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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]