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Teacher Puts a Twist on Pop Quizzes in Forney ISD

Remember pop quizzes on Fridays? Like so many other things in school, they're not what they used to be.

Teachers at Warren Middle School in Forney Independent School District have tried to find more creative ways to test their students' knowledge, and the students actually enjoy the tests.

Whitney Wilkerson teaches U.S. History and has given her students a mission.

It's kind of like an escape room in the classroom.

Students work in teams to try to answer riddles and solve problems using what they learned in class and the clues hidden around the room.

NBC 5's Wayne Carter visits Warren Middle School in the Forney Independent School District.

"Projects are fun, but this stuff is really, really fun because you get to work with your friends and you get to think in a different way," student Helen Nichlson said.

Nichlson and her team were talking about the details of the French-Indian War and trying to crack the code to a padlocked chest filled with treasure.

"I had an eighth grade history teacher who was out of the box and I try to emulate some of the stuff," Wilkerson said.

NBC 5's Wayne Carter is Warren Middle School in Forney, Texas.

She said she loves teaching at Warren Middle School because she said the administration encouraged them to get out of their comfort zone and find new ways to get kids excited about learning.

"They'll remember this more than taking a quiz," she said.

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