One of my favorite authors who inspires me to do my best when teaching and subbing is Ron Clark. I thought today I would share one of my favorite ideas of his from his book The Excellent 11. In the book, one of the 11 qualities he says that all teachers should have is humor.
I remember when subbing for an amazing 3rd and 4th grade class that one of the problems wanted a word problem. I made up a last name of someone off the top of my head and it happened to be a student's last name. I didn't do it on purpose, but all of a sudden all of the kids were laughing and laughing. This got me laughing and smiling too! It took me a minute to realize why they were laughing. Sure it took them a couple of minutes to settle down, but they absolute loved it! It helped them to focus even more on the lesson, which they did well on!
That one wasn't in Ron Clark's book, but Ron has another excellent idea that will get the children laughing and having a good time. He says to take a picture of yourself and put it on the body of a famous person. Then put that on whatever worksheet you will have your class do. The children will think you are so much fun and find it so funny!
Ron said the next step is to ask to ask all the parents if you can use their child's picture for educational purposes. Then take pictures of each child and put them in a folder. Find out what interests each of your students and cut out pictures of those interests from magazines and put it in another folder. When you have a child who you think needs some lifting up, put their pictures on something that interests them and put it on the right corner of the worksheet before copying it for the whole class. Ron says it takes about 10 minutes, but the children will absolute love it! I believe this would be fun to try all the way through high school.
Ron Clark nor the book publisher asked me to review the book, I was simply reading it, found the idea a good one and thought I would share it along with one of my ideas for humor.
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What do you do to bring humor into the classroom? Please share your ideas in the comments!
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