Jon Alston 474 Words
Part of my role in the Prison Service as a Physical Education Officer will be to teach learners. The majority of these learners are ill educated and will also be out of their comfort zone, which will therefore mean that the learner is in child state. According to Berne (1961), who came up with "ego states", child, adult and parental, he stated that everyone should be in adult state.
If our learners drop out of adult state it is then our job as a teacher to bring them back to this state. Adult state is a state of mind and it has nothing at all to do with age. A theory from Maslow (1943) is to get workers/learners working to the best of their capabilities and that the following should be taken into consideration: warmth, (the room temperature needs to be right), food, (the learners will struggle to learn and work on an empty stomach), and safety, (the learners need to feel safe in the environment that they are learning in). Learners want a sense of belonging and they like to know that they are valued and that their work is also valued.
Learners can also differ when it comes to behaviour and respect for others, therefore establishing ground rules will need to reflect this difference. Group discussion of expectations and incorporation of all views ensures that every student feels heard and included. This form of inclusion facilitates a memorable establishment of ground rules, which are individually as well as collectively meaningful.
When discussing ground rules with learners it is important for the teacher to establish their own rules, which reflect their commitment to the teaching/learning relationship. My own ground rules would incorporate being fully prepared for lessons and ensuring I keep good time for classes to start and finish promptly. I would reciprocate...