School really hurts! That’s the message that students at Belaire High want you to understand. With lyrics such as “Got bad grades could of had good grades” and “I just took an AP test turns out got 100% had to study like crazy” students say that sometimes school can really be stressful.
As a joint project with several departments on the campus, Belaire High is showing how quality work can be created when you give students the opportunity to express their creativity while getting work done.
Set to the tune of Lizzo’s “Truth Hurts” students touch on a variety of subjects from studying to slacking in school and cheating on tests.
The principal of Belaire High, Mrs. Angela Jones says,
We are excited about the amazing projects our magnet students are working on. This video was a cross curricular project created by three departments: media arts, broadcasting, and English. All of our magnet teachers are implementing project based learning this year.
The video takes place in the school’s beautiful theater. The students are in class receiving test grades back. Some kids passed the test and others failed. After the teacher leaves out of the room to take a call, the students start rapping to each other about the importance of staying on top of your studies so that you can pass and not be retained in the same grade next year.
This style of teaching is definitely nontraditional but teachers are focused on finding ways that allow them to keep students engaged and wanting to participate in school.
According to the schools Director of Magnet Programming, Jane Silvie,
Students show a higher level of engagement when they can apply their learning to life experiences. She went on to say, “Allowing student choice ensures that students learn and take pride in their work. We are very pleased with the outcome thus far and continue to expect high quality work from our students.”
To take a look at some of the other projects that students at Belaire High are participating in click here.