Including Children with Special Needs Physical Education Plans

October 27th, 2016

With physical education programs being reduced across the U.S., the crunch on activity in school is felt even more acutely by children with special needs. Research shows that students with disabilities receive 4.5 times less physical activity than their non disabled peers. And when they are in physical education class, children with special needs are […]

5 Reasons to Take Your PE Class Outside

October 25th, 2016

Kids, on average, don’t play outside as much as their parents did. Children spend more than six hours every day on screens, from televisions to tablets. Even school settings offer more screen learning than even a decade ago. All of that technology has its place and purpose, but without opportunities to get outside children face […]

How Much Do You Know About Different Learning Styles? [QUIZ]

October 20th, 2016

There are a variety of different learning styles; are you familiar with all of them and how they affect students’ ability to retain information? Test your knowledge of different learning styles with our quiz.  

Ice Breakers to Get Kids Moving

October 18th, 2016

Cultivating a comfortable classroom environment for students is crucial to how well they perform. Physical education classes in particular tend to come with a little more anxiety for some kids and a feeling of confidence is the key to their success. One of the easiest ways to get new students acquainted with your PE classroom […]

East St. Louis School District 189 – PEP Grant Case Study

October 7th, 2016

East St. Louis School District 189 implemented the research-based SPARK PE program when they received the PEP Grant. The PEP grant has helped the district revolutionize their physical education program for their students.

Lacrosse 101

September 27th, 2016

Think you don’t know anything about lacrosse? Think again! Lacrosse is a field-based invasion game that is similar in strategy to sports like soccer or team handball. So while the skills of the sport are unique, the tactics are likely familiar.

Big Results in a Short Period of Time

September 20th, 2016

New Research on SPARK Middle School PE program Published! By: Paul Rosengard, SPARK Godfather Did you know today’s SPARK’s Middle School Physical Education curriculum and teacher training program evolved from the three largest studies of MS PE ever conducted? It’s true. The three National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded research projects, M-SPAN (Middle School Physical […]

Parents: 3 Easy Actions You Can Take to Boost Play for Kids!

September 13th, 2016

School is back in session. But too many schoolyards are LOCKED UP after classes, especially in Latino neighborhoods, and families often lack safe places to play. That’s why Salud America! has a new campaign urging schools to boost public access to recreational facilities. Salud America!, led by health researcher Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez, is a […]

Introducing: Project IGNITE!

September 6th, 2016

By: Naomi Hartl, PE Development & Technology Specialist, Sportime featuring SPARK These two questions are frequently asked in the physical education profession today: “What does effective teaching look like in a physical education class?” “How can I observe model teaching practices in physical education?” Physical educators are not always given time to observe other teachers […]

Back to School: Creating that Positive Learning Environment

September 1st, 2016

By: BJ Williston, SPARK Trainer and Curriculum Development Consultant The beginning of the school year is always a fun time for leading some icebreakers with your students. Icebreakers are meant to “break the ice” that might exist when a group of people, in your case, your students, don’t know each other. They are also helpful […]