Pttls Ground Rules

Theory Task 3 Ground Rules

It is very important for yourself and learners to establish ground rules from the start of the learner’s journey. What one learner believes is an acceptable level of behaviour in a classroom may not be acceptable to other learner and the teacher. By establishing the required standard of behaviour at the beginning of the course should ensure a positive learning environment for all of the learners. Ground rules are commonly referred to as, “the minimum necessary conditions for getting learning work done in the class” (S, 2010).By having ground rules from the start will allow you to establish how you want to teach your lessons in relaxed or formal atmosphere which should set the standards for how you want your learners to interact with you in the future.

Some ground rules I would set with my class would include, to treat each other with respect, to treat each other how you would like to be treated, punctual time keeping (or notify me in advance if they are going to be late or a unable to attend. All electronic devises such as mobile phones, MP4 players to be switch off for the duration of the lesson.

Ground rules define a behavioural model which addresses how individuals treat each other, communicate, participate, cooperate, support each other, and coordinate joint activity. They may be used to define and standardise team procedure, use of time, work assignments, meeting logistics, preparation, minutes, discussion, creativity, reporting, respect. (Crow, 2001)

Ground rules should be negotiated with your learners to ensure that they feel valued,by Involving them in the decision making increases their interest, commitment, motivation for learning.
There will be some structured ground rules that your learners (and yourself) will have to abide by these may be set in stone by the organisation you work for, building your working from. These rules cannot be negotiated. Health & safety, No Smoking, Sign in and out of the building...