Monday, November 16, 2009

Making a Case for Classroom Humor

I never dreamed of being a college professor. Does anybody?

When my third-grade teacher asked us about our dream job, Molly said, “Astronaut.” Evan, “An actor.” Perry: “Obtain a terminal degree and lecture on legal morasses.”

Whether you teach third grade or nuclear physics, every student wants a good laugh. As teacher accountability objectives collide with shorter attention spans, laughter is the secret ingredient to keep everyone on task.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (and Maureen Downey in particular) was kind enough to publish my article as an Op-Ed piece. Click below to continue reading...

Making a case for classroom humor
By Perry Binder
8:52 a.m. Monday, November 16, 2009


  1. Pizzle, congrats on getting into the AJC. I'm picturing you on the desk with your foot in the projector's face...classic!

  2. Teaching and stand-up comedy definitely have some parallels. You get your best laughs when you point out something that everyone kind of knows is true but don't generally think about. The good thing about being a teacher is that the expectations of the audience are lower than they are for a comedian. If I say anything even remotely funny, students will laugh just because they are pleasantly surprised.


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