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By Author, Presenter, and Educational Consultant Janet Aaker Smith.
Often students are anxious, fearful, or just not interested in school, and teachers are under pressure to meet standards on required tests. As a consequence, the joy of learning and teaching is often sacrificed.
The Happy Classroom: From Ha-Ha to A-Ha! re-establishes the playfulness, creativity, and joy in teaching and learning. It offers practical classroom activities to spark ideas and develop creativity while having fun.
The book is for teachers responsible for students of all ages and grade levels.
The activities included are designed to:
- Actively engage students
- Emphasize creative and critical thinking
- Reinforce language skills
- Strengthen problem solving
- Reduce stress
- Create laughter and fun in the classroom
The Happy Classroom that invites the teacher to jump in at any point where the activity fits the curriculum, or just to give students (and teachers) a joy break.
The first section discusses the “serious stuff:” the cognitive, emotional, physical, and social benefits of using humor in the classroom. 16 activities follow that focus on building rapport among students and with the teacher. Next, are six activities that help students learn about laughter and types of humor. Then there are over 50 activities that include jokes, puns, riddles, joy breaks, language builders, and quizzes.
The last section includes joke and riddle writing, a list of practical teaching ideas to promote humor, and a joke-a-day calendar for the year.