Our Best Tips to Increase Fundraising

October 12th, 2017

As a physical education teacher or administrator, you know that the resources you need to implement new lesson plans and update your curriculum may come with a big price tag.
If you have more students than you planned for or want to incorporate additional equipment and activities that require funding, it’s not too late to [...]

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 [...]

iRun 201

October 3rd, 2017

Today we will extend the iRun conversation, focusing on how the SPARK HS iRun unit specifically applies principles, guidelines and methods.

iRun 101

September 26th, 2017

SPARK HS’s newest web-only addition, iRun, is a fitness-based running unit designed to promote personal health, fitness and running performance.

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.

SportFIT 201

September 11th, 2017

In our last blog, SportFIT 101, we provided an overview of SportFIT, which is SPARK’s High School PE high intensity, sport-like training program located on SPARKfamily.com. In this blog, we will showcase the SportFIT unit by sharing resources and tips to help you successfully implement this unit in your own program.

7 Tips for Getting the Most Out of a Small PE Class

September 7th, 2017

Managing a big PE class can be tough, but dealing with a smaller one presents its own unique set of obstacles. How do you scale down your lesson plan and adapt your approach if you find yourself teaching a divided class or move to a less-crowded school?
Fortunately, the challenges of lesson planning for a small [...]

SportFIT 101

September 4th, 2017

SportFIT is SPARK’s high intensity, sport-like training program designed to improve each participant’s overall fitness. SportFIT relies on the unique characteristics of sport to motivate participants to fully engage in fitness-based activities, making the experience more authentic, personally meaningful and fun.

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 should [...]

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 finding [...]