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Ohio University-Zanesville professor says humor helps learning

ATHENS, Ohio (Jan. 5, 2007) -- Think back to your favorite classroom teacher. What qualities did he or she possess? Chances are the classroom environment was one of openness and fun. 

Ohio University Professor of Psychology Mark Shatz says, "Teachers do not have to be funny but find funny – that is, locate and use fun instructional activities." 

In a one-day workshop, Shatz invites educators to participate in Enhancing K-12 Instruction with Humor. The workshop will be held from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, in Elson Hall room 186 on the Ohio University Zanesville Campus.

The course is designed primarily for educators, but is also open to parent educators and home-school teachers. Whether you are new to teaching or are a seasoned veteran teacher, you will discover how to locate, develop and integrate humor into instruction. 

You will learn how to use humor to create an interesting and inviting classroom, promote conceptual understanding and retention of instructional material, and facilitate critical thinking and creativity. The course will emphasize that the judicious, appropriate, and timely use of humor allows teachers to develop a positive and inviting learning atmosphere that reinforces a critical educational lesson – learning should be fun! 

To register for the one-credit hour workshop call 740-453-0762.  Students can register for one hour of undergraduate or graduate credit depending upon where you are in your educational career.

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Media Contact: Professor of Psychology Mark Shatz at shatz@ohio.edu

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