Establishing Ground Rules

Analyse different ways in which you would establish ground rules with your learners, which underpin behaviour and respect for others.

Ground rules are of paramount importance and should be established at the beginning of a course. These rules form the boundaries within which the group will work, and setting these ground rules will help everyone know their limits. Many adult learners may be a little anxious when they decide to continue education, and even if they are only doing a night class once a week establishing ground rules early on in the first session will provide learners with the structure they need to get the most from their course, as well as developing mutual respect between other learners and the teacher.

As a teacher of photography there will be many different environments that I will be teaching in. There would be certain ground rules that would apply whilst teaching a group in a classroom that would not necessarily apply whilst teaching a group on a field trip, therefore I would need to establish these before each session. The techniques I would use are based on mutual agreement, discussions reflecting each students opinions, and negotiating. For example, I could prepare a list of what I would expect from my students and what they would expect from me. By maximising participation and encouraging them to take part in making the rules acceptance of fair ground rules can be achieved more easily, this would also help reduce fear in discussions.

Be punctual - on arriving and returning from breaks. If someone is late then they should be discrete, entering the room quietly and without disruption. They may have a valid reason for arriving late and nobody has a right to judge them for doing so.

Switch off mobile phones - mobile phones should be switched off as they cause distractions, although this could be put to discussion as there may be people in the group that need to have their phones switched on for important calls. A negotiation...