Giving Students Ownership of Their Physical Literacy
- Giving students agency to monitor their own progress is a key to accountability.
- When kids don’t have access to fitness resources outside of school, every moment in class counts.
- Implementing districtwide PE goals on an individual school level takes tools and teamwork.
In her career as a PE teacher and then school administrator in the large district of Yuma Union in Arizona, Kathy Hoover had picked up a few things. She observed that her students were more passionate about PE when the curriculum was fitness- and wellness-based rather than games based. To shake things up, Vice Principal Hoover adopted PLT4M at one of the district’s six high schools to see whether the tech could support this major shift in priorities.
Gabe Ortiz, in his 17th year of teaching, was one of the teachers implementing PLT4M in his classes who appreciated the flexible foundation for fitness. The customization was a gamechanger for his students, which included everyone from fitness beginners to multi-sport athletes. For Vice Principal Hoover, PLT4M’s flexibility wasn’t just a win for students with different fitness levels and goals; it was a win for a faculty with a wide range of teaching styles and preferences.
Following successful implementation at Kofa over three years (including a year of hybrid teaching), Yuma Union rolled out PLT4M to the remaining five schools in the district. The entire PE team is hopeful PLT4M offers one more opportunity to level the playing field for all students.
There is so much to be gained by using PLT4M, and as more teachers adopt this, we will continue to see improvements in and out of the classroom.”
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