The Importance of Negotiation

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Negotiation is a process undertaken by the teacher and the learner in order to obtain the outcome. The Negotiation Circle (2009) defines negotiation as ‘the journey of how to get to the destination, not the destination itself’

In the learning environment this could involve the initial assessment of the learners to identify their learning style or the level at which they are working, defining and agreeing targets with the learner and putting into place an action plan.

Before beginning the negotiation process you should have a clear idea of what it is your learners need to achieve, the timescale in which to achieve it and any limitations involved. The targets set should be ‘SMART’; specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely. . ‘...the point of negotiating is to reach agreement...’ (The Gale Group inc. 2002) It is imperative that the learner agrees and is clear on the targets set, they should then be documented and regularly reviewed to monitor progress

Inclusive learning:

Inclusive learning is to ensure that everyone is given the opportunity to learn. The teacher needs to take into consideration the learners’ ability, the different learning styles, ethnic origin and special educational needs, when planning the lesson.

We live in a very diverse society and it is important that teachers have the flexibility to create and present opportunities that are accessible for all learners. It is important to recognise the individual needs of your learners and modify your teaching methods and style; one lesson cannot necessarily be replicated with two different groups of learners. ‘In summary, delivering an inclusive learning package means considering what is appropriate and needed’ (Wilson, 2009, p.173)

As well as the content and delivery of the lesson, the environment should also be considered. The classroom itself needs to accommodate all of your learners comfortably, in order to optimize their learning experience. Maslow’s Hierarchy of...
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