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As a science teacher/administrator for 46 years at all education levels, elementary through graduate school, the author witnessed a variety of classroom situations that were not only funny, but often very instructive. In his book, Humor in the Classroom: From Busby to Brown, he relates numerous incidents of humor that occurred in his teaching career as well as those of many of his colleagues. The incidents of humor occurred at all grade levels and in a wide variety of institution types—from a tiny Native American boarding school in southeastern Montana (Busby) to Brown University. The point of the book is twofold—to entertain the reader (most folks have gone to school), and to show teachers and aspiring teachers how humor can be a powerful instructional tool. Most of the funny happenings revealed in the book are from the author’s experience, but several former and present-day colleagues, friends, and acquaintances have added their own humorous school stories to the mix. The book chronicles the humor that occurred in the author’s and his colleagues’ classrooms from 1964-2006 and includes stops in Montana, South Dakota, Wyoming, North Carolina, Rhode Island and back to North Carolina. The point of the book is that a sense of humor is not only a prerequisite to being a good teacher, but it can help students in the learning process as well.

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The author taught school for 46 years and in this book he takes a look at humor, intended and otherwise, in a variety of teaching situations at all levels of education. Real examples of classroom humor from K-graduate school and from various parts of the nation are cited. Many of the vignettes are taken from science, but other disciplines are represented in the book as well. Some school related non-academic areas of learning such as baseball and theatre are also represented. Certainly, a good deal of instruction takes place in both and each offers a potentially rich brand of humor. The author taught in a variety of education venues—a Native American boarding school in southeastern Montana (Busby), Montana’s largest high school (Billings Senior), Black Hills State College (Spearfish, SD), University of Wyoming (Laramie), Appalachian State University (Boone, NC), and Brown University (Providence, RI). He has authored over two-dozen articles in science education journals and co-edited two botany books for teachers and kids. He holds B.S., M.Ed., M.S.T. and Ed.D. degrees and is now retired. He makes his home with his wife, Dona, in Blowing Rock, North Carolina.
Published May 28, 2013 by AuthorHouse. 122 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Education & Reference, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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