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Instant Activities- A Great Way to Start Your Day!

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The first few minutes of PE class can make or break your day. Getting students active from the start is one of SPARK’s main objectives. In many PE classes, students arrive to class only to sit around waiting for the teacher or listening to a long set of instructions. This [...]

Physical Education and the Navajo Nation

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Y’át’ééh from the Navajo Nation. Since 1997, Shiprock Coordinated School Health has used Sports Play Active Recreation for Kids (SPARK) as an evidence-based program for physical education. In working with SPARK curriculums for 18 years as a Trainer of Trainers (T of T). I gained great insights into teaching strategies [...]

Time for Fitness in My Life and My Classes

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Ready... 5, 6, 7, 8 Go! That is how I start so many of my fitness activities as I sync them up with the music. As a secondary physical education teacher at Highland High School in Highland Indiana, I haven’t met a sport or activity that I didn’t like. But... [...]

Getting the Sleep You Need

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Regardless of age, sleep is vital for our overall health and wellness. As a PE or health teacher, you not only want to practice good sleep habits so you feel your best every day, but also so you continue to inspire your students to take charge of their overall health now and long into the future. If you’re having issues with your sleep, try these basic sleep-boosting steps:

The Significance of Health Education in PE

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Proper health education often falls by the wayside in school PE classes. This is not to say that these classes aren’t helpful. In fact, some data would suggest that they remain necessary. Only a few years ago, a USA Today report on physical education cited studies concluding that PE “is [...]

Tips to Engage Students and Increase Participation in PE

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With the impact of COVID-19 and virtual learning, the importance of movement and physical activity in elementary children is at an all-time high. Physical education is an integral part of the total education of every child. This is especially true at the elementary level where core-foundational skill-building is at the [...]