Once ground rules have been established by the learner group at the initial lesson and voted on they should be typed up in bold letters and displayed in view in the learning environment. Every student is different when it comes to behaviours and respect for others. So agreements have to be made about expected standards of behaviour in the classroom. Ground rules that have been created and drafted by the group are mutually agreed arrangements between the teacher and the learners, these should ensure that the views and needs of all learners are valued and appreciated.
An environment that parents mutual respect for each other the learning environment and the course materials and facilities should be created inside a framework of these rules. Some Teachers have found it helpful to set a small piece of home work in the form of a essay or if you like just a small piece of writing depending on the group’s ability with the given title “Thinking of others while on this course” , the teacher should give a short pre-amble of what to write and a couple of examples of “Thinking of others ” The rules should assist learning in the classroom, appreciation and respect.
Learners need to know what the teacher expects from them and what they can expect from the teacher during the course. They need to know where the boundaries lie and what will happen if they step over the boundaries. These rules have to be established by thinking carefully, expressing clearly and enforcing consistently. This is the reason that it is best for the adult group to come to their own set of ground rules.
When everyone’s views are considered Learners are more likely to be committed and adherent, and rules less likely to be broken, since they were designed by the group itself. It will instil positive discipline and maximise learning since the rules were set up with them and not enforced from above. Teachers should be careful to follow ground rules, and to ensure that they will be fully prepared for the class, be punctual with start and finishing times for each session.
They should also be careful to make sure not to put down anyone, encourage the students, assist in team work, help with course completion, be professional and honest, be non-judgemental and have the ability to be interactive in their teaching. It is also wise not to comment on politics, religion or ethnicity in anything less than a positive way. If learners do decide on their ground rules the teacher should skilfully lead the group to include the following, respect for others, punctuality, confidentiality, honesty, equality of pportunity, learn and listen, no interruption, mobile phones off, no abusive language, self control, Politics and Religion are simply cans of worms that should not be opened and a teacher should be watchful to stop any form of derogatory comments quickly. Learners also have to be warned, as to what actions will be taken and disciplinary procedures followed if the ground rules of the class, which the class/group have agreed on are broken Learners should be aware of the consequences which will be different for each institution.
This will create a safe and respectful environment in which all participants will have the opportunity to benefit from the learning experience. One problem area to overcome is that some Learners have little or no concept of what appropriate behaviour in a learning institution should be. In this situation the ground rules that have been agreed on by the group and by the individual should form the basis of a contract .
The teacher may have to repeatedly point out that the individual agreed to these rules and the reason for these rule and the” CONSEQUENCES” or what will happen if the rules are broken again. I my experience a teacher should automatically impose consequences after two infringements or they risk losing respect for the rules and respect from other leaner’s, obviously Teachers should be sensitive enough to check that the individual has fully comprehended the rules, the reason for the rules and the fact that the rules had been discussed and drawn up by the group which the individual was part of.
The problem for the PTTLS learner fighting their way through the modern “Learning Environment Jungle” of politically correct adjectives is to find “Black and White” “Hard and Fast” lists of do’s and don’ts in order to asses and guide their own conduct and that of the learners. However one learning academy brave enough in recent years to publish a specific list of do’s and don’ts is Bradford Academy, they have set out excellent policy documents for colleagues and learners using modern language. For me there document on promoting positive behaviour is a must for any PTTLS learner. I have attached a copy with this assignment.