Using Morning Physical Exercise Boosts Math, Literacy Test Scores

Administrators at Oskaloosa (Iowa) Middle School implemented a program that uses physical exercise to prepare sixth-grade students for their most rigorous academic classes each day.

Oskaloosa’s sixth-grade students begin each day with a 20-minute activity session before settling into their math and literacy courses, each of which are 90 minutes long. Officials added the activity period after PE teacher Betsy Luck researched the positive impact that a Daily Mile program in England has had on students. Read More

VO2max

IHT Adds VO2max Calculations to Spirit System Assessments

Key Cardiovascular Fitness Metric Provides Students with Additional Data to Evaluate Heart-Healthy Workout Habits

Students using the IHT Spirit System® during their PE classes now have another metric to gauge the quality of their workout.

IHT recently added a VO2max calculator to three key measures. By learning about their VO2max score – and why raising it improves their overall fitness level – students master one more skill that will allow them to self-manage their fitness as they transition from students to adults. Additionally, improving the VO2max score may be the best way to improve overall cardiovascular fitness. Read More

HIIT Lessons in PE

Top Reasons Teachers Use Technology, HIIT Lessons in PE Classes

Focus on Fitness Skills Personalizes PE, Use of Heart Rate Monitors Motivates Students to Find Success

By introducing more lessons around fitness, in particular HIIT lessons in PE, teachers see students more engaged in each workout and working hard to reach daily goals.

Today’s PE environment marries heart rate technology with the latest exercise trends. Teachers are creating active programs that use high-intensity interval training (HIIT) to maximize the time students have to exercise. Instead of relying on games or sport-specific skills, more and more teachers build their curriculum around circuit training. Read More

ESSA

PE Administrators Focus on ESSA Title IV Part A for Key Funding

With Additional $700 Million Available, Schools Feel Empowered to Add New Technology

With a significant budget increase to Title IV Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act for the 2018-19 school year, educators will have more opportunities to fund the purchase of tools that will personalize PE for students.

Identified as the Student Support and Academic Enrichment grants program of ESSA, Title IV Part A provides funding for new programs that: Read More

adaptive PE students

Adaptive PE Students Use Heart Rate Monitors to Manage Health

Heart Rate Monitor’s Changing Colors Teach Cognitively Impaired Students When Exercise is Necessary

A Michigan Adaptive PE administrator’s use of heart rate monitors enables students to manage their health and wellness even if they don’t understand how heart rate impacts their physical fitness.

“I’m interested in teaching our students who are cognitively impaired how to self-regulate,” said Ann Arbor Schools Adaptive PE Teacher Consultant Deak Swearingen. Read More