Tips for New PE Teachers: Set Up Your Class for Success [INFOGRAPHIC]

June 8th, 2018

Share This Infographic On Your Site <p><strong>Please include attribution to <a href=”/”>https://sparkpe.org/</a> with this graphic.</strong></p><br /><br /> <p><a href=’https://sparkpe.org/?p=4103&preview=true’><img src=’https://sparkpe.org/wp-content/uploads/Tips-for-New-PE-Teachers-Infographic-01.jpg’ alt=’Tips for New PE Teachers: Set Up Your Class for Success’ width=” border=’0′ /></a></p><br /><br /> <p> So you’ve secured your first job as a physical educator. Congratulations! It can be daunting to take the […]

Partner and Group Field Day Activity Ideas

April 11th, 2018

Field day events should include a variety of activities and challenge students in many ways. Team, partner, and solo events all have their place on the field day list. Check out these tips and ideas to create a great field day activities roster for participating students. Tips for Creating Your Field Day Activities Not every student […]

SPARK Co-Founder to Receive Highest Award from SHAPE America

March 7th, 2018

Thomas L. McKenzie, Professor Emeritus in the School of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences at San Diego State, will be receiving the highest award given by SHAPE America at the 133rd National Convention & Expo in Nashville on March 23, 2018. The Luther Halsey Gulick Medal honors those who have devoted their lives to accomplishment, innovation […]

Is PE Class a Good Time to Teach About Nutrition?

March 1st, 2018

Good nutrition is the bedrock of a child’s health and well-being, and ensures they are physically and mentally able to learn and concentrate at school. Whether a student is hungry, hopped up on sugar, or living with patterns of disordered eating, research has shown that poor nutrition will limit their capacity for academic growth. It’s […]

Just Dance: Improving a Child’s Emotional and Social Skills Through Dance

February 27th, 2018

There’s a reason why it feels so good when you have an uninhibited dance party in your bedroom. As well as being a great way to release tension — not to mention have a lot of fun — there are studies showing that dance is also an excellent way to foster the emotional and social […]

9 of Our Best Posts About Food and Nutrition

February 22nd, 2018

The world of physical education is about much more than just exercise — physical education programs also teach students how to eat well and take care of their bodies by making nutritious choices. Healthy eating boosts physical and mental health, so an emphasis on good food is an important habit for any family. Kids who […]

Sportime Rhythmic Movement Physical Education Program

February 20th, 2018

Sportime featuring SPARK is happy to announce the launch of our new Rhythmic Movement Program. This program includes 3 different resources to help teachers integrate rhythmic concepts and activities into their physical education curriculum. Rhythmic Movement Activity Guide This activity guide provides opportunities for fundamental movement experiences so students can learn to move effectively and […]

16 Ideas for Teaching Dance in PE

February 15th, 2018

Teaching dance in physical education classes can benefit both teachers and students. Dance allows instructors to be creative and engage students who might not get as much out of other activities.

New Professional Development Opportunities

January 9th, 2018

SPARK is excited to offer some new professional development opportunities for schools. Starting in January, the new Starter Workshops, which are 3-hour versions of our current SPARK PE offerings (EC, K-2, 3-6, MS, HS, AS), will be available. These 3-hour workshops will give an overview of the program and opportunities for participants to engage in […]

Teaching Fitness Goal Setting for New Year’s Resolutions

January 4th, 2018

By: BJ Williston, SPARK Trainer and Curriculum Development Consultant The start of a new year is a great time to teach kids about the value of setting goals, writing action plans, and setting short-term objectives. If you haven’t already covered the FITT Principle this year, now is the perfect time to teach it as it […]