SPARK Co-Founder to Receive Highest Award from SHAPE America

March 7th, 2018

Thomas L. McKenzie, Professor Emeritus in the School of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences at San Diego State, will be receiving the highest award given by SHAPE America at the 133rd National Convention & Expo in Nashville on March 23, 2018. The Luther Halsey Gulick Medal honors those who have devoted their lives to accomplishment, innovation […]

16 Ideas for Teaching Dance in PE

February 15th, 2018

Teaching dance in physical education classes can benefit both teachers and students. Dance allows instructors to be creative and engage students who might not get as much out of other activities.

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 […]

Does Your Physical Education Program Meet Federal Guidelines? [QUIZ]

September 14th, 2017

Are you a witness to fitness at your school? Take our quiz to see if you clear the hurdle.

Developing a Learning Roadmap – What Is It and How Can It Help?

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 […]

7 Approaches to Physical Education Grading

August 28th, 2017

Gone are the days of rope climbing, forced laps, and now dodgeball. Today, physical education is being used as a tool for students to understand, enjoy, improve, and maintain their fitness and well-being. But, with such subjective goals, grading can pose a major issue. A lot of educators just don’t like grading; however, some are […]

6 Tips for Helping Students Start Healthy Habits

August 24th, 2017

Building new habits is like learning to ride a bike. At first it can be frustrating and it might feel like you’re getting nowhere, but looking back years later, you realize how instinctive it’s become. Just like riding a bike, healthy habits are a lot easier to master during the school years. And building a […]

Our 7 Most Popular Articles Published Around the Web

August 17th, 2017

If you frequent the SPARK blog, you’ll know we’re passionate about children’s health and physical activity, but our blog isn’t the only place where we’re sharing our passion. Our SPARK experts have been spreading their insight and knowledge across the Web for some time now. Because we don’t want you to miss out on any […]

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 […]