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We are proud to announce PLT4M's new partnership with the Lakeshore Foundation and the National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability (NCHPAD)! Every student deserves a chance to explore fitness, health, and wellness. But often, students with disabilities are left out or not provided the same opportunities for physical activity as their peers. This can often result from teachers not knowing how to work with students with disabilities in physical education classes. But given the right resources and support, teachers can feel empowered to have physical education classes be a place of inclusion. That is where the new PLT4M, Lakeshore Foundation and NCHPAD partnership will come in! NCHPAD is the premier resource for information on physical activity, health promotion, and disability, serving persons with physical, sensory, and cognitive disability across the lifespan. The purpose of this collaboration is to support physical education teachers and coaches to provide better acc
The Need For Physical Education Grants Finding the right grants for physical education can help take your PE department to the next level. Physical education grants can fund new curriculum, technology, professional development, and equipment. Here are tips, strategies, and a free grant template to get you started in pursuing your PE grants. Physical education is a subject worth investing in! The importance of physical education is well documented. The wide range of physical, mental, social, and emotional benefits of physical education are endless. And while physical education has been proven to be a valuable subject for all students, funding is often scarce. Tight school budgets and an emphasis on “core subjects” like math and science often leave physical education as an afterthought. Unfortunately, this leads many physical education departments to operate on a very lean budget. As a result, physical education departments are forced to use their limited funds to replace old and batt
This program map demonstrates PLT4M’s suggested progression for teaching students how to weight train. In this progression, we seek to cement proper movement mechanics before introducing load or intensity. Once students master form and technique on all core lifts, they may continue on an advanced training path of their choosing, be it athletic development, personal weight training, or personal fitness. This map also highlights the physical assessments found in each program throughout this progression. If following this progression, this map will help you understand which test results will be captured, and when—allowing you to view progress results when applicable. Download the Progression For more details on each program, visit the program resource page.
P.E. teachers Jessica Shawley and Chrisit Meyer are both long time PLT4M partners from Lewiston High school in Idaho. They sat down with us to discuss their application of the 4 signs of quality curriculum. Shape America defines curriculum as one of the four essential components of physical education. Quality curriculum in physical education can help improve everything from student engagement to the consistency of instruction. But just because curriculum is an essential component of P.E. doesn’t mean it is as simple as buying a new textbook or rewriting a syllabus. Quality curriculum in action has never had a one-size-fits-all solution. But, key indicators can help define and measure curriculum throughout physical education programs. 4 Signs Of Quality Curriculum In Physical Education Are: Curriculum Addresses The Needs Of Students Curriculum has a Logical Sequence of Subject Matter Curriculum is Flexible and Adaptable For Teachers Curriculum is Constantly Evolving Pictured abo
In nearly every state across the country, high school students are required to take a 9th grade PE course. For some states and schools, 9th grade PE is the only requirement before physical education becomes an elective. At other schools, it is a stepping stone for future required PE courses throughout students’ high school careers. No matter what comes after 9th grade PE, teachers look at this transformative time as an opportunity to expose students to new fitness and health opportunities. At Unity Christian High School in Iowa, Josh Van Kempen has shaped his 9th grade PE class to center around the theme of personal fitness. Here is what a semester of 9th grade PE looks like at Unity Christian. The Big Picture – 5 Components of Fitness Throughout the semester, Josh looks to shape everything around the five components of fitness. The five components of physical fitness are: Cardiovascular Endurance Muscular Strength Muscular Endurance Flexibility Body Composition With this struc
Have a Game Plan—Find Your Playbook! The way in which you utilize PLT4M will vary based on your role, your audience, and your goals. The PLT4M Playbooks offer a blueprint for getting started based on the most common use cases. Use the playbooks as a step-by-step roadmap for implementation, or as a resource as you continue to develop your students through PLT4M. Browse the playbooks below: Playbook: Fitness & Strength in PEThis playbook is for any PE instructor teaching either 9th grade PE, strength classes, or both. This playbook covers fitness & strength curriculum ideas, setting up classes, registering students, and reporting on progress. Playbook: Strength & ConditioningThis playbook is for any coach serving in a strength and conditioning role. This playbook covers how to organize athlete groups in PLT4M, how to select programs for each athlete, how to establish max lifts, and track max progress over time. Playbook: Individual Team TrainingThis playbook is for any co
Since joining PLT4M in 2018, Kaukauna High School has successfully implemented a student choice model with the help of PLT4M. We connected with the PE staff at Kaukauna to learn more about their approach. The ChallengeLike many schools, Kaukauna High School had an ambitious and enduring mission: To empower students with lifelong fitness skills and engage student’s interest and confidence with a variety of exercise options. While a novel, track-driven PE program gave students more choice than ever, they needed to embrace the role of technology for a new generation of learners to truly deliver on their mission. The SolutionWith a variety of PE tracks available to their high schoolers, the Kaukauna PE department needed a solution suited to a student body with diverse interests and fitness goals. That’s where PLT4M came in.Beginning with the foundational PE course requirement in 9th grade, Kaukauna High School’s four-teacher staff implemented PLT4M to support their introductory curriculum
Introducing the New PLT4M & SHAPE National P.E. Standards Alignment Guide! Click here to download the guide SHAPE America's National Standards & Grade-Level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education define what a student should know and be able to do as result of a highly effective physical education program. This guide demonstrates how the PLT4M programs align with grade level standards, helping you achieve and accomplish a standards-based curriculum. This guide can be used to build a curriculum of PLT4M programs aligning with SHAPES national P.E. standards. The guide includes standards and grade-level outcomes for grades 6-12. The guide is organized in two different ways:Breakdown by Standard - Build your curriculum based on a set of standards you’re aiming to meet. Breakdown by PLT4M Program - Determine which standards will be met based on the PLT4M programs you've implemented.
Rusty Fuller first joined PLT4M in 2017. Throughout the years, Rusty has provided us with many insights into how he is building a unified strength and conditioning program at St. Paul High School. In our latest discussion with Rusty, he provided us with an update on the progress he is now seeing. Proof in the NumbersWhen Rusty Fuller first started at St. Paul School District in Nebraska, he was determined to create a strength and conditioning program that would benefit everyone. Rusty wanted to make an impact on every student in the Physical Education program as well as the variety of student-athletes on St. Paul’s sports teams. As a PE teacher and head football coach, he took steps to plant the seeds for long-term success. From creating a 7-12th grade curriculum plan to introducing technology into the weight room, St. Paul’s program was starting to turn the proverbial seeds into budding flowers. In 2017, a few years into the journey, St. Paul and Rusty were featured in a success stor
Quincy High School joined PLT4M in the Summer of 2020. We sat down with PE teachers, David Stoddard and Phillip Frost, to gain insights on how they’ve incorporated both technology and peer teaching to run a more efficient fitness and weights class. PEER TEACHING & TECHNOLOGY IN PEAs a teacher, you only get so much time with your students. While every school follows a slightly different bell schedule, most teachers face similar challenges as they race against the clock to cover everything in class. David Stoddard and Phillip Frost, PE teachers at Quincy High School in Washington, have 34 minutes each day with their weight training and fitness classes. With a large class of students ranging from first-year students to seniors, the teachers have to juggle different experiences and a tight time window. To enhance the learning experience for every student, David and Phil have fostered student-to-student teaching and incorporated technology into the classroom. PEER TEACHING With a wid
Darin Nolan and Bellingham High School joined the PLT4M community in 2019. Darin describes how his experiences using PLT4M remotely, shaped his curriculum, and how he incorporates technology into his classroom. PLANNING FOR THE NEW YEAR - POST COVID PEPublic education has seen its fair share of changes over the years. But none have so dramatically changed the landscape of schools overnight like COVID-19.And while teachers were left exhausted from a rollercoaster school year, many also had lingering questions about what would come next. Will school as we know it ever be the same? Will we go back to “normal”? What will the first year of post-COVID school look like? For Darin Nolan, PE teacher at Bellingham High School in Washington, planning for a new year offered a unique opportunity for change. OPEN TO CHANGE Darin Nolan has always welcomed change that could produce better results. No matter how big or small, Darin is open to adapting for the better,“As teachers, we are always changing
Horace Greeley High School has been a PLT4M customer since 2018. Steve McLee’s, Horace Greeley’s Strength and Conditioning Coach, was kind enough to share their story and insights on how they use PLT4M. Check out this article and some inserted suggestions from the PLT4M team. UNIFIED PE & ATHLETICS – INVESTING IN FITNESS FOR ALL STUDENTS A few years ago, the Horace Greeley High School fitness center was starting to collect cobwebs. As an old and outdated room, there had never been a significant emphasis on using the space in athletics or physical education. At best, a handful of kids would consistently use the room throughout the year. But that was a few years ago. Fast forward to today, the fitness center is now a staple of Horace Greeley High School and is used every day. Students use the fitness center throughout the school day during PE classes and after school for sports and general wellness. To make such a drastic shift over the last few years, the Physical Education and Athl
This article provides examples for developing a syllabus featuring PLT4M programs. We recognize that there is no “one size fits all,” and that each school has a unique combination of goals, schedules, requirements, staff backgrounds, and student populations to consider when creating a syllabus. Use this as a blueprint as you begin to map out your Physical Education Roadmap with the help of PLT4M. Where to begin?Prior to curating a syllabus, we recommend beginning with a curriculum map. A curriculum map encompasses the fitness goals and educational experiences for an entire school year, and may even span across multiple years and grade levels. The curriculum map serves as a central guide to ensure that each student has access to the same core competencies in their fitness education. Once you’ve established a curriculum map, the next step is to zoom in on your curriculum map and develop a syllabus. A syllabus takes your goals and core competencies into consideration, and brings them to
The Big Picture: Curriculum Mapping in Physical Education At PLT4M, we believe in setting common foundations, and progressing students through a holistic education into specific fitness tracks that allow them to realize their full potential, all while recognizing that no two individuals are the same.This article provides examples for implementing PLT4M programs into your physical education curriculum. We recognize that there is no “one size fits all,” and that each school has a unique combination of goals, requirements, staff backgrounds, and student populations to consider when building a curriculum. Use this as a blueprint as you begin to map out your Physical Education Curriculum with the help of PLT4M. Keep in mind: program durations will vary based on class length and frequency. Visit our syllabus planning resource for more finite examples of weekly programming. Approach #1: Foundation + ElectiveProvide your students with the foundation and tools they need to confidently progress
Each feature available in PLT4M will serve a different purpose when it is being used in the classroom versus being used in a distance learning model. For example, how will you use the Live Workout Feed when students are at home, versus when students are in-person? Check out our comparison chart below!
A hybrid learning model engages students in-person and remotely, at the same time. It is the necessary next phase moving towards a full return to in-person learning. There are several ways to achieve a hybrid learning model, all of which require careful consideration and planning in order to maximize the time you have in-person with your students. The below steps serve as a guide for how you can leverage the tools available through PLT4M to help you navigate this shift successfully. Step 1: Program SelectionExplore which programs you’ll be using based on your:Space: how much room do you have, and what equipment is accessible? Audience: what are the experience levels and goals of your students and athletes? Schedule: how many days per week do you meet with your students? How many of those days are in person? How many of those days are remote?The program map below highlights programs that are appropriate for In-Person use, as well as programs that are appropriate for at-home. Keep in min
PLT4M offers a wide range of programs and features. The way in which you implement PLT4M in the classroom or weight room depends upon your style of teaching, and which features in PLT4M are most valuable to you. Let’s explore your options. Through PLT4M, you have access to to these basic components:Fitness Programs which include Full Lesson Plans Guided Instruction (Demonstration videos) Workout Logs (ability to track student activity & test results) Data Tracking & Reporting (i.e. run progress reports)For some, simply accessing the lesson plans and guided instruction serves their classroom best. For others, the accountability components, such as viewing workout timestamps, is most important. Let’s take a look at the different ways PLT4M can be implemented into your session based on which components are most valuable to you. PLT4M as a Lesson PlanPriority Needs: You’re looking for a curriculum to follow. You plan to provide your own movement instruction and class execution, bu
Use CaseThere are circumstances in which the PLT4M technology cannot be fully integrated into the class/weight room. In this article, we’ve outlined some of those potential situations, and provide a guided approach for using PLT4M as a “digital textbook,” serving as your lesson plan. This includes accessing the specific materials that would make up the “Teacher’s Guide” to prepare and execute full lessons away from technology, then tracking data after-the-fact. Possible Reasons/Situations Running class outside, or away from available technology (wifi, projector, devices, etc) Desire to keep technology outside of classroom/gym-time (removing devices from students in class) Tech Issues (wifi failing, projector broken, etc) Step 1: Pre-Class Prep Options:Full Lesson Review Quick Lesson Preview Option 1: “Full Lesson Review”Review in-depth written lesson plan, watch complete lesson in action, run by a PLT4M coach, and prepare to run the session on your own, start to finish.Access Le
Below are some examples of ways you might structure your curriculum using PLT4M programs. These are meant to serve as examples or guides. *Please Note: The scheduler tool in PLT4M only allows you to run one program at a time, so we recommend granting your students access to multiple programs via Group Access, and then communicating the schedule to your students. Example 1: Condensed ScheduleExperience Level: IntroductoryPrograms used: FIT101, FIT102, MOB101Duration: 11 weeksFrequency:3x Week - Follow FIT101 & FIT102 5x Week - Incorporate Mobility Example 2: Expanded ScheduleExperience Level: IntroductoryPrograms used: FIT101, FIT102, MOB101, NUTR101Duration: 16 weeksFrequency:3x Week - Follow FIT100’s & Mobility 5x Week - Incorporate Nutrition Example 3: Block ScheduleExperience Level: IntroductoryPrograms used: FIT101, FIT102, MOB101, NUTR101Duration: 15 weeksFrequency: 3 on, 1 off Example 4: Fitness AnywhereExperience Level: Intermediate, advancedPrograms used: FIT301c,
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