Creating a Positive Learning Environment: Sarcasm

I am a great believer in humour in the classroom. As Maryellen Weimer talks about here “Humour builds group cohesion”- this is true, in the right context. As an Englishman and former serviceman, sarcasm and sarcastic humour are ingrained in me. Is there a place for sarcasm in the classroom? Maybe. But what if, unintentionally my sarcastic humour is actually embarrassing, or even humiliating to some students? Would they tell me? On reflection, tread carefully is the key, why would one run the risk of creating a negative learning environment due to something, which is completely avoidable?


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