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 […]

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 […]

5 SPARK Studies That Highlight the Importance of Physical Education

December 28th, 2017

Recent studies continue to prove how effective physical education is for both the mental and physical development of children. In this blog post, we are going to highlight a handful of studies completed by SPARK, or were undertaken using SPARK principles or using the SPARK program, that have provided a valuable contribution to the research […]

6 Winter Olympic Sports Skills You Can Incorporate into Your Lesson Plans

December 20th, 2017

The Olympics is an exciting occasion for aspiring athletes around the world, who are in awe of the incredible feats of agility, strength, and grace they see on screen. Fortunately, the training that goes into developing gold-medal athletes can easily translate into simple, yet effective PE lessons. Though you may not have icy conditions and […]

Using the Olympics in Your PE Lessons

December 14th, 2017

Do you ever wish your students cared about exercising as much as they cared about watching athletes on TV? Even the most sedentary students will usually be excited by the prospect of watching the Olympics, so don’t miss the opportunity to channel this upcoming sporting event into your teaching. Let’s take a look at how […]

Which Non-Traditional Sport Should You Include in Your Curriculum? [QUIZ]

December 7th, 2017

Break from tradition with an alternative sport. Take our quiz and discover the ideal new activity for your PE curriculum.

Why Your Lesson Plans Should Include Non-Traditional Sports

November 30th, 2017

Many schools across the country have relied on the same sporting activities for their PE classes for decades. But, while traditional lesson plans get children moving, they might not be keeping them interested in sports and fitness in the long-run. By incorporating non-traditional sports into your PE classes, students are exposed to a whole new […]