Q. Explain the ways in which you would establish ground rules with your learners, and which underpin behaviour and respect for other.
Ground rules have been defined by Amerton (2005) as the minimum necessary conditions required for learning to take place in a classroom. “Setting ground rules helps everyone know their limits” (Gravells 2008) and “Without ground rules, disruption may occur and affect the learning of the group” (Gravells, 2008:7). Establishing ground rules promote effective team behaviours and respect for others, essential to keep members on track, in a variety of ways. The most common ways are:
1. Autocratic rules
An autocratic teaching style involves the teacher establishing the ground rules prior to a class and does not allow learners in any sort of discussion to work as a group to create for them such as:. • Establishing clear health and safety rules;
• Time keeping and punctuality;
• Appropriate levels of discipline.
The ground rules setup by the group itself by discussion, rejecting or accepting the terms of process and generating a commitment to the goals without conflict arising are called Democratic. The objective of ground rules is to allow students to set their own rules for the classroom, give them the most freedom and control over the process, appropriate for the learning environment but not infringe in college policies. This is a more diplomatic style of teaching where both the teacher and the learners have a say e.g. the choice of language in which student would like to learn, English, Spanish or Urdu, depends on students.
3. Middle Rules
Middle rules are flexible and can be modified according to demand, accepting something and rejecting something, making compromise is the middle way. Allowing use of drinks in class room in summer while disallowing in winter by the administration.
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