Classroom Activity & Recess


SPARKabc’s Workshops:

The focus of SPARKabc’s staff development is to train classroom teachers on developmentally-appropriate activities and instructional strategies that get students physically active safely and effectively.

Each workshop is targeted for the needs of each individual school community (based on needs assessments) and is designed to provide each attendee with a working knowledge of SPARK’s unique content and instructional strategies.

Classroom-based physical activity and recess management are both components of each workshop. However, schools can customize the focus of each session to meet their overall priorities.

SPARK has an extensive follow up/support system which includes “SPARK Star” training and lifetime support and consultation for each attendee.

What are the goals, objectives, methodology, and outcomes of SPARK workshops?
  • Goal: To provide activities and strategies to help classroom teachers facilitate safe and effective physical activity in the classroom and during recess.
  • Inservice Methodology: The three primary factors that contribute to a successful staff development program will be utilized. They are:
  1. Foster teacher/recess leader awareness regarding the goals of SPARK and how they may differ from current programs
  2. Provide ongoing, content-specific training
  3. Solicit and encourage group interaction, feedback, and support
  • Inservice Outcomes: Participants will learn:
  1. Organizational, management, and instructional techniques necessary to lead physical activity
  2. How to motivate children/adolescents to become active outside of school
  3. Techniques that encourage students to commit to a lifetime of health and physical activity
  4. A pathway towards instructional alignment and standards-based teaching
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What workshop options are available?

SPARK provides 12-hour, 6-hour, and 3-hour onsite workshop options so you can select the training that works best for your professional development schedule. Online training is available via for professional development anywhere, anytime. SPARK also hosts annual Summer Institutes in San Diego for each program. Please contact us to speak with a representative to learn more.

The 12-hour Premium Program includes 2 days of hands-on professional development that provides a dive deep into the curriculum and all of the tools and supplemental resources available to support successful implementation of the SPARK program. The Premium Program provides opportunities for participants to teach and use the curriculum during the workshop so that participants are ready to start using the instructional materials immediately following the training.

The 6-hour Standard Program includes 1 full day of hands-on professional development that provides participants with an explanation of all the components and resources included in the SPARK curriculum. The Standard Program provides teachers with several instructional strategies and teaching methods and engages teachers in activities to help with program implementation.

The 3-hour Workshop provides an introduction to SPARK which includes an overview of the components of the program, shares instructional and inclusionary strategies, and engages participants in activities to provide a better understanding of the SPARK curriculum.

Looking for additional professional development opportunities?

SPARK is proud to offer a wide selection of on-site and online teacher training programs and topics to meet the professional development needs of your school, district, or agency. Online teacher training is provided via where you can access free recorded webinars and tutorials and purchase SPARK program online training modules.

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