No Gym? No Sweat: Physical Education Ideas Fit for Any Space

August 14th, 2017

The word gymnasium suggests basketball hoops, climbing ropes, and other tools that help keep active bodies and active minds fit and busy. It’s a classroom like any other; where vital skills like teamwork, commitment, and leadership are learned. In a way, the gym is the fitness center for the mind: “Movement activates all the brain […]

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 […]

Updated Standards in Online SPARK Manuals

July 7th, 2017

One hallmark of the SPARK K-12 Physical Education programs is the alignment with National and State Physical Education standards. These standards help guide the planning, implementation, and assessment of student learning. With expectations mapped out, teachers can focus on learning targets designed to enhance student learning. By using a standards-based program, teachers can plan focused […]

Awesome Activities for the Last PE Lesson of the School Year

June 15th, 2017

PE classes are a great way to end the school year on a high note and get children in the habit of staying active over the summer. As PE teachers already know, encouraging kids to stay active should entail a lot of fun. The key is creating activities that are physically demanding, while also being […]

How to Include Dance in Your Lesson Plan

March 2nd, 2017

Just as with most sports, dance has many benefits beyond the physical. It has been shown to improve a child’s social and emotional skills, with teachers reporting that dance made their students more accepting of one another and respectful of their body and that of others. Dance is also a good means of fitness for […]

What Activity Should You Add to Spice Up Your Lesson Plan? [QUIZ]

February 16th, 2017

Don’t let your Physical Education routine become stale – take our quiz to shake things up for your students!

New Year, New PE Lesson Plans

January 9th, 2017

The New Year is a great time to try new things. With people taking the time to reflect and set new personal and professional goals, why not also refresh your physical education lesson plans in order to keep kids engaged in the curriculum? Luckily for physical education teachers, it’s often a bit easier to get […]

Big Results in a Short Period of Time

September 20th, 2016

New Research on SPARK Middle School PE program Published! By: Paul Rosengard, SPARK Godfather Did you know today’s SPARK’s Middle School Physical Education curriculum and teacher training program evolved from the three largest studies of MS PE ever conducted? It’s true. The three National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded research projects, M-SPAN (Middle School Physical […]

What are The Components of a Successful Physical Education Lesson Plan?

August 27th, 2015

A requirement for a successful physical education program is a strong foundation. The physical education lesson plan that you choose to include in your curriculum is one of the most important tools in your arsenal to help provide a well-rounded, engaging, and effective class. Choices for layout, focus, and supplies abound, but most all of […]

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.