physical education

Teachers Utilize Grants to Fund Physical Education Program Needs

While the Every Student Succeeds Act makes more federal funding available for qualifying school programs, health and physical education teachers continue to rely on – and seek out – grants to purchase new teaching tools.

For every educator who secures funding for new health and physical education initiative through ESSA, as Irving ISD’s Sandi Cravens did in early 2018, others must seek out other revenue sources. Read More

muscular fitness

Muscular Fitness Plays Key Role in Academic Success, Study Finds

Studies continue to define the impact improved cardiovascular fitness has on students’ academic readiness, and a recent study details the positive correlation between muscular fitness and cognitive function.

“Muscular Fitness, Working Memory and Academic Achievement in Children,” authored by Shih-Chun Kao, concluded that “muscular fitness may have unique contributions to working memory independent of aerobic fitness.” Read More

community events

Teachers Organize Community Events to Buy PE Heart Rate Monitors

Physical education teachers use community events to showcase their program can also double as key fundraising events, helping purchase new instruments that can help students develop lifelong skills to manage their health and fitness.

Maize South Middle School (Kan.) PE teacher Brandon Wolff created his Bull Rush event to inspire a renewed commitment to effort for his students to put in health-enhancing work during class.

“One of the things we saw a few years ago was that kids weren’t giving us any effort,” Wolff said. “They just got their fitness tests done without worrying about the score. We came up with the idea to do an obstacle course at the end of the year.” Read More

management

PE Heart Rate Monitors Teach Students Healthy Fitness Management

Using the combination of student heart rate and heart rate zone displayed on the adidas Zone for IHT Spirit wrist heart rate monitors, physical education students show they can manage their fitness and well-being while at school.

Given a target heart rate zone to reach, students spend more class time exercising at an elevated heart rate. Read More