The end of the school year is approaching which means end of the year testing, a time when many students tend to get stressed out about scoring well. However, two local elementary schools found a way to ease that stress in a unique way.
Students and Staff at Bethlehem and West Liberty Elementary Schools made a music video parody of “Uptown Funk” called “Test Anxiety – No Way.”
The video demonstrates the connection of learning and having fun and already has hundreds of views on Youtube!
The parody was written by school principal Stacey Greer as a way to show her students that assessment testing is nothing to get worked up about.
“We wanted to show the kids that this is no big deal we do this everyday we asset them in different ways we watched collaborative learning projects, we take paper test at times, we also do a lot of observation and bench mark testing so this is just one way to show them don’t be nervous. It’s just the same thing we do everyday,” said Greer.
Aside from having fun and relaxing there was an educational purpose behind making this video as well.
“Studies show that students that are learning through movement are able to better retain what they are learning so we try to use that in many, many contexts and that’s exactly what the video was trying to push through a relaxed atmosphere and movement and fun getting the students relaxed and ready for the big test that’s coming up,” said music teacher, Eric Trio.
Students say making the video was fun and they enjoy the way teachers make learning fun.
“We got to run into school and dance in class and it’s fun even when we aren’t doing that type of stuff. I mean the teachers always make it fun for us to learn and everything just goes well,” said fifth grader, James Kawasaki.
“We usually do a lot of fun activities and that usually rubs off a lot of pressure from me,” said Alayna Cook.
The testing will take place May 9th through the 20th for those in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade.