Analyse Different Ways in Which You Would Establish Ground Rules with Your Learners, Which Underpin Behaviour and Respect for Others.

Analyse different ways in which you would establish ground rules with your learners, which underpin behaviour and respect for others.
Ground rules are “the basic rules or principles on which future actions or behaviour should be based” (Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English).   In the classroom, guidelines are set to establish acceptable behaviour within the group, “ensure open, respectful dialogue and maximum participation” (Paul C. Gorski. 1995-2010).   Ground rules do not cover the Course Rules- course outline, hand in dates, etc.   These are two different sets of rules and should be established separately to avoid confusion.   Usually setting Course Rules first means “you can lay down some basic requirements, explain exactly what the course entails so that potential learners can make an informed decision about whether or not they wish to join the course or not.” Peter Harris.   This means students in the classroom want to be there to learn and will tend not to cause disruption.
To establish ground rules in the classroom, one must first identify the type(s) of students and the learning environment- age, ability, subject, subject type and classroom environment.   Age is a factor because “Often you will find adult learners more focused than younger ones since they have developed some life experience and have identified their expectations beforehand.” Peter Harris.   The ability should be identified in classes in order to let students know that patience may be needed in discussion times, “…setting ground rules helps everyone to know their limits.” (Gravells- 2008).   Some students may need subjects repeating and this should be accepted by everyone in the group.   Subject is a factor that links in with the classroom environment, for example more safety rules will be needed in a Carpentry class using tools rather than a more traditional setting such as an English class with desks and books.   There are 3 ways I will identify of establishing ground rules.   I identify...