Aditi Mathur and Ratnesh Mathur
It relaxes, it soothes, it bonds, it stimulates, it lightens, it connects, it opens up, it invites, it encourages, it pacifies, it eases, it humbles, it’s simple, it’s positive, it’s refreshing, it’s what we all enjoy and look forward to.
Ladies and gentleman, it’s the spice of our classroom, a catalyst to learning and a celebration of life.
It’s the ability to laugh in our body, to smile in our mind and to warm our heart – for no reason, in every season, with all pupils, at every turn, for every twist, in homework and exams, in classwork and discipline, in the assembly and the playground, in the staffroom and the washroom, in subjects and extra-curricular activities, in every nook and corner of every mind that is trying to enjoy this journey of education.
We look at humour in three ways (look at the visual representations). While these three overlap, the ways and reasons to add them in your classroom will be different as their effect is different. Leaving it your judgment when to use what.
The good old adage holds true for us teachers also – he who can laugh at himself, never ceases to be amused. If you want to create a classroom that rocks, here are quick 75 ways in which humour can begin with ME!
1. Make it welcome – put funny pictures, giggly posters, etc.
2. Circulate cartoons, jokes, and comic strips.
3. Collect strange and odd items and bring them to class.
4. Ask students to show off their collections.
5. Invite any child to be the class comedian.
6. Give funny rewards.
7. Collect and share class trivia.
8. Put plants and flowers.
9. Write on the board – “Maths is Fun”.
10. Use coloured chalks – always.
11. Throw a challenge.
12. Play music, sing songs.
13. Learn it differently – keeping the book standing, sleeping, or upside-down.
The authors run an open unschool called Aarohi and invite all readers to visit and see how open learning can be an amazing way to work with children. They also conduct training retreats and online training for teachers and parents. Visit www.aarohilife.org.