Humor in the classroom: 8 tips to take seriously

Students generally appreciate teachers who skilfully use humour in the classroom more than those who do not. Although it is difficult to assess the pedagogical effectiveness of this appendix to teaching, studies tell us that humour helps to create an atmosphere conducive to learning, attracts the attention of learners, stimulates their creativity and motivation, and may even promote their retention of information. That said, while humour can become a weapon of “mass seduction”, it is certainly a double-edged sword since a single misstep can have the opposite effect in the blink of an eye. Here are 8 tips for making good use of humour in the classroom.

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