Assignment 1 â€“ Theory Question 4
_â€œAnalyse different ways in which you would establish ground rules with your learners, which underpin behaviour and respect for others.â€_
Ground rules may be set by:
Combination of any or all of these methods
1Ann Gravells (2008)
Rules set by an organisation, either internal or external, are usually ones that cannot be changed or disputed. They can be presented to the students as a list in class or before the course. These rules have to be accepted by the students however it may be difficult to get them to agree to some of the ...view middle of the document...
Establishing Ground Rules is one of the first activities the teacher can involve the students in at the beginning of the school year. Ground rules are created by the students (while facilitated by the teacher) in an atmosphere of open communication. These ground rules become the standard for expected behaviour by which all agree to operate while in the classroom. Jan Marino 2005
Although the above quote obviously relates to school classrooms, it is also applicable to adult education. Engaging the students in open conversation will encourage them to set rules that are beneficial to the whole class and they are much more likely to abide by them. This communication so early in the course also promotes a respect of others opinions and differences.
In practice a combination of these methods will usually be required although emphasis should be placed on those generated by the students.
Ann Gravells (2008) Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector Exeter: Learning Matters Ltd
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