PTLLS Assignment 1 - Hal Walker
Understanding inclusive learning and teaching
Explain how you would establish ground rules with your learners, and how this promotes respect for others. Ground rules—a code of conduct by which to exist whilst undertaking the course—are important in a supportive learning environment, as they aim to characterise normal behavioural traits from both sides of the teacher's desk. In order to maintain a successful and didactic ambiance in a classroom, both learner and learnee must feel comfortable with the boundaries established for each other, at an early stage in the relationship. That's not to say that setting these rules should be a needlessly draconian procedure; in fact, an entertaining and light-hearted approach would be advantageous, both to teacher and student alike. Given the introductory nature of such an exercise, it could serve to establish a relaxed and fun surrounding from which to learn/teach, and a class that is having fun is more likely to learn. The approach to establishing ground rules will vary according to the situation, time being the key factor. If time is scant, a tried and tested set can be presented, and the suitability briefly discussed and agreed upon by all. If time allows, a more involved discussion can take place, with rules being added and taken away as the class sees fit. Ideally, though, the class themselves will take the lead, and define the entire list themselves, through suggestions, discussion and, hopefully, a mutual agreement. This way, the rules will feel more organically grown and esoteric to each group of learners. Plus, there is the added benefit of the process of involved discussion and openness within the group. Ground rules that I, personally, would seek to establish would be based on a foundation of simple common courtesy. These would include—but not be confined to—dialogue ettiquette (observe the general rules of polite conversation – listening, thinking, and only then speaking, and...
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