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loraaa | Student | Valedictorian

Posted March 25, 2012 at 10:00 AM via web

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Do you support the teacher to be "funny" with the students? why

Do you support the teacher to be "funny" with the students?

AND WHY???


As a student,
Do you like funny teacher in the classroom or not?
As a teacher,
  Are you funny or boring teacher with students?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 25, 2012 at 10:22 AM (Answer #2)

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I think that most students think that I am funny.  Therefore, I definitely think that it is a good way to be.  I think that it helps the students to feel relaxed in my classes.  I also think that it makes them more inclined to pay attention in my classes because humor can kind of break the monotony of class. 

I think that teachers who can be fun are at an advantage because students will be more engaged in their classes.  Of course, teachers must not take this to extremes and must be serious when it is called for.

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readerofbooks | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 25, 2012 at 10:36 AM (Answer #3)

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Humor is a great quality. Hence, if you can incorporate this in your teaching, it can be a powerful tool. Moreover, it makes learning fun. And to be honest, some students need this hook to keep them going. So, I am all in favor of humor, as long as this humor is rooted in good teaching as well. 

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rrteacher | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 25, 2012 at 10:56 AM (Answer #4)

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Teachers should be true to their own personalities, as phonies are very easy for students of all ages to sniff out. If humor is something teachers can use to meet students at a certain level, then so be it. If not, they can look pretty bad trying to be funny. But I do think that some of the best teachers I have known are, in fact very funny people. 

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pacorz | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted March 25, 2012 at 11:07 AM (Answer #5)

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I think that a sense of humor is almost a necessity for success in the classroom. A teacher is not a comedian, but a few jokes or light words to break up the lesson are usually welcomed by all. However I do agree with #4 that it needs to be natural - students never react well to a fake, even if it is well-meant.

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kiwi | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted March 25, 2012 at 11:12 AM (Answer #6)

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I think a good sense of humor is essential in the classroom - as long as it is not at anyone's expense. I like to share a joke when appropriate, but I cringe as a teacher and a learner when sarcasm is used to put others down. Its a rule not to do this in my classroom.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 25, 2012 at 11:52 AM (Answer #7)

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Humor has its place. I think kids enjoy classes where humor is used, as long as it doesn't get in the way of the lessons. Even the most serious students enjoy a joke or too. When I was a student, the teachers who used humor often helped me remember the concepts better. Storytelling, humorous or not, helps connect the concept to the student. I use humor, often corny humor, all the time. It also makes things interesting for me. I also cannot help myself.
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najm1947 | Elementary School Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted March 25, 2012 at 12:36 PM (Answer #8)

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Intelligence and humour go side by side and I have not seen a dumb. Students need a break and a light humour at an appropriate time can not only provide break but can make them more attentive in the class. This is my way and I like it that way though I have come across some very good teachers in my student life who were very serious - most of them teaching Pure and Applied Mathematics.

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wanderista | Student, Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted March 25, 2012 at 4:07 PM (Answer #9)

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Teachers who are funny tend to get their point across with the students better than those who aren't. Students who can relate to what the teacher is saying are more likely to take in the information being said, than those teachers who are boring and mundane.

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 25, 2012 at 7:00 PM (Answer #10)

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In accord with post #9, a sense of humor often wins over people and grabs their attention to the more serious side of what is said in jest. The difficulty with humor comes in the choice of humor a teacher employs. Teachers need to be sensitive to the level of humor just as they are aware of the level of learning in their classrooms.  For instance, more mature and intellectual students who are well read will respond positively to satiric remarks, but the less mature and more challenged students often perceive this type of humor as "making fun" of them. One test for the humor which will appeal to a group is to have them read a Mark Twain story that has his characteristic humor.  If the group finds it amusing, then a more sophisticated humor such as satire can be used.  Otherwise....

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falconsabs | Student, Grade 11 | eNoter

Posted March 25, 2012 at 11:30 PM (Answer #11)

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OF COURSE ONE MUST HAVE A SENSE OF  HUMOUR IN HIM . IT MAKES HIM STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD. FOR A TEACHER ESPECIALLY HUMOUR IS THE BEST WAY TO BE POPULAR AMONG KIDS . KIDS TOO LOVE TO BE UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF A TEACHER WHO IS NOT ALWAYS BOSSING AROUND  . WHILE LEARNING UNDER AN ABLE TEACHER , ONE IS MORE ABLE TO ASK QUESTIONS

OR TO PUT ANSWERS TO ITS QUESTIONS READILY WITHOUT THE FEAR OF BEING CHIDED OR LAUGHED AT . BUT OFTEN  A STUDENT TENDS TO DISREGARD OR STOP REVERING AN OVERFRIENDLY  , CARING AND STUDENT FRIENDLY TEACHER. ONE MUST WATCH OUT FOR SUCH ATHING . HUMOUR IS THAT QUALITY WHICH IS JUST LIKE WATER IN SAND . A SMALL AMOUNT MAKES A PARFECT CLAY , BUT TOO MUCH SPOILS IT.

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siret | Student, Grade 9 | Honors

Posted March 26, 2012 at 9:03 PM (Answer #12)

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I love it teachers who are funny because the jokes relax your mind and help you to concentrate. I wish history teachers had a sense of humor because it would make the classes easier to bear.

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scorpio37 | Student, Grade 9 | Salutatorian

Posted April 10, 2012 at 5:55 PM (Answer #13)

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Being a student, Icpmletely adore funny teachers. It makes us students realize that life is a journey to laugh all along it - it doesnt matter what age u r - just be you. Funny teachers also encourage un-interactive students in class for they are encouraged & the teacher doesn't seem any more scary to them. What is more is that students can put their full confidence in thier teachers and always rely on them for help of any sorts!

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sandyyy2012 | Student, Grade 9 | Salutatorian

Posted April 11, 2012 at 8:03 PM (Answer #14)

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yes, i love teacher when to be funny.
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newbridge054 | High School Teacher | eNoter

Posted May 17, 2012 at 2:16 AM (Answer #15)

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There is a difference between being funny and being a clown.Some schools insist that the students laugh at all times and as a teacher,your job is to be a clown or create funny situations, whether they are embarrassing to you or not.I absolutely refuse to do that.

There is also a level of comfort which comes along as the school year goes on.I find once the teachers and the students feel comfortable with each other,humour becomes second nature.The reason is the relationship gets better and both parties have a good idea what the limits to conversations are.The students will therefore understand and accept the teacher's personality and may even find somethings about him/her funny, and vice-versa.

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just-s | Student, Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted May 17, 2012 at 7:52 PM (Answer #16)

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theres a time for everything:humor, seriousness etc....everything has its own time and place....its good to be best of both!!and know wheres your limit and where to draw the line!!

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camickey | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 21, 2012 at 8:09 PM (Answer #17)

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I prefer funny and fun teacher. I got many fun and funny teacher here. One english teacher would dance in random. Some teacher will make jokes of other. My opinion teachers should be funny. So it would be less boring speech everydays. 

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sandyyy2012 | Student, Grade 9 | Salutatorian

Posted May 22, 2012 at 4:34 AM (Answer #18)

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I agree with post 17 

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ammoorah123 | Student, Grade 11 | eNoter

Posted May 22, 2012 at 7:02 PM (Answer #19)

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teachers should be funny with there kids especially teenz so that they become comfortable to talk in class. the teachers shouldn't be too friendly with learners though.

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drahmad1989 | Student, Undergraduate | Valedictorian

Posted May 23, 2012 at 6:57 PM (Answer #20)

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its good idea to be funny to get interest but within limits is very good for a teacher . Being too much funny can decrease teacher reputition.

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just-s | Student, Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted May 26, 2012 at 4:35 PM (Answer #21)

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its good idea to be funny to get interest but within limits is very good for a teacher . Being too much funny can decrease teacher reputition.

....so true, that's always my view of a teacher...to be moderate and know one's limits!!

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abadoodle | Student, Grade 11 | Honors

Posted November 23, 2012 at 3:46 PM (Answer #22)

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I like having a funny teacher in the classroom. This is because I am able to relax more when my teachers have a sense of humor. I always do well with the teachers that are funny and more laidback, than with the teachers that are very serious.

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bullbudder | Student, Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted November 26, 2012 at 1:42 PM (Answer #23)

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no one can consume a masterchief food easily if there is a gun behind their back

so like that teachers ought to be funny but not by crossing the limit of teacherhood

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