Teacher’s innovative way to get kids to wash hands frequently and properly goes viral

  • Filipino educators may get inspiration from a US Grade 3 teacher’s strategy to encourage proper hygiene among kids
  • Shauna Woods would put a stamp in the hands of her students at the start of the day
  • The kids who have the stamp gone by the end of the day receive a reward

The Department of Health constantly reminds us to observe proper hygiene which includes washing hands with hand sanitizer, alcohol, sanitizing soap, or anything that could keep us safe from germs and bacteria. This after several Filipinos tested positive for COVID-19.

In addition, several schools have announced suspension of classes to avoid its further spread. Some schools increased efforts to promote proper hygiene among students.

Image by Mrs. Woods 3rd Grade via Facebook

Filipino teachers may get inspiration from an innovative third-grade teacher at Hallsville Schools in Missouri, United States.

Shauna Woods’ strategy encourages proper hygiene among her students and for them to wash their hands properly and frequently on their school’s sink and for using available soap, hand sanitizer and anti-bacterial wipes too.

Woods shared on Facebook that she would stamp (with “Mrs. Woods”) the hands of her students at the start of each day and those who have it gone by the end of the day gets a reward.

“We are doing our best in room 550 to keep the germs away. Kids got stamps on their hands this morning. If it’s gone by the end of the day from washing their hands, they get a prize. We are trying.”

In an interview with Good Morning America, the educator disclosed the school always experience spike in absentees at that time due to different viruses and common c0ld; adding that kids are in close corners and interacting with another all day which may lead to spread of germs.

Image by Mrs. Woods 3rd Grade via Facebook

She said the students liked the training and has since become a routine for them. Woods called it as “great motivator” that makes washing hands multiple times a day for her students a second nature.

“Providing a visual reminder and incentive has boosted their hygiene regiment. I even joined in on the fun and put a stamp on my hand to be their positive role model,” she said.

Image by Mrs. Woods 3rd Grade via Facebook