Use Humor to Capture Their Attention
Another late-August. Another group of students rolling into our colleges and universities, so full of excitement, fear and curiosity about their respective futures. Some are away from home for the first time. Some have made it through that transition and are involved in their next one – whatever that may be. Yet others may be stepping back into the college scene, having never attended or re-entering the world of “studenthood,” as adults.
Regardless of their personal status, as their professor, you get the opportunity to orient them to your course, its requirements and technologies, and your way of teaching. And of course (you tend to assume), every student is taking your course because of their burning interest in the material and in the great reputation you have built as the professor to learn from.
Hmmmmm. I wonder if that’s really what they’re thinking the first day of class? (more…)
“Dr. Raymond… we need to talk.”
“Call me”, the voicemail from my new practice manager concluded. It gave not a clue to the topic of our upcoming conversation.
Yikes. I hate that. Actually, it would be more correct to say that I fear that. I spent ten years in a practice where those words never preceded “Your staff has decided to get together and give you a surprise birthday party” or even “We made so much money last month that we decided to give you a bonus, and a day off.” It always meant something awful, and a meeting in which you were blindsided by not knowing the topic… except of course, that you would be the topic. (more…)
The Amateur Transplants (aka Adam Kay and Suman Biswas) have been known among medics in London since the late 90′s for their poor-taste songs , covering diverse topics such as cancer and renal failure.
Proud of being supremely politically incorrect, The Amateur Transplants have used their music to raise money for the Macmillian Cancer Center. Their latest album is Unfit to Practise.
Break out the rainbow wigs, the red rubber noses and the huge, floppy shoes: it’s time for us to CLOWN AROUND! Clowning is one of the most visible manifestations of therapeutic humor. The world famous Big Apple Circus has a ‘Clown Care Unit’ that visits pediatric patients, bringing smiles, giggles, and joy where ever they go.
They’re also teaching nurses how to do the same thing. This is just fabulous! Now, I know what you’re thinking — your facility already has enough clowns. Just look in the administration… (more…)