Analyse different ways in which you would establish ground rules with your learners, which underpin behaviour and respect for others.
There are three valid ways to establish ground rules in a classroom, 1. Teacher Led
2. Learner led
3. A mixed approach
The teacher led system is where you decide the ground rules. The advantages of a teacher led rules system are that there are no discrepancies, as the boundaries and rules are set in stone, it also saves time and lets the learners know where they stand. Also in scenario's of teaching with dangerous tools or equipment, I believe it to be essential, as it is a subject matter that, without specific, rules can be dangerous. The disadvantages include creating friction between you and your students, but also inhibiting your student/ teacher relationship. I also believe that this wouldn't allow for special circumstances either, such as cultural or medical exceptions.
The learner led system is where you allow your pupils to decide the ground rules together as a group discussion. The advantages of using a learner led system, is that just by conducting the exercise of establishing the rules, you are breaking the ice with the students, towards you and amongst their selves. It also allows the students to develop a sense of empowerment and ownership of the class, perhaps boosting confidence and allow them to learn in a more comfortable environment. The disadvantages of the learner led system are, it can be very time consuming, and this may be acceptable in a long term course, but a course that is only a few hours long would be damaged by this system. Also in some scenario's the students may request unrealistic rules and may even try to take advantage of the opportunity.
The mixed approach of setting the rules consists of the tutor/teacher having specific set of rules a necessity and then coming to a shared decision with the students on the rest....
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