The 7 roles of a teacher, part 6: THE CIRCUS CLOWN

A Sense of humour is of great value in an English classroom, especially when you teach small children. But just like with other skills and abilities your students need to learn what is funny. A bit of clowning in the classroom cannot be underrated. Children will laugh to tears and at the same time get involved when you make fun of yourself by showing how clumsy you are or by making deliberate, obvious mistakes. You can also do funny things with Eddie showing that he falls down, bumps his head or gets stuck in the sock. Remember your students’ sense of humour is still very basic and unrefined and in many cases imitative so it is quite easy to induce. It is also of great importance that you are able to underline humour in stories, songs and other texts laughing and showing what is funny. Seeing your students smiling eyes and engagement will confirm that clowning around is worth the effort.

How to be a good CIRCUS CLOWN?

  • Be able to make fun of your own actions, pretend sometimes you are clumsy or unwise
  • Make deliberate mistakes and let students “catch you” and correct you
  • Imply that something is funny by exaggerated reaction (laughter, facial expression, raised voice, gestures)
  • Underline humour in texts and tasks
  • Fool around with Eddie or with students

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