The Psychology of Humor: Building Good Relationships and Reducing Disruptions in the Classroom
This author says that a good deal of attention is given to how teachers can establish and maintain control of their classrooms. In most cases, however, this is through the use of external control methods. The author says this works fine if all you want is conformity. But if you want children to change, they must be able to evaluate their own behavior and decide that what the teacher wants is in their best interest. The author says this cannot happen if the students don't have a good relationship with the person who is asking them to self-evaluate. In this book, he shows how to gain control of the classroom through relationship building, focusing on the use of humor to establish good relationships. To do this, he says, the teacher must stop using punitive external control methods such as criticizing, blaming, threatening, and punishing, and replace them with caring, sharing, laughing, joking, and loving. He includes samples of humor teachers can use with their students, as well as general guidelines for using humor in the classroom.