Task 4 - Analyse Different Ways in Which You Would Establish Ground Rules with Your Learners, Which Underpin Behaviour and Respect for Others.

Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector
Task 4 - Analyse different ways in which you would establish ground rules with your learners, which underpin *behaviour* and respect for others.
Every teacher has rules and regimes, even if they are not overtly stated (Teaching Today by Geoff Petty. Rules and regimes, page 102). On the other hand, all students have different expectations of themselves, of each other, of their teacher and of their learning environment. Therefore, it is often necessary to establish ground rules with the learners, which underpin behaviour and respect for others.
It is especially important to establish a set of ground rules when meeting with a new set of learners. The ground rules that will be set will form the backbone of respect and discipline to form and gel the group with their teacher and each other. The rules must be clear, fair to all and adhered to by everyone.
Under the direction of the teacher, the group has to identify and agree good practice guidelines and to discuss ways of creating a positive culture and climate in their learning environment. If transparency isn’t ensured, ethically it would be unfair to castigate learners for violating rules when they may not have known or fully understood them.
Rules set by an organisation, either internal or external, are usually ones that cannot be changed or disputed. They can be presented to the learners as a list in class or before the course. These rules have to be accepted by the learners; however, it may be difficult to get them to agree to some of the rules if the learners do not see any benefit in the rules. To get the learners to agree to these kinds of rules, they should be discussed in class so that the learners can see the benefit to the class as a whole and understand the reasons behind these rules. Examples of these rules in my own organisation are:
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