Explain the ways in which you would establish ground rules with your learners and which underpin behaviour and respect for others
Ground rules are a way of setting acceptable levels of behaviour within a group. They should then be used and adhered to so that all members of the group enjoy the learning experience. Learners are all different when it comes to behaviour and respect for each other, therefore establishing ground rules will need to reflect this. Group discussions of all of their views, ensures that each learner feels that they have an opinion and are included. This process allows a memorable way of establishing ground rules which are therefore also meaningful.
In a situation where learners are either not currently used to learning or behaving acceptably, it is important for the teacher to establish their own rules in advance. These ground rules would then be incorporated with the learners own opinions.
Further rules can be adapted to ensure students get the most out of their learning experience and make sure all have an equal voice when expressing concerns. The ground rules will then be mutually agreed boundaries which creates a safe and respectful environment for all.
Minton (2005) states that the teacher’s first job should be agreeing with the class ‘goals, roles, rules of behaviour and responsibilities’ and this could be achieved by encouraging the students themselves to establish ground rules. Petty (2004) adds 'rules and regimes will take time to establish and should be based on educational, safety and moral grounds '.
The method of establishing ground rules will depend on the particular group of learners and the teaching style adopted by the teacher or trainer delivering the session. If the rules are to be developed by the learners rather than forced upon them, they could do so by designing posters, where their ideas are displayed in the classroom to be referred to throughout the...