STAAR students get new incentive to pass test
Cy Springs English teacher Harold Hogan has given beads out to STAAR retake students that have taken a motivational vow to do well on the test.
Students took the vow in September, and have been studying and working towards the Dec. 3 test ever since. The vow is based off an “ancient” Olympian oath that states “ I will never cheat, I will train my hardest, and I will never ever quit.” Hogan believes the beads students wear will motivate them during the five hour test to persevere through.
“They often give up in the middle of a five hour test,” Hogan said. “ It is either fear or self-doubt or fatigue.By wearing these beads during the test, I hope that they remember to keep going no matter what comes.”
And according to one student, those tactics are working.
“The oath motivated me to do better”, said junior Jacqueline Ramon. “ It [STAAR class] has helped me learn more on stuff I did not understand.”
Hogan even promised to dye his hair if 75 percent of his students pass the test. Preferbly, Hogan would like to streak his hair to match each color highlighter in class.
“I probably should have run that past admins first, but I would do anything within reason to motivate these kids,” said Hogan.
By Mya Banks