Staying focused as school year winds down

Reported by: Robert Byers
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Updated: 5/13/2013 12:05 pm
MOOREVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - On days when the sky is blue and temperatures are nice, keeping students focused inside a classroom can be a challenge.

Teachers come up with creative ways to keep students interested in school as the spring semester draws to a close.

The young people at Mooreville Elementary in Kayla Mitchell's class split into teams and answer trivia questions on things they've learned.

The students also take exercise breaks with the statewide Move to Learn videos.

Student Emma McCollum said, "After a test if we're sitting around acting bored the teacher says brain break. We know that's a signal for Move to Learn."

With state tests being given this week to the third graders the teacher says it's important to keep her students' minds focused.

Teacher Kayla Mitchell said, "We've done a lot of Move to Learn videos to keep us active. We do lots of singing to remember the things we've learned this year. We also do a lot of
game show-style testing where the kids compete against each other. It's to be more interactive and to think about the things they've learned this year."

Keeping students focused right now can be a tough job. Teachers say they too have to work at it.

Mitchell said, "We're just enjoying our last few days together and looking back over the year."

Students say they plan on studying hard until the last school bell of the year rings.

Then they say it's a fun summer ahead.

Student Lauren Rutherford said, "I'm going on a field trip with my best friend Sadie. I'm also going to deer camp with her too."

Student Brayden Wammack said, "I'm going to be watching lots of Duck Dynasty. I'm going to go outside and practice my BB gun with my grandfather. I'm just going to have a lot of fun."
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