Physical Education: Science, standards, and sensitivity.

GrowFit physical education curriculum is designed to provide teachers with a comprehensive and differentiated online tool to teach physical literacy to students with varying needs.



How GrowFit PE Benefits Students
 

  • It adapts to the students. By providing the right lesson at the right time, our system provides deeply differentiated learning.

  • It develops skills and closes gaps. GrowFit ensures that concepts are understood before moving on to the next lesson.

  • It keeps students moving. Our aerobic activity regimen provides immediate health benefits to the heart and brain and reduces the risk of becoming overweight.

  • It provides a supportive environment. Students learn best when they are in a safe learning atmosphere based on self-improvement and the development of life skills.

  • It emphasizes sportsmanship and teamwork. Group activities teach students how to interact with their peers and be a part of a team.

  • It’s fun. Students that enjoy themselves while participating in physical activity are more likely to continue engaging in an active lifestyle.

 

How GrowFit PE Benefits Teachers

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  • It’s flexible. Teachers can start their lesson plans in a place appropriate to their class’ ability level, instead of teaching every student in the same grade the same thing.

  • It’s responsive. Teachers can pace the class to meet the needs of their students.

  • It’s driven by individual needs. Teachers can differentiate skill instruction by moving up or down the progression, providing students with practice tasks that allows each of them to experience success.

  • It helps them get kids involved. Teachers can offer students activities that are fun and inclusive.

 

How GrowFit PE Works

  • Ten different units teach students the underlying fundamental motor skills.

  • Each unit is made up of a series of levels that provides a developmentally appropriate sequence to motor skill mastery. As students progress through the levels, they establish a foundation of different motor skills and begin to combine and apply those motor skills in specialized movement contexts.

  • Each level contains skill instruction, practice tasks and group games.

  • When a unit begins, the teacher selects a starting level for each of their classes. We provide a suggested pacing guide, but ultimately the teacher selects a level that matches the skill level of the class.

  • Once a level has been selected, the teacher reviews the technique file to understand the critical teaching points (there is also a video that demonstrates the skill to make sure the teacher knows exactly what he/she is looking for). The teacher also reviews the different game options and selects the game that will work best for their class.

  • The teacher does not move on to the next level until the class has demonstrated competency of the critical teaching points.

  • Each class follows the same structure: warm up game, skill instruction, skill practice, group game(s), class debrief.

 

Sample Progression: Soccer Unit

Each unit is made up of a series of levels that provides a developmentally appropriate sequence to motor skill development. As students progress through the levels, they establish a foundation of different motor skills and begin to combine and apply those motor skills in specialized movement contexts.

 

Two Options For Your School

PE Curriculum

If you already have a PE teacher or teachers on staff, we can provide you with the curriculum and support to upgrade your physical education program.

Full Service PE

If your school is looking for a completely managed PE solution, we can provide the teacher, curriculum and equipment.

 

Resources

At GrowFit, we create a developmentally appropriate Physical Education curriculum that teachers use to engage students and teach physical literacy. Our curriculum is based on research showing that PE is vital for students and provides lifelong health and academic benefits.

One great resource we recommend is Educating the Student Body: Taking Physical Activity and Physical Education to School. This 500-page report by the Institute of Medicine examines the health of children and adolescents in the United States and Physical Education in our schools. You can read the full report or view the summary documents below, along with a helpful video covering the highlights of this important document.