Friday, April 1, 2016

Rejuvenation Friday: Joke of the Day!

Greetings Reader on the Other Side of the Screen,

I hope you are having a great April Fools Day and have shared many laughs. I wanted to share a classroom practice that often brought rejuvenation each class period when I was teaching junior high English.

On one corner of the whiteboard I always posted a joke (or a pun) of the day. It was fun to watch the students come in, anticipating what the new joke would be--and the subsequent groans or laughter that would follow.

Not every period would begin with laughter, but starting the period off with a laugh usually set a good mood.

My sources for jokes included a few good-old fashioned joke books (my favorite being Get Thee to a Punnery: An Anthology of Intentional Assaults Upon the English Language by Richard Lederer). Some of the jokes were too long to write on the board, so I would simply write, "ask me" on the board. The students would ask at the beginning of the period and we would start with a shared joke.

I also found a few websites for jokes. A good source is Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion website.

Here are a few jokes/puns to get you started:

What did the tie say to the hat at the beginning of the race?
You go on ahead, I'll hang around.

Two silk worms were in a race. They ended in a tie.

Happy joke-telling!

Erika, Me on the Other Side of the Screen