Humor doesn’t cause learning, but it does help create conditions to help it along. Humor tends to put students at ease, which may encourage engagement.
Dr. Weimer brings up some interesting points about the role humor can play in the classroom. The one that stood out to me was toward the end. “Humor connects teachers and students. It creates that sense of of community, how we’re all in this together, how we all make stupid mistakes and need to laugh at our foibles.” Creating community in a course can be one of the harder parts of teaching. Yet we’ve seen research that says building community can lead to student success. Appropriate humor may be one way to build that community.