Exercise, Sport and Health Education 380

I. Course Title: Methods of Teaching Elementary Physical Education

II. Course Number: ESHE 380

III. Credit Hours: 3 credits

IV. Prerequisites: ESHE 210, ESHE 294, ESHE 307, and ESHE 371 

     Corequisites: ESHE 384 and ESHE 386

V. Course Description: This course is designed to enable teacher candidates to plan, organize, and conduct physical education instruction for elementary students aged 5-12.  Course content includes research-based principles of effective teaching as they relate to physical education.  A special focus involves helping children build a foundation of basic motor skills which can be applied to game play and sport involvement outside of school.

Note(s): Applied Learning designated course

VI. Detailed Description of Content of the Course:

Teacher candidates will be provided opportunities to observe teachers and practice teaching in a classroom setting under the guidance of the university supervisor and public-school physical educators.  The expectation of students in this course will include lesson and unit planning that contains appropriate content development, peer-teaching and assessment, and instruction of students in local elementary schools.

1.Redesigning Physical Education

        • Skills Themes and Movement Concepts vs. Large Group Games

        • Appropriate Practice vs. Inappropriate Practice

        • National Standards

                - Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) K-12 Content Standards

        • State Standards

                - Virginia Department of Education K-12 Standards of Learning (SOLs)

        • Diamond Curriculum

2.  Principles of Effective Teaching

        • Instructional Design

        • Teaching-Learning Environment

        • Task Structures

        • Fluency

        • Program Extensions

        • Effectiveness and Expertise

        • Student and Teacher Behavioral Profiles

3. Elementary Instruction

        • Curricular Models

        • Behavior Management

        • Teaching Styles

        • Generic Levels of Skill Development

        • Content Development

        • Planning-Teaching-Reflection Cycle

        • Skill Theme Categories

        • Technology Use

        • Liability

        • Assessment

        • Physical Fitness Testing

VI. Detailed Description of Conduct of Course:

A variety of instructional methods may be used including, but not limited to:

  • Lecture
  • Small-group work
  • Class presentations
  • Case studies
  • Email
  • Physical education websites
  • D2L
  • Peer teaching
  • Direct teaching in local public schools

VII. Goals and Objectives of the Course:

Goals, objectives, and assignments in this class address Society of Health and Physical Educators  Council for Accreditation of Teacher Educators/National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (CAEP) Standards (2015) and address Virginia Department of Education Health and Physical Education (VDOE HPE) Licensure Standards.

As a result of successfully completing this course, each teacher candidate will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate effective verbal and non-verbal communication skills across a variety of instructional formats. (SHAPE 4.1; VDOE HPE 4.a).
  2. Design and implement developmentally appropriate Physical Education content and instructional strategies for children in grades K-5. (SHAPE 3.3; VDOE HPE 4.a).
  3. Analyze, describe, and demonstrate critical elements (skill cues) of fundamental motor skills and object control skills. (SHAPE 1.5, 4.2; VDOE HPE 4.a).
  4. Develop measurable, developmentally appropriate, and performance-based lesson objectives and student learning goals aligned with state and national content standards. (SHAPE 3.2; VDOE HPE 4.a).
  5. Design and implement progressive and sequential learning tasks (with extensions and modifications) that meet the diverse needs of all learners. (SHAPE 3.5, 3.6; VDOE HPE 4.a).
  6. Design and implement authentic assessment tools to measure student learning (employing both formative and summative evaluation strategies) of students in grades K-5. (SHAPE 5.1, 5.2, 5.3; VDOE HPE 4.a).
  7. Identify, analyze and provide corrective feedback based upon critical elements of motor skills and performance concepts. (SHAPE 1.5, 4.3; VDOE HPE 4.a).
  8. Demonstrate knowledge of current technology and plan learning experiences that encourage students to use technology to meet lesson objectives. (SHAPE 3.7; VDOE HPE 4.a).
  9. Engage in teaching reflections to enhance teacher performance, student learning and/or instruction goals and decisions. (SHAPE 5.3; VDOE HPE 4.a).
  10. Use managerial rules, routines and transitions to create and maintain a safe and effective learning environment. (SHAPE 4.5; VDOE HPE 4.a).

VIII. Assessment Measures:

The students may be assessed by one or more of the following methods:

  • Class participation
  • Micro-teaching evaluation
  • Written responses to lectures and readings
  • Individual and group project assignments
  • Quizzes
  • Exams


Other Course Information: None


Review and Approval 


March 01, 2021