SportFIT 201

September 11th, 2017

In our last blog, SportFIT 101, we provided an overview of SportFIT, which is SPARK’s High School PE high intensity, sport-like training program located on SPARKfamily.com. In this blog, we will showcase the SportFIT unit by sharing resources and tips to help you successfully implement this unit in your own program.

SportFIT 101

September 4th, 2017

SportFIT is SPARK’s high intensity, sport-like training program designed to improve each participant’s overall fitness. SportFIT relies on the unique characteristics of sport to motivate participants to fully engage in fitness-based activities, making the experience more authentic, personally meaningful and fun.

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 […]

Tabata 201

August 7th, 2017

Imagine a PE class that operates like a wellness center… one where motivated students choose from and enjoy participating in a variety of fitness stations, where each station is led by certified student-instructors, focused on helping their peers develop personal fitness skills, knowledge and confidence.

Add These 7 Things to Next Year’s Equipment Wish List

August 3rd, 2017

Today’s educators are beginning to recognize the connection between physical activity and cognitive function in the classroom. This means that all teachers, not just physical educators, are searching for new resources that might help them to encourage brain-boosting movement throughout the school day. One of the best ways to make sure that students stay engaged […]

Tabata 101

August 1st, 2017

Tabata is a High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) program designed to get maximum fitness benefits in a short duration workout, making it a great option when you are pressed for time or want a change from more traditional workout programs.

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 […]

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 […]

A Parent’s Guide to Physical Education Programs in Schools

June 22nd, 2017

American children aren’t getting the physical activity they need. Only a third of children are physically active on a daily basis, even though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends 60 minutes of physical activity per day. Taking action during the summer break can set your kids up for quality physical education when […]

Put a Fresh Spin on PE Classes with These 4 Global Games

June 8th, 2017

The closer we come to the end of the school year, the more difficult it becomes to keep kids active and engaged. As children look forward to their time away from education, teachers need to work harder to ensure that they remain focused during PE classes. There are plenty of things that educators can do […]