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Make 'em Laugh!

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Sarah Henderson

on 13 August 2018

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Transcript of Make 'em Laugh!

Social signal
Sign of safety
Shared experience
The Myth of
Serious Learning
Humor and Retention
Builds a sense of community
Encourages a feeling of safety
Brings joy
What if I'm
not funny?
Make 'em Laugh!
Instructional Humor
Joy and happiness
Safety and comfort
Health benefits
Healing benefits
Key Takaways
Instructional Humor Tips
Humor enhances learning
Joy enhances learning
"Quiet" does not always equal "learning"

"Humor can be dissected, as a frog can, but the thing dies in the process."
- E.B. White
Prefrontal Cortex
Use content-related humor
Use age-appropriate humor
"Sandwich" humor between instruction and repetition
Aim for joy
Tell stories
Find or make memes
Laugh with your students
Use inside jokes
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Goel, V., & Dolan, R. J. (2001). The functional anatomy of humor: Segregating cognitive and affective components. Nature Neuroscience, 4(3), 237-238.
Gorham, J., & Christophel, D. M. (1990). The relationship of teachers' use of humor in the classroom to immediacy and student learning. Communication Education, 39(1), 46-62.
Mobbs, D., Greicius, M. D., Abdel-Azim, E., Menon, V., & Reiss, A. L. (2003). Humor modulates the mesolimbic reward centers. Neuron, 40(5), 1041-1048.
Wanzer, M. B., Frymier, A. B., & Irwin, J. (2010). An explanation of the relationship between instructor humor and student learning: Instructional humor processing theory. Communication Education, 59(1), 1-18.
Wise, R. A. (2004). Dopamine, learning and motivation. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 5(6), 483-494.
Zillmann, D., Williams, B. R., Bryant, J., Boynton, K. R., & Wolf, M. A. (1980). Acquisition of information from educational television programs as a function of differently paced humorous inserts. Journal of Educational Psychology, 72(2), 170.
Ziv, A. (1976). Facilitating effects of humor on creativity. Journal of Educational Psychology, 68(3), 318.
Avoid sarcasm (developmental skill)
Avoid cruel or inappropriate humor
Avoid forced or excessive humor
Why does humor enhance learning?
Breaks through the brain's attention and emotion filters
Project-Based Learning
Arts Integration
Film & photography
Drawing & Painting
Triggers dopamine networks (goal-directed motivation)
Encourages repetition
Wanzer, M. B., Frymier, A. B., & Irwin, J. (2010)
May increase creative, divergent-thinking skills
The Curve of Forgetting
From there to here,
and here to there,
funny things
are everywhere.
-Dr. Seuss
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