Ground Rules

‘All Learners require boundaries and Rules within which to work’ (A. Gravells, 2008) Boundaries and rules are set in place as a way for a lecture to initially gain respect within a learning environment. Respect isn’t the initial purpose of these rules but rather order within the classroom to maintain a ‘Quality audience’. For instance; no eating or drinking, no mobile phones, no talking when the class is in progress, respect to others and other rules according to class and equal rights. Ground rules are set in place but depending on the age group, the technique used to enforce the rules may change. Young learners may need an approach that works toward their interactive nature, rewarding them for adapting to the rules. The rules don’t necessarily have to be constructed by the teacher but can be compromised between the young learners and the teacher which should commence at the beginning of the first class, from the learner prospective; this can seem like a key to an easier life in the class.
“If they think the rules exist simply to make your life easier, students are not likely to support them. But if they will make their lives easier, they'll sign up.” (, 2010)  
  For instance; for a way for this to work, if the young learner needs a rule then so does the teacher. Children like to repel against teachers so this would be a way to repent it. This way both sides can respect each other. It can become an activity rather than chore which can be brainstorming ideas (see Appendix A) before being displayed on a chart in the class room (See appendix B) the pupils would make up the teachers rules and the teacher would make up the pupils rules but with;
“Have your ideas clear of what you want to end up in the columns beforehand. You can adapt them according to the students’ contributions but you should know your own ground rules before going into the class.”...