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Should Teachers Be Funny :)

~ Humor is a universal communication phenomenon :)


When instructors use positive and appropriate humor, students report feeling the classroom is a more interesting and relaxed environment, and they report more motivation to learn and more enjoyment of the course. 

Conversely, when instructors use negative or aggressive humor aimed at students, a more anxious and uncomfortable learning environment, increased student distraction, and less enjoyment of class are reported by students.

Instructors need to be sensitive to their students’ age and the setting when incorporating humor. Younger children may fail to understand irony, exaggerations, or distortions common to humor, and so, they may mistakenly learn incorrect or inaccurate information.

With older students, humor that is relevant to the material being presented should be used. With all age groups, the more formal context of education needs to be of primary importance.

Read the entire story:

Banas, J. A., Dunbar, N., Rodriguez, D., & Liu, S.-J. (2011)