Students will profit from a little laughter.Byline: Chalk Talk by David Mandelblatt and Robert Rubinstein For The Register-Guard
THIS IS SERIOUS! Bad news is everywhere: crowded classrooms, program cuts, costly testing, budget shortfalls. Those who are involved in public education - and that definitely includes the kids - are only too aware of the problems.
How can students, teachers and parents keep from sinking into a pit of negativity and losing the excitement and joy of learning that should come with being involved in a school?
Try a smile and a little laughter!
Humor humor, according to ancient theory, any of four bodily fluids that determined man's health and temperament. Hippocrates postulated that an imbalance among the humors (blood, phlegm, black bile, and yellow bile) resulted in pain and disease, and that good health was is a critical - and frequently overlooked - tool in maintaining an optimistic op·ti·mist
1. One who usually expects a favorable outcome.
2. A believer in philosophical optimism.
op outlook on life and learning. Research points out the benefits of laughter. Many business organizations schedule seminars on using laughter to reduce stress and improve the workplace atmosphere.
Continued stress produces health problems that range from rashes to accidents, from baldness baldness, thinning or loss of hair as a result of illness, functional disorder, or hereditary disposition; also known as alopecia. Male pattern baldness, a genetic trait, is the most common cause of baldness among white males. to high blood pressure.
Overly stressed people have difficulty with clear thinking, effective learning, enjoying life and decision-making. Instead, they may smoke, abuse drugs, have violent outbursts of temper, overindulge o·ver·in·dulge
v. o·ver·in·dulged, o·ver·in·dulg·ing, o·ver·in·dulg·es
1. To indulge (a desire, craving, or habit) to excess: overindulging a fondness for chocolate. in alcoholic beverages
Young people struggle with stress every bit as much as adults. Students today have fewer outlets for safe and legal stress relief. Due to the much reduced staffing in schools, they have less access to counseling or guidance. Within this framework, they may not even express their concerns or find help to deal with their personal lives and learning problems.
Humor is a life skill, especially in challenging times. Laughter relieves depression and anxiety, relaxes muscles, reduces pain, enhances the flow of blood through the body and even provides exercise for muscles. Humor provides other ways to view life situations. Looking at the lighter side can literally be a life-saver!
Adults can demonstrate coping skills A coping skill is a behavioral tool which may be used by individuals to offset or overcome adversity, disadvantage, or disability without correcting or eliminating the underlying condition. Virtually all living beings routinely utilize coping skills in daily life. to kids by finding the humorous side of today's challenges. In the process, both kids and adults can enjoy expressing themselves, thinking critically, discussing real situations, sharing and, most of all, just being together.
Try this: Look at headlines in the sports section Noun 1. sports section - the section of a newspaper that reports on sports
sports page - any page in the sports section of a newspaper
newspaper, paper - a daily or weekly publication on folded sheets; contains news and articles and advertisements; "he read of today's newspaper. Visualize what some of these headlines would mean to a person who understood English only in a literal sense. Find anything funny? How about "Ducks make strong closing argument," or "Maple Leafs maple leaf
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Take a look at questions in the advice columns in today's newspaper. Now look at the horoscopes. Sometimes (but not always) you can answer the requests for advice with the "fortunes" in the horoscopes. This occasionally makes some pretty funny matches: "My sister is driving me crazy! What should I do?" "Get your chores out of the way and get out of that house!"
Find photographs in a newspaper or magazine. Now, pretend you just came from another planet and this is what you see. Write a detailed description with dialogue from an alien's point of view of what's happening in that picture.
Humor can help students and teachers relax together, develop trust and build willingness to cooperate and learn. Life lived with a smile is smoother and happier for everyone and results in more effective learning.
To graduate from high school, Oregon students must meet academic benchmarks and earn certificates of mastery. Can we help students meet these stressful requirements and still feel good about their educational experience? The answer is an unqualified yes, if we include humor in the process.
In the classroom, we can help our students feel a sense of control over their lives by encouraging them to practice humor while they master communication. Educators can include humor across the entire curriculum. Every area of study will profit from occasional light-heartedness, just for perspective.
Let's remember to share humor with each other and with kids. As Arnold Glasow said, "Laughter is a tranquilizer tranquilizer, drug whose action calms the central nervous system, decreasing emotional agitation without impairing alertness. Tranquilizing drugs differ from hypnotic drugs such as barbiturates in that they do not act on the brain's cortical areas but rather on its with no side effects Side effects
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And that great philosopher, Anonymous, stated: "Laughter is the shortest distance between two people."
David Mandelblatt, a teacher at Roosevelt Middle School in Eugene, and Robert Rubinstein, who retired from Roosevelt last June, have more than 60 years of combined experience as teachers in the Eugene School District Eugene School District (4J) is a public school district in the U.S. state of Oregon. It serves the city of Eugene Elementary schools