reflection

Students Reinforce Essential Fitness Skills Through PE Reflection

Flipped Classroom Strategy Paired With Post-Workout Reflection Increases Student Mastery of Successful Exercise Habits

Two years ago, Oskaloosa (Iowa) Middle School PE teacher Betsy Luck flipped the script on her seventh and eighth-grade students. Luck challenged them to take the lead in developing exercise programs that enabled them to meet daily goals for time spent exercising at an elevated heart rate.

Instead of lecturing students on the benefits of an upcoming PE unit, she had students research and master the lesson for homework. While she stood ready to answer questions the next day, she wanted students to demonstrate the type of worked they’d utilize to meet the goal for minutes of exercise in the target heart rate zone. Read More

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Teacher Combines Funding Sources to Add PE Heart Rate Monitors to Curriculum

Elementary Students Display Improved Performance, Increased Attention to Exercise Habits

By pairing funding from his local education foundation with technology department funding, Lincoln (St. Charles, Ill.) Elementary School PE teacher Will Navis added key fitness tools to his program.

Looking to purchase a class set of IHT ZONE wrist heart rate monitors along with the IHT Spirit System assessment software to enhance student motivation in class, Navis needed close to $5,000. He just didn’t know where he’d find it in one place. Read More

ESSA Funding

McAllen ISD Uses ESSA Funding to Bring Heart Rate Training to Middle Schools

District Adds Technology To Motivate Students to Improve Effort, Time Spent Exercising in PE Classes

Mario Reyna’s ability to quickly identify and apply for federal funding has helped him win back-to-back grants to purchase new PE technology from the McAllen (Texas) Independent School District’s allotment of Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Title IV, Part A allocation.

In each of the last two years, Reyna, McAllen ISD’s Coordinator for Health and Physical Education, won approximately $45,000 in grants to add new tools to his district’s physical education program. In 2017-18, Reyna used his grant to purchase a music-based exercise kit for PE classes at each of McAllen’s schools. With his 2018-19 funding, Reyna purchased sets of IHT ZONE wrist heart rate monitors, along with the IHT Spirit System software, for each of the district’s six middle schools. Read More

PE Heart Rate Monitors

Elementary Students Quickly Reach Fitness Goals Using PE Heart Rate Monitors

Adding Technology Motivates Students of All Abilities to Increase Activity, Keep Heart Rate Elevated During Physical Activity

In just a few short weeks, fifth-grade students at Lincoln (Ill.) Elementary School have begun teaching each other how to improve their fitness using PE heart rate monitors.

Less than a month after Will Navis introduced the IHT Spirit System and IHT ZONE wrist heart rate monitors to his students, they’ve begun to take ownership of their fitness.

In each class session, students work to meet a goal of time spent exercising at an elevated heart rate. When class ends, they line up to return their monitors. As each student returns their ZONE, a summary graph appears on Navis’ computer. Read More

exercise at an elevated heart rate

Students Improve Longevity and Academic Readiness Through Exercise at an Elevated Heart Rate

Research Correlates Exercise at an Elevated Heart Rate to Benefits that Include Improved Cognitive Performance

IHT designed the Spirit System to focus students on minutes of exercise at an elevated heart rate because academic research shows conclusively that exercise at an elevated heart rate correlates to increased longevity, improved cognitive performance, and self-regulation and classroom functioning among children.

There are different philosophies about the key fitness metrics in evaluating fitness activities such as step counts, time to run a given distance, calories burned, and minutes of elevated heart rate. Our philosophy of focusing on minutes of elevated heart rate aligns with the Center for Disease Control’s 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans1 standards which recommend:

  • “children and adolescents aged 6 to 17 years should have 60 minutes (1 hour) or more of physical activity each day” and
  • “most of the 60 or more minutes a day should be either moderate- or vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity and should include vigorous-intensity physical activity at least 3 days a week.”

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