- Paperback: 214 pages
- Publisher: R&L Education (December 28, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1578867320
- ISBN-13: 978-1578867325
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,656,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Using Humor to Maximize Learning: The Links between Positive Emotions and Education
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We need this book! The students and teachers of the world need this book...It has just the right mix of casual tone and authoritative demeanor. I also like the humor quotes sprinkled throughout the manuscript, and the exercises included are wonderful. I'm also glad Morrison laid to rest the unsupported quote claiming that children laughing 300-400 times per day vs. 15-20 times for adults. This is a book that is easy/fun to read and ever so needed. (Bob Nozik, editor, Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor (AATH) EZINE)
This book is critically needed and will be embraced by teachers. I appreciate the inclusion of strategies for administrators and hope that administrators will be drawn to the book in this time of high-stakes and accountability. This is a worthwhile project and one that is long overdue. (Maylan Dunn, Ph.D., Early Childhood Education, Northern Illinois University Department of Teaching and Learning)
An effective teacher 'in-service' occurs when educators can walk away with useful information and, simultaneously, enjoy the presentation. In addition, utilizing a positive focus, instead of negativity, with alternative students enables teachers to develop very effective relationships with their students. In an audience of alternative school teachers, where stress is definitely a bi-product of their profession, Mary Kay's 'Humergy' concept - in which energy derives from an optimistic attitude and a sense of humor - is a very effective strategy that teachers can use all year round. (Dr. Rebecca Montoya-Kostro, director of West 40 Regional Safe Schools, La Grange Park, IL)
This book is filled with all sorts of gems- wonderful quotes, related research, and absolutely great on the-job practical suggestions....Highly recommended! (B. Miller Amazon.Com, 4/4/08)
...a very useful book....Morrison not only argues successfully that it should be integral to classroom life, but she also provides a very practical guide and helpful resources on how to do it(and her book also provided most of the jokes in this column). (. Brain Connection, April 2008)
In a nutshell, Mary Kay Morrison captured some of the most positive research, arguments, and compelling reasons for teachers to use humor in their teaching and in their lives. Having taught 3rd, 5th, and middle school grades for several years in a previous lifetime, I think this book will be really useful. (Ronald A. Berk, Ph.D., professor, Biostatistics & Measurement, former assistant dean for Teaching, The Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD))
Author May Kay Morrison, an educator from Illinoisand director of the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor, coins a new term, "humergy," which she defines as "the energy that emerges from joy and optimism of our inner spirit..." She then sets about sharing ways to increase or inhibit one's humergy. . . .The book closes with humor designed, Morrison says, as "survival humor for stressed leaders." In other words, it's designed for all of us. (School Administrator, November 2009)
The professional educator will discover learning and attitudinal outcomes for oneself as well as for the students in her care. (Illinois Ascd Newsletter)
About the Author
As founder and director of Humor Quest, Mary Kay Morrison is dedicated to the mission of exploring the links between cognitive research and humor. Her career has included teaching K-12 as well as at university and community college levels, facilitation of humor workshops and leadership academies, and presentations at state, national and international conferences.
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We can learn so much about ourselves in the way we approach teaching young people, and I love the way this author explores the world of humor in such a candid, creative and thorough way. It's a book that parents, behaviour change practitioners and not just teachers can benefit from reading. We need more writers like Mary Kay Morrison. Well recommended reading.
Morrison's inspirational and succinct pulling together of physiology and humor research that she aptly blends into a plethora of exciting ideas to be applied to classroom practice, reinvents the possibilities for an American educational system that too often misses its mark. Teachers/administrators/parents, be prepared to be convinced that humor is to education, what sliced bread is to the sandwich...and to look forward to your next learning encounter to begin using her highly effective and fun-filled methods.
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