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The Little Book of Laughter
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Contents: Acknowledgements Foreword Intro Section I: The World of Humour and Comedy 1 Funny Business is a Risky Business 2 What is a Sense of Humour and How to Define It 3 Humour, Curiosity and Playfulness - Being Seven All Over Again 4 The Sciencey Bit - It's Brain Jim, But Not As We Know It 5 Your Funny Bone is Connected to Your, Er 6 Only Joking 7 Please Be Seated for the Secrets of Stand-Up 8 Making It Up As You Go - Improvisation and Teaching Section II: Thirty Exercises to Build Rapport, Encourage Spontaneity, Get Their Creative Juices Flowing, Improve Learning and Make Everything Better ... 101 Gagging for More? ... 131 Outro ... 141 Bibliography ... 143 Index of exercises ... 145 List of lists ... 147

About the Author

Ian Gilbert is an educational speaker, award-winning writer and editor, innovator, entrepreneur and a man who the IB World magazine named as one of its top fifteen 'educational visionaries'. In 1994 he established the unique educational network Independent Thinking, whose Associates and pioneering books have influenced teachers, school leaders and young people all across the globe. Ian has a unique perspective on education and society, having lived and worked in the UK, the Middle East, South America, Asia and, now, the Netherlands.Dave Keeling has been a professional actor for 20 years and a 'stand-up' educationalist for 18 years working the length and breadth of the country with teachers, pupils and parents.

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Reviewed by Professor Marion Wynne-Davies, School of English and Languages, University of Surrey
Dave Keeling takes the old saying 'Make 'em laugh, make 'em think' and transforms it into a clear, informative and enjoyable guide that shows teachers of all age ranges how to use humour in education. The Little Book of Laughter combines analysis of different forms of comedy with a handy DIY guide as well as providing a series of 'seriously funny' jokes that will make both teachers and pupils laugh aloud.
Reviewed by Dean Goddard, Deputy Head Teacher, St Martin's School, Brentwood, Essex
David Keeling is the Patch Adams of education. As the pressure and accountability on schools and teachers continue to rise this book represents a much needed reality check on what schools, childhood and growing up is all about.
Reviewed by Dr Katharine Low, Royal Central School of Speech & Drama
Dave Keeling's 'The Little Book of Laughter' is a delightful book that concisely brings together some of the key ideas and facts about the impact of laughter on a person in order to make the case for the use of humour in an educational setting. Keeling engages with a range of different perspectives on humour, from the scientific views on the impact of laughter and our brain's processing of humour, to the use of improvisational theatre techniques, and offers a resounding argument for incorporating play and laughter into the classroom.
Indeed, it is an engaging read, full of comic examples and interludes, which Keeling then takes care to unpack. Indeed, through his humorous and engaging writing, Keeling is modelling his suggested practice for the reader.
Keeling offers a useful distinction between laughter and humour, and the discussion on humour as a way of seeing and processing the world, as a cognitive process, is particularly relevant for the reader and he makes a strong case for the inclusion of humour in learning, emphasising its essential role as a communicat

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