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Introducing PLT4M in My Classroom
Hi fellow P.E. teachers! After incorporating PLT4M into my classes for the last 3 years, I’ve fine tuned the way I introduce PLT4M to my students. It can be challenging to learn a new online tool yourself, while simultaneously teaching your students how to use it! Below I’m sharing my latest approach for introducing PLT4M into my classes: Introductions and expectations The first day of school can be exciting and nerve wracking, and it is my job to make sure that the students feel comfortable right off the bat. I start by introducing myself, including: My background (something personal about me) Why I’m here Why I teach Next, I’m going to explain the goal of the class. I teach 3 different courses: Strength & Conditioning, Foundations of Weight Training, and Women’s Fitness. Each course has different goals and objectives, so I like to make it very clear what they signed up for, so that they understand what that class is all about, and what they can expect to gain from it.
Hi Everyone and welcome to our brand new PLT4M Community! Please go ahead and introduce yourself here! What is your name? Where are you teaching or coaching? How long have you been teaching or coaching? What is one thing you would tell your ‘younger’ self as you got into the world of teaching and coaching? To respond to these questions, SIGN UP for a free PLT4M Community Account. We encourage you to use the same email information as your PLT4M account! Look forward to your responses!
How I Run a Class with PLT4M
Hello fellow P.E. teachers! Figuring out the logistics of running a tech-powered PE class can be challenging. Phones can be a huge distraction, so I was hesitant to ask my students to use their phones in my classes. Over the years, I've landed on some key tips which I incorporate into all of my classes. These tips help eliminate distractions in my classroom, and motivate students to work hard in my class. Tip 1: Promote Social InteractionWhen students enter my classroom, I ask them to place all their devices on the device cart for the first 5 minutes of class. This promotes 5 minutes of socialization. A chance to talk to their peers, a chance to talk to me, ask me questions, etc. Tip 2: Introduction & Warm UpThis lets the students know what our focus is for that class, as well as warm them up appropriately. This sets the tone for the class. Tip 3: Device Setup & Rack ViewAt this point, students can grab their devices and begin their workouts. I place car mounts around the we
How to Launch a Staff Wellness Program with PLT4M
A common question we get from coaches and teachers of the PLT4M community is: “Can WE follow a PLT4M program?” And the answer is YES!While “staff wellness” comes in many forms, we encourage you to tap into the resources available in PLT4M to provide a fitness-based staff wellness initiative for your faculty. This article outlines the steps you can take to launch a staff wellness challenge at your school!*Please note: in order for staff to be able to access and record workouts in PLT4M, they will need to occupy a student license. Don’t have any spare spots for staff? Contact us about upgrading, or, you can still follow the program and track the wellness challenge outside of PLT4M. Start by watching the video, and then read the steps below! Step 1: Create a Staff Wellness GroupTo get things started, we recommend creating a group for your staff wellness challenge. We recommend making this group private so that students don’t accidentally join the group. Step 2: Select Program Options f
Tips for Creating Leaderboards
This week we’re diving into leaderboards. In this short video, we answer these FAQ’s:How can I remove a false score from the leaderboard? How can I adjust the audience? i.e. what if I want a certain cohort of students to qualify for a leaderboard? Can I view more than the top 5 leaders? Related Articles:How to build a leaderboardCan students opt out of leaderboards?
Welcome to the PLT4M Community
Welcome to the PLT4M community! Watch the video to learn how to utilize and engage with the PLT4M Community. When you click on the COMMUNITY tab in your PLT4M Account, you will be brought to the PLT4M Community! Before anything, we encourage you to register your community account. By doing so, you will be able to ask questions, receive important updates, and gain access to the full community! Be sure to use the same email as the one you use for your PLT4M account. Follow the steps below to create an account, then take a look around and explore all of the different resources that are available to you! Step 1: When logged into PLT4M, click on the Community tab. Step 2: Click the Login button in the top right corner of the Community Step 3: Click Create an account. Step 4: Be sure to Introduce Yourself! We can’t wait to see you on the Community :)
Back to School - Plan | Prep | Launch
Welcome—class is back in session! If you are visiting this page, you are likely mourning your Summer, and gearing up for the 22-23 school year. We’re here to help. We’ve compiled a host of resource, guides, and tips to point you in the right direction. Starting here! PLAN The PLT4M Playbooks offer a complete guided approach to implementing PLT4M. Even if you’ve already implemented PLT4M and are on year 2, 3, 4+ of using PLT4M, the playbooks may help you utilize more aspects of the PLT4M product. (Think: reports, leaderboards, classroom management styles) For an in depth look at our program offering, view our Program Guide to learn details such as program goals, # of available sessions, session duration, included assessments, and so much more. Did you know that you can combine multiple programs to create a syllabus that fits your needs? For help mapping out your syllabus or lesson plans, browse our Syllabus Planning resource. For those who wish to plan beyond a semester, we have a re
What's all the buzz about Worksets?
Worksets are a tool found in our weight training programs, used to assess athletes maxes and automatically adjust them up or down in increments of 5 LBs, based on their performance. This tool can save you time from having to constantly update/retest maxes, and is a great way to engage athletes and provide a weekly "incentive". Watch the video to learn:Where Worksets exist in the PLT4M programs What is looks like to log a Workset (as a student) How to build Worksets into your program
Explore New Follow-Along Content!
We’ve added new Follow-Along content to the Resource Library! What does Follow-Along mean?Follow-Along refers to our standalone workouts, available as one continuous video, providing a guided experience for students. Follow-Along content can be found in the Resource Library and is most suitable for projector-style workouts. Watch this quick video as we highlight some of the new Follow-Along categories, and how to incorporate them into your classroom. Explore the new Follow-Along Categories: ReadyFit - The all-in-one “finisher-style” workout video; includes: workout brief, movement modifications, guided warm-up, and coaching points. (20-30 minutes)Use Case: When you’re limited on time but looking for an efficient, high heart rate workout, browse the ReadyFit category! ReadyFit workouts can also come in handy for substitute P.E. teachers! Pick A Side - This series provides 5 minutes of continuous movement, in a game-style format. Students are asked to "pick a side" which will determine
Providing Structure AND Choice in PE
Providing Structure AND Choice in PE My PE classes consist of students in grades 9-12, of all different backgrounds. In classes with up to 60 students, I could encounter the following: Students ranging from grades 9-12 Non-athletes Athletes who already worked out that morning Athletes who haven't worked out Experienced lifters Students who've never entered a weight room I knew I had to appeal to a wide variety of students in order to get them to buy into my PE class, but I still wanted to provide some structure so they knew what to expect in my class that day. I landed on the following schedule: Monday - Mobility DayChoices: Stretching/Flexibility OR Yoga Tues/Thursday - Strength & Conditioning Choices: Bodyweight Fitness OR Weight Lifting Wednesday - Cardio Day Choices: Cardio Machines or PLT4M's Dance Fitness Friday - Game Day When students show up for class each day, they have two options. For example, on Tuesdays when students arrive, about half of them will head to the weig
Enter and log weight
Is it possible to create a workout and have students enter how much weight they lifted in order to create a log, so they know how much to lift next time? Then they can see if they are improving. Example: DB Curl 3x10Day 1Set 1- 20#Set 2- 20#Set 3- 20# Day 2Set 1- 30#Set 2- 30#Set 3- 30# Thanks,Mitch
Summer Training in PLT4M
PLT4M can be a valuable training tool during the Summer months. You may not have your students or athletes in front of you, but you can still provide them with the access they need to continue training.Leverage PLT4M to:Distribute programs to students based on goals and experience levels Promote proper form through PLT4M’s video coaching Foster accountability through workout loggingHelp your students and athletes build momentum in their training by providing them with the tools and support to continue their training journeys, uninterrupted. Browse our most popular Summer Programs:Whether athletes are training for their Fall season, or students are interested in continuing their fitness journey through the Summer months, take a look at our most popular Summer workout programs, below: Summer Athlete TrainingThe Audience: a dedicated group of athletes who plan to attend scheduled weight room sessions at the school. Many of these athletes play a Fall sport, so their main goal is to develo
Creating a Unified Student-Athlete Program
Before we used PLT4M, our student athletes were recording their BFS workouts on paper. Each teacher had their own way of teaching movements, and workout plans became very siloed. Our goal was to create one unified Strength Training program for the student-athletes to buy into. Now that we're entering our 3rd school year with PLT4M, it has helped us in more ways than one. Below are 6 insights I wish someone shared with me on day one: 1) Student Buy-In Took 6 monthsAt first, our students were not thrilled with the idea of getting their workouts off their devices. After about 6 months of students logging their weights, they started to see results in the numbers, and it was accessible to them. Rather than coaches housing their data, the data is transparent for both the coach and the athlete to see. Once they saw their progress in PLT4M, they were bought into the program. 2) Use Rack View to pair Varsity & JV athletesYes, this feature limits the number of devices needed in the weight
Students have logged in and created accounts. I’m looking at the Administrator -User - Student - section and all of my students have added me to their group. Some of their “status” shows “unactivated”. Is there something I need to do to activate them? Is there a step they missed to activate. Others show a date when they last visited. I want to be able to share in our next class meeting. Thanks.
Resources: What lives in here?
The Resource Library is where you can find all of the exercises, demonstrations, and video content available in PLT4M. Watch this quick video as we highlight some of the useful content that lives in here, and how you might be able to use it.We address the following FAQ’s:What is the difference between the Program Library and the Resource Library? Can I find movement modifications in the Resource Library? How can I find more Follow-Along content?
Social Distancing in the Weight Room
Many school’s are gearing up to move training sessions back into the weight room this month—in some capacity. This usually means smaller group sizes, and new sanitation protocols! Have you come up with a system that works for you and your weight room? We want to hear your approach!
Virtual Classroom Teaching Methods
Are you hosting synchronous classrooms, or are kids doing workouts on their own? Perhaps a blend of the two? Are cameras on or off? We want to hear all about it! Share what methods have worked for you; perhaps it will spark ideas for other teachers in the PLT4M Community!
Favorite Follow-Along workouts?
Brand new to PLT4M and I’ve been spending loads of time navigating the site to get a better picture of all there is to it---it’s a bit overwhelming! As we are back to in-person learning I am curious as to what you and your students favorite follow along workouts have been? Thanks!Heidi
How to Group Your Students
Groups play a role in program assignment, activity tracking, reports, and leaderboards. Groups allow you to organize your students and athletes in a number of different ways—and you’re not limited to choosing one! You may decide to group students by:classgrade levelsport teamexperience levelfitness tracktraining season…..or any combination of the above! Watch the video to learn more about the different ways to group your students:
EDU Assignments: Videos/Podcasts transcript avaliable?
I have a student with a traumatic brain injury that asked if there was a transcript for the videos/podcasts because they have a hard time focusing when watching/listening to the video/podcast for the EDU assignments. Is that something that is available? Thanks!
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