I’ve always worried that my tactic of incorporating humor in my lectures was weakening instead of strengthening them. But, @InsideTeachingMSU shared this article today which put those fears to rest. As I mentioned in my previous post, I believe that all lecture professors should be 1/2 stand up comedian. It’s keeps student attention and thus helps them get engrossed in the materials more.
So, if there’s anyone out there who worries that their humor makes them appear unprofessional…that may be so, but you may just end up being more effective that that dusty old prof who never cracks a smile.
See the link at the top of the page or take a peek here to see what I’m talking about: http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/effective-teaching-strategies/energize-classroom-humor/