Last night I taught an Englilsh as a Second Language class at Vida, because it was me teaching and because laughter is literally a part of my name, we laughed a lot. This experience reinforced a couple of lessons for me.
First, laughter is an important learning tool. Because we laughed a lot, everyone was relaxed and we made great progress;
Second, don’t take yourself too seriously. If you are going to laugh, and make laughter a part of what you do, you’d better be prepared to laugh at yourself. Last night, I met Rosa for the first time. She was an absolute joy. She sat in the very front row and was prepared to laugh and laugh a lot. She had one of those wonderful infectious laughs that seemed to generate somewhere in her innermost being.
Rosa is obviously expecting a baby, and as a part of our lesson I asked her when her baby is due.
“January 24th,” she replied in pretty good English, then,
“When is your due?” she asked glancing at my rather ample midsection. The she, I and the entire class enjoyed a moment of uproarious laughter.
Next Thursday can’t come soon enough!