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 PE 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 IHT Zone 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 PE 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