Physical Education teachers and administrators across the country rejoiced when President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act into law last December.
IHT, along with partner adidas, held its first Advisory and Innovation Summit in Austin. Physical education teachers, school administrators, foundation managers and state PE coordinators joined us for a day of conversation, demonstration and – most importantly – sharing as we work to create a better PE experience for students.
As we strive to get the most out of each of our students, teachers often turn to each other to find new ways to motivate students. Thanks to associations such as SHAPE America, our networks stretch far and wide. We have plenty of colleagues across the country to turn to for tips on how to motivate our students.
One of the best things about working on a team that goes above and beyond everyday expectations to further its mission is to check out what our partners, like the Washington D.C. Public Schools, are doing or have accomplished on their journey.
Physical education teachers have been taught how to use a new computer programme to help empower their students to lead healthy lifestyles. Teachers from across the island’s public schools took part in the training session about the Spirit System, which includes standardised fitness assessment tools, at Berkeley Institute on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Using high tech heart monitors to track individual effort and achievement, has unparalleled value in physical education for both students and teachers.
To paraphrase the great Robert Earl Keen, the road goes on forever but the learning never ends. School may be out for summer, and while they take a well-deserved break from the classrooms, the next lesson plan is never far from a teacher’s mind. With that in mind, we at IHT want to do our part to help physical education teachers best utilize the IHT Spirit System as they work to teach students the importance of overall health and its relationship to their entire academic performance with PE assessment tips from teachers getting positive results.
Being one of IHT’s newer partners hasn’t kept IDEA Public Schools from establishing some lofty goals for itself. Then again, for a school system that aims to – and does – send 100 percent of its high school graduates to college, aiming high is hardly unexpected.
When she began crafting what became her PE 3 curriculum – Physical Education for the Mind, Body and Spirit – IHT president and co-founder Jen Ohlson could only imagine the impact it might have on students across Texas and the country.
With the end of the school year comes the final report card. For students, it’s hopefully a positive affirmation of the hard work put in during a long year. For teachers, those report cards can be tools to judge their work, tangible evidence that they are on either the right track or need to adjustment their curriculum. If the year-end data generated by IHT’s Spirit System monitoring software for its physical education teachers is a similar indicator of success, then many PE programs would be wise to emulate what Kelly McClennon has accomplished at A. Maceo Smith High School New Tech High School in Dallas (Texas), part of the New Tech Network.
It’s a milestone week at IHT. After months in development and testing with adidas, the new Zone for IHT Spirit moves into its final field testing phase.
Ben Hemberger routinely talks to his physical education students at Fosston (Minn.) High School about getting outside of their comfort zone. “Sometimes if you want to see progress, you need to do things you may not be used to or comfortable doing,” he said.
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 a show he’d seen before, one he had grown tired of seeing. Kruse had hoped that his students would be exercising in their optimal heart rate zone for at least half of the PE period.
The voting is in and the judges have spoken. Congratulations to the 2016 IHT Spirit Challenge powered by adidas “Raising the Bar” physical education winners: Bay View Middle School in Green Bay, Wis., and Anderson Elementary School in Frisco, Texas.
May has students eyeing summer, teachers eyeing funding
As May progresses and students begin to turn their eyes toward summer vacation, teacher 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?
Students’ editorial emphasizes need for PE teachers to change with the times
Two New York high school students recently won a writing contest by issuing their own PE challenge. Students Norah Berry and Chase Moriarity, both 17, won an editorial writing contest by The Learning Network, an educational arm of the New York Times with their thoughts on challenges they, and other students, face in PE. The article, titled “Gym Class Villains,” discusses how some PE curricula haven’t transformed with the times.
Maize South teacher finds bullish solution to funding challenge
Two years of hard work and harder thinking have finally paid off for Maize South Middle School (Wichita, Ks.) physical education teacher Brandon Wolff.
Looking for votes, Spirit Challenge entrant turns to local media
You won’t catch Falls River, Mass., physical education teacher Terry Mahjoory talking about the demise of newspaper. The Sylvia School teacher let the local paper, the Herald News, know about her elementary school class’ entry into the Interactive Health Technologies “Raising the Bar” PE Video Challenge sponsored by Adidas.
Role reversal: 8th grader uses Spirit System data to teach class of future educators what works in P
On April 11, the students in Prof. Aaron Beighle’s education class at the University of Kentucky didn’t quite know what to expect. But Justin Lehmkuhler, with poise beyond his 14 years, stood before the class of aspiring physical education teachers and gave them some advice. An eighth grader at Woodford County Middle School outside of Lexington, Ky., Justin spoke about a month-long study he conducted during his physical education classes using the Interactive Health Technologies Spirit System.
With PEP Grant deadline approaching, how IHT helps with grant applications
As school calendars come to a close, teachers begin focusing on the next academic year. They will spend the next few weeks looking back on their year, evaluating what did or didn’t work for their classes and figuring out what new tool or curriculum enhancer they could add.
Short on workout time? Ramp up the intensity to get positive results, study shows
According to a recent New York Times article, it’s not the number of steps you take per day that can increase your fitness. If the steps aren’t stressful, then they aren’t helpful.
PE Superstars – Portage Central Middle Schoolers Soar to New Heights This Week Using the IHT Spirit
The physical education students at Portage Central Middle School in Portage, Mich., earned their lunch on Thursday, and everyone else’s for that matter.
adidas and Interactive Health Technologies Unveil adidas ZONE for IHT Spirit
adidas today, in partnership with Interactive Health Technologies LLC (IHT) debuted the first heart rate monitoring wrist-based device built specifically for the P.E. classroom, adidas ZONE for IHT Spirit.
My Trip of a Lifetime Helped Shape Revolutionary PE Tech
After a year in the making, IHT and adidas will launch their next generation technology at the SHAPE National Convention in MN on April 5th. Doug Hallberg, the 2015 New York Middle School Teacher of the Year from the Mohonasen School District shared with us what it was like to play a BIG role in helping our two companies rethink and reinvent how to create the perfect wearable for PE and education.
A Recap of Success on Speak Out! Day
On Wednesday, the 2nd of March, Speak Out! Day brought together over 200 Physical Education and Health leaders from 46 states and gave the physical education profession the opportunity to meet face to face with elected representatives on Capitol Hill.
6 Qualities of a Great PE Teacher
Think back to the best teachers you’ve had throughout your life. What are the qualities that made them stand out among the dozens of educators who have crossed your path?
The Spirit System in Action: A Note From a Valued Customer
Nothing makes us happier than happy customers (and happy students). We recently linked arms with John Dunlop at Portage Central Middle School to implement the IHT Spirit System schoolwide for every one of his 420+ students.
Gratitude Lessons That Teach Us Thanksgiving Is Every Day When It Comes to Our Teachers.
Tomorrow we’ll celebrate Thanksgiving Day with our friends, families, and loved ones. From all of us at IHT, thank you for all the work you do for kids and their health.