. It encourages hard work.
When students are happy to be in the class, one can ask so much more of them. They appreciate a classroom that they enjoy coming to every day.
4. It reaches the hard to reach.
Humor has the power to help you make personal connections with students, particularly with those who are hardest to reach. Humour has the power to guide one in a positive direction.
Love and laughter are priceless gifts. Laugh as much as you breathe, and love as much as you live!