Laughing and Learning: An Alternative to Shut Up and Listen By Peter M. Jonas Number Of Pages: 154 Publication Date: 2009-10-16 ISBN-10 / ASIN: 1607093170 ISBN-13 / EAN: 9781607093176
This book explores the ways in which humor can enhance the learning environment. Drawing upon empirical research and brain-based concepts, Jonas presents a theoretical model of humor, along with practical examples for enhancing learning in schools and classrooms.
It is certainly true that there are a number of books on humor, but the vast majority focus on how to write or tell jokes, or how to use humor in speeches, or they may simply be books explaining various aspects of humor, for example, joke books. Drawing on research and brain-based concepts, this book is unique because it presents a theoretical model, along with practical examples of its integration into the classroom and schools. The purpose of the book is to provide to teachers and administrators a research-based approach for using humor in schools. It is an attempt to explain eight strategies for using humor and then provide a variety of techniques that are designed to be practical applications. The intent is that teachers will be able to take the lessons learned and apply their own personal touch to improve the academic environment. One of the best aspects of the material is that you do not have to be a stand-up comic in order to use the information. In fact, the book is designed to apply to both the novice and master teacher. Peter Jonas provides an arsenal of tools that may be used in a variety of ways, depending on the subject matter, grades being taught, and one’s own teaching style. There are not only action steps detailed on how to implement the strategies, but also specific guidelines listed in the book.