I'm going to be working with a new group in February and having learned from my previous group of students together with some very supportive and valuable advice from colleagues on Classroom 2.0, ground rules will need to be applied to (hopefully) prevent some disruptive behaviours. My first thought is that negotiation and communication with students must be the key to this? Has anyone got any experience with this or have any ideas?
I definitely agree with your first rule, but I think your second rule is wonderful! My Level 5 group are really anxious about the module they have just started where they are required to go outside of the university and collaborate with a company, agency or individual to produce a piece of work. They are often quite hard on themselves in terms of their own work they have produced and this next module is daunting to them. I have tried to reassure them that I did it in 2010 and I can help them through it which seemed to make a lot of them feel better about it. BUT I need them to believe in themselves more. I will use this technique in the first week back in February to build the positive atmosphere and hopefully the students' confidence. Thank you.
When I was on the first year of my degree my new tutor gave a short presentation about himself where he talked about his career as an artist and graphic designer. From this he instantly gained the attention of all students because we respected his work and the fact that he had valuable industry knowledge.
At the end of the presentation he explained what he expected of us in terms of rules and behaviours.
By talking about himself and knowing a little bit more about him students felt like they could build a good raport with him.
Hope this gives some ideas
Yes I think this is needed. I don't know any of the students very well yet, and we could start with what i have done, some of my work, and a little info about who i am and why I'm there. Hopefully this will set the relationship between myself and the learners off to a good start. This is a good idea as from that point onwards its going to be mainly one-to-one tutorials and learners' presentations etc. Thanks Jo.