The most difficult thing i’ve had to teach this year is the ins-and-outs of sarcasm. I have a student who does not understand it in the slightest. She does not get it and does not think it is funny. She is also not on the autism spectrum. Understanding sarcasm requires some higher order thinking skills. It’s tough stuff!
Part of today’s lesson included watching some (appropriate) Mitch Hedberg jokes. We stopped after each one liner and we talked through why it was funny. It’s funny because it is absurd! It’s funny because it’s the opposite of what he really feels!
My sweet student only cracked a smile during the last five minutes of our session when she said ‘thank you Ms. R. We’ll practice more next Wednesday.’
Bless her heart.