Cleanliness In The Classroom – Fights Germs and Bad Behavior

26 Oct

Hello friends, it has been a while. Attendance for Sunday school dwindled down for a few weeks, but now we are back into full swing with a lot of ideas to share.

With illnesses such as the Swine Flu spreading through classrooms in the United States, cleanliness is a virtue all teachers can appreciate. ┬áBut in the Baha’i Faith, cleanliness has held an even greater power than preventing the spread of germs.

“And although bodily cleanliness is a physical thing, it hath, nevertheless, a powerful influence on the life of the spirit.” – Abdul’Baha

New research shows that clean smells unconsciously promote moral behavior.

“Basically, our study shows that morality and cleanliness can go hand-in-hand,” said Galinsky of the Kellogg School. “Researchers have known for years that scents play an active role in reviving positive or negative experiences. Now, our research can offer more insight into the links between people’s charitable actions and their surroundings.”

Above and beyond ensuring that our students wash their hands, this study could have drastic effects on classrooms everywhere. Better go buy some citrus-scented Windex, as the study cites!

How do you think this could be implemented in your classroom?
I have had my eye on the Febreze Luminary’s for a while now. They are similar to scented candles, minus the flame.

febreze-luminary

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One Response to “Cleanliness In The Classroom – Fights Germs and Bad Behavior”

  1. Delaram Hakiman-Adyani July 8, 2011 at 4:09 am #

    Dear Emily,
    I enjoyed reading your lesson plans and creative ideas that reflect the Baha’i teachings. THANK YOU for sharing! Warmly, Delaram Adyani
    Portland, Oregon

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