How Physical Education Can Help Students Beat Exam Stress

June 1st, 2017

Did you know that almost a third of children in the U.S. say they have experienced symptoms of stress? This stress impacts everything from academic performance to behavior in classrooms. So, what can be done to change this, especially during high-stress times like final exams? Physical education teachers are in a good position to help […]

Can Exercise Help Students to Excel Academically?

April 26th, 2016

Not only can regular workouts in the school gym or on the playground improve learning capacity, attention span, and memory, but it also works to reduce stress, and even combat the effects of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.

SPARK’s Common Core Survival Guide Part 2

April 10th, 2014

Welcome to the second installment of our CCSS Survival Guide. As I mentioned in Part 1, it’s important to know and understand your district’s interpretation and guidelines for working toward Common Core Standards. This week’s tip: Planning with Depth of Knowledge (DOK) on your mind.

SPARK’s Common Core Survival Guide Part 1

March 20th, 2014

Meeting CCSS mandates without selling out as a physical educator!
The Common Core wave has been crashing on the shores of physical education for a while now. Regardless of the pros and cons of this movement, many of us are faced with the reality and requirement of alignment. PE specialists have been cautiously studying the standards with a focus on maintaining what we believe is truly important – creating a high MVPA environment in which students develop the skills and knowledge needed to enjoy a lifetime of physical activity.

Schooling, Health and Youth Development – What is Necessary?

March 13th, 2014

Each child, in each school, in each of our communities deserves to be healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. That’s what a whole child approach to learning, teaching, and community engagement really is. ASCD authors have penned a number of articles about the need for schools, educators and policymakers to focus on the health and well-being of their students. Not just for the sake of their health and well-being (if that shouldn’t be enough on its own) but also to support effective teaching and learning.

How to Use SPARK Integrations

February 7th, 2014

Learn what SPARK Integrations are and how to use them! Integrations include Art, Literacy, Mathematics, Music, Nutrition, and Science, Wellness, Home, Global, and Multicultural topics.

How Does Physical Activity Affect Academic Performance?

April 19th, 2012

Phospholipid bilayers? Pythagorean Theorem? The Lusitania? Kennedy Who? And so it goes. Students in every grade level at schools across the country are struggling in class. It’s not because they’re underachievers, or they’re not smart, or they don’t care. It’s because we’re working against them. The longer children and teens are forced to sit and […]