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 [...]

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 broke [...]

Tabata 201

August 7th, 2017

Imagine a PE class that operates like a wellness center… one where motivated students choose from and enjoy participating in a variety of fitness stations, where each station is led by certified student-instructors, focused on helping their peers develop personal fitness skills, knowledge and confidence.

Add These 7 Things to Next Year’s Equipment Wish List

August 3rd, 2017

Today’s educators are beginning to recognize the connection between physical activity and cognitive function in the classroom. This means that all teachers, not just physical educators, are searching for new resources that might help them to encourage brain-boosting movement throughout the school day.
One of the best ways to make sure that students stay engaged during [...]

Tabata 101

August 1st, 2017

Tabata is a High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) program designed to get maximum fitness benefits in a short duration workout, making it a great option when you are pressed for time or want a change from more traditional workout programs.

6 Strategies for PE Teachers to Stay Inspired Over Summer

July 27th, 2017

Summer break isn’t just a great opportunity for your students to relax, enjoy some sunshine, and come back to the classroom feeling refreshed. Summer is also a great time for you, the teacher, to discover new and effective ways of expanding your skills, updating your lesson plans, and acquiring resources for the year ahead.
It’s [...]

Updated Standards in Online SPARK Manuals

July 7th, 2017

One hallmark of the SPARK K-12 Physical Education programs is the alignment with National and State Physical Education standards. These standards help guide the planning, implementation, and assessment of student learning. With expectations mapped out, teachers can focus on learning targets designed to enhance student learning. By using a standards-based program, teachers can plan focused [...]

Summer Treats to Beat the Heat: 6 Healthy Snacks Your Kids Will Love

July 5th, 2017

The summer heat can be tough to deal with, especially for kids who are running around in the hot sun all day. Coupling cool snacks with healthy treats can require a bit of creativity, but it’s not impossible to encourage healthy eating over the summer break. To help your kids cool down and stay hydrated, [...]

15 Reflection Questions for the Physical Educator [INFOGRAPHIC]

June 28th, 2017

Just like our students, educators should never stop learning.
As the school year comes to a close, reflect on your year as a physical educator — areas where you shined and areas you can improve, to help both you and your students get the most out of the year ahead.
Here’s the physical educator’s checklist for [...]

A Parent’s Guide to Physical Education Programs in Schools

June 22nd, 2017

American children aren’t getting the physical activity they need. Only a third of children are physically active on a daily basis, even though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends 60 minutes of physical activity per day.
Taking action during the summer break can set your kids up for quality physical education when the [...]