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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]