Ptlls Level 4 Theory Assignment No. 4

Dated 02.05.10
Level 4 Theory Assignment No. 4
Analyse different ways in which you would establish ground rules with your learners, which underpin behaviour and respect for others.

Ground rules play a fundamental factor in effective management of the classroom and they should be established at the beginning of any course or term and can be referred to periodically.   They explain clearly what the expectations are for the learners and tutor.   Defining acceptable behaviour and conduct in the classroom ensures the learning environment remains safe for all to learn in.   It promotes consideration and respect for others as well as cooperation by everyone.   Without ground rules disruptions might occur.
“Other occurrences happen because people are bored, they don’t understand what you are saying or you are not challenging them enough.” Gravells (2008:65)

Teacher/Tutor Controlled
The further towards the ‘teacher control’ end of the continuum you go, the more learners will consider the rules to be your rules and thus your responsibility to enforce them. Francis et alibi (2009:23)
The teacher/tutor has decided upon the ground rules taking into consideration Health and Safety obligations and significant factors from Risk Assessments previously undertaken.
  * Reduction in time spent contemplating what ground rules to apply.
  * Ground rules set with the extensive knowledge already gained as to what works and what does not work in that particular lesson/class.
  * Learners may feel they are being forced into complying with rules they do not agree with; understand or believe are relevant to them.
  * Ground rules are more likely to be broken as the learners did not participate in the foundation of these rules.
Learner Induced
The further towards the ‘learner control’ end of the continuum you go, the more learners will see the rules as their rules and thus have a greater commitment to both the rules themselves and the enforcing...