We have a tradition in my class called Bad Joke Friday. Each Friday we start off class with bad jokes. There really is nothing like sharing a laugh as a class. Humor stretches our minds and imagination. It relieves anxiety and creates group unity. It bridges a gap between teacher and student. It releases four hormones and expands our blood vessels. It even increases our ability to tolerate pain and can be used to diffuse tense situations in the classroom 🙂
Laughing as a class builds consensus, creates a sense of solidarity and intimacy, and communicates a sense of belonging. Laughing together produces a common ground helps us form a barrier against stress. Laughing removes some of the tension and stress that can come along with the learning process.
Laughing together as a class conveys the belief that we are more same, than different.
My class would like to invite you in join us this Friday. You have two choices. You can leave your best bad joke in the comments, or if you have an iphone, ipad, or ipod add your joke below in a video. Here is how you can add your video:
1-Download the app Vimily
2-Sign-up and enter the code DX4Z7W
3-Record your best bad joke and upload
On Fridays we’ll play your jokes in class. Please share the code above with anyone you know who tells great bad jokes. If you have an “i” device in school please pass it around your classroom. If anyone makes a mistake and uploads a video by accident, we can delete it on our end. We don’t tell any jokes in which the gender, race, ethnicity, of body parts are central to the joke. We also do not tell any jokes that involve blondes or frog in blenders. I have left room at the bottom of the post for new jokes. If your joke gets bumped out I will add more space as needed and it will show up without having to re-record it.
We are really looking forward to hearing jokes from around the country (world??) and feel free to listen to some of our favorites! Just click on the video below to hear some of the best bad jokes you have ever heard that we have added to spark your funny bone.
If you would like a list of awesome jokes that are appropriate for most teachers and students click here.