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 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 […]

13 Spooky Lesson Plans

October 17th, 2017

While September may find your students invigorated with the energy of a fresh start, by October, the excitement of beginning a new school year has usually begun to fade. Put some pep back in their step, with a little spook factor! Halloween is a great time of year to re-engage your PE classes with some […]

5 Research-Driven Tactics to Improve Your PE Class

October 5th, 2017

It’s recommended that kids in elementary school spend at least 150 minutes per week in a physical education class (this jumps to 225 minutes for middle school and high school students). In order to make the most of those minutes, physical educators must be strategic in designing lesson plans and structured activities. The goal should […]

August 31st, 2017

A learning roadmap is a corporate technique that’s becoming more and more popular in educational institutions. In the corporate world, it refers to an individual plan for your career and professional development, and in schools it’s much the same. At its simplest, a roadmap will identify milestones that the district, school, educator, or individual student […]

Up, Up, and Away! Superhero Lesson Plans

August 21st, 2017

If you can’t get your students into being more active, maybe Superman can! If there’s one thing kids these days love, it’s superheroes. Even when you limit their screen time and they haven’t seen the movies, chances are they’ve still heard about Iron Man or Wonder Woman from one of their friends. Fortunately, as a […]

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 […]

Back to School: PREP, SET, TEACH!

August 16th, 2016

By: BJ Williston, SPARK Trainer and Curriculum Development Consultant Well, it is that time of year again! You have squandered another perfectly good summer and now you need to get ready for the new school year. If you teach using one of the SPARK Programs, this post will help you prep for a SPARKed-up year. […]