Introduction to Growfit
Our program was developed to give students the ability, confidence and desire to be physically active for life. It is based on the latest research, national/state standards and our experience in the classroom.
GrowFit offers a unique approach to physical education for elementary and middle schools that provides every child with the ability, confidence and desire to be physically active for life.
Ability. Children need to be capable of performing the basic motor skills (running, jumping, kicking, balancing, etc.) and have the stamina to engage in physical activity.
Confidence. Children need to believe in their ability before they are willing to engage in physical activity. This is accomplished through a safe and supportive environment and developmentally appropriate activities that allow EACH student to experience success.
Desire. Children need to be excited about being physically active and want to
participate. Activities should be fun and motivate children to do their best.
Our Approach to Physical Education...
- Adapts to the students. The right lesson at the right time to deeply differentiate learning.
- Develops skills and closes gaps. Ensures concepts are understood before moving on to the next lesson.
- 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.
How It Works
- There are 10 different units that 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 development.
- Each level contains technique instructions, skill practice tasks and group games.
- Each class follows the same structure: warm up game, skill instruction, skill practice, group game(s), class debrief
- 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
- Instead of teaching every student, in the same grade, the same thing, teachers can select a starting level based on their class’ skill level
- Each class progresses through the material at the right pace.
- Teachers can differentiate instruction. Teachers can move up or down the progression to provide each student with a practice task that allows them to experience success.
- The activities are fun and inclusive.