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I added this humous story on the Humor page. This humorous story comes from Jokes ‘N Jokes College Jokes
Can you figure out the lesson to be learned?
It was the final examination for an introductory English course at the local university. Like many such freshman courses, it was designed to weed out new students, having over 700 students in the class!
How can a college instructor improve students’ attitudes and make them eager to attend class? One tactic is to use humor. More importantly, research indicates that humor helps people learn.
Research on Humor and Teaching
Much has been written about humor and learning. Kher, Molstad and Donahue (1999) referenced some of the literature in their article entitled “Using humor in the college classroom to enhance teaching effectiveness in ‘dread courses”. With reference to an earlier work by Wandersee (1982), they indicated that cartoons are one form of humor that promotes facilitates learning.
Science courses can be difficult subject to teach, but instructors can make it a bet easier for college students to learn by using teaching aids. I stumbled across one for you chemistry teachers to share with your students. You don’t teach chemistry? Do you have a child who is taking chemistry? Then share this site with your future chemist. No chemistry connection, but you like Mahjong? Then there is something for you too.
Student engagement doesn’t just happen; you have to make it happen. Here are some student engagement techniques (SET’s) that you may want to try.
Engagement Techniques – A Handbook for College Faculty
I have borrowed a few ideas from Engagement Techniques – A Handbook for College Faculty by Elizabeth F. Barkley. Barkley has provided many excellent student engagement strategies. There are 50 in all to go along with 50 “Tips and Strategies.” The book lists for $40, but I have seen new editions online for less than $32 and used for under $20. It is definitely a good value even at the full list price! Check it out on the right.
Find out how the Khan Academy can help you teach and help your students learn.
Videos Inside and Outside the Classroom
Almost exactly one year ago I wrote an article entitled YouTube and the College Instructor – Engaging Your Students with YouTube Videos. In it, I encouraged instructors to use videos in their classrooms. Then a few months later, I wrote an article entitled The College Instructor’s Guide to YouTube. In this article, I mentioned other sources of videos and suggested that instructors assign videos as homework.
What college instructors should do when they cancel class.
If you are searching for the best college teaching book ever, it may be coming soon.
With a little bit of courage and creativity, college instructors can make "play acting" an effective classroom learning activity for their students.