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 […]

5 SPARK Studies That Highlight the Importance of Physical Education

December 28th, 2017

Recent studies continue to prove how effective physical education is for both the mental and physical development of children. In this blog post, we are going to highlight a handful of studies completed by SPARK, or were undertaken using SPARK principles or using the SPARK program, that have provided a valuable contribution to the research […]

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 […]

Using the Olympics in Your PE Lessons

December 14th, 2017

Do you ever wish your students cared about exercising as much as they cared about watching athletes on TV? Even the most sedentary students will usually be excited by the prospect of watching the Olympics, so don’t miss the opportunity to channel this upcoming sporting event into your teaching. Let’s take a look at how […]

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.

Why Your Lesson Plans Should Include Non-Traditional Sports

November 30th, 2017

Many schools across the country have relied on the same sporting activities for their PE classes for decades. But, while traditional lesson plans get children moving, they might not be keeping them interested in sports and fitness in the long-run. By incorporating non-traditional sports into your PE classes, students are exposed to a whole new […]

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 […]

How to Encourage Parent Involvement in PE

November 9th, 2017

After a long week of school, you’d think kids would look forward to a weekend of energetic activity and adventures, but that’s not necessarily the case. In fact, research suggests that children’s physical activity levels are lower on the weekends than on weekdays. The good news is, there seems to be a way to get […]

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 […]

Maximize Your Equipment Budget with These 6 Tips

November 2nd, 2017

Having the right equipment in your PE classroom is essential. When your budget for equipment is limited, it’s difficult to successfully offer the full extent of activities and learning opportunities you want to give your students. While you can advocate for a budget increase, those conversations take time, and your school won’t always be able […]