In her own take on Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk,” sixth-grade reading teacher Kelli Hauser is looking to get students pumped for next week’s State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR ) exams and leave them dancing in the process. The teacher, from Denton’s McMath Middle School, released her remake of the chart-topping song in a video called “STAAR Test Funk” a couple days ago.
“Cause STAAR test we’re gon’ give it to ya,” Hauser belts out in the video. “It’s testing day and we’ve learned a lot. Don’t believe me, just watch.”
Hauser filmed the video March 12 at Ryan High School with the help of the high school drill team, the Strutters, and others.
“Denton, get pumped up. Our scores will triumph,” she sings. “STAAR test, I’ll mop you up. Our scores will measure up.”
The nearly five-minute video has accumulated more than 51,000 views since being posted on YouTube.
“I really just wanted to motivate [students], and I wanted them to [know] we’ve been working all year to make sure they learn what they need to learn … not just on the STAAR test but school in general,” Hauser said. “A lot of kids feel stressed about the test and that’s the last thing that we want.
“My hope was to ease some of that tension.”
The last six years, Hauser has created similar motivational videos for students using lyrics she writes herself and instrumental music from pop stars including Katy Perry and Lady Gaga.
Check out her latest video and a side-by-side comparison with the “Uptown Funk” video below.