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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

Guidelines for Enjoying a Healthy Thanksgiving

November 7th, 2017

With scrumptious side dishes, tantalizing turkey, and a decadent dessert table, the Thanksgiving holiday can put a major dent in you and your children’s healthy diet. But with a few tips from our past blog posts, you can change up your turkey day tactics with food swaps and fun games. It’s the perfect recipe for […]

iRun 201

October 3rd, 2017

Today we will extend the iRun conversation, focusing on how the SPARK HS iRun unit specifically applies principles, guidelines and methods.

iRun 101

September 26th, 2017

SPARK HS’s newest web-only addition, iRun, is a fitness-based running unit designed to promote personal health, fitness and running performance.