Physical education plays an important role in the development of fundamental motor skills

There are many benefits of physical education. It teaches students sportsmanship and teamwork, provides health benefits and reduces the risk of becoming overweight. But the most important benefit of physical education is that it provides students with the fundamental motor skills they need to live a healthy and active life.

Why do students need fundamental motor skills?

Motor skill competency is essential for participation in physical activity. When students aren't comfortable performing the basic motor skills (running, jumping, throwing, catching, kicking, etc) they find all types of physical activity challenging and embarrassing.

These students are worried they'll miss a ball that's thrown to them or fall over in a game of tag. Nobody wants them on their team. For these students, the opportunity to feel the enjoyment of successful movement is denied. Their inadequacy is very public and subsequently humiliating – this is much worse than the experience of the child who is yet to master math or reading. Their inadequacy is more easily concealed in a classroom.

Traditional “one-size-fits-all” physical education is an ineffective way to teach motor skill development

For years, teachers have been using a "one-size-fits-all" approach that tries to teach everyone the same thing, at the same time, in the same way without considering that every student is unique.  They learn at a different rate, have different strengths/weaknesses and are interested in different things.

In a “one-size-fits-all” class each student's differences in skill level, experiences and interests are ignored.  As a result, only a few students are being taught material that matches their skill level.  The majority of the class falls into two camps:

  • The less skilled students are struggling to keep up. They find the material too challenging. They feel alienated and are likely to experience embarrassment.
  • The more skilled students are not being challenged. They are being held back from reaching their potential and are bored.

Physical education should be personalized for each student

It’s time to change the way PE is taught. One size does NOT fit all. Physical education should be personalized to match each child's needs.

A personalized physical education program allows each student to:

  • Learn at their own pace. Students learn at different speeds, have different experiences and levels of knowledge. Each student should experience lessons that are developmentally appropriate for him or her.
  • Create a learning plan and goals based on their interests. Students learn better when they can explore topics based on their interests rather than a rigid curriculum.
  • Take ownership of their learning.  Personalized learning gives the teacher the opportunity to give corrective feedback while also allowing students to learn and progress independently.

Introducing GrowFit

GrowFit is the first and only personalized PE program for elementary and middle schools. Our physical education program provides personalized skill development with aerobic group activities to improve motor skill development and student engagement.



Benefits of our physical education program

  • Adapts to the student. The right lesson at the right time deeply personalizes learning.
  • Develops skills and closes gaps. Ensures concepts are understood before moving on to new lessons.
  • Keeps students moving. Aerobic activity provides immediate health benefits to the heart and brain and reduces the risk of becoming overweight.
  • Provides a supportive environment. Students learn best when they are in a safe learning environment based on self-improvement and the development of life skills.
  • Emphasizes sportsmanship and teamwork. Group activities teach students how to interact with their peers and be a part of a team.
  • Is fun. Students that enjoy themselves while participating in physical activity are more likely to continue engaging in an active lifestyle.

Each class is structured into four parts

  • Warm ups. Gets the body ready for activities.
  • Personalized skill development. Gives each student the ability to independently work on motor skill development that matches their skill level.
  • Group activities. These activities provide opportunities to learn sportsmanship, have fun and receive the immediate health benefits of aerobic exercise.
  • Decompression. This is an opportunity for students to reflect on what they have learned about their classmates and themselves.

But don’t just take our word for it

Thank you for stepping in and providing an excellent PE program to our students.
— Carolyn
Our teacher is great at classroom management and the kids are having a lot of fun.
— Megan