What the 2016 Shape of the Nation Report Says About Recess

June 6th, 2017

The latest Shape of the Nation report included a combination of recess and research. Experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and SHAPE America have poured vast amounts of time and energy into figuring out how our children can get the most out of recess. In the U.S., two recesses rarely look […]

Adapted Physical Activities for Recess

November 3rd, 2016

Recess can be the most fun part of a child’s school day, and it’s important for any planned activities to be inclusive for all students. That’s where adapted physical activities come in. These are activities that have been changed in one way or another to accommodate students who have sensory, motor and/or intellectual disabilities. The […]

Tips to Prevent Bullying in Recess

September 28th, 2015

Recess is the time when students get a break in their day to connect with their friends, participate in unstructured physical activity and get some sunshine and fresh air. But, with a large number of kids and a limited number of adults, recess provides an opportunity for bullying to occur. It doesn’t have to be that way. Here are some strategies to prevent bullying at recess and allow all kids to move and have fun.

Q: How Can We Help Students Reach 60-a-day?

May 5th, 2014

For National Physical Education Week, we’re taking a deeper look into a Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program and resources available to help reach the goal of 60 minutes of MVPA a day.

Recess Implementation Ideas & Resources

March 18th, 2014

After assessing your current recess program with the School Recess Report Card in the SPARK Recess Handbook (included in the SPARKabc’s program), prioritize the components targeted for improvement. Priority goes to the components with the lowest scores on the report card. It is then time to implement!

The Importance of Recess

March 18th, 2014

Recess has been on the proverbial chopping block in the past decade due to budget cuts and the pinhole focus on academic standardized test scores. The powers that be have decided recess just isn’t important enough to keep. Well, I for one hope to shout that it is extremely valuable and worth fighting for. I’m not the only one, and more and more folks are causing a fuss to reverse this alarming trend.

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.

Holiday Message from Paul Rosengard

December 7th, 2013

Hi everybody: Happy holidays to you and yours from SPARK! Hard to believe it’s nearly the end of 2013.  Whether you are a preschool teacher, an after school youth leader, a physical education specialist, classroom teacher, or administrator, we know how hard you worked every day this year for your students. SPARK has been busy […]