Humour in the classroom
Humour is the spice of life. Without humour life will be dull. We come across several instances in every day life which make us laugh. Some times we even laugh at the cost of others . Such humour is garish which hurts the feelings of others.There are occasions when unintentionally we utter words which are spoken without giving a second thought as to what we are saying and which may pierce the heart of others. This must be condemned. Such humour will come in the category of barb.
In our work place we encounter many situations which humour us. I will confine myself to a few such situations which occurred within the precincts of schools. I recollect a funny situation which I had to face on the very first day when I was promoted as a Principal and went to report for duty. I was posted to a tented school. It was the month of July when after the rains it becomes very humid. I reached the school.Nobody knew me.I entered the tent which was the office of the In charge. I found her surrounded by at least ten or twelve teachers One teacher was standing behind the In charge and 'fanning' her No body noticed me. After about ten minutes a teacher asked me curtly,"What do you want? Madam is very busy. Come tomorrow."I just said in a very cool demeanour,"I have come to join."Immediately they all said in a chorus that there is no vacancy in this school.. I said , "I have come to join as Principal".This had an electrifying effect.Within seconds the crowded tent looked deserted. Only the Principal and the 'fanning' teacher were left.I sat down.At jet speed the fanning teacher came and stood behind me and started fanning.I was furious and told her that I should not see the fan again. Even though I felt annoyed at that moment, but when I remember that incident I feel amused.
Another funny incident which I would like to narrate pertains to an examination centre. I along with four colleagues paid a surprise visit to one rural area centre. As soon as we entered the corridor, we were shocked that bundles and bundles of books, notebooks, guides and what not showered on us like flying saucers. The same thunder fell upon us through the windows and ventilators as we crossed from one class to another. What a welcome!! We all had a hearty laugh after leaving the centre.
Another hilarious episode which comes to mind took place in the Economics class. The teacher was teaching about banking. One girl was sleeping in the class. The teacher's shark eyes noticed her. He immediately called out the girl's name.She got up with a start and was confronted with a question,"how many types of interest are there."? The girl, without even blinking her eyes replied ,"sir, there are two types of interest' .Apparently pleased with this answer the teacher paid her a compliment, and asked her to proceed. The girl gained confidence and replied, "Sir my first interest is in your subject, Economics, because you teach us nicely and second interest is my dog ,who also loves me.' The whole class burst into wild laughter and the poor teacher walked out in disgust.
Once a girl's sister was getting married and she sent an application for leave which was read out to the class.A portion, which I still remember goes on as follows,"sir as my father is marrying my sister on(the date) I will not be obligated to attend school. Sir I did not tell you before this because I did not want to embrace(embarrass) you........"
I will conclude this with one more incident.A teacher was posted in a rural area, where tbhe spoken language had regional flavour. She entered the class with great enthusiasm. She however could not control the class. The monitor got up and shouted,Tumau sab kahe chup naa hovey? Dekha naahi bhenji kab se bhaunk rahi se? freely translated the child said 'Why are you all not keeping quiet? Dont you see that madam is barking for so much time?'
There are several such episodes which we come across everyday. Will some one like to contribute?