Effective Teaching With Humor
Humor has not been used widely in our classrooms as a teaching tool. Humor can play an important role in today’s college classrooms as it has a humanizing effect on the image of the teacher. It has physiological, psychological, social and cognitive (educational) benefits. Some of these physiological benefits include muscle relaxation, stimulated circulation, improved respiration, and exercise of lung and chest muscles, increased production of body’s natural pain killers called endorphins, as well as lowered pulse rate and blood pressure. It is to be noted that in college classrooms, language and social science teachers are using humor more often than science teachers. Teachers can use funny stories related to the topic to improve students’ overall attitudes. This paper tries to explain the effective use of humor in class room teaching.
Keywords: Humor, Teaching tool, Classrooms, Benefits, Attitudes.