We know there is a neurological link between humour and learning. The science may well tell us this but Dave Keeling proves it.
A stand-up comic who’s also been in both Coronation Street and Eastenders, Dave has been working with Independent Thinking for many years bringing the best out of some of the UK’s naughtiest young people as well as opening up teachers and school leaders to the power of laughter in the classroom.
Author of several books full of practical strategies for adding humour, energy and risk to any lesson, Dave combines his experience working with all sorts of young people and pushing them to aim that bit higher, get off their backsides and make something of their opportunities with his gift for quick-fire, improvised stand-up comedy.
In fact, you could argue that Dave is living proof of our famous mantra ‘Education is too important to be taken seriously’.
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Feedback from recent events include:
"Dave's sessions were an absolute breath of fresh air. It was great to see him engage the Year 11's so well and drop in so many key messages without them even realising and the feedback from the staff session has been great too. Lots of food (or should I say laughter) for thought."
"Please pass on our thanks again to Dave for coming to the event, he was brilliant as always and the students loved it, many have said he was their favourite part of the day."
"I am just writing to let you know how much my staff enjoyed Dave Keeling’s Inset yesterday. I have already had very many positive comments this morning and a number of staff have already tried some of the ideas/games he suggested. It was a great start to the new year – engaging, positive, thought-provoking."
"We refer to Mr Keeling as the Pizza Man as he always delivers!! (His joke not mine - unless it is funny in which case!!) students and staff always respond brilliantly to him and personally I find him a joy to work with - organised and goes the extra mile"
"The best graveyard shift speaker in the country"
"Thank you so much for your session on Friday morning at Pennyhill. It was inspiring, hilarious, thought provoking and magical."
With Dave Keeling. Using humour to improve learning.
For many schools, getting parents to the school for an event is something that is only beaten in difficulty by getting the right parents to school for an event. That said, the parents who do come to our Learning and Motivation for Parents Events always head home buzzing with ideas that are not only helpful in dealing with their children but also very relevant for their own careers and personal development.
Being a governor is an incredibly important task these days so we are delighted when we are asked to support them in their work in all sorts of schools around the country. Apart from ensuring the event is an entertaining and enjoyable one for all, especialy as it is so often on a rainy Saturday, we make sure our input is informative, relevant, up to date and guarantees all governors go back into their schools knowing what to look for, what to do and the rights sorts of questions to ask.