4 Fun Lesson Plans to Keep Kids Active During Physical Activity Month

May 15th, 2017

  Today, many schools are reducing their opportunities for physical activity, limiting recess, restricting physical education lessons, and keeping youngsters anchored to their desks for hours each day. Although this might seem like the easiest way to ensure a constant focus on academics, research indicates that physical activity and cognition go hand in hand. May […]

5 Ways to Promote Physical Activity Month at Your School

May 8th, 2017

Today, most parents and educators alike know that children need at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise each day. While encouraging children to spend an hour being active might not seem like much of a challenge, the truth is that we’re living in a world where youngsters are spending more time glued to […]

When Kids are Physically Active at School, #WellnessWins

April 28th, 2017

Through quality physical education, kids learn how to move their bodies fluently and develop the necessary skills to lead an active life. In Rockingham County Schools, more than 12,000 students can count on opportunities to be active each and every day – thanks, in part, to our wellness policy.

3 Innovative Physical Education Teaching Techniques

April 18th, 2017

Physical fitness among young people has now found itself at the forefront of society’s scrutiny. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), obesity among children between the ages of 2 and 19 has more than doubled in recent years, leaving students susceptible to the development of diabetes, complex joint issues and a host of […]

What Activity Should You Add to Spice Up Your Lesson Plan? [QUIZ]

February 16th, 2017

Don’t let your Physical Education routine become stale – take our quiz to shake things up for your students!

Announcing the Specialty Workshop Contest Winner!

February 14th, 2017

We received over 400 entries for the Specialty Workshop Contest! Thank you to all of the teachers who spent time completing the form for a chance to win, and congratulations to the winning school!

Physical Education vs. Physical Activity [INFOGRAPHIC]

January 12th, 2017

The two terms are often used interchangeably, but they’re not the same thing! Although they work together like peanut butter and jelly, Physical Education and Physical Activity are two separate things — and it’s important for teachers and parents to understand the difference.   Share This Infographic On Your Site <p><strong>Please include attribution to http://www.sparkpe.org/ […]

New Year, New PE Lesson Plans

January 9th, 2017

The New Year is a great time to try new things. With people taking the time to reflect and set new personal and professional goals, why not also refresh your physical education lesson plans in order to keep kids engaged in the curriculum? Luckily for physical education teachers, it’s often a bit easier to get […]

The Benefits of Physical Education for Children with Special Needs

November 15th, 2016

Exercise can provide significant benefits for children in all of the developmental stages of life. It only makes sense, then, that regular participation in physical education classes would also promote positive advancements in students with special needs. Research has shown that physical education programs can do a great deal to improve the lifestyle of children […]

The Benefits of Phys Ed for Students with ADHD

November 10th, 2016

The positive effects of physical education are well-documented, but daily exercise is especially beneficial for those students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). 11% of all American children between ages 4 and 17 have ADHD, with that number projected to rise steadily each coming year. Children are usually diagnosed at the age of 7, the […]