Subtracting the anxiety and adding some fun to testing! - KIPP Chicago Public Schools

The Whole Child Review Issue No. 1, October 2019

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Subtracting the anxiety and adding some fun to testing!

Spring testing can create a lot of stress and anxiety for both students and teachers. We know how important these tests are in measuring our effectiveness as educators, but we are also committed to creating an environment that fosters joy. Students and teachers are on the same team, fighting for the same goal and it shows at all of our schools!

Jayson Franklin, an 8th grade Social Studies teacher at KIPP Ascend Middle School who has been with us for 11 years, worked with several students and teachers from the 8th grade team to create a music video to take some of the nerves out of standardized testing. They changed the words from the Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus song, “Old Country Road,” to pump up the school and add some fun to a challenging time!

Tryptych of KIPPsters Crushing the MAP
At KIPP One Academy, students are energized by the theme of ‘Crushing the Map’ and have their photo taken crushing a can of Orange Crush. Teachers also have their photos taken and images of everyone crushing their goals can be found around the school.
Tryptich of ZAP! the MAP posters from KBP
The team at KIPP Bloom Primary made sure students knew their superhero teachers were on their side and couldn’t wait to see them Zap the Map (test)! Every teacher-turned-superhero had a large poster displayed in the common area of the school.

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