I was reading an article about laughter in the workplace in a lifestyle magazine during my recent holidays. It got me musing about the degree of laughter that exists in my classroom, and the need for it.
Here’s a rolled-together combination of thoughts from the article and from me…
- Laughter and fun activity are the brain’s favourite way to learn. The endorphins produced assist in making us feel good about learning, helping us retain knowledge.
- There is increased creativity generated.
- Kids gain confidence when they engage in play-based learning. Even teens love playing; doing activities that put the learning into a game-based activity. There is safety in learning something in the relatively unpressured environment of a game.
- You and your students will be much more fun to be around when the classroom environment allows for fun and frivolity in the mix of learning activities.
- There is greater transparency and reality in relationships built on laughter. (However, ensure that laughter is generated in positive ways; nothing derogatory or demeaning should be considered funny.)
What do you do to maintain a fun-filled, playful and creative classroom?
As always, I’d love to post your musings on this topic.