The Ways in Which You Would Establish Ground Rules with Your Learners

February 23, 2017 Teaching

Name : D Ghosal Ghosh
Theory Assignment ??“ 4
Course : PTLLS

Word count : 358
Level : 4

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Explain the ways in which you would establish ground rules with your learners,which underpin behaviour and respect for others.
Ground rules are mutually agreed reciprocal arrangement which ensures views and needs of all learners are appreciated and valued. Atherton, J.S (2005) defines ground rules as ???the minimum necessary conditions required for getting learning work done in a class.??? The dynamics of every learner group is different and I consider it essential to set up clear boundaries at the outset to create and maintain a congenial learning environment. These rules should be thought out carefully, expressed clearly and enforced consistently (Petty G, 2009 :104).
There are three main ways of establishing ground rules :

??? The teacher setting their own
??? The learners setting their own
??? The teacher and learners setting them together

There are advantages and disadvantages to all the above methods. The advantage of the teacher or the students setting rules is that the decision maker gets to implement all his rules and his expectations are being met with. However the foremost disadvantage here would be, if the teacher alone sets the ground rules they may suit the teacher more than the student, whereas if the students makes the ground rules it could achieve the opposite effect.
In my opinion the combination of teacher and learners setting the rules works best, as in this method both teacher and students have an opportunity to put their views forward. This is an example of whole class interactive learning strategy where in the teacher is in control but students actively participates ( Petty G, 2009 :56).Once all views have been considered, a fair and useable set of rules to suit everyone can be produced. The only disadvantage here is that it could be time consuming, however adherence is much more likely as rules have been set by the group and they will have a greater sense of commitment towards them. ( Petty G, 2004 :102)
To summarise, I feel the benefits of agreeing ???guidelines for participation??? cannot be underestimated as they are a vital part of group framework, instilling positive discipline and maximising learning. Rules made by negotiations are less likely to be broken. It is also important that learners believe that the rules are to benefit them, set up with them and are not enforced upon them (Atherton JS., 2009).

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