wellness management

PE Class Connects Fitness to Social-Emotional Wellness Management

Peers Honor Hamburg Area High School’s Donine Kelly as a ‘Visionary Leader’ Among PE Teachers For Focus on Both Physical, Emotional Wellness

Two years ago, Hamburg Area (Penn.) High School’s Donine Kelly changed the emphasis of her physical education curriculum from sports to fitness and wellness. Instead of teaching students how to play specific games, her curriculum, honored recently with regional awards, focuses on the tools students need to properly manage their overall wellness, placing the same importance on the social wellness as physical.

“Our goal is to not only improve their fitness levels, but also improve their overall wellness,” Kelly said.  “We have moved away from the traditional, old school, team-based sports model and moved towards a more lifetime, fitness-based model that really addresses all of the spheres of wellness — mental, emotional, social, physical and spiritual.” 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 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

heart rate technology

PE Heart Rate Technology Helps Students to Improve Fitness Skills

Heart rate technology allows teachers to personalize physical education for each student, enabling students of all fitness levels to find success in class.

“Any time you can use a piece of technology to meet a kid at their level, it’s phenomenal,” says Doug Hallberg, PE teacher at Draper (N.Y.) Middle School and the 2017 SHAPE America Teacher of the Year. Read More

PE heart rate training

Students Master PE Heart Rate Training in Fast-Paced Frisbee Unit

A Michigan physical education teacher’s twist to a backyard game has his students maximizing their effort as they study PE heart rate training.

Portland (Mich.) High School PE teacher Andrew Pulling’s frisbee unit has emerged as one of his most popular – and taxing – units for students, despite the frisbee game’s laid-back reputation. Pulling modified a unit based on the backyard target game Kan-Jam to encourage students to exercise at an elevated heart rate. Read More