This is a serious time in the world and in the educational community. Schools are closing, kids are struggling and teachers are sometimes over worked and battling against so many distractions that kids are facing.
Teachers bring all of that to the classroom, especially those that care so much about turning things around and helping as many students as they can to face the educational challenges of today.
So it is more important than ever to introduce a good dose of laughter in the classroom.
Laughter is good for the spirit, mind and body. There is something magical about it if used in the right way.
Make it a point to make fun of yourself as a teacher, either through a personal story, a photo or a funny phrase or saying. It draws the students closer to you as a human being and not just a teacher.
Of course you have to maintain a certain line of respect and discipline, however, kids need to know that their teacher is as normal as them, they struggle with life and problems and they have other interest besides what they see in the classroom everyday.
There is nothing that brings a classroom of kids closer together at a given moment, than something they can laugh at together. Also, if kids know there will be lighter moments in the classroom as part of their learning experience, they are less likely to bring on their own form of silliness that may not be as welcome.
Educational games, educational contest and educational learning music are all good tools to use to invite a fun atmosphere also.
Give your kids time to laugh, smile and yeah sometimes be a little silly, we all could use a break in the day and a little sunshine in a sometimes cloudy world.
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