Classroom Laughs

I have this awesome whiteboard stop sign that I place outside of my classroom door. I try to greet my students each day / hour with a funny pun. It’s turned into a truly remarkable experience for everyone this year. My students will let me know if the joke isn’t funny, and this often turns into a teachable moment where I can share with them a finer point of the English language, or a colloquialism.

What’s great about middle school students is that many are finally starting to understand sarcasm and double meanings, along with symbolism and metaphor. I get to watch their brains develop right before me! It’s an incredible honor. When they truly get a joke and laugh, it’s a gift for both of us.

This experience has brought many new students to my door – students who aren’t even ‘mine’ – just to say hi, thanks for the joke, or share a joke that they’d like to see on the board. Many colleagues stop by and let me know that they miss the joke-of-the-day when I am too busy to make it happen. I love this new tradition! Here are my faves so far this school year (I’ll try to add more throughout the year):

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2 Comments on Classroom Laughs

  1. Ryan
    November 5, 2016 at 8:36 am (1 year ago)

    How punny! No issues with kids running their fingers on it?

    Reply
    • kdembro
      November 5, 2016 at 8:50 am (1 year ago)

      Actually not! I was surprised, too! I think it’s only a matter of time though.

      Reply

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