Humor in the Classroom

Thank you for attending “Humor in the Classroom.” We hope you had a good time and look forward to seeing you November 12th at our next Circle “Collaboration” Below you will find today’s Prezi, handouts, links and more.

Further Reading:

‘Funny Guy’ Investigates Ties Between Classroom Humor, Student Performance –

This is article is a great entry into the connection between laughter and learning.  Based on research and personal experience, an instructor explores how humor increases motivation, engagement, students’ attitudes, and even test scores.

Humor in the Classroom –

A funny post in The Chronicle of Higher Education makes a case for incorporating even silly humor into our classrooms.

Use of Humor in the Classroom: The Good, the Bad, and the Not-So-Funny Things That Teachers Say and Do –

This reading provides a more in-depth explanation of the humor-learning relationship based on research on humor in the classroom.  It also provides an overview of different humor types as well as some practical suggestions for how to use humor effectively.

The Use of Humor as a Teaching Tool in the College Classroom –

Based on the idea of a positive correlation between class attendance and student performance, this paper provides data to support the use of humor as a tool for promoting attendance, as well as other benefits.  Check out this reading if you are interested in some of the do’s and don’ts of classroom humor as well some specific examples of types of humor.

Storytelling in Teaching

Stories are powerful!  We often share our knowledge through stories and tend to remember stories before the concepts we learned via those stories.  This article shares the nature, purpose, and talent of telling stories in the classroom.

Further Laughs in the Classroom:

In today’s circle, we had fun with a Four Square Activity.  Click the image below to go to the Circles of Innovation post to see the instructions for running the activity as well as a template for you to use.


Remember, you don’t have to write all of your own jokes to use humor in the classroom!, as well as other crowd-sourced and socially-ranked media websites (like this one!), is a great site that is searchable for finding popular content that may be applicable to your courses.

Thanks again for coming, and if you have any questions, please reach out to your campus Faculty Fellow.  We hope to see you at the next Circle!

James May (East)

Adriene Tribble (Osceola)

Karen Cowden (West)