Coffee Shop Physics
Posted August 29, 2011on:
Last year, one of my students came into class second or third period and said how much he loves coming to my room. I thought it was odd because he wasn’t a particularly enthusiastic physics student. Then he said he loves the way my room smells.
Every morning I make a pot of coffee, often flavored with vanilla or hazelnut. I never thought about the impact something like a nice smell has on making a student feel relaxed. I’m still making coffee every morning, but this year I picked up a bunch of scented tea lights from IKEA. These things smell so good, my son and I bought a pack of every flavor they offered.
I have heard stories of real estate agents putting a drop of vanilla on a warm oven at an open house to make the home subconsciously remind the potential buyers of home-made freshly baked cookies. Maybe getting another one of their senses involved improves learning.