One of the keys to success with any difficult task or challenge is definitely having the right mindset. And high-stakes testing is definitely a difficult task. I always try to keep my students encouraged and motivated through the test prep review process and through the week(s) of testing. This post shares some test prep videos that you can use for motivation and encouragement, ranging from songs to inspirational speeches and true-life stories.
Read the summary of each video and why it works for test prep and then choose the ones that best fit your students’ needs. These could even be used in all groups with small groups of student who need specific encouragement.
Disclaimer: As with any resource or material you use with students, make sure you preview the videos prior to showing them to your class to ensure they are a good fit.
1. Sesame Street: Will.i.am Sings “What I Am”
Run time 1:51
Featuring beloved Sesame Street characters and Will.i.am, this short music video has a catchy tune and positive message encouraging kids to be themselves.
Why It’s Good for Test Prep: The song encourages kids to look inside and see their worth based on who they are – not what they do.
2. NED’s Test Prep Rap Song Video
Run time 1:56
This catchy rap shares all of the tried and true test prep reminders and strategies we always share with students, but in a more engaging way.
Why It’s Good for Test Prep: The song will reinforce the important reminders for before and during testing.
3. My Philosophy For a Happy Life | Sam Berns
Run time 12:44
This TEDxMidAtlantic talk by teenager Sam Berns showcases what’s most important in life. He suggests focusing on what you can do more than what you cannot do, appreciating the relationships you have, and always looking ahead to new possibilities.
Why It’s Good for Test Prep: The video gives students a different look at what matters most in life and how to deal with situations that don’t quite go to plan.
4. Kid President’s Pep Talk to Teachers and Students!
Run time 3:54
Using his own brand of quirky inspiration, Kid President delivers a message to students and teachers encouraging them to keep on being awesome.
Why It’s Good for Test Prep: The four-minute video gives students a healthy dose of positivity and encouragement to keep on learning.
5. The Story About Harry Houdini
Run time 4:12
Using the story of Harry Houdini’s escape from a jail cell, Prince Ea demonstrates how the most challenging obstacle you will ever have to overcome is the limitations of your mind.
Why It’s Good for Test Prep: The video encourages students to believe in themselves and cast their self-doubts aside as they keep moving forward.
6. Inspirational Story of Olympic Athlete Derek Redmond
Run time 3:14
Telling the true story of Olympic Athlete, Derek Redmond, the video focuses on not giving up and accepting help from those who love you.
Why It’s Good for Test Prep: Encouraging students to persevere, the video focuses on not giving up.
7. Keep Going! School Motivation
Run time 3:28
A compilation of interviews, motivational clips, and music, the video stresses the importance of finding your passion and not giving up no matter how hard the journey.
Why It’s Good for Test Prep: The short video encourages students to keep going and try their best.
8. Shake It Off Testing Parody
Run time 3:53
This test taking parody encourages students to shake off the stress and anxiety of test taking.
Why It’s Good for Test Prep: The song reiterates important test taking strategies that will help students and the catchy tune may make it easier for students to remember to relax.
9. Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance | Angela Lee Duckworth
Run time 6:12
This TED talk debunks the myth that only those with high IQs can succeed in school. Duckworth explains that “grit” or growth mindset is one of the most defining factors in a person’s success. This video is better for older students in grades 5-8.
Why It’s Good for Test Prep: The video provides scientific evidence that growth mindset can help students succeed.
10. Try Everything by Shakira
Run time 3:22
From the movie “Zootopia”, this catchy song from Shakira stresses trying even if you might fail. Scenes from the movie will capture students’ attention.
Why It’s Good for Test Prep: The song is good for test prep, because it encourages students to try despite fear of failure.
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