Teacher Life: Contagious Laughter

Most teachers have a soft spot for a particular type of student.

Some teachers like the cute, quiet ones; others are drawn to the confident, ambitious ones; some prefer the consistently obedient ones.

I’ve realized I have a soft spot for the kids with a sense of humor.

I like the kids who know how to have a good time. As a recovering perfectionist, a former straight-A student who often struggled to have fun, and a teacher who often witnesses kids get crushed by the academic expectations of their parents and society, I find lightheartedness a particularly valuable asset in the classroom.

One of my current students regularly cracks up laughing during class.

I’m talking uncontrollable laughter. So loud some of the girls cover their ears in protest. I’m pretty sure this kid has ADD, and sometimes he drives me a little crazy with his noisy outbursts and nonsensical rants. But he also makes me laugh more than any other student.

A moment strikes him as humorous–like a kid accidentally saying “house wifi” instead of “house wife”–a moment that others would merely chuckle at or completely pass over, but he laughs so hard his face turns red.

He completely loses himself in the moment. And sometimes, I let go and lose myself in it with him.

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After living in South Korea for over 7 years, Elizabeth is back in the States finding a new normal. In the tension of brokenness, resilience, and conviction, she chooses faith and depends on grace. She leans into empathy, curiosity, divine whispers, and childlike wonder.

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