Explain the ways in which you would establish ground rules with your learners, which underpin behaviour and respect for others.
It is of vital importance to establish a set of good ground rules, as students differ from each other when it comes to respect and behaviour. Boundaries need to be set on a mutual agreement, but they need to be flexible and can be reviewed at any time.
Group discussions ensure that all expectations and views of the individual student are heard and included. This will provide a safe environment, where the students feel confident to express their views and feel comfortable in case mistakes are made. It is as important for the teacher to establish their own set of rules as this shows respect and commitment to the students.
Within my own set of ground rules, I would ensure that I was fully prepared for lessons and have given clear instructions about start and finish times. These can be flexible and open for discussion, as some of the students might have family/childcare commitments.
I would remind students of the need to be punctual as this ensures consistency; it creates discipline, shows good manners and respect. I would also cover the need for confidentiality, as the students would then feel safe in their environment. Also I would stress the need to be respectful and supportive, to enjoy the course, make friends and have fun.
A good and mutually agreed set of ground rules, where both students and teachers views are respected and appreciated, are vital to the start of a new course. All students will hopefully finish, having had a great learning experience, where they felt safe, respected and gained a sense of achievement.