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Challenging students to increase their fitness is one of the most important things a physical educator can do.
As an international teacher, I have found that students benefit from knowing and implementing fitness concepts into their daily lives. Fitness concepts are important to understand, because generally students engage in PE classes every other day. As their educator, it is very personal to me to want every student that leaves my class to understand HOW and WHY being active OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL is beneficial. By having my students choose FITT goals, they are given the opportunity to challenge their physical fitness in ways outside of my direct instruction.
The are three fitness tests that give students their current level of fitness: push-ups, sit-ups and a 12-minute Cooper run. Push-ups and sit-ups are done until exhaustion with the FitnessGram track. At the end of each test, students know what they have achieved. The 12-minute Cooper run is similar; it's a cardiorespiratory test meant for students to run as far as they can in 12 minutes. Similarly, at the end they have a concrete number so they can see what they have achieved. During our next 8 weeks, students will be working out during AND outside of class to strive for a higher score!
We just recently had our second test of the semester and I couldn't be more PROUD about the progress my students have made. 80% of them increased their scores by over 15% on EVERY test. 100% of them increased at least one of their scores! As a educator, it shows me their progress from work they are doing outside of class.
Soon, I will be launching my TOP TEN lists of INDIVIDUAL students who have performed the best for each test, as well as next semester's top percentage gained by each TEAM. Check in on my website, and I'll keep you posted!
Mark A. Knudsen M.Ed., CSCS
PE and Life Skills Educator