Running Beeps with Teachers
Story By: Leonard Lee Editor: Michelle Ahn Web Designer: Andy Yoon
P.E. is one of SIS students’ favorite classes, but in each year of P.E., fitness tests start stressing students out. Of these, the beep test may be the most challenging test. The beep test, also known as the pacer test, challenges the students’ stamina as well as speed. All the students hate it because as time passes, the beep test gets harder and harder, which makes students extremely tired. Students usually aren’t enthusiastic about running long distances, and usually tend to give up in the middle. If they for some reason happen to be motivated, it is usually just because of grades, but not because they want their body to be more fit and healthy. Most students just reach the 100 percent score, and quit running because they think that it is pointless to run more than a perfect grade.
In 8th grade, most students learn how to motivate themselves and try harder to achieve a higher number of beeps. This is because in 8th grade, teachers run with the students during the beep test. The teachers running with the students encourage students to try harder so that they can beat the teacher. For example, some students want to beat the teachers simply because the teachers and the students are close to each other. Others want to beat the teachers for no good reason, just for the pride of doing so.
“Well to be honest, before I knew that the teachers were running, I was too lazy to run a lot but when I found out that the teachers were running I became really motivated, and I planned to beat all the teachers and come out,” Ryan Hyun, an 8th grader stated. Ryan Hyun, as a result of the motivation, beat all the teachers, and achieved his goal of 106 points. If there were no teachers, he would have not ran as many beeps.
“I wish I can run again with the teachers next year,” Ryan Hyun said. “It clearly motivated me to try harder, and this was the key to my success in my beep test.”