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Training – Running and Fitness


This week I have caught up on Jarrod Robinson’s (aka The PE Geek) podcasts and it has been a little while so I had many episodes to choose from as I have picked up my training this last 10 days so more time to listen to ideas and see what appeals in my current thinking and planning of units.  If you don’t listen to the podcasts, think about adding them as a resource of about 20mins/ fortnight to your calendar.

I am in the midst of cramming my brain full of Training Principles and ideas for my Grade 10 unit.  I want to have them leaving the unit considering How to put together a Training plan for themselves as they leave school and What they need to consider as they write it and some Ideas for how to have FUN while they train for that event and improve or maintain their Fitness levels.

Statement of Inquiry: Effectively and safely developing and/or maintaining fitness requires careful consideration of Adaptation, Balance and how the body’s systems work.

Concepts to study: Adaptation, Balance

Approaches to Learning focus areas: Interaction and Collaboration (although I am thinking about less of Collaboration in class and more in a digital social media space for an Individual Training unit)

Here is where I get a little undone.  I am thinking about students learning about a range of content through different ways that I hope will motivate them to be engaged with Fitness and specifically, Running.  I would like to use some apps and wearable technology to let the students keep track of their own data and to learn about what this means and how they can interact with this as part of their learning but I want to also connect this to their assessment so we aren’t doing an add on assessment but it is very streamlined.

So, I am thinking about teaching:

  • Importance of Warm ups – use of teacher, student and apps to build a variety of ideas
  • FITT – Frequency, Intensity, Type and Time
  • Overload, Specificity, Progression, Reversibility
  • Energy Systems looking at HR zones in Aerobic and Anaerobic exercise
  • Effects of Training – physical, mental, social

I am intending to use an app to track movement and a device to get HR information and then to sync these together for lots of data.  The issue is trying to find tech that all speaks to each other and isn’t too confusing!

I thought I would use Strava or RunKeeper apps to track our workouts and then share this with our team (not sure how to do this well yet, any ideas are welcome).  I was considering Active Globe but it doesn’t sync up with Strava. RunKeeper is great and works on Android and iDevices but I can’t get the Wahoo HR monitors that I can afford to work across Android and iDevices as well as RunKeeper and into Active Globe!

Other apps I want to use are: Run, Zombie and The Walk and KiloRun as part of the workouts in the lesson so that students can enjoy the Gameification of Running.


Knowledge and Understanding:  You are a PhysEd consultant working on a new Running/Walking Fitness App for teenagers and have been asked to consult about the importance of safely developing Fitness for your potential users.  You need to consider a range of information about Fitness and Training as you explain to your client what should be considered when creating an app for 15 year olds.

Planning for Performance: Part 1: Review a number of training plans together as a class so that we can have all good conversations w Students about training plans and critique them (Crit B, Strand 2) before they do their writing.

Part 2 (written TEST) You are to plan week 3 and week 10 of a 12 week fitness program of your choice.

You must show reference to:-

  1. Specificity in Training
  2. Balance and Fitness
  3. Overload Principle

You are to:-

  1. Evaluate a ‘mock’ training program in regards to whether the above training principles have been addressed effectively or not.
  2. Analyse the essential elements,
  3. Justify why these elements are essential & why you chose the activities/methods

Reflecting and improving Performance:

SMART Goal – Develop their goal and demonstrate it in class.  

SMART Goal include: Personal and Interpersonal aspects and areas that relate to Interaction and Collaboration.  

No analysis of the goal chosen at this stage.

I am interested to see if anyone has assessed looking at data and training as part of planning/reflecting to notice trends or patterns or guess at what would happen over time if they continued in this way?  It would be interesting to look further into this as we are collecting information as well.  I am really keen to keep things much more simple this year – so streamline our Inquiry – Concepts – Approaches to Learning and Content assess authentically not add more!

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