No Time To Zone Out

May 31, 2016

Published in the Thirteen Towns, Fosston, Minn.

FHS teacher brings cutting-edge heart rate monitors to phys-ed class

FosstoncheckBen Hemberger routinely talks to his physical education students at Fosston High School about getting outside of their comfort zones.

“Sometimes if you want to see progress, you need to do things you may not be used to or comfortable doing,” he said.

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Teacher steps out of comfort zone to find funding for adidas Zone monitors

Thurs, 26 May 2016
Ben Hemberger routinely talks to his physical education students at Fosston (Minn.) High School about getting outside of their comfort zones.“Sometimes if you want to see progress, you need to do things you may not be used to or comfortable doing,” he said.

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When one student finally reaches goal, the rest of class follows suit

Tue, 24 May 2016

Nobel
Students tap their IHT Spirit System heart rate monitors in before use in a PE class.

As his school year ground toward its inevitable end, John Kruse, a physical education teacher at Nobel Charter Middle School in the Los Angeles Unified School District, scratched his head as he watched his students play pickleball, a cross between tennis, badminton and table tennis.

The scene playing out before him – and on the IHT Spirit System software that tracked the heart rate levels of the 12 students wearing monitors that day — was one he’d seen before, one he had grown tired of. Kruse, the 2016 California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Teacher of the Year, had hoped that his students would be exercising in their optimal heart rate zone for at least half of the PE period.

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Congratulations to 2016 IHT Spirit Challenge powered by adidas winners

Mon, 23 May 2016IHT

May has students eyeing summer, teachers eyeing funding

Fri, 20 May 2016 fundingAs May progresses and students begin to turn their eyes toward summer vacation, teachers begin focusing on what’s next. What did I do this year that worked well? What do I want to change about my curriculum? Who’s doing something new that would work at my school? How am I going to find the funding for something new?That last question remains the most important one.

As teachers identify new tools – be it a new set of books to read for English, software that augments math or new innovations such as the adidas Zone for IHT Spirit that helps teachers and students track heart rate levels during physical education – more often than not they need to develop a plan to pay for their new tools.

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