Implementing and evaluating a TPSR-based sport lesson

Implementing and evaluating a TPSR-based sport lesson

Description of the Learning Unit


This course is based on the Teaching Personal and Social Responsibility (TPSR) model. This lesson provides practical ideas on how to implement and evaluate a TPSR-based sport lesson.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn to implement and evaluate a TPSR-based physical activity lesson.


  • empowerment-based leadership
  • self-development
  • transfer of life skills

How to follow this learning unit?

  • Read the learning materials of this topic by clicking open the title banners.
  • At the end of the sections, assess your understanding with a quiz or an exercise.

Background reading materials:

Implementing the lesson plan

1. Stick to the plan!

  • Be flexible and listen to the children but follow the plan you have created to ensure systematic integration of the TPSR model.
  • Focus on the chosen life skill(s), not everything that comes up.
  • Keep a written version of the plan or the main points as a reminder with you during the lesson.

2. Remember!


  • Put effort on getting to know the children and building positive relationships with each child.
  • Recognise the children’s strengths and needs and focus on them.


  • Keep in mind the leader’s responsibilities.
  • Introduce the children’s responsibilities (i.e. responsibility levels) to the children. It helps them to understand that:
    • taking responsibility is something that they can learn and improve on.
    • there is personal (levels 2 and 3) and social (levels 1 and 4) responsibility.

Life skills

  • Embed chosen teachable pieces of life skill(s) into physical activity..
  • Introduce the concept of life skills to the children through examples.

Lesson format

  • Follow the lesson format.
    • Have a set beginning and ending for the lesson.
      • Spend time to discuss about and reflect on the life skill(s) during the lesson.
      • Provide opportunities for the children to evaluate the group and themselves during the lesson.
      • Address the concept of transfer during the lesson.
  • Explain the lesson format to the children. It helps them to understand that
    • there is a routine that will be followed.
    • discussion is necessary for learning but majority of the lesson is physical activity.

The teaching strategies

  • Remember to use the responsibility-based teaching strategies you had planned to use.

3. Be transparent!

  • Always openly share and explain what you are doing and why and what is practiced and why.

4. Be realistic!

  • Remember that learning responsibility and changing behaviour takes time and effort.
  • Stay patient and positive!

5. Notice and acknowledge the improvement!

  • Are the children:
    • Participating?
    • Engaging?
    • Showing respect?
    • Cooperating?
    • Encouraging others?
    • Helping others?
    • Leading?
    • Expressing voice?
    • Making decisions?
    • Asking for help?
  • Celebrate even small improvements in the children’s responsibility.

Evaluate the implementation of the lesson

1. Evaluate your teaching

After a TPSR-based physical activity lesson:

2. Set goals for yourself

  • Think and write down:
    • What are your strengths/weaknesses in teaching/using the TPSR model?
    • What are your goals?
    • What do you need to do to reach your goals?
    • What factors might prevent you from reaching your goals?
    • How will you know that you have/have not reached your goals?
    • When will you evaluate and if needed modify your goals?
    • What is your next step?

Exercise: Implementing and evaluating a TPSR-based physical activity lesson

  • Implement a TPSR-based physical activity lesson that you have planned.
  • Once you have implemented the lesson, evaluate it and set new goals for yourself.