Mary Kay Morrison’s lessons are available in two books and several scholarly publications.
Using Humor to Maximize Learning: Exploring Links between Positive Emotions and Education is the text for humor studies courses at several universities. It affirms, sustains and encourages educators in the practice of humor not only as a personal tool to optimize a healthy lifestyle, but to maximize the benefits of humor in education. These benefits include current research-based data on the use of humor to nurture creativity, to increase the capacity for memory retention, to support an optimal learning environment and to build safe communities that reflect the relational trust necessary for collaborative learning.
An environment of fun is an indicator of a culture of trust. Each chapter of this book includes a study group format and powerful practice ideas for leaders. These tools can facilitate creative data analysis for educational leaders interested in understanding the relatively new field of positive psychology and how it can contribute to a joyful learning environment that promotes collaborative relationships.
Purchase Using Humor to Maximize Learning at the Rowman & Littlefield Educators site.
Using Humor to Maximize Living is Mary Kay’s second book and will be published by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, an academic press based in Maryland, in March 2012 in hardback, paperback, and electronic forms.
Mary Kay will be doing a book signing at the international Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor (AATH) conference April 19 through 22, 2012, at the Chicago Westin O’Hare and will use the text for the conference’s Humor Academy, a three-hour graduate college class. All are invited to attend this fun and informative conference, with continuing education (CE) credits available for nurses, counselors and social workers and CPDU credits for teachers.
Purchase Using Humor to Maximize Living at the Rowman & Littlefield Educators site.
The Top Ten Reasons Why Humor is FUNdamental to Education
At the invitation of author, Robert Sylwester, Mary Kay’s Article “The Top Ten Reasons Why Humor is FUNdamental to Education” was published in IAE newsletter and will be included in a e-book on Creating an Appropriate 21st Century Education.
• Top Ten Reasons Why Humor is FUNdamental to Education; IAE Newsletter
• Washington Post; Why Schools Should Be Funnier: Mary Kay References
• Journal of Nursing Jocularity: Interview with Mary Kay
• Information Age Education: Using Humor to Maximize Learning
• Book Review, School Administrator, a publication of the American Association of School Administrators
• Fourth Early Childhood Conference, Isskent School, Izmir, Turkey
• An Educator’s Top 10 Tips for Staying Up in a Down Economy, Hope Foundation, 2009
• Seriously Funny CMA Today; July/Aug 2010