Student: Matthew Bown
Location: Kingsmoor, Carlisle (Start date Jan 2010)
Course: C&G 7303 - Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector Level 4
Assignment: Theory Assignment A (250-350 words)
Submitted: 2.3.2010
Analyse different ways in which you would establish ground rules with your learners, which underpin behaviour and respect for others.

““All learners require boundaries and rules in which to work” Gravells (2008:7)
When composing the assignment, I needed to understand the benefits of ground rules. I researched accepted methods, selecting ones I felt would work in my sector of Health & Safety and concluded an outcome.
“We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value.” (Maya Angelou, Poet B 1928,)
People have different needs, values, beliefs, attitudes and behaviours. In a classroom, differences and perceptions can lead to mutually supportive or destructive behaviours. Individuals’ motivation and confidence also varies and can depend on why they are attending. Without defining basic rules, people conform to their own. Early agreement facilitates a more productive learning environment and in new groups, students may look intially to the tutor for these.
Tutors can instigate initial discussions about behavioural expectations by suggesting simple examples of their own.   From the start students see there is a desire to create a culture of openness, participation and respect. The use of open questions can evoke dialogue and agreement. Adults require justification of rules and this can generate group debate in order to understand. Lack of justification can cause rebellion within the group and impede the initial curriculum. Therefore, the challenge for the tutor also becomes one of time management; balancing student inclusion and understanding whilst...