Every training should have ground rules… I follow the given below ground rules for my training
One of the first things you should do with your learners is establish a set of ground rules by which group members will abide. To help learners feel some ownership over this process, do not just dictate what you think the rules should be, but rather include the group in the creation of these rules. How does someone introduce a new idea? Should you raise hands? Should there be one person that leads the discussion or should it just be a free for all? These are issues that need to be resolved before any work can get done.
In addition to rules of conduct, it is vital that you create an atmosphere of respect among learners. Learners must know that you will not tolerate mean or derisive comments, and that this is a place where all ideas are encouraged and respected.
Some examples of items to include in the ground rules:
- Everyone should listen carefully to what others say.
- All ideas are good ideas.
- Every member of the team has a responsibility to follow-through with the tasks they are assigned to do.
- Step up, step down principle (students should be encouraged to ‘step up’ and speak when they have something to say but also remember that you want to hear from everyone so they should be able to ‘step down’ and not take the spotlight for too long).
- Be on time and present for regular meetings.
- Maintain a positive attitude. Put your negative emotions aside.
- Treat others as you would like to be treated.
- Come ready to participate and interact. Be prepared.
- Stay focused, be part of the team and the activity.
- Do not commit yourself to tasks unless you plan on following through with them.
- Be accountable to yourself and to others.
- Challenge yourself and help each other out.
- All mobile phones will be turned off so that full attention can be given to the program.
It will be important that you hold the learners to the ground rules once they have been established.
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