Sunday, August 16, 2009

What I learned from teaching, part 4

Don't take it personally if students don't laugh at your jokes.

For example, if I say "the eighteenth century gentry in Virginia were jealous of their liberty, and wished they had it," and students don't laugh, maybe it's because the joke isn't funny to begin with.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Really? My strategy is always to say, "Why aren't you guys laughing? That was hilariously funny!" It always gives me some sympathy laughs at least! :)