Ptlls • Explain How to Establish and Maintain a Safe and Supportive Learning Environment

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* Explain how to establish and maintain a safe and supportive learning environment. 2. 3.1 * Explain how to promote appropriate behaviour and respect for others. 2.3.2 * Explain how to establish ground rules with learners to promote respect for others. 3.3.2

“Good classroom management depends a lot on how you establish the ground rules at the beginning of a course. Students need to know what you expect from them and what they can expect from you during the course. They need to know where the boundaries lie and what will happen if they step over the boundaries.” (
Ground rules are useful strategy to help set the expectations of how a
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This is important, as it should not be assumed that all students have been involved in working on ground rules in the past.

Strategically, it may be that the teacher will not always use the same method of establishing ground rules. Where the teacher will make choices can depend on how much pre knowledge the teacher has of the ability of the students in the group. Therefore, one method, which would involve students being given post it notes to write their suggestions on, would not work well for someone with learning difficulties or dyslexia, as it could mean they will be unlikely to contribute to the ground rules and feel uncomfortable right from the first session. What is important, which ever method is chosen, is that establishing the ground rules at the first session starts the group management process, such as in Tuckmans Theory. (Page 85. Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Sector. Ann Gravell) The ground rules part of the cycle fits in with his ‘storming’ process, where a group starts to finds its identity. However, as the group follows through to the forming, norming and performing stages, the ground rules can come into use if there are any issues and the group drops back into an earlier stage of the cycle.

Although, as previously stated, one problem of using the

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