Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Smell of Math?


Smells help the memory. 
Science has proven this. 
Many of us already knew this. 

A conversation came up the other day about how teachers can use this information to help children remember what they learn when they take those big tests like Smarter Balanced or PARCC.

It's a great concept... but how do we make it work?

Wear certain perfumes while teaching adjectives... then wear that same perfume during the test on parts of speech?

Have a Math lesson on fractions using slices of watermelon, then let them chew watermelon gum during the test on fractions?

Use an essential oil diffuser scented with vanilla oil while teaching about fact and opinion, then serve cupcakes with vanilla frosting during the reading test?

It could be tricky, but who knows, maybe use of scents is a new teaching strategy!

1 comment:

  1. I have to disagree with the idea. For example, I am violently allergic to all melons- just the smell of melons, starts an allergic reaction which can lead to anaphylactic shock. Something very important to consider.

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