Humor as an Instructional Tool

Students ranked “sense of humor/ability to laugh” as the third highest motivating factor in the classroom. Research finds that humor in the classroom can be used a tool to facilitate retention of information, increase the speed of learning, improve problem solving, relieve stress, reduce test anxiety and increase student perception of teacher credibility. Sara Given, a music teacher shares her background as a young musician and comedian. And what she learned from comedy that crosses over into her classroom instruction practice.

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