heart rate monitors

JeffCo PE students use heart rate monitors to master healthy habits

Teacher works with school district, technology partner to navigate new legislative guidelines

“I relate the use of [heart rate monitors] in physical education to Chromebooks for classroom teachers,” said Everitt Middle School (Colo.) physical education teacher Bradley Hull. “It is absolutely essential for instruction. My number one philosophy as a PE teacher is for students to take what they learn in class outside of class so they can become lifelong movers.”

Last summer, the Colorado legislature passed the Student Data Transparency and Security Act, a law that requires technology companies to meet specific conditions before a school can partner with them. For Hull, the change meant he had to immediately stop using heart rate monitors he’d already purchased. When the company Hull originally partnered with failed to receive approved vendor status, the teacher had to find another company whose security practices met the state’s standards. Read More

running

Superstar P.E. Lesson Helps Students Develop Skill, Passion for Running

Capitalizing on their combined passion for running and a network of trails adjacent to their Nichols Middle School campus, Kelly Rich and Meghan Enos developed a unit designed to teach students how to find their optimal running pace.

Targeted to seventh grade physical education students, Rich and Enos created a running unit that’s been selected as February’s adidas Lesson for IHT Spirit. Rich and Enos submitted the lesson as part of the most recent IHT Spirit Video Challenge powered by adidas: Lessons from a Superstar.

An Introduction to the Health Benefits of Running

Rich and Enos developed the running unit to their fitness class as a change of pace to traditional on-campus running programs. Working with their administration, the teachers obtained permission to take students off campus to exercise.

“I got permission to be able to take the kids out running on the roads around the school,” Rich said. “Then we discovered all of the trails around the school as well. We started using those so the kids get a more authentic experience instead of running around the fields over and over.” Read More

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Motivated by heart rate monitors, P.E. students up their effort

Wearing new wrist-based heart rate monitors that track student progress toward daily class goals, Crestview School of Inquiry (West Des Moines, Iowa) physical education students are proving that a little motivation can last a lifetime.

“It’s a really strong motivator and it’s something that pushes the students,” said Crestview P.E. teacher Chris Amundson. “It becomes an internal motivation, an intrinsic motivation.”

Crestview is part of a West Des Moines Public Schools initiative to introduce the adidas Zone for IHT Spirit wrist heart rate monitors and the IHT Spirit System Assessment Measures software platform in classes this year. Students began wearing the heart rate monitors regularly in August, and Amundson said students now look forward to working hard in P.E. class.

“Students are loving the Zones,” Amundson said on Jan. 17. “They get mad at me if they come in the gym and the Zones aren’t set up and ready for them to use. They are mad that they have to go and do something else first before they can put them on. It’s just kind of normal for them to use the Zones.” Read More

ESSA

How Irving ISD’s Health and PE Coordinator Secured Technology Funding Through ESSA Title IV

With guidance from her department head, Irving Independent School District (Texas) Health and Physical Education Coordinator Sandi Cravens applied for and received $35,000 from her district’s Every Student Succeeds Act allocation.

After working with her supervisor and the district’s director of federal funding, Cravens researched the program she wanted to develop and gathered supporting material to create a proposal to purchase a set of IHT’s adidas Zone for IHT Spirit heart rate monitors and physical education assessment software in each of her district’s middle schools. Irving ISD funded Cravens request through the district’s ESSA’s Title IV allocation, which designates that funding be used for Student Support and Academic Enrichment.

Though the Department of Education is still approving ESSA implementation plans from several states, funding for the current school year has already been distributed. Physical educators are still adjusting to the new reality that they can — and must — seek out the funding that can only be used for specific programs.

“I was familiar already with Title IV but I didn’t pay too much attention to it because I assumed the money would go to another group of people in our district because that’s usually how it works,” Cravens said. “They discussed that a certain percentage of Title IV money had to be spent on the health and safety of kids. My boss, thankfully, said he knew exactly who to talk to about it.” Read More

Tabata

adidas Lesson for IHT Spirit: ‘Fit For Life’ Tabata Utilizes HIIT Principles in Physical Education

With class time more valuable than ever, Lunenburg High School (Mass.) physical education teacher Steve Boone developed a lesson that maximizes every second his students spend working out.

Boone’s “Fit For Life” Tabata workout allows students of all ages to exercise in short bursts over the course of a class period to get the full benefit of high-intensity interval training (HIIT). The lesson he uses with his twice-weekly adult education class as well as his high school P.E. student has been selected as the January adidas Lesson for IHT Spirit.

“I try to incorporate [all] types of exercises in the Tabata workout,” Boone, a 28-year physical education veteran, said. “It changes. It’s very fluid, and it’s all based on what the students want to get out of it.”

Some of Boone’s students are adults who began working out under his direction as part of the Lunenburg Public Schools celebration around the 2016 opening of a new high school campus.

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