I believe that children learn more when they are having fun. I love using humor in my classroom. Although I am by no means an extrovert (I am a terrible sufferer of stage fright and giving speeches to adults), but I have no fear at all standing up in front of a bunch of 9 and 10 year olds and being downright silly. I love making my students laugh.
The ability to understand more advanced humor can be one of the signs of giftedness in a child. This ability involves reasoning, intuition, and recognizing the abstract. By using humor in the classroom, all students are given the opportunity to develop these skills.
I have a "Humor of the Day" section in my classroom where I post funny pictures or quotes. We take a few minutes of our day to discuss the picture or quote and talk about what makes it funny. I have students of all abilities and backgrounds in my classroom, so we learn from each other. I love the moment when students "get it" for the first time. It can sometimes lead to a great discussion.
I have seen some of my students start to catch on a little quicker the more we discuss the humor in my classroom. It is definitely a nice break from the routine. Besides, I love laughing daily - doesn't everyone?
So, do you use humor in the classroom? What makes you and your students laugh?