LOL! Laugh Out Loud Learning! 10+ Resources

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“The kind of humor I like is the thing that makes me laugh for five seconds and think for ten minutes.” – William Davis

Getting our students to laugh in our classes engages them. Humor is a powerful instructional tool that helps ease the classroom atmosphere and supports relationship building. Humor can help shy learners open up, provide a stress relief during critical times (exam time, back to school, etc.), and make difficult concepts more accessible to struggling learners. Humor also helps teachers grab students’ attention when delineating rules, explaining homework, etc. When we laugh our brains pay attention and we relax and open up. However, we need to be mindful how we integrate humor or we risk offending students or perceiving fun is our main concern. The following is an infographic with tips, resources, apps, and more to help you get your students laughing out loud (LOL!) for their learning. For the best outcomes, adapt the strategies to match your sense of humor, wit, and comfort level. 

Apps, Tools & Resources

Humor & Learning, by shellyterrell

Challenge: Try one of these ideas or resources to get your students laughing and learning!

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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell is a teacher trainer, instructional designer, adjunct professor, and the author of The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers: Small Steps to Transform Your Teaching and Learning to Go: Lesson Ideas for Teaching with Mobile Devices, Cell Phones and BYOT. She has been recognized by the ELTon Awards, The New York Times, the Ministry of Education in Spain, and Microsoft’s Heroes for Education as an innovator in the movement of teacher-driven professional development and education technology. Recently, she was named Woman of the Year 2014 by Star Jone’s National Association of Professional Women and awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, the Twitter chat that spurred over 400 teacher chats. She has trained teachers and taught learners in over 25 countries and has consulted with organizations worldwide such as UNESCO Bangkok, The European Union aPLaNet Project, Cultura Iglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, and VenTESOL. She shares regularly via TeacherRebootCamp.com, Twitter (@ShellTerrell), and Facebook.com/shellyterrell. Her greatest joy is being the mother of Rosco the pug.

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