Chapter 6 Harnessing Humor
Laughing doesn’t cost a thing so as educators we must use this resource to connect and deliver content to our students. In chapter 6, humor is embraced and it is used as a tool for teaching to instill learning while having fun. The author mentions some activities that can be imbedded for students to acquire learning using laughter, doing the activity, and laughing even more. Humor can be used when teaching sections of a short story, stanzas of a poem or a song, and steps when following a recipe. “We want to reverse the current trend reported by Dr. Humor: “Preschool children laugh or smile on the average of over four hundred times per day, while adults over thirty-five only fifteen times per day.”1 As stated by the author, the next important characteristic of humor is getting the audience surprised (referred to as a detour during the presentation). Finally, humor is defined when focusing in the following: audience gets your jokes, shows emotion, and laughs with no control while retaining information being presented.
1 Robertshaw, Dr. Stuart, Dear Dr. Humor: A Collection of Humor Stories for All Occasions (La Crosse, WI: National Association for the Humor Impaired, 1995, p. 3.