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 […]

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 […]

Awesome Activities for the Last PE Lesson of the School Year

June 15th, 2017

PE classes are a great way to end the school year on a high note and get children in the habit of staying active over the summer. As PE teachers already know, encouraging kids to stay active should entail a lot of fun. The key is creating activities that are physically demanding, while also being […]

How PE Teachers Can Self-Assess Their School Year

June 13th, 2017

The end of the school year is the perfect time to reflect on how the past ten months played out. While the summer vacation may be beckoning, take on one final exercise and do a self-assessment of your PE class performance. Self-assessment is a crucial part of self-guided professional development, and offers the opportunity to […]

Put a Fresh Spin on PE Classes with These 4 Global Games

June 8th, 2017

The closer we come to the end of the school year, the more difficult it becomes to keep kids active and engaged. As children look forward to their time away from education, teachers need to work harder to ensure that they remain focused during PE classes. There are plenty of things that educators can do […]

What the 2016 Shape of the Nation Report Says About Recess

June 6th, 2017

The latest Shape of the Nation report included a combination of recess and research. Experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and SHAPE America have poured vast amounts of time and energy into figuring out how our children can get the most out of recess. In the U.S., two recesses rarely look […]

How Physical Education Can Help Students Beat Exam Stress

June 1st, 2017

Did you know that almost a third of children in the U.S. say they have experienced symptoms of stress? This stress impacts everything from academic performance to behavior in classrooms. So, what can be done to change this, especially during high-stress times like final exams? Physical education teachers are in a good position to help […]

Announcing the Inclusive PE Workshop Contest Winner!

May 31st, 2017

We received over 400 entries for the Inclusive PE Workshop Contest — thank you to all of the teachers who spent time completing the form for a chance to win. Congratulations to the winning school!