Author: SPARK

SPARK is dedicated to creating, implementing, and evaluating research-based programs that promote lifelong wellness. SPARK strives to improve the health of children and adolescents by disseminating evidence-based physical activity and nutrition programs that provide curriculum, staff development, follow-up support, and equipment to teachers of Pre-K through 12th grade students. SPARK is committed to providing outstanding customer satisfaction through timely delivery and exceptional service. SPARK believes in fostering a positive working environment that values professional growth, upward mobility, and opportunities for people to work together toward common goals.

Opportunities to Better Engage Students in PE

Some kids naturally love PE classes, either because they enjoy sports or they relish the opportunity to get out from behind a desk and burn off excess energy. However, for those who aren’t fans of exercise, PE is not a class to look forward to. Sometimes PE teachers face a tough job getting students engaged and motivated in their lessons, so let’s take a look at some tactics that can help.

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Finding the “SPARK” in Active Transportation!

If you know me, you know I am in LOVE with bicycles and kids—actually, any wheeled vehicle that kids can spin around on and be mobile. Bicycles, scooters, unicycles all have wheels. And when you learn to ride, all have fun, freedom, and serve as a functional way for students and families to move aerobically, outside of the school day. The benefits are never ending, giving our students and families the confidence and competence to be life-long movers of physical literacy. Before I share some of my experiences, let’s get to the nuts and bolts.

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SPARKing a Connection with Parents through Physical Education

Are you interested in connecting your Physical Education classes with your community? SPARK it up by inviting family members to their child’s class and have them witness firsthand what it is all about inside your gym. Physical Education looks a lot different than it did when the parents of our students went to school, and it is time for them to PARTICIPATE in the difference!

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SPARK’s 30 Year Anniversary Series, Part 3

My path to SPARK differed from those of Jim and Paul. I grew up in rural Canada where my mother was my elementary school teacher and taught grades 1, 2, and 3 simultaneously in a 2-room schoolhouse. Although she had no background in physical education, she ensured all students had twice-daily physical activity breaks—even during cold and long winters.

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SPARK’s 30 Year Anniversary Series, Part 2

In the words of that famous physical educator from the great state of Massachusetts,

“Ask not, what SPARK can do for you. Ask what you can do for SPARK.”

When Julie approached me about writing an article in celebration of SPARK’s 30th birthday, a lot of different thoughts and approaches to the task entered my mind.

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