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Wednesday, July 15 • 11:45am - 12:50pm
Humor as an Assessment Tool

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Humor, creativity, & innovation are slightly different facets of the same classroom gem. In this session you will learn how to turn your student's natural inclination to make others laugh into a positive & highly engaging classroom assessment tool. We will integrate high cognitive thinking levels with online tools and laughter!

Participants will become familiar with the philosophical, psychological and ""common sense"" definitions of humor and comedy. Participants will analyze and apply our ""competing frames of reference"" model of humor to their own classroom settings so that they can teach their students how to be funny at high cognitive levels. Participants will create artifacts/products that demonstrate their understanding of our comedy/humor model by applying it to their classroom content (ie. Memes, He said-She heard, I do-They think). We will also share our rubric for this approach to assessment with participants. Purpose: To use students natural inclination to laugh and make others laugh as a powerful and relationship/community building classroom assessment.

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Charles Cooper

Consultant, ESC Region 11
Charles Cooper was in the classroom 17 years. He has taught at elementary, middle, high school and college levels. The bulk of his time, though, has been spent (5 years) teaching middle school science and (10 years) teaching high school social studies as well as (5 years) teaching college level government courses online and in person. He has been out of the classroom for a little over a year. He is the 2013 Northwest District Teacher of the Year... Read More →

Wednesday July 15, 2015 11:45am - 12:50pm
Berkeley Room Boston Park Plaza