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 […]

Steps for Setting & Following Through on New Year’s Goals

January 2nd, 2018

By: BJ Williston, SPARK Trainer and Curriculum Development Consultant Motivation is the general desire or willingness to do something. It is the drive and determination to get something done. That desire is part of the HOW to get things done. Motivation also includes the reasons you have for getting something done. Motivation is the incentive or stimulus […]

How to Encourage Students to Try Team and Solo Sports

November 16th, 2017

Team and solo sports can be a fantastic supplement to physical education (PE) classes, promoting healthy habits and valuable life skills such as teamwork, discipline, and good sportsmanship. Not only that, but these activities can become beloved hobbies that children continue into adulthood and greatly benefit their later lives. As a physical educator, you may […]

How to Encourage Parent Involvement in PE

November 9th, 2017

After a long week of school, you’d think kids would look forward to a weekend of energetic activity and adventures, but that’s not necessarily the case. In fact, research suggests that children’s physical activity levels are lower on the weekends than on weekdays. The good news is, there seems to be a way to get […]

Maximize Your Equipment Budget with These 6 Tips

November 2nd, 2017

Having the right equipment in your PE classroom is essential. When your budget for equipment is limited, it’s difficult to successfully offer the full extent of activities and learning opportunities you want to give your students. While you can advocate for a budget increase, those conversations take time, and your school won’t always be able […]

7 Tips for Getting the Most Out of a Small PE Class

September 7th, 2017

Managing a big PE class can be tough, but dealing with a smaller one presents its own unique set of obstacles. How do you scale down your lesson plan and adapt your approach if you find yourself teaching a divided class or move to a less-crowded school? Fortunately, the challenges of lesson planning for a […]

7 Approaches to Physical Education Grading

August 28th, 2017

Gone are the days of rope climbing, forced laps, and now dodgeball. Today, physical education is being used as a tool for students to understand, enjoy, improve, and maintain their fitness and well-being. But, with such subjective goals, grading can pose a major issue. A lot of educators just don’t like grading; however, some are […]

Taking the Fear Out of Physical Education

August 10th, 2017

An educator’s job goes beyond ensuring students learn particular facts and develop certain skills. Instead, educators play a critical role in instilling their students with a love of learning, discovery and exploration. Ideally, an enthusiastic and skilled educator can help a student not only remember the year the Constitution was written or the Civil War […]

6 Strategies for PE Teachers to Stay Inspired Over Summer

July 27th, 2017

Summer break isn’t just a great opportunity for your students to relax, enjoy some sunshine, and come back to the classroom feeling refreshed. Summer is also a great time for you, the teacher, to discover new and effective ways of expanding your skills, updating your lesson plans, and acquiring resources for the year ahead. It’s […]

15 Reflection Questions for the Physical Educator [INFOGRAPHIC]

June 28th, 2017

Just like our students, educators should never stop learning. As the school year comes to a close, reflect on your year as a physical educator — areas where you shined and areas you can improve, to help both you and your students get the most out of the year ahead. Here’s the physical educator’s checklist […]