Combining physical activity with maths

Originally published Aug. 21, 2018 by Teacher Magazine.

By Dominique Russell

While low levels of physical activity among children and adolescents remain a concern in Australia, student engagement in the maths classroom also requires attention. One pilot program in New South Wales sought to tackle both issues simultaneously.

Researchers from the University of Newcastle (Dr. Adam Lloyd, Dr. Nick Riley, Dr. Narelle Eather and Dr. Andrew Miller ) designed and implemented the program, where students from one small, low SES primary school took part in three 10 minute sessions of maths-related High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) for eight weeks. 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

PE circuit workout

Top 4 High-Intensity Interval Training PE Circuit Workouts For Schools

The most impactful PE circuit workouts engage participants from the outset, get them to their target heart rate zones quickly and keep them moving throughout.

For adults and students alike, exercise time can be limited, so the quicker participants can get their heart rate up, the more beneficial the workout can be. During the school year, IHT has collected lessons from PE teachers that maximize student productivity no matter how much time they have to exercise. Teachers implement High-Intensity Interval Training PE circuit training workouts in different formats with similar results:

  • Quickly get students exercising at an elevated heart rate;
  • Engage students with a variety of exercises;
  • Teach students how to get a health-enhancing workout when crunched for time.

Through the IHT Spirit Video Challenge powered by adidas, teachers submitted their most impactful PE lessons. Most showcased their favorite HIIT circuit lesson, including the following four lessons that work for students across each grade level. Read More

Fitness Frenzy

Fitness Frenzy Teaches Students High-Intensity Interval Training

HIIT Heart Rate Workouts Educate PE Students On Healthy Fitness Levels Produced In Short Exercise Sessions

Physical Education teachers at Klem North (N.Y.) Elementary School utilize fast-paced Tabata workouts to teach students how to develop enjoyable exercise routines designed to quickly raise heart rates to health-enhancing levels.

“Our focus, our job, is to get the elementary kids to love activity and love being fit,” said Matt Carpenter.

To accomplish their job, Carpenter and teaching partner Sarah Harding use a four-minute Tabata to open most class sessions. The Fitness Frenzy Tabata, selected as the adidas Lesson for IHT Spirit for May after winning last Fall’s IHT Spirit Video Challenge, teaches students how to quickly elevate their heart rate into the target zone and reinforces heart rate management skills for even the youngest students. Read More

HIIT

PE Teachers Use HIIT Lessons to Boost Student Cardiovascular Fitness

Modern physical education classes utilize high-intensity interval training to help students develop exercise skills they can use throughout their soon-to-be-busy adult lives.

In addition to other tried-and-true lessons, PE teachers are incorporating fitness circuits that require students to move quickly from station to station, giving maximum effort in quick bursts before moving on to the next station.   Read More